Just this past Friday, a shirtless man in Soho, NYC approached a Chabad Shliach and threatened him out in the open.
In a video shared on Twitter by Newsmax columnist Bryan Leib, the Shliach, identified by Lieb as Yossi, is seen on the sidewalk, as a shirtless man is yelling at him “Call the [expletive] police, or I’m gonna blow your head off!”
When Yossi quickly retreats, the man follows him with his hands in his pockets, and continues to yell “I’m gonna blow your head off with the gun that I have in my pocket.” He then yells a racial slur, and walks off yelling “Are you Jewish?!”
🧵This happened on Shabbat in SOHO section of NYC to my young friend Yossi this past Friday.
"I'm going to blow your head off"
Why? Because Yossi is a Jew.
— Bryan E. Leib (@Bryan_E_Leib) April 10, 2022
Appalled to hear this, but still undeterred, Yossi continued to stay on location, helping people put on Tefilin and pray. “We are doing this Tefilin to show that we are stronger than hate,” Yossi said as he finished wrapping Tefilin on a man on the street. “Even though that guy tried to do an anti-Semitic act, tried to attack us, we are showing that we are stronger than him. And through putting on Tefilin, we show that Am Yisroel Chai, we are one, and we stand together against hate.”
What’s even worse is that this story took an even more ugly turn when Leib’s post was removed from Facebook with a message that even threatened to restrict his account if he “violates” again.