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Staten Island: Teens Arrested For Throwing Pork At Muslim Woman’s Home

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Three teens threw uncooked pork ribs at the Eltingville home of a Muslim woman Saturday night, sparking a hate crime investigation by the NYPD, the Advance has learned.

The incident happened at about 11:35 p.m., Saturday, according to an NYPD spokesman. The victim, a practicing Muslim who lives on Mosley Avenue near the Eltingville train platform, got a knock on the door, and when she went outside to answer, she found raw pork on her doorstep, the spokesman said.

A law enforcement source provided additional details on the incident — three white teens, ages 16 through 19, threw uncooked pork ribs at the house, then fled in a four-door sedan.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident, the NYPD spokesman said.

No one answered the door at the woman’s house Tuesday afternoon.

Muslims are prohibited from eating pork products, and bigots often use pork as a means to taunt or offend, according to Islamic-American leaders.

In August 2012, someone scattered pieces of bacon over the New Dorp Beach field where the borough’s Muslim community celebrated the end of Ramadan, sparking a hate crime investigation.

“It’s a prevalent misunderstanding. It’s not poison. We just don’t consume it. But it’s intended as an insult,” said Hesham El-Meligy, the founder of the Islamic Civic Association-Staten Island.

The incident took place on the eve of Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice — which commemorates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim, or Abraham, to sacrifice his son.

Even so, El-Meligy said, he doubts Saturday’s incident was sparked by the holiday. Rather, he suggested, the incident took place “on the heels” what he referred to as last week’s “tempest in the teapot” controversy surrounding the removal of a Hajj banner at the Muslim American Society of Staten Island in Dongan Hills.

“Definitely there is an impact of such ignorance, and not even an attempt to understand,” El-Meligy said.

The Dongan Hills mosque had put up a banner depicting an airliner, in celebration of Hajj, which is the annual Muslim pilgrimage now taking place to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Scott LoBaido, a local artist and community activist, visited the mosque after, he said, he learned about the banner on social media from community members worried that it was linked to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Last Tuesday, he posted the following message to his more than 4,600 friends on Facebook, several of whom work for a variety of news organizations: “I regards to the airplane on the front of the si mosque, everyone hold on for a bit. I am going there tonite to ask them about it and aske them to take it down. I will post outcome.”

That visit, and the request to remove the banner, sparked a media storm, with Muslim-American activists criticizing LoBaido for perpetuating anti-Islamic prejudice by pressuring the center into removing a harmless sign. LoBaido maintains that he visited the mosque to “try to defuse a possibly ugly event,” and said he didn’t contact the media.

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  • Tighe McCandless

    Treating pork like some sort of Kryptonite (as you say) does have some currency in nutty, anti-Muslim circles. I suspect that it’s a memetic mutation of stories surrounding the Indian Mutiny (wherein Calcutta failed to comply with any sensitivity to Indian religious sensibilities and used pork grease for rifle cartridges they gave to sepoys as well as offending Hindus by using similar grease from cows; I suspect that this was used more as an excuse to try to throw off the British yoke more than anything else) more than anything else.

    Alternatively, it might be derived from stories about the Moro rebellion during the initial takeover of the Philippines after the Spanish-American War; I’ve seen some story images floating around referring to, I believe, General John Pershing retroactively humiliating rebels by doing something with pork to their corpses (I forget the exact details). Not sure if it’s actually historically accurate, but I remember it gaining a lot of widespread exposure following and during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in chain emails.

  • My point was to embarrass them when feeding the meat to hungry animals while at the same time, saving the meat from getting wasted. of course its dead and rotten so can’t feed to humans or otherwise would have done that.

  • Anonymous

    If they’re willing to waste thier hard earned cash so they can act tough, their loss is my gain

  • Anonymous

    They think pork is Kryptonite to muslims, I actually heard them say that if a muslim some much as touches pork, even accidentally, he goes to hell automatically.
    Thats why you hear morons say that the Army needs to spray their bullets and bombs with pork when bombing “AY-RABS”

  • jameyfan

    I’m tired of gettin angry at these idiots so I’m trying to make it light hearted bro. They’re wasting money and not eating pork either so it’s all good. lol

  • jameyfan

    As a muslim, I’m just happy that the haters are not eating pork and throwing it away instead.

  • If they would deliver a live pig, I would 🙂

  • Julieann Wozniak

    How many hungry children are there in Staten Island? In addition to being hateful, moronic, and vile, this juvenile display is also criminally wasteful. People in your actual community are still hurting after Sandy, asshole.

  • mindy1

    What a waste >:( just leave people be.

  • mindy1

    It’s too bad you couldn’t donate these to a soup kitchen >:(

  • I guess we need to think of a strategy about what to do with pork products thrown at Muslims. It seems it will happen more often. If there were strays, I would hold a public feeding session of these pork products to these stray animals.

  • ““Definitely there is an impact of such ignorance, and not even an attempt to understand,” El-Meligy said.”

    Not even an attempt to understand–amin! 99.9% of the time when you try to engage them, these beings “respond” with silence or insults. The wonky mask of civilized behavior falls off of them almost the second they start replying to you.
    But no dawah is wasted, ever. Other people might see it inshallah. Even if they don’t, God (swt) sees it.

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