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May 16, 2014 10:17 am

New York Cabbie Suspended for 30 Days for Brandishing Nazi Swastika Armband

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The New York City cabbie brandishing a Swastika armband.

A New York City cab driver is facing a 30-day suspension for operated his taxi while wearing an armband branded with a Nazi swastika.

After receiving complaints from members of the public, Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sent a letter to the chief operating officer of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). The League said it was “extremely disturbed by this provocative display,” and urged the commission to promptly investigate.

TLC subsequently suspended the cabbie’s operator’s license for 30 days after the driver pleaded guilty to violating TLC rule 54-12(e) which prohibits “any act that is against the best interests of the public.”

A source familiar with the case told The Algemeiner that the TLC named the offender as one Gabriel Diaz. The source said that New Yorkers began to report the driver to the TLC from as early as March of this year.

ADL on Friday commended the commission for taking action.

“We applaud the TLC’s swift investigation and successful prosecution of this outrageous and inflammatory gesture by a taxicab driver,” Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York regional director, said in a statement. “By openly displaying this hate symbol identified with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party while operating a New York City taxicab, the driver sent a frightening and offensive message to New Yorkers about who might be welcome – and unwelcome – in the taxicab he was driving.”

Bernstein added, “In disciplining the driver, the TLC sends a powerful message that such a vehement demonstration of hate is unacceptable, and that there are consequences for those who seek to intimidate others.”

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  • These are the things I have been mentioning in this forum. I related my childhood experience with Jews who came into my home town high school and treated me, a native, like poor Southern White trash. I tried to be friendly with them. For my attempts I was mocked and swindled out of my money. I never took it too heart. I simply graduated and made my own way in the world.
    It is alright for a Jewish person to wear a yamicha and other religious things in public. But this Spanish cab driver cannot wear his arm band. What ever happened to the second amendment and all the other amendments. guaranteeing the right to happiness? Maybe the Jewish clothing and religious artifacts upset the Spainish Cabbie. After all, who killed Christ? Many Spanish People are very Catholic and religious oriented. That rule they used to suspend the driver with is worded kind of broad. How about some poor Hindu. I have gotten into some pretty stinky cabs, driven by Hindus. I never complained. I figure the cabbie has got the right to eat that stuff if he wants to. I do not know, I am just saying, this is America and we are supposed to be tolerant of everyone’s point of view according to the liberals who generally are two faced when it comes to tolerance. They want to be tolerated but anyone who is different or disagrees with them is automatically a bad person racist or whatever catch word they are using that day.
    Good Night Chesty Puller where ever you are and Semper Fi.

  • Sofia

    The sad part is that millions of non-Jews perished by the sadists, Nazis, and he was heard saying, that “Hitler was a fine guy” –
    My family was murdered by the Nazi thugs, and we aren’t Jewish – yet my Mother shelted four Jews for 20 months in Pinsk – and was honored in Yad Vashem.
    The tragedy, is that in the United States, he is hiding behind the Right to Speech? Where did he even get that damn swastica? The Jewish People have a right to be upset, as others, this cab driver should know that he isn’t an arian race and would have been exterminated as well.
    He should go to hell.

  • Is a 30 day suspension enough? Would that same measure of toleration be expressed if he had been wearing his white robes? Come to think of it! Would he have survived a drive through New York’s Harlem or Brooklyn, anywhere were a Black Person would see this as Race hatred?

  • Elaine

    Sterling was set up and punished severely for behavior he likely manifested all his life. He didn’t advertise his hate as Diaz did. It’s open season on Jews. Jew hate is hardly noticed these days. Thirty days is hardly punishment. Imagine if his hatred were focused on a black person. What would his punishment be then? Ask Donald Sterling. He could tell you.

  • Michele

    Guess if your a sicko hater in a private phone conversation people get upset! If you wear your hatred out in public….well 30 day suspension! Moron should be a server at Katz’s Deli till he drops!

  • The permissiveness of American society is appalling!! 1) he should lose his hack license permanently! 2) he should be fined $5000. 3) He should be put in jail for 5 years under the same conditions as the Jewish prisoners that were in Buchenwald!!! And when he completes his sentence I will be waiting for him!!

    • Michael Levy

      I agree with you 100% Andre but you left one thing out and that is…………let me circumcise him first!!!

  • Robert B Geller

    Donald Sterling gets fined $2.5 million, banned from basketball for life, etc because he made horrible racist comments, and this cabbie gets only 30 days for voluntarily displaying a Nazi Swatsika, the clearest symbol of anti-Semitism. Am i missing something?

  • Steven Kalka

    Yellow cabbies don’t get lose their license even if they kill a pedestrian crossing with the light. They get away with murder.

  • Dafna Yee

    He should have received a fine of at least $5000 and told that any repetition would result in jail time as well. While I am also disgusted by this man’s action, I don’t think that permanently losing his livelihood is a just punishment.

  • Freduardo

    This cabbie should be deported back to Mexico or whatever
    Nazi leaning country he’s from.

  • Bart A, Charta

    If he were to have his left arm amputated, could he keep his license?

  • Who is this guy? 30 day suspension, yet Donald Sterling is suspended for life from the NBA. Ban him forever from driving a taxi. If I see him in Manhattan, I will break this mother f*****’s windshield. Then I will strangle this lowlife.

  • Liliane Abergel

    Why? Best thing is to … boycott! Get his hack license number and send petitions around to make his work a living hell! Why get angry when you can get even? It’s about time we Jews become pro-active and let the World know that we aren’t anyone’s scape goat or whipping boy anymore!

  • drchicago

    While this cab driver used poor judgement, he is probably a person who can be corrected. These statements that he should be keel-hauled for a rather stupid misdemeanor seem absurd. He is being punished, live and leave it alone.

    • Andrew

      Wake up


  • Steve

    Anyone find out if he was here legally?

  • Robby

    Why was he only suspended for 30 days? This Nazi should have his hack license taken away permanently!

    • ahh for the days of the JDL…I guarantee that Nazi cabbie would wet his pants if a few shartkers decided to…”hitch a ride” in his cab..They do this with impunity now …

  • Eve

    A 30 day suspension is a joke. They should suspend his hack license permanently.

    • Yitzchak

      His license should be suspended 60 to 90 days and he should be fined $10,000. That really should give him a big spanking effect! If that does not work, then he should lose his license indefinitely!

  • P gaetti

    Suspended is not good enough , He should be fired

  • Eve

    Someone should have disciplined this guy with a piano wire.

  • Kris Kristian

    A bastard like this should be suspended permanently.

    He should never be allowed to drive a cab again.
    He should have to look for employment soemwhere else. That is, if anybody would want to employ this scum bag piece of shit.

  • John

    Take his medallion

  • Rena LeBlalnc

    He should be fired!

  • judithg

    another cockroach skittering around when the light is on. he should be smacked in the face. hard. then punched in the mouth. hard.

  • h.s.cohen

    He belongs in the river with those famous concrete shoes.

  • Hinda

    My belated uncle, Jack Blas use to be the main instructor for all NYC cabbies in the last century. I am glad he is not alive to see the garbage that represents the cabbie today. Gone is the skill, the honor and priviledge that has been known behind the cabbie. It’s so messed up now.

    By the way – this putz need to be given a few “Gooseshtups” up the tuchus and given a one way ticket to I-Ran.

  • Trumpeldor

    🙁 If you don’t think anti-Semitism is on the rise in NYC too, you just haven’t been paying attention.

  • Otto Schiff

    It is difficult to tell whether it is thoughtless or vicious. In any case, he has learned a lesson.

  • He needs rehabilitation

  • gonjtonic

    send him to the camps……

  • A. Sanders

    He should be banned for life

  • Emanuel

    He belongs homeless. They should cancel his contract.