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September 22, 2016 4:42 pm

Brooklyn Assemblyman Calls for Strong Response From Yankees After Orthodox Jew Harassed by Fellow Fan at Game

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The crowd at a Yankee game. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The crowd at a Yankee game. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A Brooklyn politician called for the New York Yankees to issue a strong response to the harassment of an Orthodox Jew at a recent game, local blog reported Thursday.

In a letter to the baseball team’s president, Randy Levine, Democratic assemblyman Dov Hikind, himself a Jew, demanded action, after life-long fan Ben Lapin had his kippah removed by someone behind him in the stands at Yankee Stadium on September 12.

According to the report, the person grabbed the skull cap, and taunted Lapin for a sustained time before returning it.

“Baseball is America’s favorite pastime, and people and their families attend a game to enjoy themselves. Imagine the pain and degradation Mr. Lapin experienced as this incident unfolded,” Hikind wrote, calling the harasser’s behavior “abhorrent.”

Hikind continued, “I am appalled and dismayed that such behavior could have occurred and not be further pursued by the Yankee organization.” According to the report, the only response by the baseball club has been to offer Lapin free tickets to a future game, which Hikind referred to as “add[ing] insult to injury.”

Hikind wrote that Lapin was “distraught” after the incident, as “it continued to negatively affect him for several days afterward, to the point that he was not able to enjoy his anniversary.” According to Hikind, the fan “wants the Yankee organization to set an example by helping identify these perpetrators and aid him in pursuing harassment charges.”

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  • David in Israel

    Come home Mr Lapin, forget the falsity & illusion of living in Galut. This was a very mild form of a message you are ignoring. It will get worse.

  • Kish Mirtuches

    The bully fan should have been immediately ejected from the stadium. File a civil suit against the baastard and teach him a huge financial lesson. If this is an issue at the park, then the Yankees must acknowledge and quash. But we don’t know this to be the case, do we? But incidents like this are growing across America (BDS, hate crimes) and President Obama has been a very poor leader in fostering harmony, including his bashing of Israel, Netanyahu, siding with Israel’s enemy (Iran), Syrian catastrophe he allowed, etc.

  • frankiec_2005

    A scumbag such as the man who harassed Mr. Lapin should be barred for life from the stadium…obviously.

    Shame on the Yankees for not proactively doing so!

  • sabasarge

    Not hard to imagine a somewhat different response had the man harassed been Muslim. Front page on the NY Times, with Obama adding his two cents, which is all anything that comes out from his mouth is worth.