Man Wears Yarmulke With Swastika At White Plains Diner

Sean Adams
October 15, 2019 - 9:46 am
City Limits Diner

Sean Adams

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Police were called to a Westchester County restaurant when a man showed up wearing a yarmulke with a swastika on it.

As WCBS 880's Sean Adams reported, the man was seen wearing a red baseball cap topped with a white Yarmulke emblazoned with a swastika at the City Limits Diner in White Plains last Friday afternoon.

Diner owner Nick Livanos said his brother called the police to avoid confrontation.

"Is this person capable of inflicting harm? That did cross our minds immediately and our first priority was the safety of our customers and of course our staff," Livanos said.

They asked the man to leave.

He complied and explained he was exercising his First Amendment right to free speech.

“The people that were there were so shocked by this and by talking to them, I saw the effect it had, I mean it had that effect on us, too. But for some people obviously, it’s much more personal," Livanos said. "I could tell from at least a couple of the parties that I spoke to, it was devastating. It had that traumatic of an effect."

Millie Jasper, head of the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center, says anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise.

They’re meeting them head on.

“I think we do need education and dialogue. I think it starts with a conversation,” Jasper says. "A small part of me thinks that there was a missed opportunity here for dialogue. I'm concerned that he's just going to pop up someplace else and we don't know what he's thinking or what he's planning."

In recent weeks, swastikas have shown up at Scarsdale High School and Pleasantville High school, and in downtown White Plains, someone posted obscene flyers at a Holocaust memorial.