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NYC Cab Driver Attempts to Run Over Jewish Students

In a horrifying event that underscores the rising tide of Antisemitism festering under the guise of multicultural tolerance, a Brooklyn cab driver attempted a heinous attack on Orthodox Jewish students outside their school. The assailant, Asghar Ali, a 58-year-old Pakistani immigrant, evidently tried to use his vehicle as a weapon in his disturbed crusade, reportedly screaming, “kill all the Jews,” during the assault. This terrifying episode was caught on surveillance, showing deliberate aggression as Ali aimed his car at innocent students.

What is deeply concerning is not just the act itself but the broader implications it carries for societal safety and cohesion. Here we have a situation where a man, known to authorities as dangerously unstable, was still able to mount a terror attack on religious students. It raises serious questions about how our system manages individuals known to be a risk to public safety and how hate can drive an already unstable person to commit unthinkable acts.

This incident should serve as a wake-up call to those who trivialize the dangers of unchecked mental illness combined with radical ideologies. It is a stark reminder that political correctness and fear of addressing certain cultural issues can lead to real harm. The fact that this man, driven by an apparent deep-seated hatred, was set on harming Jewish students, speaks volumes about the sinister undercurrents of Antisemitism that must be confronted and rooted out from our communities.

The justice system must now ensure that Ali is held accountable for his actions, not only to serve justice but to send an unequivocal message that such acts of violence and Antisemitism have no place in our society. As we grapple with these challenges, the broader discussion must also evolve to address the root causes of such hatred and the societal failures that allow them to manifest in such dangerous ways. Never again is now.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.