It was reported this week that an Orthodox Jewish man confronted a woman for using the slur “dirty Jew”, at which point he was slapped by her husband.
The incident took place last Sunday at the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort in Aventura, Florida. It was alleged that after a Jewish woman’s “bathing-suit water fell on [the husband’s] towel”, his wife called the woman a “dirty Jew”.
Alain Altit, the Orthodox Jewish man who witnessed this interaction, reportedly confronted the woman for using the antisemitic slur but was then himself on the receiving end of abuse when the woman’s husband, Marcos Rodriguez, slapped Mr Altit in front of his wife and five children. Mr Rodriguez allegedly later told police that Mr Altit initially threatened him, causing Mr Rodriguez to slap him.
Speaking on the incident, Tanya Cohen, Mr Altit’s wife, said: “It’s 2021, this shouldn’t be happening anymore. There’s no room for antisemitism. It’s enough.”
Aventura Police Major Michael Bentolila said: “We take any threat to anyone seriously, especially if it has to do with race, religion, ethnicity, anything along those lines…If our investigation does lead us any further, there could be a possibility of an enhanced hate crime.”
The investigation continues.
In May, a man was arrested after a van covered in antisemitic, pro-Nazi slogans was seen driving through Boca Raton and Miami.