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Man wrapped in tallit arrested at airport in Atlanta following alleged anti-Semitic rant on flight

Mary Scott
Nov 23, 2018
06:58 P.M.
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A man was arrested at an Atlanta airport on Wednesday evening after allegedly launching into an anti-Semitic rant mid-flight. Interestingly, he was wearing a traditional Jewish cloth.

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Jordan Dale, a passenger on the same plane, took to Twitter with a cell-phone video of the man struggling with cops at the airport.

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Dale wrote:

“Today a man on my plane went on an anti-Semitic tirade and demanded 'all Jews raise their hands' so he could ‘indentify them.’ Later, during the arrest he protested and resisted arrest. Incredible work by Atlanta police, I highly recommend watching the whole video.”

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The flight in question was Delta Air Lines’ 1822 flight from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. A spokesman from the airline confirmed to Newsweek:

"Local law enforcement met flight 1822 in Atlanta due to a customer’s behavior onboard the flight."

Dale’s video shows the man, now identified as David Toaff, struggling with officers and resisting arrest. “I'm not a bad person. What did I do wrong?” he yells repeatedly.

“You’re a Nazi,” a by-stander off-camera replies.

Footage of the struggle stretches for well over two minutes, and the police officers are seen trying to calm Toaff down.

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“You're making it worse for yourself," one officer says.

Eventually, the three cops restrain him, put him in handcuffs, and lead him out of the airport.

Local NBC-affiliate 11Alive shared a statement from the Atlanta Police:

"Preliminary information indicates that while in flight to Atlanta a male began uttering anti-Semitic words to passengers aboard the aircraft. When the flight arrived at the gate the male continued the disturbance and refused to provide officers with identification."

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Toaff, 37, was charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct. According to israelnationalnews.com, he was wearing a tallit, the four-cornered garment worn by Jews during prayer.

Toaff’s anti-Semitic rant comes less than a month after 46-year-old Robert Bowers stormed the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and shot sporadically, killing 11 people. The shooter is said to have burst into the building shouting: “All Jews must die!”

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