Staten Island teen charged with hate crime for Arabic graffiti

Anthony Weiss

(JTA) — A 15-year-old student was charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime for writing “death for Jewish religion” in Arabic on a poster at a Staten Island junior high school.

The teen, from Staten Island, was charged on Tuesday with the hate crime and for making graffiti, and will be tried as a juvenile, ABC7 News reported.

The student allegedly wrote the message in Arabic, using blue ink, on a poster at Dreyfus Intermediate School, also known as I.S. 49, where it was noticed by a school safety agent who could read Arabic.