Orange County: Nazi-armband-wearing woman clashes with elderly Jewish man

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Authorities in Orange County, California are recommending that a woman who wore a Nazi armband and got into an altercation with an elderly Jewish man be charged with hate crimes.

The woman’s name has not been released because she has not yet been arrested, according to a report by The Jewish Voice.

The altercation took place on March 7th in Laguna Woods, best known for its massive retirement community formerly known as Leisure World, where eighty percent of the residents are over 65.

The woman made antisemitic comments and threatened an 80-year-old Jewish man who confronted her about the armband, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The Anti-Defamation League posted a photo of the woman, which it said had been provided by a citizen who wished to remain anonymous. It showed a woman wearing a black outfit, wearing a red Nazi armband prominently displaying a swastika.

Blashaw said two witnesses intervened, one of whom took the armband from the woman.

The ADL criticized Laguna Woods for its slow response to the incident.

“We demand that Laguna Woods leaders speak out against this outrageous act of Jew-hatred and condemn acts like this which can and do inspire further incidents of antisemitism and bigotry of all kinds,” ADL regional director Peter Levi said in a statement.

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