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Unhinged Passenger Demands That “All Jews Raise Their Hands”

Unhinged Passenger Demands That “All Jews Raise Their Hands”
Jennifer Billock

A man on a recent Delta Air Lines flight from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta, Georgia, demanded that “all Jews raise their hands” in order for him to identify them and apparently ranted about bombings; he was ultimately arrested when the flight landed, charged with two crimes, and taken to the local jail.

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, a man on a Delta Air Lines flight from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta appeared to go on an anti-Semitic rant while in the air. Thirty-seven-year-old David Toaff asked all Jewish people on the plane to raise their hands so he could identify them, and continued to make anti-Semitic remarks and some comments about bombings. The bombing comments were not verified or explained.

“A male was yelling, asking Jewish people on board to identify themselves and making remarks about bombings to passengers aboard the aircraft,” the Atlanta Police told Business Insider. “Some passengers told police they interpreted the remarks as being anti-Semitic.”

At the time of his arrest, Toaff also said he lived in Washington, D.C., and that people there “know who he is.”

Jordan Dale, a production assistant for The Hill, was on the on the plane and tweeted about it: “Today a man on my plane went on an anti-Semitic tirade and demanded ‘all Jews raise their hands’ so he could ‘identify them.’”

When the plane landed in Atlanta, Toaff was arrested and taken to the local Clayton County Jail. He first attempted to break free from the police and shouted that he isn’t a bad person. Toaff has been charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct.

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View Comments (2)


  1. Brendan

    November 26, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    ‘Twas a man named “David” of all things!

  2. J S

    November 28, 2018 at 7:50 am

    @Brendan: What’s your point?

    Surely they could come up with some more serious charges than obstruction and disorderly conduct. Talking about bombs on a plane seems to warrant more serious charges, plus they should add a hate crimes enhancement to any sentence.

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