Ex-Diplomat Stuart Seldowitz Arrested for Hate Crime in Altercation with Halal Food Vendor

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A former US State Department official Stuart Seldowitz was detained by New York police on Wednesday after he was seen on camera labeling an Egyptian street vendor selling halal as a terrorist and claiming that the deaths of 4,000 Palestinian children “wasn’t enough.”

According to a statement from the police, Stuart Seldowitz, 64, was taken into custody on suspicion of severe harassment, hate crime stalking, inciting fear, and stalking at a place of employment.

Seldowitz and his legal representative Scott Bookstein made an appearance before Manhattan Criminal Court Judge James G. Clynes. 

He was released without bond after entering a not guilty plea to all charges.

The same clothes he’d worn the night before during his arrest were still on him. According to an NYPD spokesman, Seldowitz was taken into custody and charged on Wednesday evening.

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Two Counts of Stalking and Second-Degree Aggravated Harassment- Seldowitz

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A former US State Department official Stuart Seldowitz was detained by New York police on Wednesday after he was seen on camera labeling an Egyptian street vendor selling halal as a terrorist and claiming that the deaths of 4,000 Palestinian children “wasn’t enough.”

In accordance with the city’s hate crimes law, Seldowitz was charged with two counts of stalking and second-degree aggravated harassment.

On Wednesday night, Seldowitz was spotted smiling as he was led out of Manhattan’s Upper East Side’s 19th Precinct.

This is in response to the startling video that surfaced this week showing him telling Mohammad Hussein, 24, that “if we killed 4,000 Palestinian children, it wasn’t enough.”

During his sick outburst, he also questioned whether the victim had “raped his daughter like Mohammed” and even made threats to have him deported to Egypt.

His current employer, Gotham Government Relations, in New York, ‘ended all affiliation’ with him and offered to defend the vendor in any legal actions.

Seldowitz, who served as the US State Department’s Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs’ deputy director from 1999 to 2003, apologized briefly in a statement to City & State on Tuesday night.

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