An ex-police officer assigned to the World Trade Center says he was barraged with anti-Semitic comments on a daily basis — and he has the tapes to prove it.
David Attali, an Israeli Jew, told WABC in New York City that the constant harassment took its toll.
“Every day when I would go to work, literally every step I would take closer to the building, I would just feel my mood changing,” he said. “Every day, to hear the same things, I felt like I was caged.”
The nastiness started soon after he arrived at the World Trade Center Command — and never stopped, he told WABC.
In one recording Attali made, an officer is heard making a joke about the Holocaust.
Cop: “Do you want to go to this camp for the summer?”
Cop: “Oh, you will lose so much weight, you’ll be in the best shape of your life.
Attali: “How so?”
Cop: “It’s a concentration camp.”
In another recording, not one, not two, but three officers are heard to be making even more hateful comments.
Cop 1: “I hate that haircut.”
Attali: “Want me to shave my head?”
Cop 1: “I want to push you into an oven and (expletive) burn.”
Cop 2: “I want to tattoo a number on you.”
Cop 3: “DKS7741, step up, breathe in this tube,” another said. “And, oh wait, he died, surprise, surprise.”
Ads for pork were also posted on his locker, Attali alleged and, the WABC report says, Officer Christopher Delbrocolo often called him a “dirty Jew.”
The NYPD is investigating and three cops have been hit with disciplinary charges.
Attali quit last year and is suing the city and nine officers, including Delbrocolo.
He told The Daily News that he believes other cops resented that he was given off Saturdays to observe the Sabbath.
John Oswald is The Forward’s deputy digital media editor.