Someone in Brooklyn is driving around in a car with a “HAMMAS” license plate.
The slightly misspelled nod to Hamas was spotted on black Dodge that was parked in Bay Ridge Wednesday and had a Palestinian flag spread across the windshield, NY1 reports.
Even more disturbing however, is the message that the owner opted to add under the garish yellow plate. “ALQASSM” can be seen spelled out in red letters, which we can only assume refers to the Al Quassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing responsible for multiple attacks on Israeli civilians.
The Department of Motor Vehicles is in the process of revoking the license plate, which it admits should never have been issued.
“We are pulling this plate off the road as patently offensive,” Jackie McGinnis of the state DMV said in a statement. “The group represented by the name on the plate is also on the list of entities designated by the U.S. Government as a terrorist organization.”
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg , she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
DMV Will Revoke Brooklyn 'HAMMAS' License Plate