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Judge's Offhanded Terrorism Remarks Angers Arab-American

The first time a village justice here suggested that Anissa Khoder was a terrorist, she smiled gamely and swallowed her humiliation. The second time, she said, she fainted. Mrs. Khoder, a United States citizen who arrived from Lebanon 14 years ago, appeared in court last Thursday before the judge, William R. Crosbie, to challenge two parking tickets left on her dashboard within an hour of each other. She said the judge repeated her name and asked if she was a terrorist. “I smiled a big smile and said, `Look at me, do I look like a terrorist?’ ” she said. Then, according to Mrs. Khoder, after she gave an explanation of the tickets, the judge again referred to terrorism. “He said, `You don’t want to pay a ticket, but you have money to support terrorists,’ ” she recalled. “I felt the blood go to my head. I wanted to throw up. I screamed and fell to the ground.” For his part, the judge, 79, acknowledged making the initial query about her being a terrorist, but said he was “probably kidding,” according to an article in The Journal News, the Westchester newspaper. Full Story

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