A New York City transportation supervisor was caught on video cursing allegedly at a Jewish woman waving an Israeli flag on a Manhattan street earlier this month, the New York Post reported.
Kenneth Foster in the clip can be heard saying, “F*** Israel and f*** you, too,” the paper noted, adding that he also told the unidentified woman, “I got the right to say what the f*** I want, I’m American.”
Foster, 57, said in an interview with the Post that on Nov. 11 he was walking down Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side with his mother when the woman’s flag “almost hit” him.
A video of Foster cursing and issuing a middle finger was posted on Instagram; a panel on the Instagram post also claims Foster was “spotted intimidating and harassing Jews hanging up posters of kidnapped hostages taken by Hamas on October 7th.” Foster, however, told the paper he was unaware of any posters.
“I stated, ‘Why are you waving that flag that is part of an apartheid state?’” Foster told the Post. “So she got mad, like they mostly always do when you talk about Israel. I said, ‘F you’ and ‘F Israel.’ I didn’t say nothing about Jews to her … now I have to defend myself.”
Foster added to the paper that he has nothing against Jewish people and should have “just walked away.”
“I’m against oppression of anybody because I’m black, so I know what oppression is,” he added to the Post.
Foster told the paper he’s worked for the MTA for 36 years; the Post added that he earned just over $143,000 last year for managing track maintenance and construction.
The paper said Foster has shared pro-Palestinian posts on his public Facebook page since Oct. 7.
An MTA spokesman told the Post that the transportation agency “has no tolerance for hatred or discrimination” and that it has “begun an investigation to determine all the facts.”
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