Nerdeen Kiswani, 20, lied when she said that Leonard Petlakh, executive director of the Kings Bay Y in Sheepshead Bay, was part of a group of people that punched her in the stomach and stole her Palestinian Hamas flag after an Oct. 7th game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv team.
NY Daily News A so-called Palestinian CUNY student claims she was assaulted — because of her Muslim faith — by a “gang of thugs” led by a local Jewish leader at a preseason basketball game at Barclays Center. But a lawyer for Petlakh denied the allegation, and video (below) of the incident does not show Kiswani being punched, though it does show a man snatching a flag out of her grip.
“What the hell is wrong with you?” Kiswani is heard saying on the video, as she chases the man up the steps. “Did you just fucking assault me?” “I didn’t touch you,” the man is heard saying. “Don’t fucking touch me, give me my shit back,” Kiswani is seen and heard yelling back at the man. (‘Shit’ is right considering what flag it is) “He punched me in the stomach,” Kiswani said after someone calls for security, according to the audio. (CRAP)
Kiswani said at a press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall Tuesday that “being the only visibly Muslim women in the arena with a scarf apparently warranted an assault.” (You went to an Israeli game only to start trouble)
Her attorney, Lamis Deek, said the video didn’t pick up the violent hit on her client. “As he went to grab (the flag), he punched her. It happens so quickly you can’t see it,” said Deek, who insisted that that Petlakh should be prosecuted for a hate crime.“What he and his friends displayed that night was anti-Muslim, anti-Palestinian hatred,” she said.
Petlakh’s lawyer released a statement to the Daily News. “It simply did not happen, not by Leonard nor any other person,” said former City Councilman Lew Fidler, who is representing Petlakh.
A spokesman for the Nets said there were no arrests made inside the arena and said Kiswani was given her flag back.