Former Obama-advisor Stuart Seldowitz arrested for Islamophobia rant captured on video


A former high-ranking U.S. government official has been arrested after he was captured on camera calling a halal food vendor “terrorist” and saying the death of 4,000 Palestinian children in Gaza “wasn’t enough.”

Stuart Seldowitz, who previously served as deputy director of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Israel and Palestine Affairs, was arrested on Friday on the grounds of aggravated harassment, stalking causing fear, hate crime stalking, and stalking at a place of employment, said New York police in a statement.

The police said that a 24-year-old male victim complained the cops of an individual who allegedly “approached him at his work place multiple times and made anti-Islamic statements multiple time on different dates causing [him] to feel afraid and annoyed.”


Video went viral this month of multiple debate over Israel and Hamas’ conflict between Seldowitz and the Egyptian man working in a halal cart in Manhattan.

“If we killed 4,000 Palestinian kids, it wasn’t enough,” Seldowitz was heard saying in one exchange, which was captured on video and posed on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.