August 9, By Jason Cohen
An Astoria food vendor was pelted with eggs early Monday morning that included anti-Muslim messages wrapped around them, according to police.
Farid el-Baghdadi, 56, was struck by eggs while working his halal food truck around 12:30 a.m. Monday on Steinway Street near 25th Avenue. Attached to one of the eggs was an anti- Muslim and anti-Arab message, police said.
According to reports, one of the messages read “F–k Arab. F–k Muslim.”
El-Baghdadi was not hurt.
No arrests have been made and the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.
Councilman Costa Constantinides condemned the attack.
“This vicious attack is hateful and derogatory,” Constantinides said. “Astorians deserve a safe community without fear of assault or harassment because of their religion. As hate crimes have risen this past year, we reaffirm our core American beliefs in justice and unity, and stand against hatred and bigotry.”
The Daily News was first to report the story.