NEW YORK (JTA) – A New York waiter disrupted a Jewish wedding with Arabic chants.
Stephen Buttafuoco, 23, was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime for allegedly playing a song with the words "Allahu akbar," Arabic for "God is great," over the sound system at a Jewish wedding on Long Island Jan. 4.
Buttafuoco was arraigned in Nassau County Criminal Court and released on $1,500 bail. His attorney said he had acted foolishly but was not dangerous.
"He’s not a radical," said Thomas Spreer. "He didn’t even know they were on the air. He feels absolutely horrendous."