The hastily written and implemented ban on entry for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries was met with swift condemnation and protests by Queens activists and other opponents at Kennedy Airport.
In Richmond Hill, the Indo-Caribbean Alliance, citing the assault of Rabeeya Khan, a Guyanese Muslim Delta employee at JFK, condemned President Trump’s actions and rhetoric and joined the Jan. 28 protest.
Rabeeya Khan was attacked at a Kennedy Airport lounge by a passenger who mocked her religion and invoked the name of Donald Trump, officials said.
“F–k Islam, f–k ISIS,” Robin Rhodes said, as he got on his knees and bowed in mock prayer after kicking a worker at Terminal 2’s Delta Sky Lounge Wednesday night, according to authorities.
“Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you. You can ask Germany, Belgium and France about these kind of people. You will see what happens.”
Queens DA Richard Brown said Rhodes was returning from Aruba and awaiting a connecting flight to Massachusetts when he began harassing Rabeeya Khan, who was sitting in her office in the lounge.
“Are you f—ing sleeping,” Rhodes said, according to court papers. “Are you praying? What are you doing?”
Rhodes, 57, then allegedly punched the door, which hit the back of Khan’s chair. Khan, who wears a hijab, asked Rhodes what she did to him.
“You did nothing, but I am going to kick your f—ing a–,” Rhodes said, according to Brown. “Rhodes then allegedly kicked Khan in the right leg, then blocked the door as she tried to leave.”
When a witness came to intercede, Khan ran out. But Rhodes followed her and got down on his knees and began to bow down in imitation of a Muslim praying.
Rhodes was arrested and charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment, and menacing and harassment as hate crimes.
“I guess I am going to jail for disorderly conduct,” Rhodes said as he was being arrested, according to cops. “I couldn’t tell if it was a man or woman because their back was to me and they had something covering their head.”
Brown said the alleged attack was inexcusable.
“The bigotry and — especially in Queens County, the most culturally diverse county in the nation,” Brown said.