[Ed. – More impressive are the few women visible in this video of the event who aren’t wearing hijabs.]
In a rare appearance around these parts, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray visited Bensonhurst Park in Bath Beach this morning to participate in an annual Eid al-Fitr prayer service organized by the Arab Muslim American Federation (AMAF).
The mayor, who was joined by District Attorney Ken Thompson and Comptroller Scott Stringer, emphasized unity and tolerance as he addressed recent terror attacks in Istanbul, Bangladesh, Baghdad, and most recently, Medina.
Zein Rimawi, AMAF vice-president, said the gesture meant a lot to Brooklyn’s Muslim American community, which is reeling from news of the attacks on their co-religionists abroad. …
Rimawi said he worries for his six daughters who wear hijabs. “I don’t want my girls to be targeted for any reason,” he said.