WOODBURY, N.Y. (AP) - A waiter who shocked guests at a Jewish
wedding by playing a recording of a crowd chanting in Arabic has
pleaded not guilty to a felony harassment charge.
Nassau County police say Stephen Buttafuoco was working at the
Woodbury Jewish Center on Long Island on Jan. 4 when he played the
Islamic chant over a sound system.
Investigators said the 23-year-old man made the recording when he attended a rally opposing the Israeli offensive in Gaza, during which protesters chanted, "Allah Akbar," or "God is great."
Buttafuoco said he was playing the recording for a co-worker and
was unaware it was being amplified, according to his lawyer. The
attorney says Buttafuoco's father is a former Marine and pastor of a church, and the family is sorry about the incident.
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