Orland Park pharmacist Sara Abdulrasoul accused of throwing drink at Jewish bartender charged with hate crime

CHICAGO — An Orland Park woman is charged with a hate crime after allegedly throwing a drink at a Near North Side bartender who wore a Star of David necklace.

The bartender, 28, was working Nov. 7 at The Underground Chicago, 56 W. Illinois St., when Sara Abdulrasoul, 30, called the bartender “ho,” according to a Chicago police report.

Abdulrasoul saw that the bartender was wearing a necklace with the Star of David – a six-pointed star generally recognized as a symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism – and allegedly told the bartender to “remove the necklace”, the report said. Chicago Sun-Times.

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Abdulrasoul then made several anti-Semitic statements and said the bartender’s “people” were killing his “people”, according to the police report.

The bartender replied, “Oh, are you Palestinian? I didn’t mean to upset you,” police said.

Abdulrasoul reportedly replied that she “hated Jews” and again told the bartender to remove the necklace before throwing “her whole cup of drink, which was full”, at the bartender’s neck, hitting the bartender’s collarbone.

Bar security was called but Abdulrasoul had already left, police said.

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The bartender later identified Abdulrasoul from surveillance footage, and Abdulrasoul turned himself in to police with a lawyer on Tuesday, police said.

The charges in the case were first reported by CWB Chicago.

Abdulrasoul has worked as a pharmacist since graduating from Chicago State University and helps care for his father, his attorney, David Gaeger, said in court.

Judge Susana Ortiz on Wednesday ordered Abdulrasoul’s release on his own recognizance, according to court records. The judge told Abdulrasoul that she could not drink or take drugs while the case was pending.

Abdulrasoul was due in court on April 13 at the Skokie courthouse.

Source: ( Sun-Times Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2022.)

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