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Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 9:06 am

Fifteen years ago, anyone viewing the strange encounter between three Israelis, one of whom was putting on tefillin at Ben-Gurion Airport, would have had grist for an amusing story at dinner. But this is 2018. So last week’s confrontation between University of Maryland professor Pnina Peri, Chabad Rabbi Meir Herzl and business traveler Gad Kaufman drew much more attention, as it was recorded on a phone, posted online and spread virally.

The admittedly disturbing video shows Peri, a visiting assistant professor in U-Md.’s Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, shouting in Hebrew and berating Herzl as he helps Kaufman with the tefillin. Peri yells to them to “move because you are bothering me” and asks rhetorically, “Why are you doing this here? There are people here.” Throughout the video tirade, she laughs mockingly.

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