New York Revokes pro-Hamas License Plate

Car with Palestinian flag and license plate that read 'Hammas' spotted in Brooklyn, reports NY1.

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Traffic in Brooklyn, Nov. , 2012.
Traffic in Brooklyn, Nov. , 2012.Credit: Bloomberg

The Department of Motor Vehicles in New York announced it would revoke a license plate reading "Hammas" that was spotted in Brooklyn, NY1 News reported on Wednesday.

Although the name is a misspelling of Hamas, a Palestinian flag being used as a windshield cover suggests the intention is Hamas, the Palestinian militant group.

"We are pulling this plate off the road as patently offensive," Jackie McGinnis of the state Department of Motor Vehicles said in a statement. "The group represented by the name on the plate is also on the list of entities designated by the U.S. Government as a terrorist organization."

The DMV is authorized to refuse issuing vanity plates that it considers obscene, derogatory or offensive, NY1 reported.

The black Dodge was parked in the neighborhood of Bay Ridge on Wednesday, according to the news site, but passers-by were not in a huff.

"It could be seen as provocative in some parts in Brooklyn if it was parked in certain areas, I guess. It doesn't really bother me too much," said one person.

"We are in a country where you're allowed to do such things," said another.

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