New York DMV issues ‘Hammas’ license plate to pro-Hamas driverBy Mason White 12:35 PM September 4, 2014
|Hammas license plate|
By: Hydar Tomar
The New York Department of Motor Vehicle issued a license plate with the letters “Hammas” to a pro-Hamas driver in Brooklyn.
After coming under extreme criticism, the DMV said that it is revoking the license plate.
The Hammas plate is named after the Hamas group of Gaza, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States.
The car carrying the plate was seen parked in Bay Ridge on Wednesday, and had a Palestinian flag on the dashboard. The DMV said that it should not have issued the plate.
“We are taking this plate off the road because it is offensive,” the New York DMV said in a statement. “The group represented by the name on the plate is also on the list of entities designated by the United States government as a terrorist organization.”
Some people are angry that the DMV canceled the Hammas plate. “I thought that in the United States people are allowed to have such plates and express themselves,” one Brooklyn resident said.