Last week, someone threw a 20-pound rock through a window of the Babylon Restaurant in Lowell, Massachussetts. The Lowell Sun reported that the Iraqi owner, Leyla Al-Zubaydi, was driven to tears and the vandalism prompted her to consider closing the restaurant.
However, this week, Patrick Scanlon, a Vietnam veteran and a coordinator for Veterans for Peace, organized veterans and others to patronize the restaurant. In fact, they ended up filling every seat (video below).
“For someone to come and throw a rock through this window, in what we consider a hate crime, is totally unacceptable,” said Scanlon.
“This solidarity gives us the courage to stand,” said Al-Zubaidi. “There is no more fear in my heart because there are such nice people behind us.”