Florida tire shop flies Nazi flag to protest ‘modern-day holocaust’ in Gaza — and owner insists it isn’t antisemitic

A Florida tire shop is beneath hearth for flying a Nazi flag outdoors a busy freeway on Wednesday, because the owner defended his actions by claiming it is supposed to protest “a modern-day holocaust” in Gaza.

Radi Ahmad, the owner of the 904 x 4 on Philips Highway in Spring Park, stated the stunt is his means of reminding folks that what Palestinians are going via in Gaza is supposedly the identical as what Jewish folks skilled throughout World War II beneath Nazi Germany.

“I put that out there to bring awareness, to bring remembrance … to let people understand, we’re living … or Palestinians are living in a modern-day holocaust,” Ahmad told Action News Jax.

The 904 x 4 tire shop on Philips Highway in Spring Park, Florida, is flying a Nazi flag.
The 904 x 4 tire shop on Philips Highway in Spring Park, Florida, is flying a Nazi flag. WJAX-TV
Owner Radi Ahmad said he was flying the flag to protest the war in Gaza, claiming Israel was causing a "modern-day holocaust" against Palestinians.
Owner Radi Ahmad stated he was flying the disturbing flag to protest the struggle in Gaza, claiming Israel was inflicting a “modern-day holocaust” towards Palestinians. WJAX-TV

“They are going through hardships, starvation, demolishing other homes,” he added. “There’s so much hate, so much cruelty out there, and we’re witnessing it firsthand.”

Ahmad’s message, nevertheless, has been slammed as a transparent show of antisemitism, with the Nazi flag representing the systematic slaughter of about 6 million Jews in the try to eradicate the race.

“This act of hatred and antisemitism, which attempts to compare contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis, is not only reprehensible but a direct affront to our Jewish community and our history,” Mariam Feist, CEO of the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida, stated in an announcement.

“One Nazi flag in Northeast Florida is too many,” she added.

The flag has been slammed by local Jewish groups who say flying the banner is a clear act of antisemitism given its history.
The flag has been slammed by native Jewish teams who say flying the banner is a transparent act of antisemitism given its historical past. WJAX-TV

Ahmad refutes the allegations, insisting that there’s nothing inherently antisemitic concerning the Nazi flag.

“There’s nothing on there that says antisemitic, anti-Jew, anti-black or anti-anybody,” he stated, including that he has no plans to take down the flag throughout enterprise hours.

“Unfortunately, nobody is standing behind us; there is no help,” Ahmad added. “If you’re carrying an Israeli flag, what does that stand for today? That stands for the same thing.”

The owner said he will continue to fly the Nazi flag during business hours.
The owner stated he’ll proceed to fly the Nazi flag throughout enterprise hours. WJAX-TV

Feist finally slammed the show as insupportable, particularly provided that it was flying throughout Holocaust Survivors Day and D-Day, “adding to the pain and anger felt by our community.”

Derrick Blunt, who lives throughout the road from the tire shop, echoed the outrage and stated the flag was a blatant image of “racism.”

“You never know people until they show themselves, and he’s really showing himself to me now,” Blunt instructed News Jax.

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