Video reveals ‘Stand With Israel’ banner and flag ripped down at Miami Seaside bagel store – NBC 6 South Florida
Surveillance video shows a person ripping down a “Stand With Israel” banner and an Israeli/American flag outside a Miami Beach bagel shop, the second time in as many months that the cafe has been vandalized.
The most recent incident at Bagel Time Café on Alton Road happened early Tuesday, shortly after midnight.
The video shows the person approach the front of the shop, rip down the banner and flag, and carry them away.
RAW: Surveillance video shows a person ripping down a “Stand With Israel” banner and an Israeli/American flag outside a Miami Beach bagel shop.
The person, who appears to be a woman, drops the items in the middle of the street and stomps on them then runs to a white vehicle, which flees the scene.
“I’m angry, this is not acceptable,” the shop’s owner, Josh Nodel, told NBC6 on Tuesday. “We have no tolerance for violence or any vandalism.”
Last month, surveillance footage showed a man trying to rip down the “Stand With Israel” banner outside Bagel Time.
Nodel said the intent was clear, to make a pro-Hamas statement.
“Miami is not as safe as we thought,” Nodel said after the October incident. “I mean, we have some Hamas supporters over here, Hamas for us is ISIS, it’s not a group that can negotiate with, it’s a terror organization, and having this over here, it’s terror in Miami.”
A number of antisemitic incidents have occurred in South Florida and across the globe following the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on Israel, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
“What we also should note is that before Oct. 7, when we look at 2022 even, we were already at record levels of antisemitic incidents in Florida and across the United States,” said Lonny Wilk of ADL Florida.
About a mile away from the Bagel Time Café, someone ripped down Israeli flags and scrawled “IDF are terrorists, American tax dollars fund genocide.” The ADL says the genocide accusation against Israel is fueling more hatred.
“We know that claims of genocide have been used for antisemitic purposes from the extreme right and the extreme left, and they’re inappropriate and they’re offensive,” Wilk said.