Restaurant owner receives death threat over Israeli flag

(Photo: Benny Fischer)

Bethesda Beat reports on what happened after Benny Fischer put up an Israeli flag last Wednesday outside Benny’s Bar and Grill to show his support for Israel fighting against Hamas:

The flag was hung opposite an American flag near the front door at Benny’s Bar & Grill on Tuckerman Lane. The next morning, at 2:41 a.m., Fischer received a call on his cellphone from a blocked number. He said the caller told him he or she was planning to steal the flag and then went into an anti-Semitic rant.

Fischer said he couldn’t tell if the caller was a man or woman. “They were trying to disguise their voice, I could tell that,” Fischer said.

Fischer said he hung up on the initial call, but received another from a blocked number at 2:45 a.m. When he answered that one, the caller continued the rant, saying things like, “You f—king Jew, I’m going to kill you and all the other Jews,” according to Fischer.

“I said to them, ‘You’re just a coward like all the other Jew-haters in the world,’ ” Fischer said.

Montgomery County Police are investigating the calls as a hate crime. Earlier this year, teenage boys were arrested over anti-Semitic graffiti on vehicles and a synagogue in Potomac.

Fischer isn’t backing down according to the article:

Fischer said he’s undaunted by the threats and plans to host a fundraiser next month at his restaurant for Magen David Adom, an Israeli organization similar to the American Red Cross.

“It’s always been in my nature to be proud of who I am,” Fischer said. “Putting up a flag is not a big deal, but a lot of people are afraid of doing just that. They’re afraid of being singled out and targeted.”

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