The banner, dragged by a plane over the Florida skies last week, looked baffling.
“Jew, I have a question,” he said.
Admittedly, it was a moment made for Twitter, attracting both pranksters and anti-Semitism watchdogs.
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A tweet of the photo on Saturday by the StopAntisemitism group got more than 100 shares. Another group, United With Israel, shared the photo and tweeted: “Anti-Semitism is alive and well. “
“Judging from my experience with Judaism, the question is either something deep, philosophical and existential, or” When do we eat? ” I HUNGER, ”one person tweeted.
Ben Shapiro, the right-wing Orthodox Jewish commentator, tweeted the photo to his 3.5 million followers with a pleasant and obscure reference to how rabbis answer questions of Jewish law: “The answer is chatchila, you shouldn’t, but I’m dead, it’s probably okay.
It turns out that the banner wasn’t meant to be hate speech or a joke: it was a proposal to a woman dubbed “Jewish.” (What is it for – Julia? Jewel? Judith? Remains unclear.)
According to Glenna Milberg, a local South Florida television reporter, the banner was created and flown by Aerial Banners, whose Instagram page shows examples of similar marriage proposals – though others tend to say, “Want- you marry me ? It probably would have cleared up the confusion here.
Milberg reported that Milo Srkal Jr., a representative for Aerial Banners, said he did not realize the banner could be considered offensive until he received a call from the local branch of the Anti-Defamation League.
“It was like, ‘Wait, what? What are you talking about ?’ He said, according to News10, the Milberg station. “And then after you sat down and thought about it, read a few things and explained it to us, it was like, ‘Oh my God.'”
Of course, the true story of the banner prompted another question: Did “Jew” say yes?
According to Milberg, she did.
Jewish Telegraph Agency