Cleveland gas station features grotesque anti-Semitic images

(JNS.org) A Cleveland gas station owned by a Palestinian American is drawing attention for a series of grotesque anti-Israel and anti-Semitic murals featured on its walls.

The gas station and convenience store called Biggie’s, located on East 55th Street and Cedar Ave in Cleveland, is owned by Palestinian-American Brahim “Abe” Ayad, who has been the target of criticism for several years due to the hateful images, the Cleveland Jewish News reported.  

One of the most offensive images is that of a so-called “Talmudic Priest” wearing a yarmulke while circumcising an infant with his teeth, accompanied by the words “sex with minors permitted.”

In a recent interview with Cleveland’s Action News 19, Ayad said he was actually disturbed by the image, even though he allowed it to be painted on his gas station’s wall.

An anti-Semitic mural outside a Cleveland gas station owned by Palestinian-American Brahim "Abe" Ayad. 

An anti-Semitic mural outside a Cleveland gas station owned by Palestinian-American Brahim "Abe" Ayad. 

"Yes, I am—actually, I am very—but that is all I have to say,” Ayad said.

The gas station also sits across the street from George Washington Carver elementary school, where one of the murals can be clearly seen from the playground, Action News 19 reported.

According to additional images posted by the Elder of Ziyon blog, the other pictures blame Israel for the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, and accuse Jews of “killing Jesus” and of controlling American foreign policy. 

Posted on June 3, 2014 .