A Bushwick coffeeshop waxed anti-Semitic in its Instagram feed on Wednesday, accusing the local Jewish population of “greedy infiltration” and of “greed and dominance.”
Coming to his own defense hours later, the administrator of The Coffee Shop clarified, saying “there is nothing wrong with being Jewish” — provided you are an anti-Zionist, of course.
The long-winded and poorly worded affront to Jews (and grammar) on The Coffee Shop official account describes a Jewish neighbor who, the writer says, refuses to sell his building and a confrontation with some potential (Jewish) buyers. The statement appears alongside a photo of the words “greedy infiltrators.”
“My stubborn Bushwick-oroginal neighbor is a hoarder and a mess- true.. and he’s refused selling his building for lots and lots of money.”
“His building and treatment of it makes the hood look much less attractive and I would like him to either clean up or move along. BUT NOT be bought out by Jews however, who in this case (and many cases separate- SORRY!) function via greed and dominance.”
The author proceeds to describe the neighborhood as “rising and progressing, and bettering,” but said that “us contributing or just appreciating this rise and over all positive change do not want to be lumped with greedy infiltrators,” namely Jews.
In a comment on the post by the same administrator, which has since been deleted, the writer accused the Jews of “quiet infiltration,” and hailed those who spoke out against Zionism, forging an inscrutable link between the timeless Jewish greed trope and support for Israel as imaginative as the name of the shop.
“In history when when the masses decided upon what they wanted the elites always lost. After that elites did everything through quiet infiltration. This is all laymen’s termed of course. “Elites” aren’t necessarily Jews in all these these cases. Today in this case they are.”
Turning to Jewish anti-Zionists, he writes: “There ARE Hasidic Jews today that match against #Zionism, because these Jews do not want to be represented by or linked Zionism. They understand it’s ruining them. So there’s nothing wrong with being Jewish. For myself too, I shed many un-serving qualities that often come with being Hispanic.”
On Thursday, the official account posted a link to a YouTube video on anti-Zionist Jews, with the caption: “I love LOVE these Jews. These men have the right idea. #Spirituality. Not #Materialism. ”
While it remains unclear who is behind the account, The Coffee Shop, located on Wilson Avenue, is run by 31-year-old Michael Avila, according to the Bushwick Daily.
Avila had moved out of Bushwick when he was younger, and returned years later to open his business to find the character of the neighborhood largely improved.
“At the time it was a horrible neighborhood, and our mom worked hard and got us out of here,” he said.