JTA – Jewish owners of a cafe in Scotland have decided to use their store’s signage to share their perspective on law enforcement.
For months, a bag emblazoned with the words “f — the police” adorned the facade of the Pink Peacock in Glasgow, a hub for Jewish activists with an affinity for Yiddish and far-left causes, including anarchism. .
It also features a Palestinian flag and the slogan “Jews and Gays for a Free Palestine” and a poster promoting a Yom Kippur ball, a party the owners threw in 2019 on the Day of Jewish Atonement because it is “feasting and rejoicing in the Jewish anarchist tradition,” as the poster indicates.
Glasgow Police dealt with at least one provocative element on Monday: they confiscated the bag and charged one of the owners, Morgan Holleb, 32, with violating public order – a criminal offense in this part of the Kingdom -United. .
Two police officers seized the bag, calling it evidence, as Joe Isaac, another founder of The Pink Peacock, filmed the incident.
On Twitter, the founders wrote that the incident was “an obvious attempt to intimidate us” – and it “won’t work”.
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A police spokesperson told the Jewish Telegraph Agency on Wednesday that the police were there following complaints from residents.
In the video filmed by Isaac, Holleb replaces the English tote bag with one in Yiddish. It reads “daloy polizei”, which means “down with the police”.
The officers did not seem to mind the Yiddish language bag.