A well-known air traffic control company has sparked outrage after an antisemitic message was affixed to the back of one of its vehicles. Drivers were shocked to see an electronic bulletin board with the words ‘JEWS DID 9/11’ on the back of a car in Cairns, northern Queensland, on Friday.
The vehicle was owned by the traffic control company A2O Traffic Solutions.
A vehicle belonging to traffic control company A20 Traffic Solutions was spotted with an antisemitic message
The message referred to the horrific terrorist attack that brought down the World Trade Center in 2001 and killed nearly 3,000 people in the US.
Conspiracy theorists have spread damaging rumors linking the Jewish community and Israel to the event.
The 9/11 Commission found that Khalid Sheik Mohammed was the man who came up with the idea of the attack and took it to al-Qaeda, who made the horror a reality.
Local Samantha Brookes said she was driving home from shops in nearby Kanimbla when she was confronted by the shocking display.
“I wrote down the driver’s license and vehicle unit number and called the office,” she told the Cairn’s mail.
The 22-year-old said the act was unacceptable, and she was “outraged that someone would show such a message.”
“I didn’t think we had Nazis here in Cairns,” she said.
A representative from A20 Traffic Solutions told the Cairns Post that he had received several calls from the public and had already spoken to the driver.
“The driver said he had no idea about the message being displayed, and his friend was doing it as a joke,” he said.
“We take this very seriously; we take all matters seriously.”
Dr. Dvir Abramovich, chairman of the anti-defamation committee, told Daily Mail Australia that the message on the back of the ute was a “brazen act of antisemitism.”
A representative from A20 Traffic Solutions said the company was taking the incident ‘seriously’
He described it as “a stomach-turning stain on our community.”
“Make no mistake: this dangerous insult was specifically aimed at the Jewish community for defamation, and who knows how many people saw this outrage,” he said.
“Hateful conspiracy theories and myths fanning the flames of hostility and inciting violence against the Jewish community have no place in Cairns, and the driver who so openly chose such abhorrent bigotry should be fired.”
Dr. Abramovich said it was hard to believe the act was intended as a “joke.”
“Words are bullets and have real-life consequences and often result in physical aggression against the Jewish community,” he said.
“At a time when antisemitism is booming and spreading like wildfire across the country, businesses have a duty to respond effectively to any expression of prejudice in a decisive manner that sends the message that this kind of vitriol will never be a safe haven. will find in their midst. .’