A banner plane in Florida carrying a marriage proposal was recently mistaken as an anti-semitic message.
According to WPLG news in Florida, the plane seen in South Florida was flying a banner that said, “Jew. I have a question.” WPLG news reported shortly after the banner was seen flying across the sky, many sent pictures and videos to Liora Rez, the executive director of StopAntisemitism.org, as they believed the banner was intended to be anti-semitic.
“I was shocked, as many people were,” Rez told WPLG news. “Everyone’s sensitivities and alarm levels are set at such a high level when seeing a banner that blatantly says, “Jew. I have a question.'”
“One’s mind starts to jump to frightening things,” Rez added, according to WPLG news.
Rez also told the local news station that after seeing the banner she reported it to the Pembroke Pines Police Department in Florida and tracked the flight’s manifest, which is when she discovered the flight originated at the North Perry Airport and the banner was created by Aerial Banner Inc.
While speaking with WPLG news, Milo Srkal Jr., with Aerial Banners Inc., explained the banner was actually a marriage proposal message. Skral told the local news outlet he did not think the banner could be an anti-semitic message until he received a call from the Anti-Defamation League.
“It was like, ‘Wait, what? What are you talking about?'” Srkal told WPLG news. “And then after sitting back, thinking about it, reading a few things, and having things explained to us, it was like, ‘Oh my God.'”
Shortly after StopAntisemitism.org learned that the banner was intended to be a marriage proposal, they posted a tweet which read, “Remember the plane banner flying over the Miami area that read – “Jew. I have a question”? Apparently it’s a marriage proposal HOWEVER the happy couple is no where to be found but allegedly “Jew” said yes.”
“Are you buying it?” the tweet asked.
In a statement sent to Newsweek, StopAntisemitism.org, wrote, “If this truly was a marriage proposal, albeit a poorly worded one, then it’s a best case scenario in the sense of it not being a hate incident.”
The statement continued, “With all of the antisemitic occurrences that have happened in South Florida this year, we cannot fault anyone for being outraged when seeing ‘JEW’ flown overhead in the South Florida skies. We do however wish in the future more sensitivity and pause would be taken on the part of the banner company if a similar situation should arise.”