10/02/2014 01:56 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Brooklyn Coffee Shop Slammed After Owner's Anti-Semitic Rant

Brooklyn's Bushwick Coffee Shop is facing a firestorm of criticism Thursday, after owner Michael Avila published an anti-semitic rant on social media.

Avila posted a bizarre rant on his personal Facebook page Wednesday in which he laments the gentrification of his neighborhood spearheaded by "greedy infiltrator" Jews.

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In case the sentiment of his original statement wasn't clear, Avila then went a step further, posting a screenshot of the rant on the coffee shop's Instagram account, blurring out all of the words except for "greedy infiltrators:"
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In a series of follow-up comments posted by Avila on Facebook, he refers to Jewish people as a "problematic group" who, "in typical Illuminati form," have infiltrated the neighborhood "'quietly' and unfairly/greedily."

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the response to Avila's unconventional tirade has been less than enthusiastic.

"I think it's great you're being honest, @bushwickcoffeeshop," reads one comment on the shop's Instagram page. "I wish all business owners would be as honest with their views - it makes it so much easier for the customers to know what establishments to avoid."

Another, posted to Avila's Facebook page adds, "There are so many things wrong with this post, I don't know where to begin. I don't like my coffee with a side of antisemitism. It's bigots like you that are destroying Brooklyn."

NY Eater reports the shop is attempting to make amends with a series of Instagram posts featuring Jewish people he does like.

UPDATE: Thursday -- In a statement to DNAinfo New York, Avila defended his statements, saying he'd been "misunderstood," and had originally intended to condemn the people he perceived as greedy landlords.

"I'm anti-Zionism. It's about politics, it's about greed," he told DNAinfo. "I’m certainly not anti-Semitic. That would stand against everything I believe I stand for."

H/T: Brokelyn



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