A cafe owner’s business is struggling after a virulently anti-Semitic post appeared on his Facebook wall, reports KRQE.
“Why is it so often that a Jew is behind the suffering of others?” the post reads.
Initially, the New Mexico business owner claimed his social media account was hacked. But he came clean on Monday.
“Yes, I did write it,” Palombo told a Santa Fe New Mexico paper Monday in a telephone interview. “That was in a moment of anger.”
“Palombo abandoned his claim that unknown enemies had hacked his account and framed him,” writes Milan Simonich.
“There was no conspiracy, only a 51-year-old businessman with a warped view of history and the recklessness to share it with the world,” he continues.
Members of the community were appalled by the post.
“I literally almost vomited and puked. I got sick to my stomach,” Saul Hoffman told KRQE. “One of the sentences in the post that he posted was that it was my grandparents’ fault that they were slaughtered and that there should be no sorrow or remorse for them.”
“I’m pretty troubled by the fact that someone would actually put such thoughts on social media,” a woman told the station.
The owner of the vegan cafe says he was a part of the Occupy movement. He at first insisted that whoever hacked him must have done their research, because the post also blamed Jews for the Wall Street greed that spawned Occupy.
Palombo apologized and announced the cafe was shutting down.
“My deepest apology for the hateful post that has been shared to hundreds maybe thousands, the news radio and many social media platforms,” he wrote.
“It is not who I am or who we are or who we’ve been at V Roast Bistro. This has been one of the most painful and embarrassing moments of my life.”
“The result of course is ASAP my resigning from my service to the community and the closing of V Roast Bistro. It has been a true pleasure to serve great food and coffee this past 5 years. Again my deepest apologies and hope someday that i’m forgiven and most of all I forgive myself,” he continued.
“God bless us all as we face trying times politically and racially and that we don’t become more divided than we already are.-Michael CEO and owner (sic)”
Trump boasts about ordering Iran strike while reporters watch: ‘You’d have a nice, big story to report’
During an appearance with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the Oval Office, Donald Trump boasted to reporters he could wipe out Iran that very moment-- and that would give them something to write about.
The president referred to the fact that he has previously been accused of wanting to plunge the country into war before praising himself for his self-restraint.
That led to an extended riff by the president on the damage he could inflict on Iran.
"The easiest thing I could do would be, 'Go ahead, fellas, go do it,'" Trump said of the Pentagon. "And that would be a very bad day for Iran. That's the easiest thing I could do, it's so easy. And for all of those that say, 'Oh, they should do it, it shows weakness,' actually, in my opinion, it shows strength."
‘I defeated the Caliphate’: Trump threatens to release IS captives at European borders
US President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to release Islamic State prisoners at European borders if France, Germany and other countries don't take back their captured nationals.
"I defeated the Caliphate," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
"And now we have thousands of prisoners of war, ISIS fighters," Trump said using one of the acronyms for the Islamic extremist group.
"We're asking the countries from which they came, from Europe, we're asking them to take back these prisoners of war," Trump said. "And they can try them, do what they want.
Trump announces toughest sanctions ‘ever’ on Iran
President Donald Trump on Friday announced new sanctions on Iran's central bank, calling the measures the toughest ever imposed on another country by the United States.
"We have just sanctioned the Iranian national bank," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
"These are the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country," he said.
The Trump administration has vowed a response after US officials blamed Iran for weekend blasts on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which caused a sharp hike in global crude prices.
The United States already maintains sweeping sanctions on Iran including on its central bank, with anyone who deals with it subject to prosecution.