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October 26, 2015 2:56 pm

Muslim Family in Florida Displays Israeli Flag in Solidarity With Jewish State

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The Muslim family running this tailor ship in South Florida hangs an Israeli flag in their store window. Photo: Screenshot.

The Muslim family running this tailor shop in South Florida displays an Israeli flag in the window. Photo: Screenshot.

A Muslim family in South Florida is showing solidarity with Israel by hanging an Israeli flag in their store window, NBC Miami reported on Friday.

“The Muslim people want peace and unfortunately, the only country in the Middle East that wants peace is Israel, and that’s the reason why I want to hang the Israeli flag and support them,” said Duran Agba, who runs a tailor shop with his family in the predominately Jewish neighborhood of Surfside.

Agba said his family’s sympathy with Israeli terror victims stems from the fact that his home country, Turkey, has also been plagued with the threat of terrorism. He said his family identifies with anybody under attack. “Let’s say the Palestinians wanted to have peace in their homeland and the Israelis were attacking them the whole time,” he posited. “I would hang the Palestinian flag.”

The Agbas received the Israeli flag from a local Australian-Jewish clothing designer who is distributing thousands of the banners, according to NBC Miami. Joseph Waks, who started a campaign to hang 1,000 Israeli flags at homes across South Florida, said the Agba family’s store is the only non-Jewish shop “in the entire 33154 area code” to display one in its window.

“It’s heart-warming to say the least,” Waks said.

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  • Dante

    Thanks to the Agba Family.

  • Sarah Olsen

    Thank you Agba family!

  • Paula Goldman

    Thank God for peaceful individuals even if they are anomalies.
    Also, Glenda, sounds like we Jews should make more bread to be buttered.

  • Cherie

    Thumbs up to this family for their courage and great support and solidarity to stand with Israel in defiance of all forms of terror.

  • Richard Wahl

    A wonderful gesture. Wish more people would show their support of Israel and it’s people. God bless the State of Israel and the people who support them.

  • G.M. Ben-Nathan

    The Catholic Bishop visited the Catholic school and offered a dollar to the child who could correctly answer: “Who was the greatest man that ever lived?”

    No child gave the right answer until a voice piped up “Jesus Christ”. Giving the child the dollar, the Bishop asked the boy his name and got the answer “Moishe”.

    Taken aback, realising the boy was Jewish, the Bishop said he thought as a Jewish boy, he would have answered “Moses”.

    The boy replied: “Normally I would have done but for a whole dollar, well – business is business”

    The Muslim family in Florida hanging out the Israeli flag may well be understood within this context. Good Luck to them!

  • To the Agba family: thank you. And now you are my family too, for I am not Israeli either but I wear a Star of David to show my solidarity with Israel. You’ve made my heart glad.

  • RiverKing


    A Muslim family we can all respect.

  • citizenstat

    I’m very glad to see this. It reminds us that there are Muslims who think for themselves, who recognize the pragmatic truths around them, and who are not afraid to go against radical teachings and preachings. We MUST remember this, and not condemn all indiscriminately.

  • Mickey Oberman

    No comment.

  • glenda urmacher

    This muslim family in Surfside, Fla. knows which side of their bread that the butter goes on!

  • Perry Birman

    It’s nice but let’s not believe peace is at hand when we witness an (very welcome) anomaly.