(WXYZ) – A Nazi flag posted Friday outside a home in Hamtramck is sparking outrage and a reaction from neighbors. The Jewish community is also involved in this.
At Hamtramck City Hall, the message is clear: There’s no tolerance for hate after a Nazi flag was displayed on a nearby porch.
It happened in a house on Doremus St. A neighbor responded by saying that the city celebrates diversity, not hate speech.
“The neighbors are nice. Mostly Arabs, Yemenis, Bengalis. Nice people,” he said.
As soon as the pictures circulated on social media, the landlord immediately removed the flag. While the city says freedom of speech applies and it is private property, we also inquired with the homeowner. He didn’t do interviews with us on camera, but told us off camera that someone else had put him there to humiliate him.
“People need to stand up and say that this kind of behavior is not acceptable. The joke of hanging a swastika outside a house also sends a message that people shouldn’t,” says Rabbi Eli Meyerfeld of the Zekelman Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills. understand how serious it can be.”
The mayor of the city is also saying that what happened neither represents the city nor the people who proudly live here.
“We have one person who expressed hate speech but an entire community expressed love speech. I’m not sure I believe them, but I would like to see the cameras because they have cameras,” says Mayor Dr. Amer Ghalib.
In this week of Holocaust remembrance, rabbis are inviting anyone and everyone to learn more about the Holocaust and promote peace.