Miami dentist Dr. Ahmed ElKoussa was promoting peace in video of him removing Israeli flyers

A fired South Florida dentist who was caught on camera removing a poster of missing Israeli hostages from a street pole in Miami says his actions have been “misunderstood” and that he’s replaced it with peace. He claimed that he was promoting.

Dr. Ahmed Elkousa’s actions were made public after the organization “Stop Anti-Semitism”. I posted a video The footage showed the dentist and another man tearing up a leaflet about a missing Israeli citizen believed to have been kidnapped after an Oct. 7 attack by Hamas terrorists.

Elkousa said his actions were taken out of context because the video, which has been viewed more than 4 million times, was very short.

“Unfortunately, my four-second video was taken way out of context. I think it was all a misunderstanding and it’s really sad that it was misunderstood,” Elkusa said at a press conference Thursday.

“The way my former employer put it, this is an act of support for terrorism,” he said. “It’s just the opposite, it’s about promoting peace, de-escalating the situation that we’re experiencing and ensuring the safety of our communities.”

Elkousa (left) was recorded earlier this week with another man tearing flyers off a street pole in Miami.
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Elkousa argued that because the video was only four seconds long, his actions were taken out of context and that he was trying to promote peace.
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Mr. Elkusa was immediately fired from his job at CG Smile, a Miami-based cosmetic dentistry group.

“We told the doctors, listen, we’ll fire you, we don’t have to deal with things like this,” says Juan Carlos Izquierdo, owner of CG Smile. told NBC Miami. “I don’t think that’s right. It goes against our position on the whole situation.”

Izquierdo claimed that Hercuza later called him and explained that he wanted his job back.

“Then he called me and said he wanted to explain and that everything would be resolved if I explained, so I said I didn’t want to listen,” Izquierdo recalled.

Elkousa’s lawyer said he and his client have continued to receive death threats since the video went viral.

“The death threats he received, and the death threats I have received since then, are unacceptable,” Hassan Shibley, the lead attorney at Muslim Legal who represents Mr. Elkousa, said at a news conference. Ta.

After the incident, CG Smile released two statements on Instagram, one condemning Hamas’ terrorist attacks against Israel and the other announcing that Mr. Elkousa had left the clinic.

“His personal opinion was that posters on either side could potentially incite conflict, and he did not want to see an escalation of conflict in the local community,” Sibley wrote in Wednesday’s Post. told.

Elkousa’s lawyer, Hassan Sibley (right), said he and his client have continued to receive death threats since the video went viral.
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“And he was concerned that these posters could potentially cause conflict. is.”

Elkusa said when she raised her concerns about the flyers with local police, she was told to put up her own opposition posters or take down the current ones.

He said his actions were motivated by the Oct. 7 attack in Israel in which a 71-year-old homeowner in Illinois stabbed a 6-year-old Muslim boy to death.

These flyers are part of a nationwide project created by Israeli artists to showcase some of the faces of missing Israelis believed to have been kidnapped by Hamas terrorists.
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A Citibank employee was also fired this week for posting “objectionable” comments about Israel on Instagram.

Nojima Husainova was fired from her job as a private banker after she said, “No wonder why Hitler wanted to get rid of them all.”

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