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A man holds a sign peddling an anti-Israel conspiracy theory on Sept. 11.

 

Those driving past the intersection of North Broadway and High Street in Columbus on Sept. 11 may have noticed a sign-spinner promoting an anti-Israel message.

The sign, which read, “ISRAEL DID 9-11, NO PLANES!” caused some motorists to whip out their smartphones.

While Bexley resident Joel A. Greff did not bear witness to the man and his signage, he said a friend of his was driving past the intersection at around 4:30 p.m. and felt inclined to take a photo.

He “sent it to me immediately,” Greff said. “Being that it was 9/11 and everything else, I felt obligated to post it.”

The photo, which Greff uploaded to his Facebook account, has garnered over 100 reactions and comments in less than 24 hours.

Greff’s friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, did not make himself available for comment.

“He said there had to be 1,000 people that went by this guy,” Greff said. “So he’s not the only one who saw it.”

However, Greff said his friend was “appalled” by some Facebook users’ comments claiming the photo was fabricated. Other commenters on Facebook wrote they saw the man, the sign and his other signs with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiments.

“I said, ‘A friend of mine, who I’ve known for over three decades, sent me this immediately after he saw it. He has the picture, I have the picture,’” Greff said.

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