Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Fast Forward

Minneapolis LGBTQ Bar Sees Protests Over Owner’s Anti-Semitic Facebook Posts

A soon-to-open LGBTQ bar in Minneapolis has been the subject of heavy criticism in the local Jewish and gay communities after it was revealed that its owner had written several anti-Semitic Facebook posts.

Cheers Minneapolis was scheduled to open at the end of the month during the city’s Pride weekend, but after the offending posts were discovered on owner Emad Abed’s social media page, its GoFundMe and Facebook accounts were deleted and more than 200 people signed up to protest it on a Facebook event page called “Queers Against Cheers.”

Abed wrote over the years that “all world problems are caused by Israelis and Jews,” that the United States was “controlled and run by racist Jews,” and that “Hitler should have finished them all.”

When critics called him out on the bar’s Facebook page, Abed was unrepentant. “I’m in business to make money,” he responded to one person. “You and your community can kiss my ass and none of you evil people commenting on this post are allowed in my bar. Go have a drink in hell because all of you are going there when you exit this earth.”

He told the local newspaper City Pages that he was not an anti-Semite and was just “reporting the facts.”

“Most of my friends are Jewish, and I love them,” he added.

This excuse was not bought by local Jews and LGBTQ people, including the people behind the “Queers Against Cheers” protest. “Let’s demonstrate the revolutionary spirit of Stonewall with a good old-fashioned sidewalk picket with whimsy and camp,” they wrote. “We’re gonna show this looney tune what happens when you try to come into our community to make a buck while degrading us.”

Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey, who is Jewish, echoed their concerns. “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “While you will find this welcoming attitude at LGBTQ bars throughout the city, you won’t find it at Cheers. I’ll make sure to patron the welcoming ones this pride month. L’chaim! (Not Cheers)”

Contact Aiden Pink at [email protected] or on Twitter, @aidenpink

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning journalism this Passover.

In this age of misinformation, our work is needed like never before. We report on the news that matters most to American Jews, driven by truth, not ideology.

At a time when newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall. That means for the first time in our 126-year history, Forward journalism is free to everyone, everywhere. With an ongoing war, rising antisemitism, and a flood of disinformation that may affect the upcoming election, we believe that free and open access to Jewish journalism is imperative.

Readers like you make it all possible. Right now, we’re in the middle of our Passover Pledge Drive and we still need 300 people to step up and make a gift to sustain our trustworthy, independent journalism.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Only 300 more gifts needed by April 30

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.