A Greek family-run business in Rose Bay, Sydney, has defended itself after being falsely accused of supporting the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, which is behind the October attacks that sparked the latest deadly conflict in Gaza.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the accusations against the owners of Fish at the Bay were first made public via a post shared on social media this week.
In response, Fish at the Bay‘s co-owner Patrick Koutsoukis shared a post on Facebook to denounce what he said were false accusations against his family and their business.
He told The Daily Telegraph his father Michael was left in tears after the incident.
“In a time when communities should be standing strong supporting each other, let’s please not try to tear people down with hate and lies,” Patrick said.
Patrick’s brother and co-owner William Koutsoukis said he was “in shock” about the incident but his priority was supporting his customers, 90 per cent of which are members of the Jewish community.
The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies acting CEO, Michael Gencher, also weighed in on the controversy and asked the community to consider the impact of content they share online, whilst tensions remain high amidst the Israel-Hamas war.
Mr Gencher said he would visit the family-run business in Rose Bay to show his support.
Source: The Daily Telegraph.