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NY Post
New York Post
6 Jan 2024

NextImg:YouTuber ripped as antisemite after defacing Israeli flag at NYC cafe, harassing customers

A controversial Muslim YouTuber who rocketed to internet stardom in street fight videos has been posting footage of himself harassing customers in an Israeli café and at a Starbucks in Manhattan, revolting some fans who ripped him as “antisemitic.”

Adam Saleh — who’s been seen in photos with Mike Tyson and Andrew Tate and was set to fight on a Jake Paul undercard last February before the match was canceled last minute — stormed Union Square cafe Blue Stripes and pulled down its Israeli flag in December.

“Free, free Palestine,” chanted Saleh, 30, as he and two friends paraded around the café in the Dec. 15 video, which collected over 50,000 “likes” before being deleted following The Post’s inquiry.

It is still up on the Jewish Breaking News Instagram.

In the video, Saleh — a Brooklyn native whose parents are from Yemen, and who has 4.7 million YouTube subscribers and 1.5 million Instagram followers — turns to a huge Israeli flag hanging in the window of the coffee shop.

Adam Saleh, a YouTuber and amateur boxer, is gaining attention for posting videos where he enters Jewish-owned businesses in New York City and confronts customers. Getty Images

“I should take that off,” he says as he unhooks one corner of the flag, letting it fall to the side.

“You don’t have a right to do that,” one shocked patron countered.

“I don’t give a f–k what you say,” Saleh responds.

Adam Saleh is a Muslim YouTuber with a Yemeni background. WireImage

“You know they’re killing kids, they’re promoting killing kids,” he continues, repeating claims by the Hamas terrorist group.

Café owner Alon Kazdan, 49, said he put up the Israeli flag after the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks on his country, and now protestors come in every day to disrupt his shop.

“I get these people who come in saying, ‘Free Palestine,’ and cursing and doing whatever they feel like doing, you know, but I’m okay with it,” Kazdan, who is from Tel Aviv, told The Post. “I’m just doing it because this is who I am. I’m proud of who I am.”

Blue Stripes owner Alon Kazdan said people have come in to protest his Israeli support almost every day since he hung his flag.

A day later, Saleh posted a video of himself in a Union Square Starbucks, yelling at customers that they were “funding a genocide” since the coffee giant distanced itself from a since-deleted “Solidarity with Palestine” post by its union.

Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan blamed recent acts of vandalism of the stores on “protesters influenced by misrepresentation on social media of what we stand for.”

Starbucks said in a statement that it condemns violence and the loss of innocent life and has “no political agenda.”

Saleh has spoken out against Starbucks, which he claimed inside one of the stores “funds a genocide.” Starbucks has said it has no political agenda and does not fund any government or military. @AdamSalehVlogs

In the same video — viewed 45,000 times — Saleh mockingly asks customers outside the Starbucks for signatures for a petition supporting Israel, then tells them that the terms and conditions include killing thousands of Palestinians.

“They support the genocide,” he claims to customers, echoing Hamas talking points.

Some ripped Saleh as an antisemite.

Saleh is a lightweight boxer with a 1-1 record, according to online stats. Getty Images

“So Israel shouldn’t be able to defend itself,” one person commented on Instagram.

“This is beyond idiotic,” said another on YouTube. “There are MUCH better things you can be doing to help Palestine than this.”

Saleh has long been vocal on social media about his support of Palestine, reposting on X, “Everyone is yelling FREE PALESTINE for a reason NOT free Israel. Most of you are sellouts and slaves to the media’s agenda.”

Saleh has bragged on social media about interactions with Mike Tyson. @AdamSaleh/instagram

Saleh — who is 1-1 as a lightweight professional fighter — has sparked controversy before. 

In 2016, he reportedly fabricated a story about being kicked off a Delta Airlines flight for speaking Arabic.

In 2014, for a “Racial Profiling Experiment” video, he staged a race-related dispute in front of a police officer.

Saleh did not respond to a request for comment.