The word JIHAD spray-painted in bold black lettering, nearly 20-feet high, across a wall along the northbound lanes of the interstate.
The Arabic word means, among other definitions, “Holy War.”
And that’s almost what happened between two motorists whose verbal altercation over the graffiti was captured on video Saturday. Here’s how WPEC-TV described the scene:
CBS 12’s Karl Man was interviewing Damon Rosen about the jihad spray painted message, something that disgusted him, that’s when an unidentified man left his car and just like that it was on.
Things quickly escalated, the unknown man who did not oppose the jihad message shifted his shouting to a crowd of bystanders.
“You’re all brainwashed!”
The group of onlookers hurling profanity back at the man.
“You’re going to lose your job bit–!”
Rosen then jumping in with his own choice language…
“Take that shi– back to the Muslim land,” screamed Rosen. […]
The man who did not see the big deal about the jihad message made one last statement to those nearby before he sped off.
“Just for the record there are no fu–ing terrorists,” he screamed.Rosen came back to where we were before to finish the interview; he laid out why the spray paint sign irked him so much and why he stopped to get a closer look.
Here’s the compelling clip of the altercation from WPEC-TV:
Florida Highway Patrol troopers came out Saturday evening to investigate the graffiti, finding one can of spray paint nearby that may be linked to the crime, WPTV reported.
The graffiti is now gone from the wall.
Jun. 16, 2013 / Dave Urbanski