After family member's racist social media posts surface, Midtown Global Market terminates Holy Land's leas

It's the latest in a series of firings in Minnesota following offensive comments in the wake of George Floyd's death.
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Holy Land has had its lease terminated at its Midtown Global Market location following a series of racist social media posts from the restaurant owner's daughter. 

"Management of Midtown Global Market is exercising its rights as as landlord to immediately close Holy Land Grocery, Butcher Shop & Deli and terminate their lease," Midtown Global Market announced in a social media post. 

Earlier in the day, after the racist posts surfaced, the Midtown Global Market issued a statement saying it was "deeply offended and saddened" by the remarks, adding that it does "not tolerate discrimination of any kind." 

This only affects the Midtown Global Market location, not the original Holy Land location in Northeast Minneapolis. 

Original story

The owner of popular restaurant and deli Holy Land in Minneapolis has fired his daughter for a series of racist social media posts.

Majdi Wadi, CEO of the Mediterranean-Middle Eastern establishment in Northeast, issued a statement that it had come to his attention that a staffer at Holy Land "posted racial slurs onto social media prior to beginning employment with us," saying he wasn't aware of these posts.

"As the current CEO of Holy Land, I regret to inform my valued customers that the specific team member is my own daughter," he said.

"Although she was a teenager when she made this mistake, my daughters employment with the company has been terminated effective immediately."

Wadi's daughter, Lianne, has posted her own apology on Instagram, saying she deleted the old posts right away after they were brought to her attention, saying she was a teenager at the time and "wasn't educated on how words I chose would affect and offend others."

However, as CityPages points out, people on social media have revealed a string of offensive comments that Wadi has made over the years on Twitter, including several uses of the n-word – including reference to former President Obama – and one tweet in which she said "Hitler all the way."

Her father said that as a business formed by immigrants, "we do not tolerate this type of behavior because it is completely against our beliefs and faith."

"Our mission has always been to promote diversity and equality for all regardless of color, race or religion and to encourage our community to value diversity, and to ensure we transform our neighborhood into an even more harmonized and unified community."

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He also claims his daughter has been active in the Black Lives Matter response to the death of George Floyd, saying she "has been involved in bettering herself and her community by donating her time and energy to advocate for all people of color."

"To all our brothers and sisters who have been affected, we deeply and sincerely apologize for the senseless slurs that were posted to social media," he said.

It's the latest in a growing list of firings and resignations over offensive comments made following the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests.

This past Friday, an East Bethel construction company owner fired his son for taking a picture in which he recreated Floyd's death, while a mayor has resigned and two firefighters let go for suggesting protesters should be killed.

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