White House, Pennsylvania officials condemn anti-Israel protest at restaurant: ‘blatant act of anti-Semitism’ – LSB

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The White House, the governor of Pennsylvania, and officials in Philadelphia condemned the anti-Israel protest targeting a Jewish-owned restaurant in the City of Brotherly Love.

Sunday night saw anti-Israel protesters in Philadelphia stop outside Goldie’s Falafel, a Jewish and Israeli-owned restaurant in the city.

The demonstrators in the falafel restaurant chanted: “Goldie, Goldie, you cannot hide. We are accusing you of genocide.”

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Goldie Falafel is owned by American-Israeli chef Michael Solomonov, who started out cooking Italian food before turning to Israeli and Jewish cuisine in the wake of his brother David’s 2003 death at the hands of Lebanese snipers while serving in the Israel Defense Forces, National Review reported. I mentioned Monday.

Solomonov’s Restaurant was reportedly vandalized by protesters when they targeted the restaurant on Sunday night.

Protesters’ chants accusing the falafel restaurant of committing genocide spread on social media, with Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro – a Jewish Democrat – condemning the protest as a “blatant act of anti-Semitism.”

“Tonight in Philadelphia, we saw a blatant act of anti-Semitism — not a peaceful protest,” Shapiro wrote.

The Governor of Pennsylvania continued: “A restaurant and a crowd were targeted because its owner is Jewish and Israeli.” “This hatred and intolerance is reminiscent of a dark time in history.”

Josh Shapiro

Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Josh Shapiro speaks at the state Capitol, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, January 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

White House spokesman Andrew Bates said: “It is anti-Semitic and completely unjustified to target restaurants that serve Israeli food due to disagreements with Israeli policy, as Governor Shapiro has asserted.”

“This behavior reveals the kind of cruel and senseless double standards that are the calling card of anti-Semitism,” Bates said. He added: “President Biden has fought the evil of anti-Semitism throughout his life, including by launching the first national strategy to confront this hatred in American history.”

“He will always stand firm against this kind of insulting behavior,” Bates continued.

President Joe Biden

White House spokesman Andrew Bates said that President Biden “fought the evil of anti-Semitism throughout his life, including by launching the first national strategy to confront this hatred in American history.” (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. John Fetterman, an outspoken supporter of Israel, posted that people accusing the falafel restaurant of genocide “could be protesting Hamas.”

“They may be protesting Hamas’ systematic rape of Israeli women and girls, or demanding the immediate release of the remaining hostages,” Fetterman wrote. Instead, they targeted a Jewish restaurant.”

“It’s pathetic and anti-Semitic,” he added.

Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle, who represents Philadelphia in Congress, also denounced the anti-Israel protest.

“I can’t believe I have to say this, but targeting businesses simply because they are Jewish-owned is despicable,” Boyle wrote.

He continued: “Philadelphia stands against this type of harassment and hatred.”

The targeting of Goldie Falafel came amid a larger protest that reportedly saw chants of “Long live the uprising” and “There is only one solution: the uprising revolution.”


Anti-Semitism has surged following the deadly surprise attack by the Palestinian terror group Hamas on Israeli civilians on October 7.

Fox News Digital has reached out to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Mayor-elect Cheryl Parker for comment.

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