Days after Toronto-based gourmet eatery and grocery store put out posters in support for social justice movements, with anti-police and pro-Palestine slogans, a protest organized by the Jewish Defense League (JDL) during which the Israeli flag was placed on the store's windows. The protest ended in vandalizing the upfront of the store with the star of David sprayed on its door and windows.
In Palestine, israeli settlers will spray paint the star of David on our homes to harass or mark the building to be stolen. It's wild to see it happen to a business in Toronto, foodbenders, that voiced support for Palestine & against racism. pic.twitter.com/N0ykWjR2nU
— Rana Nazzal رنا نزال (@rananazzalh) July 6, 2020
Voicing out support for Palestinians amid Israeli plans to officially annex 30% of the West Bank, the local restaurant famous for supporting social justice issues faced a strong backlash fueled by Jewish groups that accused the store owners of "antisemitism."
Fixed it for you. Pro-Israel supporters take a stand against the antisemitic and anti-police owner of Foodbenders by placing Israeli flags on the storefront window. Kol HaKavod! ?? #takeastand #foodbenders #toronto #intolerance #antisemitism #antizionism #antizionismisantisemitism #canada #foodservice #intolerant #hatred #marxist #radicalleft #alllivesmatter #bluelivesmatter #supportthepolice #jewishlivesmatter #zionists #jews #truthbenders #boycottfoodbenders #supportisrael #standwithisrael #defendisrael #israel #antisemite #bloordale #israelilivesmatter #kolhakavod #fixedit
In addition to organizing a protest during which several individuals held Israeli flags, Jewish groups in Canada pressured Uber to stop supporting delivery services from the restaurant.
According to Redfish, they also sent out several requests to the City of Toronto calling on them to revoke the restaurant’s business license.
A Toronto restaurant, Foodbenders, engages in hostile antisemitic rhetoric including conspiracy theories about Jewish control over the media and politicians plus flagrant discrimination against people for their beliefs. /1 pic.twitter.com/xHaD0Dxpgr— B'nai Brith Canada (@bnaibrithcanada) July 2, 2020
Social media users widely shared photos of the vandalism that targeted the store, condemning the pro-Israeli groups' actions for "trying to block any attempt to criticize Israeli policies or showing support for Palestinians in the occupied territories using the antisemitism label."
A store in Toronto that has dared to express support for Palestinians was defaced with a star of david today. The store has also announced that the JDL is going to protest outside tonight, and that the police won’t offer protection. pic.twitter.com/SrKcQermw2
— Davide Mastracci (@DavideMastracci) July 4, 2020