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Gov. Josh Shapiro denounces pro-Palestinian protest outside Jewish-owned restaurant in Philadelphia as ‘blatant anti-Semitisim’

By Chris Mautner | (TNS)

Pennsylvania governor Josh Shapiro condemned a demonstration that occurred Sunday night in Philadelphia outside a Jewish-owned restaurant as “blatant anti-Semitism.”

Organized by the Philly Palestine Coalition, hundreds of protestors marched through the city to show support for Gaza residents and to call for a cease-fire, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

At one point, protestors surrounded Goldie, an Israeli-owned falafel restaurant, and chanted “Goldie, Goldie you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide.” They also placed stickers on the restaurant that read “Free Palestine,” 6ABC said.

Gov. Shapiro was quick to denounce the incident on social media.

“We saw a blatant act of antisemitism, not a peaceful protest. A restaurant was targeted and mobbed because its owner is Jewish and Israeli. This hate and bigotry is reminiscent of a dark time in history,” Shapiro said in a statement posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Shapiro added that he had been in touch with the restaurant’s owner, Mike Solomonov, to pledge his support.

Philadelphia Congressman Brendan Boyle also responded to the incident on social media, writing, “I can’t believe I even have to say this, but targeting businesses simply because they’re Jewish-owned is despicable. Philadelphia stands against this story of harassment and hate.”

“I support freedom of speech but harassing business owners simply because they are Jewish is unacceptable and deeply anti-Semitic,” state Rep. Ben Waxman said on social media. “Protestors should leave these establishments alone and focus on government officials who actually have power to influence the situation in Israel and Gaza.”

Solomonov owns multiple restaurants in the city under the CookNSolo umbrella company. When the Israel-Hamas war started, Solomonov said he would donate 100% of all sales to Friends of United Hatzalah, a nonprofit emergency medical service, according to CBS Philadelphia.

The protest comes after a weeklong cease-fire between Hamas and Israel ended, and Israeli forces expanded their ground offensive to every part of Gaza.

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