Antisemitic protest at Philadelphia restaurant draws broad condemnation

Source: The Hill | December 4, 2023 | Olafimihan Oshin

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have publicly condemned the antisemitic protest that took place outside a restaurant that serves Israeli food in Philadelphia. 

Demonstrators supporting Palestinians gathered outside of Goldie, which is part of a restaurant group co-owned by Israeli-born Michael Solomonov, calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war Sunday night, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

Protesters were seen chanting “Goldie, Goldie you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide.” They also marched through the Center City neighborhood, calling out Philadelphia Eagles fans who were watching their team play in local bars. 

“(W)hile you’re watching, bombs are dropping,” demonstrators said to fans, the Inquirer reported. 

“Tonight in Philly, we saw a blatant act of antisemitism — not a peaceful protest,” Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro (D) wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. “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 added in his X thread that he communicated with Solomonov and his team at Goldie’s to share his support. 

Other lawmakers from Pennsylvania and beyond condemned the protesters.

“They could be protesting Hamas. They could be protesting Hamas’ systematic rape of Israeli women and girls or demanding the remaining hostages be immediately released,” Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) wrote in an X post. “Instead, they targeted a Jewish restaurant. It’s pathetic and rank antisemitism.”

“I can’t believe I even have to say this but targeting businesses simply because they’re Jewish owned is despicable,” Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) wrote in an X post. “Philadelphia stands against this sort of harassment and hate.”


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