New York City kosher eatery hit with red paint, ‘free Gaza’ graffiti

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(JNS) A vandal spray-painted a series of anti-Israel statements outside Effy’s Café on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and splashed red paint on the store’s front windows.

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On Saturday night, vandals wrote “Free Gaza” and “form line here to support genocide” near the kosher dairy bistro on 104 W. 96th St. and Columbus Ave. The Jewish business, owned by Effy Jacoby, has been open for 15 years.

The New York City Police Department’s hate crimes task force is investigating the incident.

On Monday morning, volunteers used a power washer and other tools to remove the paint. A video shared online by Rabbi Shmuel Reichman showed before and after images as people cleaned the sidewalk.

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“No matter how much hate there is, we will always respond by coming together and supporting our fellow brothers and sisters with love,” Reichman wrote. “So go get a cup of coffee, salad, sandwich and all kinds of delicious Israeli food this establishment offers, and keep supporting our Jewish businesses!”

A man wearing a hoodie with an Israeli flag who helped remove the graffiti said, “This aggression will not stand, man.”

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) joined Jewish community members on Monday to speak out against the vandalism, posting: “Thank you to @JCRCNY for bringing us together to show that hate has no place in our city or our country.”

In related news, a Middle Eastern-style kosher restaurant and catering company outside of Philadelphia also saw “Free Gaza” spray-painted in black on an exterior brick wall next to their establishment.

Gladys Fink Senderowitsch, the Israeli owner of Nana’s Kitchen & Catering in Narberth, Pa., has also run her kosher restaurant for 15 years. She contacted the Anti-Defamation League after being made aware of the graffiti on Thursday afternoon, the day before shorter business hours due to Shabbat.

Police returned on Friday with a borough official to clean the wall and said the incident is being investigated.

A local crowd gathered that day to support the business run by a family that currently has two relatives being held hostage by Hamas in the Gaza Strip: Yair Horn, 44, and Eitan Horn, 37.

Both restaurant owners, who serve Israeli-style cuisine, noted the uptick in antisemitism since the Hamas terrorist attacks in southern Israel on Oct. 7, 2023.


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Conservative Carl
Conservative Carl
3 months ago

Can someone show me the tally of Halal eateries hit with pro-Israel graffiti now?

Kvetch
Kvetch
3 months ago

We also believe in free Gaza. Free Gaza of hamas terrorists. Turn gaza back over to Israel for free. Free the hostages in Gaza for free without any demands. And of course may IDF free hamas terrorists of their heads.

Fried
Fried
3 months ago

#free jews of hatred
#free gaza of Hamas
#free our hostages
#free our soldiers

James Cameron
James Cameron
3 months ago

This is literally why we need a Jewish state. Can you imagine living under these thugs.

Avi B.
Avi B.
3 months ago

It’s very nice of Mr. Nadler to visit this cafe & other local Politicians to go there and show solidarity. How come Mr. Nadler, Sen.-Schumer & rest of their Jewish & political colleagues don’t call out or try to stop the hate-filled & Anti-Israel protestors taking place all over NYC ?? As long as the Jewish community in NYC and Jews in general continue to vote Democrat, nothing will change & unfortunately, such incidents such as this one, will continue or C”V get worse. We pray it does not.

Jonjon
Jonjon
3 months ago

“And I don’t roll on Shabbos!”

lazerx
lazerx
3 months ago

there is free speech and there is antisemitic coercion.
This is the second…

The new america
The new america
3 months ago

Never forget how the degenerate White House Press Secretary mentioned “islamophobia” when a reporter asked what is the White House doing to address the ever growing jewish hatred and anti-semitism that’s happening in America..now please tell me how many Arabic or Palestinian restaurants have been vandalized? zero zero. They couldn’t be any more clearer anti-Semitism and Jewish hatred is now accepted in the American society.

Chucky Schmucky has sold his soul for his party.
Chucky Schmucky has sold his soul for his party.
3 months ago

Hamas Democrats emboldened by Chucky throwing Israel under the bus.

Saul
Saul
3 months ago

Google – Effy’s Café – shows they are opened everyday 8am – 9am – even on Shabbos – how can a restaurant be called kosher if they are opened on Shabbos?

Arik
Arik
3 months ago

The Left are mostly sickly weakly vegan bodies. Arm up, frummies. Teach your youngest children how to push their thumbs through the eyeball and into the brains of these entitled Leftists. A father who does not teach his son to swim or kill is neglectful