Uber cuts ties with Toronto restaurant which used antisemitic tropes

B’nai Brith Canada announced on Monday that, in direct response to advocacy by the group, Uber Canada has confirmed that it will no longer deliver products from Toronto restaurant Foodbenders.

On Sunday, B’nai Brith Canada called on members of the Jewish community in Toronto to take action against Foodbenders, which has used antisemitic tropes and posted pro-terrorist content on social media.

Foodbenders, located in the Bloordale neighborhood of Toronto, has turned its ire toward the Jewish community.

On Instagram, the company has announced: “#zionistsnotwelcome” and has further alleged that “Zionists are Nazis.”



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Foodbenders also deploys classic antisemitic tropes, saying of a Canadian Jewish group: “These people control your media and elected officials.” On her personal Facebook page, the owner described Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a “Zionist puppet.”

Foodbenders' owner Kimberly Hawkins responded recently to the criticism and said that Jewish people and Zionists are more than welcome in her store.

"I’m not antisemitic," she said, according to blogTO.com. "That would go against all the other principles that I’ve been standing up for the past few weeks. I believe that Palestinians should be free and have the same equal human rights as everyone and that’s not a stance I will apologize for."

Hawkins said she's received a flurry of hate messages recently, but welcomes conversations with people who want to have "a respectful conversation about their beliefs and any differing views."

"When I'm making a statement about Zionism, I am not referring to Jewish people... It's about the state government," she stated.