USA - Cafe in San Francisco tagged with antisemitic graffiti

San Francisco, CA
- A popular Jewish-owned bookshop, café, and event space in San Francisco was vandalized on Sunday with antisemitic and pro-Palestinian graffiti.

Manny's in the Mission District was tagged with blue paint and the phrases "Racist pigz," "Zionist pigz," and "Free Palestine."

"Targeting Jewish businesses is straight-up antisemitic," California State Sen. Scott Wiener wrote in a series of Twitter posts that included photos of the graffiti and past antisemitic vandalism of the store. "We must speak out and condemn this hate. San Francisco isn't immune to antisemitism. We must push back."

Manny's has faced graffiti vandalism "at least a dozen times" since its opening in 2018, according to the cafe's spokesperson David Perry, who added that "this is antisemitism to the core."
Owner Manny Yekutiel emigrated from Israel and has spoken publicly about his belief in Israel's right to exist while also denouncing many of the actions of the Israeli government against the Palestinians, according to a local publication.

Hillary Ronen, who represents the Mission District on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, said it is "outrageous [that Yekutiel] has to go through the constant vandalization of his building … it's not easy or cheap to constantly cover up vandalism."

She said he is "always willing and ready to engage in tough dialogue" and called on the owner's adversaries to "do what he's willing to do – sit down and have a debate."

Source: israelhayom