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White House: Pro-Palestinian protest outside Philly kosher restaurant is antisemitic

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Pro-Palestinian protesters rally outside Goldie's restaurant in Philadelphia on December 4, 2023. (Screen capture/X)
Pro-Palestinian protesters rally outside Goldie's restaurant in Philadelphia on December 4, 2023. (Screen capture/X)

The White House blasts as “antisemitic” a pro-Palestinian rally held over the weekend outside a kosher restaurant in Philadelphia.

“Goldie, Goldie, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide,” the crowd of dozens was filmed chanting yesteday outside the Rittenhouse Square branch of Goldie, which was founded by Israeli-American celebrity chef Michael Solomonov.

“It is antisemitic and completely unjustifiable to target restaurants that serve Israeli food over disagreements with Israeli policy, as Governor Shapiro has underlined,” White House spokesperson Andrew Bates says in a statement, referring to a similar condemnation from Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro.

“This behavior reveals the kind of cruel and senseless double standard that is a calling card of antisemitism,” Bates says.

Shapiro, who is Jewish, called the crowd’s chant “a blatant act of antisemitism — not a peaceful protest.”

“A restaurant was targeted and mobbed because its owner is Jewish and Israeli,” Shapiro tweets. “This hate and bigotry is reminiscent of a dark time in history.”

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