Published On: Mon, Jun 21st, 2021

Israeli Vendor Banned from Philly Food Event

Moshava Philly offers Israeli delicacies from a truck.

Moshava Philly (Facebook)

Moshava Philly is a food truck which offers Israeli delicacies. Moshava was uninvited at the last minute to a Philadelphia food trunk event held on Father’s Day yesterday. The event’s organizers said that they feared an Israeli presence would lead to political protests. Moshava smelled a rat and accused the organizers of antisemitism.

But Israel’ supporters can rejoice as they won a moral victory here. Due to the outrage over Moshava Philly’s snubbing the food trunk event had to be cancelled entirely.

Moshva Philly released a statement on Instagram:
“We have some unfortunate news to share with all of you. We won’t be attending “The Taste of Home” event, this Sunday, on Father’s Day. We are deeply saddened by this. The organizers of the event heard rumors of a protest happening because of us being there and decided to uninvite us from fear that the protesters would get aggressive and threaten their event. We were really hoping that the organizers @eatuptheborders and @sunflowerphilly would step up to the plate and defend local, small and immigrant based businesses, no matter where they are from (as per their so called “mission statement”) but By the looks of it fear, violence, and intimidation got the best of them.”

“We really do hope that in the future you don’t succumb to such antisemitic and dividing rethoric and keep true to your words of a safe environment for all religions and nationalities- not just all of them except Israeli and Jewish ones. Nonetheless we will be keeping our promise to give back to our community and will be donating 50% of our proceeds on Father’s Day to the family of Pedro Salazar. #spreadlovenothate.”

Melvin Powell of Sunflower Philly told the local Philadelphia NBC channel that the reason for the cancellation was due to a prior commitment to have both Israelis and Palestinians take part in the event. But the Palestinian truck could not make it. “The fact that we couldn’t accurately represent both of them is the reason why we canceled the event today,” said Powell.

Talk about making up an excuse after the fact. Does anyone believe this?

The organizers released their own Instagram statement:

“At Sunflower Philly we truly believe in creating a positive and inclusive community space here in Philadelphia,” the group said in an Instagram post. “Due to the ongoing situation with one of our event partners @eatuptheborder and @moshava_philly we have to decided to cancel the ‘Taste of Home’ event today.”

“Sunflower Philly is a non-profit organization created to bring our community together through art, music & sustainability. We will continue to host events with people of all races, nationalities and sexual orientations who are aligned with our mission.”

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