One or more unknown people scribbled “Racist Pigz”, “Sionist Pigz” and “Free Palestine” on Manny’s 16th and Valencia cafe over the weekend on the outside wall along Valencia Street. It was the second incident in the past month where a Jewish-owned business was vandalized.
A photo of the graffiti from the popular restaurant, political bookstore and civic engagement center on the corner of 16th Street was Tweeted Sunday morning, but he hadn’t been on the building since Monday. Cafe owner Manny Yekutiel did not respond to a request for comment. His spokesperson David Perry also declined to comment on the graffiti. A request for information from the San Francisco Police Department gave no additional information about the incident.
Manny’s has been the target of protests since opening in 2018, after owner Manny Yekutiel showed his support for Israel’s existence in a Facebook post in 2017. It was also vandalized with graffiti in September. last, reported SFist.
“If you want to go out on the streets and put up signs saying you don’t like Israel, that’s not anti-Semitism. If you want to go out on the streets and put up signs and do something for the Palestinians, that’s not anti-Semitism. Criticizing Israel, even harshly, is not anti-Semitism, ”said Seth Brysk, Central Pacific regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. “But by targeting a Jewish person, their business, an institution of the Jewish community, you are essentially holding a community collectively responsible for a sovereign government.”
The incident occurred less than a month after the Chabad Preschool in Noe Valley was vandalized with graffiti that read “Israil terror” (sic) and “Death to Israil” (sic). Both incidents occurred amid reports of an increase in anti-Semitic incidents at the national and local levels following Hamas rocket attacks and Israeli airstrikes that killed at least 256 Palestinians, 13 Israelis and dispossessed nearly 60,000 Palestinians in Gaza.
From the start of the year to June 4, the SFPD counted four hate crimes against Jews across the city, the same number as the total number of hate crimes against Jews in 2020.
And, in the Bay Area, the regional branch of the Anti-Defamation League has seen an increase in anti-Semitic incidents of about 75% – the rise the league has seen nationwide according to member reports. community, law enforcement and media, Brysk said. .
The league views harassment, vandalism and assaults on Jews as incidents of anti-Semitic hate, Brysk explained.
While some activists have interrogates the numbers on the ADL tracker because it included placards held during the protests, Marc Dollinger, a professor of Jewish studies who teaches a course on anti-Semitism and social justice at State University of San Francisco said it’s complicated to identify what anti-Semitism is – and the ADL offers the best tracker available.
Also, he said, the way incidents are converted into statistics should not be the focus among recent incidents. The focus, he said, should be the clear spike that’s happening now.
What happened with Manny and Chabad were two such cases, he and other Jewish scholars said.
“There are a lot of different arguments about when anti-Zionism isn’t anti-Semitism, but when you scribble graffiti on Manny you don’t get into the sophistication of what the differences can be.” , said Dollinger. “In this case, it’s crystal clear because they wrote ‘pigs,’ and the pig is not kosher, according to Judaism. To call someone a Zionist pig is to play on their Jewishness in direct relation to their Zionism.
He added that the increase in anti-Semitic incidents was frightening.
“The idea that there could be so much anti-Jewish talk, and just below the surface – we’ve seen Chabad’s, Manny’s, in New York – and the fact that it can be brought about in a place that we would think being overtly sure is really disheartening, ”Dollinger said.