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Shapiro denounces protest outside Israeli-owned restaurant in Philadelphia

By: - December 4, 2023 12:46 pm

Gov.Josh Shapiro speaks at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh on the state’s plans to use and harness artificial intelligence. (Commonwealth Media Services)

On Sunday, Gov. Josh Shapiro sent out a post on social media condemning a pro-Palestinian protest outside of a Jewish- and Israeli-owned restaurant in Philadelphia.

“Tonight in Philly, we saw a blatant act of antisemitism — not a peaceful protest. A restaurant was targeted and mobbed because its owner is Jewish and Israeli. This hate and bigotry is reminiscent of a dark time in history,” Shapiro wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The Philly Palestine Coalition organized the protest, which included people chanting “Goldie, Goldie you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide” outside of Goldie, which is co-owned by Michael Solomonov, a Jewish and Israeli-born chef, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Free Palestine” stickers were also placed on the restaurant, 6ABC reported. 

The Inquirer reported that the protest took place in Philadelphia throughout Center City and University City, just two days after a weeklong cease-fire ended in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. Next weekend, Philadelphians in support of a cease-fire are heading to Harrisburg to lead a statewide protest.

Shapiro, who is also Jewish, has posted videos alongside Solomonov on social media in the past, including a video posted earlier this year that shows the chef preparing a Passover meal with Shapiro, First Lady Lori Shapiro, and their son, Max. 

“I’ve communicated tonight with @Mike_Solomonov and his team at Goldie to share our support and Lori and I look forward to breaking bread there with them again soon,” Shapiro wrote on X on Sunday.

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John Cole
John Cole

John Cole is a journalist based in Philadelphia. He's worked for various outlets such as The Northeast Times, PoliticsPA, and PCN. In these previous roles, he covered a wide range of topics from local civic association meetings to races across the commonwealth. He earned a degree in journalism from Temple University.