Sunday, November 20, 2016

Portugal: Restaurant vandalized over chef’s visit to Israel

Portugal has a long history of anti-semitism and of hostility against Israel.  As Lisboa-Jerusalem reported, the memorial to the Jews massacred in Lisbon in 1506 is the most frequently vandalized monument in Lisbon (see pictures below).  In 2007, Jewish tombs were vandalized in a cemetery in Lisbon.

From JTA:
Anti-Israel activists vandalized a restaurant in Portugal because its head chef participated in a food festival in Israel.
The perpetrators, who are believed to be activists for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, on Friday night spilled red paint on the façade of the Cantinho do Avillez restaurant in the northern city of Porto and posted signs on it reading: “Free Palestine,” “Avillez collaborates with Zionist occupation” and “Entrée: A dose of white phosphorus.”
The attack, which is rare in Portugal, followed picketing opposite the restaurant by BDS activists over the participation of chef Jose Avillez along with at least 11 other chefs from renowned dining establishments around the world in the Round Tables festival in Tel Aviv this month, which is sponsored by American Express.
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