BOYLE STATEMENT ON EXCLUSION OF ISRAELI FOOD TRUCK AT PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY EVENT
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) issued the following statement in response to media reports of an Israeli food truck being disinvited from participating in today’s “A Taste of Home” event taking place in Pennsylvania’s 2nd congressional district:
“I am stunned and saddened at the decision of the organizers of “A Taste of Home” to disinvite Moshava, an Israeli food company, from participating in this year’s event in my congressional district. This decision represents surrendering to the threats of bigots.
That Moshava should be excluded from what is supposed to be an event showcasing food offerings from all around the world, solely due to their being an Israeli food vendor, is completely unacceptable. Given the disturbing rise in acts of antisemitism across our region and country, this decision by the organizers is only helping to embolden those who would use threats of protest or even violence to prevent any people, businesses and entire communities from living and operating freely without fear.
If the explanation of the organizers that Moshava’s invitation was revoked due to the threat of protests and violence is true, then I believe such threats should be investigated by law enforcement, as no person or organization should be coerced or threatened by the prospect of intimidation or violence.
I urge the organizers of this community event to stand up for Moshava and the right of businesses to operate freely, and to reverse its decision.”