Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Gazan War comes to Invercargill

Two women were kicked out of an Invercargill cafe yesterday because they come from Israel. Sisters Natalie Bennie and Tamara Shefa were upset after being booted out of the Mevlana Cafe in Esk St by owner Mustafa Tekinkaya.

They chose to eat at Mevlana Cafe because it had a play area for Mrs Bennie's two children, but they were told to leave before they had ordered any food, Mrs Bennie said. "He heard us speaking Hebrew and he asked us where we were from. I said Israel and he said `get out, I am not serving you."

Mr Tekinkaya, who is Muslim and from Turkey, said he was making his own protest against Israel because it was killing innocent babies and women in the Gaza Strip."I have decided as a protest not to serve Israelis until the war stops."

hat tip: Tumeke.blogspot.com

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