Just last week, the Israeli ‘Moshava’ food truck was removed from a Philadelphia Festival, causing a stir amidst the Jewish community. Correcting their act of discrimination, organizers of the festival issued an apology, calling their act “Ignorant and Inexcusable”.
Vowing to “make up for our mistakes with help from our community,” Eat Up The Borders said it rejected the charges of antisemitism from around the globe after removing Moshava because of local criticism of the Israeli government.
The festival, which was to showcase immigrant chefs and international cuisines, succumbed to pro-Palestinian criticism last week, leading it to drop the Moshava food truck from the line-up.
“We want to be very clear that we do not support antisemitism or allow antisemitism in our spaces,” the group said in a statement released on its website and social media. “Our actions were ignorant and inexcusable.”
“We now see that excluding any particular vendor in the name of trying to protect them was the wrong decision,” the statement said. “We did what we thought was best at the moment, but we failed.”
The group said, without offering details, that it has “cooperated with authorities to answer any of their concern.” The statement also said that Eat Up the Borders is “in touch with leaders from the Jewish and Palestinian community to aid us in our growth and further the conversation.”