An Invercargill cafe owner's refusal to serve Israelis on the basis of their nationality is a clear human rights breach, Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says.
Sisters Natalie Bennie and Tamara Shefa were upset after being booted out of the Mevlana Cafe in Esk St yesterday 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'. It was shocking."
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."
He said he had nothing against Israeli people but if any more came into his shop they would also be told to leave, and he was not concerned if he lost business.
Note the last bit - "he was not concerned if he lost business". Keeping Stock is sure that the good, fair-minded folk of Invercargill and surrounding districts will take note of Mr Tekinkaya's lack of concern, and his despicable racist attitudes. Likewise, Stuff reports that the owner of a neighbouring Turkish Kebab shop, Mr Ali Uzun will take the same stance. New Zealand does not need bigoted migrants such as these, and we hope that Immigration New Zealand is right now checking the immigration status of both men.
UPDATE: MacDoctor airs his thoughts in a more amusing form!