Daily Israel Report

Upper West Side Deli Vandalized with Anti-Semitic Slogans

A restaurant on New York's Upper West Side was defaced by vandals, who scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 9/23/2012, 9:25 AM

non-kosher restaurant
non-kosher restaurant
israel news photo: Flash 90

A restaurant on New York's Upper West Side was defaced by vandals, who scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls, The New York Post reported Friday.

“It was like someone came in and went wild. Vandalism is one thing, but it was a total defacement. They urinated everywhere,” said David Ruggerio, 50, owner of Lansky’s Old World Deli on Columbus Avenue.

While the restaurant is not kosher nor owned by a Jew, it features a combination of Jewish deli favorites, including matzo ball soup and chopped liver, which may have prompted the vandals to resort to anti-Semitic slurs.

“They smashed all the computers, smashed phones, broke every plate in the place, sliced every banquette,” Ruggerio said.

He said the perpetrators caused about $200,000 in damage and wrote anti-Semitic slurs on the walls, The Post reported.

“I’m an Italian-American from Brooklyn, but if I was Jewish, I’d be deeply offended,” he said.

There were “some words, some symbols — I can’t tell you what they were. I don’t want this to become inflamed. I immediately covered them up.”

Police are investigating whether the perpetrator was a disgruntled ex-employee.

According to the report, about two weeks ago, an ex-worker, together with a female companion, broke into the deli, slept there overnight, cooked themselves breakfast in the morning, and similarly scrawled offensive messages on the premises.