New South Wales Premier Chris Minns says the city of Sydney rallied behind an Israeli restaurant after it was vandalised with “naked anti-Semitism”.
The popular Sydney Israeli restaurant, Shaffa, was vandalised and spray-painted with anti-Semitism which Jewish community groups have condemned.
“Two nights ago, I had dinner with Erez, the owner of Shaffa restaurant in Surry Hills,” Mr Minns said.
“You may have read about his restaurant in the media, someone spread and sprayed horrific anti-Semitic graffiti on the front of his bar.
“He (Erez Nahum) put his life savings into that restaurant as well as his heart and soul and everything available working minute.
“He believed that no one would want to go to that restaurant that had been targeted with that kind of offensive filth, he was amazed to discover that the exact opposite thing happened.
“The next night the restaurant was packed, his city rallied behind him, booking staked up and those who couldn’t get a table bought a gift certificate instead.”
Mr Minns made the address at The Daily Telegraph’s Future Sydney Bradfield Oration where he outlined his government’s plan to address the “excessive delays” in the housing application process, causing a state-wide shortage.