Friday, February 26, 2016

Anti-Semitic Slurs Halt Philly Developers' Meeting; Tenants Say New Housing Will Displace Minorities

A community meeting in an urban renewal neighborhood of Philadelphia was forced to end abruptly this week after local activists hurled anti-Semitic comments at Jewish real estate developers, the Times of Israel website reports today (February 26, 2016).

At the February 22 meeting in Point Breeze, in South Philadelphia, activists with Concerned Citizens of Point Breeze yelled "Go back to Israeel!" and other insults at developers who were making presentations.

"This was not one person with a screw loose. This was a mob mentality," said Ori Feibush, a local developer who is Jewish but was not presenting at the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned after the head of the organization hosting the meeting learned of the anti-Semitic comments. Concerned Citizens leaders -- many of them African-American -- have clashed with Feibush and other developers before, voicing concerns that new developments will displace lower-income minority residents from the Philadelphia neighborhood.

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