Australia 2019: Israeli-owned coffee shop targeted by anti-Semitic vandals

Australia 2019: Israeli-owned coffee shop targeted by anti-Semitic vandals

A cafe in Chadstone has been targeted by anti-Semitic vandals, with the Jewish owner, a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, arriving this morning to find a Swastika graffitied on the venue’s fence.

Owner of Aliza’s place cafe, Aliza Shuvaly said she arrived as normal about 9 am and discovered the graffiti, which she said brought back stories of her family perishing in the Holocaust.

The white spray-paint stood out against the green fence, with the clear letters reading; “The Holocaust is a lie.” A swastika was printed beside it.

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“My heart feels like it’s running too fast and I am shaking,” she told the Herald Sun.

“I thought, ‘this can’t happen here’. I’m scared even to say that it happened to me … Am I a target now?”

Aliza, who moved to Melbourne from Israel because she thought it would be safe for her and her kids, was shocked by the brazen anti-Semitic attack.

Police are investigating the incident.

They have urged anyone who saw it happen or knows anything to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.