ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – After a Jewish deli was hit three times in three weeks by anti-Semitic vandalism, people banded together Thursday to show it’s not acceptable.
With signs and candles in hand, people in Nob Hill had a message they wanted everyone to hear.
“We think enough is enough,” Joe Shepherd said.
“The community is better than that,” Marti Johns said, referring to hateful, anti-Semitic messages — one after the other, posted outside the new Jewish deli, Nosh.
“To the k**** who should die,” one message read.
“To the k**** who will die like rats,” another said.
Owner Alisa Turtletaub said it started three weeks ago.
“At first, I was just taken aback,” she said. “That’s a word I hadn’t heard in many years. I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know if it was just a sick joke.”
Then, it happened two more times just weeks later.
“Then it was more direct, more of a death threat,” Turtletaub said.
But she hasn’t let it slow her down at Nosh. She is still serving up meals while the FBI and Albuquerque police help track down the culprit. APD put cameras up outside the restaurant this week and the FBI is looking into whether the vandals committed any federal crimes.
Either way, the message Thursday night was that hate is not OK.
“Nosh fills a real hole in our city for restaurants and the food is delicious and there is lots of love and a real feeling of community inside, and I’m here to support that,” Julie Shepherd said.
Shepherd had a message for the one responsible for spreading anti-Semitism.
“All he has done is give [Turtletaub] an army of supporters and improve her business. So, great work, pal,” she said.
The deli has only been open for six months.
On top of dealing with vandals, the owner said burglars have broken in twice.