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Farley's East

The Oakland-based coffee shop was embroiled in controversy after a video surfaced taken by a Jewish customer who noticed antisemitic graffiti in the bathroom. When she tried to return to take photos, three employees refused her entry, spewing phrases such as “Israel loves taking private property and saying it’s their own” and “Free Palestine” and when she was finally granted entry she recorded graffiti which stated “your neutrality/apathy is enabling genocide, free palestine” and “zionism=fascism.” According to customers, the graffiti had been there for some time and the manager knew but refused to remove it.

After the video went viral, the owner of Farley’s East promptly released a statement acknowledging and apologizing for the graffiti and admitted that the situation was handled “poorly.” They say they have “taken corrective measures with our staff and removed the offensive graffiti,” claim they are “not anti-Semitic… value diversity and inclusivity… committed to ongoing staff training.”

Farley’s East confirmed that the three employees have been fired.