Another Jew learns the hard way

New Cafe Opens for Food, Drinks, and Political Activism in the Mission
Manny’s stars food from nonprofit Farming Hope and Frena Bakery

Every single thing about Manny’s sounds as San Francisco as you can imagine it being.

Emanuel “Manny” Yekutiel has always been busy before big elections. In 2012, he worked on Obama’s reelection campaign (and later interned at the White house), and in 2016 it was the campaign to elect Hillary Clinton. But ahead of Tuesday’s midterm, he’s been occupied with something new: Opening Manny’s, a 3,000-square-foot cafe, bar, bookstore, and civic gathering space at 3092 16th Street. After more than a year of construction on the corner of Valencia (in the former V16 Sushi space), Manny’s will greet its first customer on November 6th.

That timing isn’t just fitting, but intentional: Yekutiel envisions Manny’s as just the kind of place you’d want to watch election results roll in. It’s “a new physical place to go to become a better informed and more involved citizen,” he says.

It’s run by a Leftist who wanted to create a cafe for Leftist political engagement, is farm-to-table and helps thee homeless.

Nearby bookstore Dog Eared books will provide Manny’s with political reading material, stocking floor-to-ceiling shelves in a central bookstore space. Food offerings will be implicitly political, too, according to Kevin Madrigal, co-founder and culinary director of Farming Hope. His nonprofit — which provides transitional work in its gardens and training in the culinary industry to people experiencing homelessness and poverty — will handle the menu at Manny’s.

“When people buy something here, they’ll be supporting what we do [at Farming Hope], whether knowingly or unknowingly,” Madrigal says.

But if you know anything about San Francisco, Manny’s is having problems.

Why?

Because Manny is Jewish and supports Israel because his family fled to Israel from Afghanistan.  His family was one of nearly a million Jews who were expelled from Muslim countries after the foundation of Israel.

Also, being a Jew, he must be rich and white (even though he’s ethnically Central Asian) and therefore he is gentrifying the neighborhood.

Mission District civic engagement space met with protests, calls for boycott

A Middle Eastern eatery that opened in November with a promise to offer space for political activism and civic discourse has become the focus of intense debate and weekly protests over Palestinian oppression and gentrification in the Mission District.

Manny’s, a cafe and restaurant that operates out of an affordable housing development at 3092 Valencia St., has hosted talks led by the likes of Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, state Sen. Scott Wiener and Mayor London Breed. A roster of monthly events includes urban sustainability, the LGBT Rights movement, and the Queer Latinx history of the Mission’s 16th Street corridor.

No matter how Left you are as a Jew, they will find a reason to hate you.

But in recent weeks, the sidewalk outside of the two-month old establishment has attracted a different kind of civic gathering in the form of a weekly protests.

Since December, a self-described group of “black and brown folks, radical jews…trans and queer people” and low-income Mission District residents “committed to collective liberation,” have been calling for a boycott of Yekutiel’s social justice-themed business. The protesters, who include members of the Lucy Parsons Project, the Black and Brown Social Club, Gay Shame and the Brown Berets, describe Manny’s as a cover for a pro-elite, pro-Zionist and pro-gentrification agenda.

In particular, advocates have pointed to social media posts published in recent years by Yekutiel –who described himself as a “Liberal American Jew” — inquiring about Zionist groups in the Bay Area and commemorating the anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel.

“He’s a proud Zionist and supports what’s happening to the people in Palestine. He’s disguising it by having certain speakers and artists come through and take pictures with him,” community advocate Ilyich Sato, a Bay Area rapper who goes by the stage name Equipto, told the San Francisco Examiner.

In an email to the Examiner, Yekutiel, who said his father fled to Israel to escape persecution, described his feelings about the country as “complicated.”

“Oh my God, a Jew supports the nation that give his family refuge, he must be destroyed.” – The Left

New San Francisco Community Space Sees Protests Because Owner Is A ‘Zionist’

It’s hosted incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, activists with Black Lives Matter — and on the sidewalk outside, protesters upset because Yekutiel is a “Zionist gentrifer.”

“Zionists out of the Mission!” one marcher yelled on Wednesday, Dec. 26, as about 20 members of the Lucy Parsons Project and allied groups gathered outside Manny’s.

Such tolerant people.  If you want to dance in the nude, smoking a joint, white riding on a float that looks like a giant penis in front of an elementary school, that’s totally fine, as long as you don’t support Israel while you do it.

The self-described “radical black queer direction action group,” named for an early 20th century Latina anarcho-communist labor organizer, has protested at Manny’s every Wednesday this month, and says it will continue protesting every Wednesday until Manny’s is “shut down.” The Project only has about 300 Twitter followers, but among the protest’s supporters is a local rapper, Equipto, with 14,500 followers.

This reporter tweeted at the Lucy Parsons Project on Thursday asking for an interview and was promptly blocked. (The group tweeted on Dec. 21, “We Proudly Block all Zionists.”)

There is nothing like the Jew hatred of the radical Communist.  It’s every bit as vicious as Nazi anti-semitism, but the Left will do somersaults to defend it.

It really is a simple lesson, Jews should never go Leftist.  No matter how Left you think you are, there are others on the Left that will hate you for being a Jew.

I don’t know how to teach this lesson to more Jews, but at 2019 looks to be an even worse version of 2018, it is one that every Jew needs to understand.  The Left is not a safe place for the Jews.

9 Replies to “Another Jew learns the hard way”

  1. And it took a year for a 3000 square foot renovation. A year. For a space of a decent sized house.

    But, here’s the real question, folks, begged by the post’s headline: does anyone here think he actually learned anything from this?

  2. There is a Hispanic coalition of sorts doing their best to avoid the renovation of the Mission District because the fear it will get rid of the Latino population. It seems there are no affluent Hispanics in SanFran which begs the question, what the hell have the lefty policies have done all these past decades?

    Give it time, it will go from Mission District to Mission Barrio.

  3. People will cling to their irrational beliefs in the face of obvious contrary facts. A few Jews, as they were being rounded up, felt that if only Herr Hitler knew about the conditions of the camps he would put a stop to their treatment. No doubt Manny is trying to figure out what happened. If only Mr. Obama knew about the protests, he would enlighten those making his life hell.

    1. Many do, but not all. Robert Avrech has pointed out often that Orthodox Jews are quite unlikely to support Liberal policies in general, and gun control in particular. Instead, they carry in their synagogue (even in California).

    2. Many more Jews are actively pro-gun rights, pro 2A, train and carry (or at least own) than people realize. They have been too silent while those who are anti-gun rights are too vocal and over-exposed. Many of us are working to change that misconception and have our voices drown out their voices.

  4. The one-line lesson is, “Jews can never be ‘Left enough’ to be accepted by the Left.”

    The longer version is, as a Jew you can support the Proper Things, say the Proper Things, do the Proper Things, donate time and money to the Proper Things, and vote for the Proper Things, but they will still hate you. They will gladly accept your support, time, money, and votes … but they will ALWAYS hate YOU.

    And because they hate you they will NEVER accept you.

  5. If you are an observant Jew, you believe in something other than The Movement. If you support Israel, you support something other than The Movement. This will seldom be allowed, and then only on a temporary basis. Remember that the late, unlamented USSR had problems with its Muslim minorities. Communists will ally with some Muslims for a while, until they have power over them; but no other allegiance will be tolerated after it is no longer useful. Plenty of Jews and Muslims in various parts of the world already know this. Totalitarianism always wants to be total.

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