Food courier in Strasbourg refuses to serve Jews, two kosher restaurant owners say

Two kosher restaurants in Strasbourg said they were declined service by at least one delivery man, who allegedly said he does not want to serve Jews.

Both incidents happened amid a partial lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has limited restaurants to offering only take away meals delivered by couriers.

The delivery man who allegedly refused the kosher eateries service was working for Deliveroo. It is not immediately clear whether both incidents involved the same employee.

At the first restaurant, the employee arrived to take out an order to a patron and asked the restaurant’s staff what sort of restaurant it was. They told him it served Israeli cuisine, to which he replied: “I don’t serve Jews” and said that he is canceling the order, said Raphaël Nisand, a lawyer representing that restaurant.

Later in the day, a second kosher restaurant was also declined service by a Deliveroo employee.

On Friday, the owners of both restaurants complained to police of discrimination and alerted the Consistoire, French Jewry’s organization responsible for religious services, and the National Bureau Against Antisemitism, or BNVCA.

Deliveroo France has not responded to multiple interactions with its customer care team on Twitter, which that department uses regularly to communicate about complaints and other service-related issues.


Subscribe to the EJC newsletter

Get the EJC newsletter, including the latest statements and news from the European Jewish communities, direct to your inbox.

European Jewish Congress will use the information you provide on this form to contact you. We will treat your information with respect and will not share it with others. By clicking Subscribe, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

browse by community