The food-delivery service Deliveroo and two delivery men are facing legal action after two kosher restaurant owners in Strasbourg claimed that delivery men had refused to deliver their food because for reasons of antisemitism.
Raphaël Nisand, Mr Nisand claimed that the restaurateurs had prepared the orders, when “the delivery man asked, ‘What’s your speciality?’” Allegedly, when the restaurateurs said, “these are Israeli specialities, the delivery man answered, ‘oh no, I don’t deliver to Jews’, and cancelled the orders.”
On Sunday, Mr Nisand lodged a complaint with the local police against the delivery men and Deliveroo, the company which assigned the orders.
The Consistoire Israelite for the local Bas-Rhin region, and BNVCA, a French organisation that monitors antisemitism, both added their names to the complaint.
Maurice Dahan, president of the local Consistoire, said in a statement that they consider it “intolerable that delivery men working for the company Deliveroo dare to openly practice antisemitic discrimination.”
On Monday, Deliveroo reportedly said in a statement that it took the incident “very seriously and immediately decided to conduct our own internal investigation to clarify the circumstances. If the facts as reported are proven, we will act and definitively terminate the contract of the responsible delivery man.”
The statement went on: “We have no tolerance for antisemitic words or actions, which constitute a criminal offence,” adding that it condemned “any such act in the strongest possible terms.”