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Delivery man from Algeria arrested in Strasbourg: "I don't deliver to the Jews"

A delivery man hired by Deliveroo who reportedly told two Jewish restaurateurs in Strasbourg "I don't deliver to the Jews" was arrested on Wednesday evening, reported Le Figaro. According to several sources familiar with the matter, he is an Algerian in an irregular situation, who had an obligation to leave French territory (OQTF). The case passes this Thursday at 2 p.m. for immediate appearance, said the Strasbourg prosecutor's office. A second individual - who is the "real" holder of the Deliveroo account - will also be tried this Thursday.

Maître Raphaël Nisand - who is the lawyer for the two restaurateurs but also the lawyer for the Israelite Consistory of Bas-Rhin and the National Office for Vigilance Against Antisemitism (BNVCA) - is surprised at the handling of the case. “Deliveroo is not summoned and will not have to explain his action. It's as if we wanted to exonerate Deliveroo of all responsibility,” he explained to Le Figaro. “The workers were summoned and not the beneficiary of the system. This is Deliveroo, the real manager. It is Deliveroo which makes work an undocumented person”, continued the lawyer.

As a reminder, two Jewish restaurateurs from Strasbourg lodged a complaint on the evening of January 7 at the Strasbourg central police station. The Israelite Consistory of Bas-Rhin as well as the National Office for Vigilance Against Antisemitism (BNVCA) had also lodged a complaint through Maître Raphaël Nisand. "I lodged two separate complaints, against the delivery men and Deliveroo, at the Strasbourg central police station for discrimination in the offer of a good or a service for ethnic or religious reasons", detailed Monday the lawyer to Le Figaro.

"I don't deliver to the Jews"
What had happened precisely? The incident took place last Thursday in two kosher restaurants in Strasbourg. “At around the same time, at a few minute intervals, a delivery guy from Deliveroo showed up to take orders. He then asked the restaurateurs what their specialties were. The owners replied: ''these are Israeli specialties '' explained Mr. Nisand. “The delivery man then said, 'No, I'm not taking the order, I don't deliver to the Jews.' He then strummed on his phone and showed the restaurant owners the message "order canceled", before leaving," explained the lawyer.

“We learned of the incident which took place in Strasbourg on January 7. We take this incident very seriously and immediately decided to conduct our own internal investigation to clarify these circumstances, ”Deliveroo explained to Le Figaro. “ We have no tolerance for anti-Semitic words or actions, which constitute a criminal offense, and we condemn any act of this nature with the utmost firmness. If the facts as reported are proven, we will act and put an end to the contract of the responsible delivery person,” continued the platform.

Following these events, the Minister in charge of Citizenship, Marlène Schiappa, had decided to convene the general manager of Deliveroo France on Tuesday Place Beauvau in order to "demonstrate a strong political will so as not to let anything go in the face of anti-Semitism and ask them to account for the unacceptable facts that have been reported,” said the entourage of the Minister.

“Scandalous” protested Nicolas Cadène, reporter of the Observatory of Secularism. He qualified the act of "refusal of service on discriminatory grounds." And, in this case, anti-Semitism " and specified that a recent " circular from the Ministry of Justice is aimed precisely at pursuing and punishing more quickly this type of unacceptable behavior ".

Following the complaints, the Strasbourg Public Prosecutor's Office opened an investigation into the person responsible for discrimination on grounds of origin in the context of the provision of a service and entrusted to the Departmental Directorate of Public Security (DDSP) of Bas-Rhine.

Source: Le Figaro
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