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New Mexico Jewish Deli Smeared with Anti-Semitic Labels

Many people were happy to finally have a Jewish deli with authentic egg creams and chocolate Babka in Alburqurque, New Mexico. But someone is smearing the place with ugly anti-Semitic messages.
Antisemitic labels posted on Jewish Deli in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Altered for family newspaper.

Antisemitic labels posted on Jewish Deli in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Altered for family newspaper.
Photo Credit: KOB4-TV

Transplanted east coasters in Albuquerque, New Mexico have been “jonesing” for a Jewish deli.  Their wishes were answered last August, when the Nosh Deli opened in the Nob Hill district, at Amherst Drive and Silver Avenue, downtown Albuquerque.

The Nosh Deli serves such Jewish staples as challah french toast, pastrami on rye, Dr. Brown’s sodas (albeit in a can) and chocolate babka. Selections can be made from the menus hanging on the wall.

Most of the native ABQers know about such delicacies from episodes of the long-running comedy series “Seinfeld.”

But someone is not happy about having a Jewish deli in the neighborhood.

For the second time in two weeks, the Nosh Deli was targeted by antisemitic vandalism.

Mailing labels with anti-Semitic messages written on them were stuck to the front door of Nosh Deli on Saturday, KOB Eyewitness News 4 in Albuquerque reported.

On Sunday, the stickers were plastered on the restaurant door and up and down a full city block, on parking meters and street light poles.

Similar labels and messages, including “To the Kikes who should die,” were found on the front door of the deli late last month.

“People are just disgusted,” said deli owner Alisa Turtletaub. “They’re disgusted that this is happening.”

“Don’t hide behind a postal sticker,” she said. “If you have such a problem, then show your face.”

The FBI is investigating the incidents, according to KOB, and a hotline has been set up: 505-889-1300, for anyone with information about who might be posting the ugly messages. In the meantime, many of the stickers have been taken into the crime lab and dusted for fingerprints.

“It’s not random, because it keeps happening,” owner Alisa Turtletaub told the news channel. She said, “I’m not going to be a victim,” but she did refer to the incidents as “a little unsettling.”

Turtletaub does not seem to be someone who will be scared away. And in the meantime, anyone looking for a good pastrami on rye or handmade rugelach and a chocolate egg cream can still have their appetites sated at the Nosh Deli.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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17 Responses to “New Mexico Jewish Deli Smeared with Anti-Semitic Labels”

  1. Jew haters tend to be dumb asses.

  2. I hope they got him on video

  3. “Jewish Deli” is a magnet for anti-semits

  4. Allen Miller says:

    When the guilty party is found, PROSECUTE HIM FOR HATE CRIMES!

  5. Allen Miller says:

    Prosecute him for Hate Crimes. It’s a Federal Offense

  6. Tany Berman says:

    It is getting worse every day….G-d forbid what is next

  7. Carolin Knox says:

    You think that trash knows from kosher?

  8. Dick Farrel says:

    wish these schmucks would find Jesus…The Hebrew Fisherman from Galilee

  9. Meanwhile, try some posole beef soup.

  10. a double gauge will fix this temporary problem. permanently.

  11. Edward Lobel says:

    I would imagine it is Them and not him!

  12. Edward Lobel says:

    a couple of all nighter in the deli will solve this problem and since it's a stand your ground situation they will get away with it!

  13. Edward Lobel says:

    I will make it my business to eat there the next time I pass through and if is especially good I may stay an extra day or two to fill up, and yes I will also take some with me!

  14. Les Le Gear says:

    The scumbags are true cowards. Like rats, they do their dirty work in the dark. They need a real ass whipping.

  15. It's obvious to me that if they were kosher, Hashem would not have caused this to happen! You can order your pastrami on rye with Swiss cheese there.

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