Jewish, Muslim Food Cart Owners Face Off in NYC Turf War

New York Post reports an 'intifooda' is brewing between a kosher sandwich salesman and hallal meat merchant in midtown Manhattan.

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A hallal food cart is pictured in Manhattan, November 20, 2014.
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A turf war is brewing between a Jewish food cart vendor and Muslim competitors vying for prime real estate in midtown Manhattan, according to the New York Post.

Dubbing it an "intifooda," the Post reports that Yisroel Mordowitz, who serves kosher brisket and pastrami sandwiches, is being blocked from setting up near Rockefeller Center by by the "hallal mafia."

“This guy is hungry – hungry for money,” said Mohamed Mossad, one of the Muslim food purveyors fighting to keep Mordowitz and his cart, the Holy Rollers, off the corner of 48th Street and Sixth Avenue.

“Why doesn’t he go to 47th Street?” Mossad shouted, in a reference to the Diamond District where many ultra-Orthodox Jews work. “He’s just coming to this particular spot, and he wants to grab it from me – and kill me, actually. Kill my business.”

Mordowitz, for his part, said he's not an enemy of the hallal vendors.

“I thought I could bring peace to Midtown,” Mordowitz told the Post, claiming that one of the vendors shouted to him, in what he interpreted as a reference to Jews pushing people off their land, "This is not Palestine!"

Mossad, meanhwile, insists that his complaint about Mordowitz has nothing to do with "him being a Jew," but rather with the intense competition for customers and his desire to earn a livelihood.

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