“They destroyed so much food – more than 200 kilos of frozen meat alone”
The authorities came into the restaurant Sunday at dinnertime and told us our food was not good, not fresh. They didn’t explain why they believed this. I told them that we had bought all the food that day and the day before, and that anything older than that was in our freezers. I showed them my license, but that didn’t satisfy them. I also told them I could give them the phone number of the butcher where I bought my meat, but they didn’t want it.They then proceeded to pour bleach on all the food. There was so much food – more than 200 kilos of frozen meat alone. [Following the release of the photos taken in Mustafa’s restaurant, which were widely relayed through social media, the Health Ministry released a statement explaining that inspectors had destroyed food because “it was stored in inappropriate temperatures and food came from unknown sources.” They did not specify which businesses they destroyed food in.] They didn’t take any samples for testing. They told me I could keep the restaurant open for now, and that they would call me with further instructions.I’m certain that they did this because they don’t like us, because we’re not Israeli. They keep asking me to renew my licenses, which I’ve done several times already since I opened the restaurant two years ago, but nothing satisfies them. They’re harassing African business owners so that we’ll leave Israel. And indeed, many Sudanese migrants have left recently, finding it too hard to survive here. Myself, I’m trying to leave, hopefully back to Africa. This is no way to live.