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BRONX NEWS: Deli owner not flinching over ‘Arabs Keep Out’ vandalism


“Arabs Keep Out” was scrawled on the window of a Bronx deli, but the Yemen-born owner said he’s not too worried.


“My family has been in this business almost 50 years,” Faud Masireh told the Daily News. “We’ve dealt with worse.”


Masireh, 34, has been renovating a deli on Ampere Ave., in Country Club, all with an eye on soon opening a Westfield Market Place, an upscale grocery.


At noon Sunday Masireh showed up to continue the renovation when he found the ugly message, scrawled with a white marker, on the front door’s plate glass window.


Masireh was surprised.


“Our neighbors have been welcoming,” he said. “We’re bringing something to improve the neighborhood.”


Masireh reported the incident to police then scraped the message off the window. His relatives own food shops throughout the city and have dealt with worse problems, he said.


“This is nothing,” he said.


Still, the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating.


It’s also probing a Brooklyn incident in which a Jewish couple on Monday night found on their porch a meat tenderizer with a note attached to it.


“Shabot, Shalom, Jew cousin,” the note read. “Here are some pennies for good luck. Happy Yom Kippur. Here is a free meat clear. Love Muslim cousin.”


A teenage girl was seen running from the home, on E. 19th St., near Ave. T.

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