A food cart vendor claims he was brutally attacked and stabbed this week because he is Egyptian.

Ayman Shiha, who works at a halal stand parked across the street from Bellevue Medical Center in Kips Bay, says he was attacked at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday when the suspect, Luis Gracia, complained that he could not get a Philly cheesesteak at the cart. Shiha was stabbed with a switchblade in his head, neck, torso and leg, and received 25 stitches at Bellevue—he says the attack was sparked by bias.

"It’s a hate crime, because I work in a halal truck. You know, most of the people who work there are Muslim people or immigrant people,” he told CBS 2. “Before he started stabbing in my neck, he told me, ‘You don’t belong to United States? Why are you here? Go back to your f***ing country.’”

According to Shiha, cops are not investigating the assault as a hate crime.