Destinharbor> I think that's a good thing. It humanizes the enemy.
This is all happening within Israel, the Jewish state, which has about a 25% Arab population.
Israelis generally don't view Arabs as the enemy.
The opposite isn't always true:Poll: Two-Thirds of Palestinian Arabs support murder of Israeli Jews, 25% even if attackers are little girlshttp://www.realjock.com/gayforums/4192905Palestinian kindergarten graduation ceremony has children perform terrorist drillshttp://www.realjock.com/gayforums/4219550
As can be seen from the knee-jerk reactions of Sam and AyaTrolLiar founcer/JTheM (who evidently cared so little about the thread topic itself that they didn't bother to read the NY Times story beyond the headline).
The chefs highlighted in this story are all Israeli Arabs.
One reports that 90% of his clients aren't his Arab neighbors but Jews:
|| Ninety percent of his customers, he soon realized, were day-tripping foodies from Tel Aviv.
While the trolls clamor that this is "Palestinian", the chefs themselves are more honest and nuanced:
chefs are changing their food, but Arab customers are still not quite going for it,” Mr. Dalal admitted. “In our culture, people still prefer to eat traditional food, at home with their family.”
|| Mr. Hanna opened Magdalena in 2013, after starting three successful but conventional Arabic restaurants, where the long-held traditions of a dozen salads to begin the meal and simple grilled meats were menu mainstays. At Magdalena, he has thrown that rule book out the window, reaching instead for the childhood recipes he remembers his mother sourcing from their home garden and pairing them with techniques he picked up from Jewish chefs in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv.
|| the dual culinary heritages
of family home cooking and Israel’s far-reaching global cuisine.
|| merging molecular gastronomy with the flavors his Syrian-born
grandmother taught him
|| “I don’t involve politics with my food. It’s not Palestinian or Syrian, it’s modern Arab food
,” he said. “It’s a problem for me, trying to define it, because it’s updated but still very old. I’m still debating with myself how to call it.”
|| Arab food in Israel
is modernizing, he said, because the Arab community is modernizing
|| “The historical division between Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine is so recent, you can’t really draw a line between the cuisines
,” she said. “You can’t say hummus is Syrian or Lebanese, and you can’t say tabbouleh is Palestinian. So the Arabic cuisine I cook, I call it ‘Food from the Levant.’
Obviously there were also recent historical migrations across borders that didn't then exist.
For one (above), his Syrian grandmother. For another:
|| his Palestinian family, whose roots in Acre trace back 300 years
Obviously 300 years is a long time, and they have every right to stay where they are, but it doesn't make one "indigenous".
It's the same time-frame as Europeans - and later Chinese - arriving in the Americas.Here's the kicker, though: the flow - from Israel to the Arab world - is exactly the opposite of what the trolls imagine:
AyaTrolLiar> Of course they eat Palestinian food. What native food do they have of their own?
He denies Jewish ethnicity, so why would he even expect there to exist Jewish ethnic food?
|| Ms. Atamna-Ismaeel calls the upgrade in Israel’s Arab food a “revolution,”
and says that in a few years, she believes it will spread beyond the country’s borders.
|| “Right now, we’re seeing it in Israeli-Arab areas
, but soon I think Palestinians [in the West Bank and Gaza Strip] will also be influenced, and from there it will spread to different parts of the world,” she told me.
|| Asked what the movement would be called, she hesitated. “Israeli-Arab cuisine, or Palestinian-Israeli cuisine, maybe. It’s political, and it’s complicated,” she said.
Hopefully one day soon it will be less complicated:Let's talk peace: The two-state solutionhttp://www.realjock.com/gayforums/4180210
Sadly the haters outside the region will be slower to come around.
For them there is no cost to maximal demands and rejecting peace.Why does virulent Anti-Semitism play such a large role in MidEast discussions on RJ?http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/4015076http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1443151