Pittsburgh’s ‘Conflict Kitchen’ is latest battleground over Palestine, free speech and criticism of Israel

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The conflict between Israel and Palestine has been writ small, six thousand miles away.

Pittsburgh may be known for its steel mill past and its high-tech present, but is now emerging as the seat of a lively debate concerning Palestinian food, free speech, and criticism of Israeli policies.

The Conflict Kitchen is a take-out eatery that only serves food from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The restaurant began serving Palestinian food on October 6. On November 8, restaurant co-director Jon Rubin received a letter containing a death threat. As a result, Mr. Rubin temporarily closed the Conflict Kitchen.

Since its inception in 2010, the restaurant has featured the cuisine of Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, and Venezuela. The Conflict Kitchen is both a restaurant and publicly engaged art practice, the project of Jon Rubin, associate professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University and artist Dawn Weleski. Situated on a lively park-like space between the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, museums, and libraries, the Conflict Kitchen is a popular destination for students, faculty, staff, and families during the lunch hour.

According to the Conflict Kitchen’s web site, the purpose of the restaurant is: “to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus region.” An educational outreach coordinator from the restaurant connects with members of the focus country’s local diaspora community, sponsors speakers and discussions during the lunch hour, and engages passersby in playful activities that invite them to think about the relationships between conflict and culture in unique ways.

When the Conflict Kitchen first started serving Palestinian food, many were dubious that the United States was even in conflict with Palestine in the first place. Omar Abdelkarim, originally from Egypt and a senior majoring in industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, remarked: “A lot of my friends don’t even know there’s a conflict there [in Palestine].  It [the Conflict Kitchen] raises awareness. People start wondering what’s going on,” he said in an interview.

Local Conflict and a Crackdown on Free Speech

A view of the take-out window at the Conflict Kitchen. (Photo courtesy of Conflict Kitchen)

A view of the take-out window at the Conflict Kitchen. (Photo courtesy of Conflict Kitchen)

Before the Conflict Kitchen even started serving Palestinian food, it sponsored a lunchtime discussion, which, the media reported, was lacking in balance.

On September 30, 2014, The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh reported that the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh found the lunchtime discussion’s focus on a pro-Palestinian narrative one-sided because it did not represent a pro-Israel perspective.

Gregg Roman, director of the Jewish Federation’s Community Relations Council, told The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh: “Palestine is not in conflict with the US. The restaurant is stirring up conflict for the sake of trying to be relevant.” Mr. Roman demanded that Conflict Kitchen host a follow-up event that would present pro-Israeli points of view. Even before the lunch discussion happened, Mr. Roman took the case to the Dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Honors College.

It’s in the face of such complaints that the University of Pittsburgh’s Honors College withdrew its name from the Conflict Kitchen’s lunch events. Honors College Dean Edward Stricker explained that the decision to withdraw sponsorship is “not put[ting] pressure on the organizer of the event to change the format,” but that “I had wanted there to be a second event in which the Israeli perspective could be presented in order to provide some balance,” he explained in an email interview.

The food wrappers, which feature excerpts of interviews with Palestinian people on a range of topics such as dating, the Palestinian Authority, food, and olive trees, have been attacked for expressing allegedly anti-Israeli attitudes. On November 6, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that B’nai B’rith International called upon the Heinz Endowments, a Pittsburgh-based philanthropic organization chaired by Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, to disavow its $50,000 grant to the Conflict Kitchen.

The Conflict Kitchen food wrapper (Click to enlarge)

The Conflict Kitchen food wrapper (Click to enlarge)

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviewed Mr. Rubin for their November 6 story, but neither featured his perspective nor that of any Palestinian in their reportage. The story focused on B’nai B’rith’s critique, without any rebuttal. As a result, the Conflict Kitchen issued a public statement of its food wrappers: “Perhaps it is hard for some people to hear that Palestinians are not happy with Israeli policies or the actions of some of its citizens, but to cast their viewpoints as simply anti-Israeli is to reinforce the simplest, most polarizing, and dehumanizing reading of their lives and perpetuate the silencing of their voices.”

The Conflict Kitchen is now closed, but the restaurant is virtually covered in supportive notes written by members of the community. Nathan Urban, Interim Provost at Carnegie Mellon University, Mr. Rubin’s place of employment, issued a statement on November 10 that endorses the Conflict Kitchen’s right to free speech. In an email addressed to faculty, staff, and students, Mr. Urban writes: “Carnegie Mellon University supports all forms of freedom of expression, consistent with the laws of the Commonwealth and nation. The university respects the rights of those involved, as well as the rights of others to express their disagreement. Controversial expression and resulting debate are fundamental elements of democratic society and are at the core of our academic mission.”

Notes of support that people left at the Conflict Kitchen after it closed. (Photo: Julie Hakim Azzam)

Notes of support that people left at the Conflict Kitchen after it closed. (Photo: Julie Hakim Azzam)

Hadeel Salameh, a senior majoring in Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh, and the president of the University of Pittsburgh’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, saw the Honor’s College cancellation of sponsorship and the negative media spin as an attempt to control the conversation about Palestine.

“Here’s the Conflict Kitchen trying very hard to put a Palestinian presence on campus because they recognize Palestinians have a worthy story to tell, their culture, their food, their ideas, [but] everything is being ignored and pushed back behind the curtain or political agenda. Where do we draw the line? If we can’t have a conversation about Palestine in America, how can we have it in the Middle East?,” she said.

Food, Palestine, and Politics

Months before the restaurant changed its culinary focus, Mr. Rubin and his chefs researched and traveled to the occupied West Bank, conducting interviews and, of course, eating a lot of food. The Conflict Kitchen delegation traveled to Jerusalem and various locations in the West Bank, including Ramallah, Bil’in, Beit Zahour, Jenin, Jericho, as well as more rural areas.

Closeup of some of the support notes. (Photo: Julie Hakim Azzam)

Closeup of some of the support notes. (Photo: Julie Hakim Azzam)

Mohammad Barakat guided the Conflict Kitchen delegation through the West Bank. Born in Jerusalem in 1953, Barakat initially worked in hotels, but started his own business in 1996 giving alternative tours of Israel and the West Bank. Barakat stressed that the freedom and self-determination that Palestinians seeks is not inimical to the American belief in freedom. “We Palestinians are human, and we are seeking peace. We are looking for a better future for our families. We are not terrorists; we are not criminals. We are just normal people. We are seeking our rights, our liberty, our future. This is what we are. This is the truth,” he said in a telephone interview from East Jerusalem.

“We’d eat lunch in one person’s home and dinner in another. We were met with incredible, very traditional Arab hospitality; the red carpet was rolled out everywhere we went. It’s a perpetual contradiction of everyday life: the beauty of the landscape and the generosity of the people we met,” Mr. Rubin explained in a telephone interview.

Mr. Rubin noted that despite the focus on food, conversation would invariably drift to a common set of topics: life under the Israeli occupation, economic hardship, and resistance.

When Mr. Rubin visited an olive farmer just outside of Nablus, he learned that the farmer’s olive trees were under constant attack from the neighboring settlers. Mr. Rubin explained that this particular location “has a natural water spring which is very valuable and so the settlers are trying to gain control of it, and the farmer is harassed on a daily basis. A European NGO set up cameras to document the weekly attacks he’s having. His form of resistance isn’t to throw rocks or join any military defense. It’s just to exist, to continue to farm,” he said.

The Conflict Kitchen uses olive oil from that very farm in their salads, hummus, and baba ghanoush and the restaurant’s menu reflects the diversity of Palestinian cuisine featuring traditional dishes like musakhan, maftoul, rumaniyya, as well as traditional maza dishes and salads.

Mr. Rubin saw much in the small details of Palestinian life. When he casually asked a high school boy who wore a soccer jersey if he and his team were any good, the boy replied that he didn’t know. “He said I don’t know because it’s too hard to play other schools, [because of checkpoints] it’s too hard to travel, [so] we just play each other,” he said.

As he did with the Afghanistan version, Mr. Rubin is working on a book that features the interviews conducted with Palestinian children under the age of twelve. When asked what a young Palestinian has to look forward to, Mr. Barakat answered: “I tell you the truth, we don’t have dreams. We don’t have a future, with the occupation you cannot guarantee your life one day more. Life is day by day,” he said.

Speaking at a dinner featuring Gazan cuisine on October 17, guest speaker Laila el-Haddad, co-author of the documentary cookbook, The Gaza Kitchen explained why the relationship between Palestinian food and politics is undeniable.

Eighty percent of the population of Gaza are refugees from other areas of Palestine. Ms. El-Haddad explained, “nobody ever thinks of them [Gazans] as normal human beings, and nobody wants to learn about them and their lives. We [el-Haddad and co-author Maggie Schmitt] pose a question: what would happen if you zoom in to the street level? Imagine what a kitchen window looks like, or a kitchen counter top in Gaza. Can we imagine the kind of food they are cooking?,” she asked in her presentation.

Food is a way to preserve culture for refugees; as a result, Gazan cooking is not monolithic, but full of variations from its internal refugee populations. Cooking “helps to locate them where maps and modern dictionaries fail to do so. It helps them retain that knowledge of their land, towns that may no longer exist, but you can trace it through the food,” said el-Haddad. She said that her cookbook “use[s] food as a [form of] archeology.”

Palestinians in Gaza currently “can fish three nautical miles out to sea, where before it was twenty, and before that, it was two hundred nautical miles. So that allows for very little fishing, and the kind of fish you see in the market are smaller fish; larger fish are out further at nine nautical miles,” el-Haddad explained.

Israel controls the flow of goods in and out of Gaza as well as the access Gazans have to the sea. As a result, only the small fish are accessible, and some basic ingredients of Gazan cooking, such as sesame seeds used to make tahini, are blocked from import into Gaza, or are too expensive.

In the foreword to The Gaza Kitchen, Nancy Harmon Jenkins writes that unlike other areas of the Middle East, Gazans roast their sesame seeds when making tahini, which creates a unique flavor and gives the tahini a darker or reddish color. While Israel may prohibit the entry of sesame seeds into Gaza, it offers Israeli-made tahini at an affordable price, which alters the food culture of the population.

A Different Narrative

How possible is it to tell a different story about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the United States?

A lunchtime discussion prior to the restaurant’s turnover to Palestinian fare sparked local controversy about whether or not a discussion about Palestine is required to represent pro-Israeli perspectives in the name of balance.

One of the speakers at the September lunch discussion, Dr. Ken Boas, English professor at the University of Pittsburgh, said that Americans cannot see past a “master narrative” that prohibited inquiry beyond the most simple of understandings.

“As long as we bought into the master narrative, we could never see what was going over there [in Israel]. We need to reframe the narrative in this conflict,” Dr. Boas said in a telephone interview. He endorsed the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement as a way to bring about change.

In 2012, Dr. Boas traveled to Israel and Palestine on a tour led by the Israeli Committee against Home Demolitions. Dr. Boas was adamant that a discussion about Palestine didn’t need to represent a perspective that’s uncritical of Israel as a counterbalance.

The lunch series “was a wonderful example of free and open speech. It’s also really a metaphor for what the American Jewish community and the Israeli power structure is doing worldwide, and that is silencing Israeli criticisms and using anti-Semitism for the justification for doing so, and what is attempting to be silenced is the furthest thing from anti-Semitism you can imagine. It’s criticism of the occupation and the repression of the Palestinian people and they can’t hear that, they’re threatened by that,” Dr. Boas explained.

Support for the restaurant in the wake of the media turbulence and the death threat letter is strong. Students for Justice in Palestine organized a sit-in at the Conflict Kitchen over the dinner hour on November 10, and drew a crowd of about two hundred people.

Despite the controversy, the Conflict Kitchen’s Palestinian version is its most popular one to date. It’s serving three hundred people a day, which is a record for this small eatery.

“We’re trying to tell a set of perspectives and hopefully open up a dialog about people you might not pay attention to very much. Our goal is not to tell one story about the people. It’s not a singular community; it’s diverse. We’re trying to complicate the story instead of simplify it, raise questions, … encourage curiosity, and hopefully see ourselves in others, and recognize the common humanity and not this polarity of culture and politics,” Rubin said.

Fallout from the Death Threat

Photo of a University of Pittsburgh student from Nov. 10 sit-in in support of Conflict Kitchen. (Photo: Kate Daher)

Photo of a University of Pittsburgh student from Nov. 10 sit-in in support of Conflict Kitchen. (Photo: Kate Daher)

The Conflict Kitchen has announced that it will be reopening tomorrow on November 12. Mr. Rubin noted that the Pittsburgh Police are investigating the threat, but that he cannot comment further on its contents or the investigation.

The “death threat leaves me with a deep sadness, that there are individuals that would go to these lengths to silence free speech, and more specifically, the voices of Palestinians,” Mr. Rubin said. At a staff meeting on the evening of November 10, there was sadness and a sense of loss in humanity, but the supportive crowd around the Conflict Kitchen counter-acted it. “The response we’ve gotten subsequent to the threat has restored my faith in humanity, and I think for the staff as well. It’s really incredibly poignant to see people come out and post notes all over the façade, and come out and speak on behalf of their support,” Mr. Rubin said.

The negative media attention may have triggered some people in the community step out and voice opinions that they had previously kept silent. “Our mission isn’t changing. We’ll still be planning some big upcoming events. We really feel a kind of energy has been brought out that can be incredibly positive. Frankly, what we’re seeing in the streets and online is incredibly positive. That’s a good thing; we’ll try to work with a set of diverse people who are eager to keep an open conversation about Palestinian culture and the viewpoints of the Palestinians and how they need to be a part of the discourse of American public life,” Mr. Rubin said.

That said, Pittsburgh Channel 4’s television coverage of the Conflict Kitchen sit-in was the only time that anybody in the local media had approached and incorporated a Palestinian perspective into its reportage, despite repeated attempts to redirect the media to interview an actual Palestinian.

Mr. Rubin remarked that the death threat has also resulted in an outpouring of support from the communities associated with previous Conflict Kitchen iterations. “The communities we’ve worked with in the past have an incredible stake in the project and the current iteration. They recognize the value of their own voices and that of Palestinian voices. This is larger than any one version of what we do—it’s part of a bigger conversation that needs to happen on the streets of the United States, a greater understanding of the cultures and people our government might be in conflict with,” he said.

The author wishes to thank those interviewed herein, and family and friends (Kate, Hyla, Elaine) who commented on the piece.

 

About Julie Hakim Azzam

Julie Hakim Azzam is an editor, university lecturer, and writer. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Pittsburgh, and specializes in twentieth-century Arabic and Arab-American literature. She is a founding executive committee member of the Modern Language Association's Global Arab and Arab-American forum.

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31 Responses

  1. eljay
    November 11, 2014, 12:12 pm

    I admire and respect what Mr. Rubin is doing. May he be safe and successful in his endeavour.

    • bilal a
      November 11, 2014, 10:49 pm

      safety IS an issue:

      Bethesda Native Sentenced to One Year in Georgetown University Ricin Case
      Georgetown University student pleaded guilty in September to making the deadly chemical

      http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2014/Bethesda-Native-Sentenced-to-One-Year-in-Georgetown-University-Ricin-Case/

      The president of GU Pride, Georgetown University’s LGBT student group, may have prevented a fellow gay student from taking his own life or harming or killing another student with a bag of lethal ricin powder by quickly reporting the student to campus authorities – See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/11/11/gay-student-leader-foiled-georgetown-univ-ricin-threat/#sthash.xIpNq1F1.dpuf

    • ziusudra
      November 12, 2014, 2:18 am

      Greetings eljay,
      …..Mr. Rubin….
      What’s in a Name?
      It warmed me heart to read this Name.
      Yes, there are progressives fighting Zionism.
      ziusudra

      • eljay
        November 12, 2014, 10:31 am

        >> ziusudra @ November 12, 2014, 2:18 am

        I have respect for people who advocate and fight for justice, accountability and equality, whether they be Jewish or non-Jewish.

        I have no respect for people who advocate and fight for supremacism, whether it be Jewish or non-Jewish supremacism.

        The way Mikhael (a Zio-supremacist) tells it, one who opposes Jewish supremacism in a supremacist “Jewish State” finds “the concept of Jews and Jewishness distasteful.”

        So, despite my overt admiration for Jewish people like Mr. Rubin, Ms. Thier and others featured in stories here on MW, and despite my admiration for Jewish people like Phil Weiss, Shmuel, talknic and many others who post here on MW – all people who advocate and fight for justice, accountability and equality – it would seem that I am an anti-Semite.

        Who knew? ;-)

  2. Cliff
    November 11, 2014, 1:05 pm

    Disgusting tactics, but really is anyone surprised by the organized Jewish community? It’s like a mafia.

    • ckg
      November 11, 2014, 4:10 pm

      Foxman’s running scared. He’s thinking of going to the matresses already.

    • chet
      November 15, 2014, 6:29 pm

      Sorry to post a silly joke when such a serious topic is being discussed , but …… La Kosher Nostra

      • Cliff
        November 21, 2014, 1:38 pm

        hahaha

  3. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    November 11, 2014, 1:29 pm

    This is only a small event in the scheme of things, but it shows the complete pathology of Zionism.

    So the event was not ‘balanced’? So what? Leaving aside the fact that American media, and power centres are overwhelmingly biased towards Israel, why does every relatively minor little event have to be ‘balanced’? Is the State of Israel going to come crumbling down – what a thought! – if a little event in Pittsburgh is not ‘balanced’?

    And WTF does Palestinian food have to do with American Zionists? Will Palestinians have to get permission from Abe Foxman every time they need to go to the bathroom from now on?

    • Annie Robbins
      November 11, 2014, 5:20 pm

      it’s so weird. when they served venezuelan food or afghan food was anyone demanding to hear the ‘other side’? it’s just absurd. or did south koreans threaten to bomb the place when north korean food was served. it’s seriously unhinged. if they want to stand outside and protest that’s one thing but … there’s no obligation to tell ‘their side’. sure, if we were bombing israel they could get their own turn, 3 months of israeli cuisine (the majority of which is ….oh never mind).

      • just
        November 11, 2014, 5:28 pm

        {{annie}}!

    • Real Jew
      November 12, 2014, 10:49 am

      The Zionists make it their job to fight for every inch. They have to challenge any and all activism regardless of scale or relativity in order to silence or control the discourse. They know that if people began to honestly discuss the conflict their stance would be indefensible. The zionist community’s insistence that a pro israel voice be present at all times reflects this fear. Especially when the activism or conversation is being well received by the community. Which is why they felt it necessary to involve their loyal partner in crime…the media

    • michelle
      November 17, 2014, 11:52 am

      .
      seems like before seeking balance in others
      one should seek to balance oneself
      .
      ssdd do as i say not as i do
      .
      G-d Bless
      .

  4. ckg
    November 11, 2014, 1:31 pm

    Thanks, Julie. I recommend reading C.A. Pinkham’s post about the death threats in Jezebel’s
    Kitchenette blog.

    • W.Jones
      November 11, 2014, 5:43 pm

      This furor seems to amount to “how dare Palestinians have opinions that differ from the generally-accepted pro-Israel philosophy regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict, and how dare you share those opinions with Americans who may not have been exposed to them.”

      Yes.

      • pabelmont
        November 12, 2014, 8:28 pm

        This is a great project. Long may it prosper.

        The attempt(s) to shut it down, from whatever sources, and the withdrawal or threatened withdrawal of support are surely PROOF that USA is an enemy of Palestine. It might seem that only Israel and its zionist agents here were the enemies, but when they have the power as it appears they do to interfere with free speech and for-fee Palestinian take-out service, it is sufficient proof that the USA is at war with Palesine.

      • pabelmont
        November 12, 2014, 8:33 pm

        And how, one might ask, is the commonly-held view going to change if people are not permitted to suggest changing it?

        Perhaps the kitcheny presentation here will be said to fail the test of “civility”, a totalitarian concept if ever there was one, which is designed to allow those who brandish the word to accuse, try, sentence, and execute those whom they accuse — and all without ever publishing a definition of the rules of “civility”. (ref: Salaita).

  5. Horizontal
    November 11, 2014, 2:27 pm

    Wonderful idea, wonderful story.

    Obviously, humanizing the Palestinians is driving some people crazy.

    I’m amused by all this froth about presenting the pro-Israeli side: It’s called the daily paper, the 5 O’clock News, the 6 O’clock News, the 10 O’clock News, the State of the Union Address and the Congressional Town Hall Meeting . . .

  6. just
    November 11, 2014, 5:26 pm

    Every town in the US needs a Conflict Kitchen.

    Americans need much more truth and nourishment.

    (besides, it’s tasty!)

  7. chocopie
    November 11, 2014, 8:06 pm

    Organized Zionism really hates it when any Palestinian messages get past the normal blocked communication channels in the U.S. and appeal directly to the people. Look how they immediately attack the funding foundation and the university to try to shut up voices sympathetic to Palestine.

    Any time someone speaks about Palestine, the Zionists demand equal time. They don’t give Palestinian voices equal time at their pro-Israel events, but whenever Palestinians speak up or take center stage, you can count on Zionists to rush in and attempt to colonize the event.

    So amusing that the Conflict Kitchen prints its messages on food wrappers. That’s one way of getting around the media blockade in the US. Maybe Palestinians could buy a paper napkin factory and start printing up paper napkin broadsides to get their message out.

    • Annie Robbins
      November 12, 2014, 9:46 am

      Maybe Palestinians could buy a paper napkin factory and start printing up paper napkin broadsides to get their message out.

      what a great idea!

  8. Marnie
    November 12, 2014, 4:42 am

    “In the foreword to The Gaza Kitchen, Nancy Harmon Jenkins writes that unlike other areas of the Middle East, Gazans roast their sesame seeds when making tahini, which creates a unique flavor and gives the tahini a darker or reddish color. While Israel may prohibit the entry of sesame seeds into Gaza, it offers Israeli-made tahini at an affordable price, which alters the food culture of the population.”

    Yes, the taste of oppression and racism in every drop of tahini at an affordable price; they’re forcing the Palestinians to lose their culture in every aspect of their lives, down to the food they eat. Zionism has not one drop of shame and will stoop to any subterranean level necessary to achieve their goal of extermination, cultural and physical.

    • Annie Robbins
      November 12, 2014, 9:12 am

      marnie, that particular segment about the sesame seeds jumped out at me. how cruel, how sadistic.

      • Marnie
        November 12, 2014, 11:58 am

        That about made me physically ill when I read it. There is no bottom when it comes to evil. I shudder to think what the next generation of israeli leaders and their syncophants across the pond in D.C. have planned next.

      • michelle
        November 17, 2014, 3:00 pm

        .
        they’re more than a tradition (or a street)
        they are super healthy
        http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-benefit-from-nutritious-sesame-seeds.html
        .
        G-d Bless
        .

      • Annie Robbins
        November 17, 2014, 3:13 pm

        michelle, i know they are. when i was pregnant mother in law told me there was more calcium in a teaspoon of sesame seeds than any the same amount of any other food. i never verified it but i started eating them then and all thru my son’s breastfeeding and still eat them today in salads and cooking (and just teaspoons of them too!)

    • Horizontal
      November 12, 2014, 9:51 am

      I thought Israel supposedly only blockaded things that were militarily threatening. What military use do sesame seeds have?

      Oh, yeah.

      “Supposedly.”

  9. Boomer
    November 12, 2014, 9:49 am

    A sad and telling commentary on U.S. society. Still, it is good that a few brave and moral people try to make a difference.

  10. ddits05
    November 13, 2014, 8:10 am

    It is my experience from all my research that when any negative view Israel is presented, the Zionists still do everything to discredit the opposition by immediately throwing out the anti semitie card. Opposing Israel or it’s policies is not anti semetic, as they (zionists) will have you believe. Opposing Israel is a political viewpoint, nothing more, nothing less. I thought I had a strong understanding of this issue until I read Norman Finkelstein’s book “Beyond Chutzpah”. This book validated many views I had already maintained but was not fully comfortable believing. When someone iterates “that the Jews own the media” one immediately believe this to be as antisemitic as it gets however, Finkelsteins book makes an extremely strong argument dispelling this myth by citing reference after reference proving this “myth” to be just the opposite. My battery had picked an unfortunate time to run out….. I will, no doubt, return to this thread later and I’m sure, no doubt, that there will be comments to my post. Until then……

  11. joer
    November 14, 2014, 3:26 pm

    As 2014 is nearing its end, Zionists must feel pretty good about how the year has gone-They managed to close the Conflict Kitchen, they got Steven Salatia fired, they destroyed half of Gaza, including an historic mosque, killing 2,100 people including over 500 “little snakes”, plus they created the “fog of war” in Jerusalem where anything can happen. On the other hand, in the next few years they will have to say they really didn’t mean any of it and can we try to form some type of Palestinian-Jewish government and all try to lead normal lives.

  12. michelle
    November 17, 2014, 6:27 pm

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