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Princeton restaurant promotes night of Israeli wine– from occupied Golan

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Wine tasting Princeton

Wine tasting Princeton

A restaurant in Princeton, N.J., is hosting a night in March for wines from a maker in Israel’s occupied territories of the Golan Heights. The restaurant is Mediterra, a taverna. Here’s the promo:

MEDITERRA
Wherever the Olive Grows ~ Israel – Pelter Winery

Wednesday March 19th 6pm.

Enjoy an Israeli inspired menu, paired with Pelters’s elegant wines, produced in the Golan Heights of northern Israel.

Pelter Winery takes pride in quality, working with precision, care and personal attention in everything from the selection of grapes to customer service. The owner, Tal, works with a skillful touch to match grapes with optimal barrels, often choosing a mixture of old and new woods to create grape blends that reflect his personal preferences. Combining both science and art, Tal’s approach to winemaking is a balance of experience, skill and intuition. Tal is creating distinctive wines that combine the local essence with fresh intensity of the northern Golan vineyards.

Please sign up through link below.

$74 excludes tax & gratuity

$93.98 Includes tax & gratuity

Imagine if rightwing Christian groups were sponsoring “pro-life” events at a restaurant in Princeton, N.J. How would the locals feel? Would the night come off? This is really no different. (And yes, I know, a lot of people on our site think the conflict is about real estate and empire; and object to the occupation on those excellent grounds. Myself I’m not a secular person.)

P.S. This is Rush Holt’s district. One of the best congresspeople on the issue. You’d think folks would have a clue… Nope.

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  1. Marco
    Marco
    February 19, 2014, 11:23 am

    It’s a shame, I won’t be going back there again.

    I have no doubt some of the people drinking wine at the restaurant that night will identify themselves as supporters of the Syrian people in that nation’s civil war, yet nevertheless support the annexation of Syrian territory in the Golan.

    • February 19, 2014, 11:30 pm

      hey phil, i told you last night rush holt has had enough of politics and announced he’s done. why haven’t you posted this yet?

  2. amigo
    amigo
    February 19, 2014, 11:45 am

    Someone should stand outside and convince would be clients to donate their $74 to BDS

    That ought to get the attention of the organizers.

  3. The JillyBeans
    The JillyBeans
    February 19, 2014, 11:04 pm

    I bet the white supremacists stocked up on Coke during the apartheid protests on RSA too. It’s amazing how people dislike human rights and equality.

  4. plenty
    plenty
    February 20, 2014, 12:14 am

    why not go to their fabebook page and say howdy?? they will probably delete it but, they cant unsee it. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mediterra-Restaurant-and-Bar/78740684819?fb_source=909

  5. Sumud
    Sumud
    February 20, 2014, 12:54 am

    Imagine if rightwing Christian groups were sponsoring “pro-life” events at a restaurant in Princeton, N.J. How would the locals feel? Would the night come off? This is really no different.

    Israel’s past ethnic cleansing and occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights, and Pelter Winery’s profiteering from those war crimes makes it rather different and rather worse that a “pro-life” event!

    Perhaps if the pro-lifer Christians had a crusade and killed/drove out, then stole the land and property of local pro-choice people you might have a good analogy.

  6. yitzhak_khazad
    yitzhak_khazad
    February 20, 2014, 4:23 am

    Haven’t the Syrians themselves (both Assad and the rebels) committed more egregious war crimes than Israel, making it an arguable net positive that the golan is in Israeli hands?

    • marc b.
      marc b.
      February 20, 2014, 5:07 pm

      making it an arguable net positive that the golan is in Israeli hands?

      interesting point, Yitzhak. Coincidentally I’ve just gotten off the phone with their ambassador in Tel Aviv, and I’m told that the Swiss are willing to occupy Israel for a 10 percent management fee, an arguable net positive having Israel in Swiss hands. wadja say?

  7. JeffB
    JeffB
    February 20, 2014, 9:28 am

    I’ve eaten there. Pretty good a bit overpriced. How is anything like a pro-life group sponsoring an event at all? There isn’t even a sponsor. The restaurants one tier below those that regularly pair a wine selection with food selection frequently have events where they pair wines with food. That’s all that’s going on here. A pairing of Israeli style dishes with appropriate wines. You not liking the guys who own the winery doesn’t change this from a fairly typical thing for this level of restaurant to do.

    Israel isn’t controversial in Princeton. I know the goal of BDS is to make Israel controversial but at least today in 2014 the status of an Israeli winery there is no more political than a Spanish, Californian, French or Italian winery would be.

  8. jayn0t
    jayn0t
    February 21, 2014, 12:11 am

    “Occupied Golan”. So if it was from Tel Aviv, that would be somehow different?

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