Anthony Bourdain laments ‘twisted and shallow’ depiction of Palestinians in US media

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This is inspiring. Last Sunday the Muslim Public Affairs Council gave a “voices of courage and conscience” in media award to CNN’s traveling chef Anthony Bourdain for the great show he did on food in Palestine last year for his series, “Parts Unknown.”

The Institute for Middle East Understanding posted the video above of Bourdain accepting the award and thanking the Muslim Public Affairs Council “from the bottom of my heart.”

“There was very little courage involved” in producing the show, he says. Then:

I was enormously grateful for the response from Palestinians in particular for doing what seemed to me an ordinary thing, something we do all the time: show regular people doing everyday things, cooking and enjoying meals, playing with their children, talking about their lives, their hopes and dreams.

It is a measure I guess of how twisted and shallow our depiction of a people is that these images come as a shock to so many. The world has visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people, none more shameful than robbing them of their basic humanity.

People are not statistics. That is all we attempted to show. A small, pathetically small step towards understanding.


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