Conflict Kitchen’s Palestinian focus criticized as one-sided

There were long lunch lines at the Conflict Kitchen in Schenley Plaza in Oakland for the first day of its Palestinian menu. Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette

There were long lunch lines at the Conflict Kitchen in Schenley Plaza in Oakland for the first day of its Palestinian menu.
Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette

By Melissa McCart / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Conflict Kitchen in Oakland’s Schenley Plaza debuted its rotation of Palestinian dishes Monday. By noon, more than 30 customers stood in line to order fattoush, falafel, musakhan and other foods.

Though the lunch hour went smoothly, not everyone was happy with the restaurant’s decision to focus on Palestine as part of its rotation to serve food from nations in conflict with the U.S.

Some Jewish organizations cited the Palestinian focus and related event programming as one-sided and anti-Israel.

Tensions flared last week during a kickoff talk for the Palestinian focus that the restaurant co-hosted with the University Honors College at University of Pittsburgh. It featured Nael Althweib, an internist originally from the West Bank, and Pitt professor Ken Boas, chair of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA.

“University Honors College co-sponsors one-sided talk on Middle East,” was the top story on the Pittsburgh-based Jewish Chronicle’s website following the event.

Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A more pointed and a little less polished story here: Total Idiots Offended By Conflict Kitchen Featuring Palestinian Food

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Categories: Ethnic discrimination, Free speech, Middle East

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7 replies

  1. Sorry, Konigludwig. I could not get the pic to link to the story.

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  2. I just finished reading these links. Outstanding post, bigpickle. Thank you so much for sharing this. Good stuff.

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  3. The criticism is not really about serving Palestinian food, it is about mentioning the name of ‘Palestine’ in a nice activity not linked to terror as usual.
    Recognizing the normal Palestinian traditions and activities is an enormous change especially in America
    Part of the war is erasing Palestinian History and folklore and maps like they never existed

    I am glad I didn’t miss this good post

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  4. This really is one of my favorite posts ever on World News Forum. I feel blessed to have friends who make such incredible contributions. Thanks, Pickle. Looking forward to your next post.

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