Could the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict be solved with a plate of pureed chickpeas and tahini?
One family-style restaurant in a village near Netanya, a coastal city nicknamed the “Israeli Riviera,” is doing its part to try.
Arabs and Jews are invited to break (pita) bread together at the eatery and, if they share a table, enjoy 50 percent off a helping of creamy hummus.
The chickpea-inspired peace agreement has made international headlines since Hummus Bar posted the promotion on Facebook last week. Written in Hebrew, the post roughly translates to: “Scared of Arabs? Scared of Jews? By us we don’t have Arabs! But we also don’t have Jews… By us we’ve got human beings!”
The restaurant’s manager, Kobi Tzafrir, told the Times of Israel that several Arab and Jewish customers had taken advantage of the deal and sat together. He told Al Jazeera he wanted to show the world that not all Arabs and Jews were participating in the violent attacks across Israel that have resulted in the deaths of 10 Israelis and 43 Palestinians.
We knew hummus was a delicious, heart-healthy snack, but a broker for peace? Yes, there is some debate over whether its authentically an Arab or Israeli dish, but perhaps the two sides’ shared love for it could be the missing ingredient for Middle East peace.
As Tzafir told the Times, “If there’s anything that can bring together these peoples, it’s hummus.”
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