Yesterday on Midweek Libby Purves brought us ‘Chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi were born in Jerusalem in the same year – Sami on the Arab east side and Yotam in the Jewish west.’…a Palestinian and a Jewish chef working together.
No doubt the BBC thought this was a suitable message for the warring factions….you can talk it through and live and work together in harmony.
All was going to plan until reality broke in upon the BBC’s utopian dream and the Palestinian chef opened his mouth…..
Talking about Houmous (28 mins in) and who claims it as part of their national food he said that the Jews ‘when they started arriving in the Middle East and Palestine claimed it as theirs…..Israelis being Israelis and wanting to take things over …as Israelis do.’
I’m pretty sure Jews have always been in the Middle East and ‘Palestine’….and as for taking things over how about Temple Rock where the Muslims have been squatting for centuries?
From such an attitude it would seem unlikely, even with BBC sponsored ‘diplomacy’ through the medium of TV cooking programmes, that an enduring peace will be effected.
If they fall out over Houmous what hope can there be?
(and Billy Bragg gives a good interview about Woodie Guthrie…shock horror!)