What’s the opposite of a food fight?
An Israeli restaurant is making headlines across the globe for its latest menu deal: 50 percent off any hummus dishes served to tables where Jews and Arabs sit together.
Breaking bread together throughout history always has been an act of sharing and reconciliation. So, in response to the latest wave of terror attacks and incitement in Israel, Hummus Bar at the M Mall in Kfar Vitkin, near the coastal city of Netanya, posted a Facebook call for customers to share pita and hummus together — and to pay less if they do.
The October 13 post reads: “Scared of Arabs? Scared of Jews? At our place, we don’t have Arabs! But we also don’t have Jews … we’ve got human beings! And genuine, excellent Arab hummus! And great Jewish falafel! And a free refill for every serving of hummus, whether you’re Arab, Jewish, Christian, Indian, etc.”
Speaking to local media, manager Kobi Tzafrir said there were a number of people taking up on the offer from his joint, which is famous for its chickpea spread. But, he added, the short post also fueled interest from around Israel and the world.
Hummus restaurants are countless in Israel, yet Tzafrir reported that visitors have come from around the country to show support for the Hummus Bar’s message of tolerance and camaraderie.
“If there’s anything that can bring together these peoples, it’s hummus,” Tzafrir told the Times of Israel.
Hummus Bar’s Facebook page continues to garner positive posts from abroad as well.
“Love the idea of bringing people together with food! Love and food conquers all!!” writes Urbian Fitz-James from the Netherlands.
“I think it is amazing what you guys are doing to unite people!” posts Josh Friesen from Canada.
“Thank you. This is marvelous,” writes Samir Kanoun from Turkey.
There are other messages of support from the U.K.], the United States, and Japan on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
The Muslim and Jewish community agree that hummus, of course, is a national dish in Israel. In fact, the International Day of Hummus began here.