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PA TV: Israel "Judaizes" Palestinian food commits an "evil assault" on "our heritage," attributes food a "truly fake [Israeli] identity"
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PA TV: Israel "Judaizes" Palestinian food
commits an "evil assault" on "our heritage,"
attributes food a "truly fake [Israeli] identity"


 
PA TV: Israel "steals" Palestinian national dish "maqluba,"
"spices, hyssop or even wheat"
 
By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

The Palestinian Authority regularly claims that Israel and the Jews have stolen Palestinian heritage to present it as their own.

Interviewing a Palestinian chef at a food festival, the PA TV reporter stated that the Palestinian national dishes need to be "protected" from "Judaization" and "theft," and emphasized in each question and statement that Israel is trying to steal the Palestinian heritage - including food - to attribute it to "its truly fake identity." The chef agreed, asserting that Israel is carrying out an "evil assault" against Palestinian national food:

 
Official PA TV reporter: "We are very happy with this [food] festival, whose messages are important in light of the evil assault on our heritage and on all the components of the Palestinian identity."

Director of the Al-Sham Lands Master Chef Samer Abu Jum'a: "We want to instill knowledge in the young people about the Palestinian cuisine, and to give them a new vision of our Palestinian dishes. Let's not forget to protect them from Judaization and the evil assault against us, and the theft of Palestinian dishes. A number of dishes have been stolen."
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Reporter: "What was your impression of the Western world, given that the occupation is attempting to Judaize our dishes and attribute them to its truly fake identity? ... Tell me how we can spread the Palestinian dishes more and fight the evil assault on our Palestinian heritage and on the Palestinian dishes, which the occupation is of course attempting to attribute to itself."
[Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, Jan. 20, 2019]

In the past, Palestinian Media Watch has reported that the PA has accused Israel of stealing specific foods such as the falafel and hummus.

Adding to the latest accusations, PA TV also claimed that Israel has attempted to "steal" additional dishes such as the maqluba (upside-down chicken and rice dish) and "spices, hyssop, or even wheat":


Director-General of Al-Nasr Grinders Na'im Nasr: "The Palestinian spices have become number one in the world. If we prepare a Palestinian mix today... named maqluba spice - there is no maqluba spice elsewhere."
Official PA TV reporter: "The occupation has attempted to steal even this-"
Na'im Nasr: "True."
Official PA TV reporter: "-which is our national dish, or spices, hyssop, or even wheat."
[Official PA TV, Made in Palestine, Feb. 2, 2019]

PMW has documented many statements like these where the PA accuses Israel of having "stolen" various parts of the Palestinian heritage in order to claim it as Jewish. This is true even when the objects are clearly Jewish with no possible Palestinian connection, such as archaeological artifacts', from ancient Jewish history in the land of Israel. In addition, the PA has accused Israel of "stealing" animals such as the "Palestinen Viper," and the "Palestine Sunbird," as well as the uniforms of the Israeli airline El Al's flight attendants' uniforms.

The following is a longer excerpt of the interview at the food festival:

Official PA TV reporter: "We will get to know this [food] festival and the Palestinian dishes featured at it that we are preserving. The occupation is recently attempting to steal this Palestinian heritage... We are very happy with this festival, whose messages are important in light of the evil assault on our heritage and on all the components of the Palestinian identity."

Director of the Al-Sham Lands Master Chef Samer Abu Jum'a: "We want to instill knowledge in the young people about the Palestinian cuisine, and to give them a new vision of our Palestinian dishes. Let's not forget to protect them from Judaization and the evil assault against us, and the theft of Palestinian dishes. A number of dishes have been stolen."
...
Reporter: "What was your impression of the Western world, given that the occupation is attempting to Judaize our dishes and attribute them to its truly fake identity? ... Tell me how we can spread the Palestinian dishes more and fight the evil assault on our Palestinian heritage and on the Palestinian dishes, which the occupation is of course attempting to attribute to itself."
[Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, Jan. 20, 2019]