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Today’s Google doodle celebrates falafel

Marcy Oster  |

Google is celebrating falafel, calling it the “best thing that ever happened to chickpeas.” [...]

It adds that “Israel has a song to celebrate its love affair with the tried-and-true treat, entitled ‘And We Have Falafel.’” The song, by Dan Almagor and Moshe Wilensky, claims the fried chickpea balls as Israel’s “national dish.”

There are some who would beg to differ.

In October, for example, a Palestinian reporter speaking on the official Palestinian Authority TV claimed that Israel has launched a “brutal attack on Palestinian heritage, including Palestinian foods,” claiming the country has co-opted falafel and hummus. A video clip of the report was translated by Palestinian Media Watch.

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