Israel buffet: offended Arab sensibilities
Multicultural diversity rules OK, as long as it doesn’t offend Arabs! The Jerusalem Post reports that the Harvard Business School has succumbed to cultural terrorism from Lebanese student Sara el-Yafi, who garnered 4,000 ‘likes’ on her Facebook page for alleging that foods at the school’s ‘Israeli Mezze station’ were ‘appropriated’ from the Arabs. Jews from the Middle East and North Africa, over 50 percent of Israel’s population, brought these foods with them, of course, and have been eating them since before the Arab conquest. I don’t know whether to be more affronted by Miss El-Yafi’s bigotry, or by ‘troubled’ Harvard Business School’s grovelling apology. (With thanks: Charles)
The Harvard Business School is “deeply troubled” for having offended
Arab sensibilities due to the mischaracterization of various foods
appearing on the menu of the dining room’s Israeli Mezze Station, Brian
Kenny, chief marketing & communications officer of the school, was
quoted by Al-Arabiya English as saying Friday.
over the Israeli food station arose after Lebanese Harvard graduate Sara
el-Yafi on October 28 posted to her Facebook page a letter of protest
to the university describing the Israeli buffet’s menu as an affront to
Arabs, as Hummus and Couscous, for example, are not of Israeli origin.
‘Israeli Mezze Station’ is the ultimate multicultural, multireligious
‘f’-you in the face of ALL Arabs at once from North Africa to the
Levant,” Yafi wrote.
“Israel already has a hard time keeping face
in the Arab world for the way it has ‘appropriated’ its lands since
1948, don’t make it worse for them by having them appropriate other
peoples’ foods as well,” she added.
Yafi also pointed out that
Halloumi was in fact “Cypriot,” and therefore “until Cyprus becomes
another conquered Israeli territory, Halloumi is considered NOT
She concluded that at the very least the buffet should be renamed “Mediterranean Mezze Station.”
response to Yafi’s Facebook protest, which as of Friday had garnered
more than 4,500 “likes,” the Harvard Business School communications
officer Brian Kenny reportedly said that “we are deeply troubled that we
offended anybody by doing this buffet item, particularly considering
that our reason for doing the international buffet each day is to
celebrate cultural diversity.”