Holiday Feast Highlights - Israeli nite, meze stuffed grape leaves, hummus, beet dip, eggplant and sun dried tomato dip, walnut and red pepper dip, and tabouli pic.twitter.com/pflF9Iv4DG— rachael ray (@rachaelray) December 21, 2017
Stephens responded that hummus was first mentioned as a Cairene food in the 13th century. “Maybe Maimonides came up with it,” he wrote, referencing the famed Jewish philosopher, Torah scholar and physician to sultans.Tweeted Commentary editor John Podhoretz to Zogby, “Here’s a solution to the problem: Rachel Ray decides to refuse using the words hummus and Israeli in the same sentence once you go to the West Wall and declare it the sign of the Jewish connection to the Holy Land dating back farther than any Arabs.”Replied Zogby, “This isn’t about Israeli and hummus, it’s about efforts to dispossess an entire nation and erase their heritage.”The war over hummus has been going on for a while online and in numerous publications. In September Steven Salaita claimed that “hummus is theft, not appropriation,” in The New Arab news site. “We should remember that while chefs, shopkeepers and propagandists validate the theft, the main culprit is the Israeli government which brands falafel the ‘national snack,’ the author and scholar wrote.
Please tell me this is a joke tweet, James Zogby. Or is it “cultural genocide” when Arabs use Israeli technology? Do you use Instant Messaging? Waze? If so, please stop. https://t.co/1K9K2N8i5G— Bret Stephens (@BretStephensNYT) December 26, 2017
The US’s National Public Radio has even done a segment on “who owns the dish.”In 2015 members of Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine disrupted a “taste of Israel” annual event at the Massachusetts university with signs claiming it was “taste of Israeli occupation.”For now the great hummus Twitter war of 2017 is over as New Year’s approaches.
Hummus seems to have first been mentioned as a Cairene food in the 13th century or so. Maybe Maimonides came up with it. Who knows? Who cares? Why not just enjoy it instead of declaring “cultural genocide” and making a fool of yourself? https://t.co/JZxSI5rOIv— Bret Stephens (@BretStephensNYT) December 26, 2017