As violence between Palestinians and Israelis continues to rage, one restaurant is counting on the healing powers of hummus to bring about peace to region in conflict.
Kobi Tzafrir recently announced that his restaurant, Hummus Bar, located in the small Israeli community of Kfar Vitkin, will offer a 50 percent discount off their hummus platters to tables where both Israeli and Arab diners are seated. Tzafrir is hoping that through sharing a meal, Israelis of all faiths can find common ground.
According to Times of Israel, the Facebook post reads:
Afraid of Arabs?
Afraid of Jews?
By us we don’t have Arabs
By us we also don’t have Jews…
By us we’ve got human beings!
And real excellent Arab hummus! And great Jewish falafel! And a free refill for every serving of hummus, whether you’re Arab, Jewish, Christian, Indian, etc.
Tzafrir tells TOI, the discount is a small way to bring people together and counteract the increasingly hostile relationship and intolerance between Arab and Israeli extremists. The innovative idea was sparked after two weeks of nearly daily attacks.
“If there’s anything that can bring together these peoples, it’s hummus,” Tzafrir said.
And it’s working – Tzafrir said that since the discount started on October 13, several tables with both Arabs and Israelis have taken advantage of the offer. And the trend – which has been well received by Arabs and Israelis alike – has only grown since the restaurant’s Facebook post, and has been well received by Arabs and Israelis alike.
Sometimes those in conflict need to find common ground. And sharing a meal together is a great start … especially when that meal is hummus.