A hummus cafe in Israel is doing its bit to help rebuild relations between Jewish and Arab Israelis after the recent spate of attacks by offering a 50% discount to any table that has both Jews and Arabs eating at it.
Kobe Tzafrir, the owner of ‘Humus Bar’ in the town of Kfar Vitkin, posted his offer on Facebook.
“Scared of Arabs? Scared of Jews?” the post said in Hebrew.
“With us we don’t have Arabs! But we also don’t have Jews… With us we’ve got human beings! 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.”
The Facebook post has been well received with over 7,000 ‘likes’ and has hundreds of comments from people all over the world.
Business has also flourished as a result. There have been many people taking the offer, and even families which aren’t mixed are coming to enjoy a friendly atmosphere where all are welcome.
The advert went up on October 13th and was highlighted as “valid for a few days”, but the joint is now considering keeping it a permanent thing after its success.
While this is only a small gesture to try and bring Jews and Arabs together, it is fair to say that hummus is a big deal for both. There is even such a thing as ‘Hummus Wars’ between Lebanon and Israel with each one taking the Guinness World Record from the other. Currently Lebanon holds the record with a ten ton dish of hummus, a record Israel plans to beat in the near future.
As Kobe Tzafrir said to the Times of Israel, “If there’s anything that can bring together these peoples, it’s hummus.”
Christians United for Israel UK