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Harvard bows to pressure to remove “Arab” food from Israeli buffet in dining hall

Harvard bows to pressure to remove “Arab” food from Israeli buffet in dining hall

Lebanese grad student wages war against Israeli food imperialism

You need no better example of the psychotic pathology of anti-Israeli Arabs, and the equally pathetic moral weakness of Harvard, than this story about a protest over an Israeli food buffet at Harvard Business School, Harvard ‘deeply troubled’ by row over Israeli buffet (emphasis mine):

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.

The controversy 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.

“That ‘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 Israeli.”

She concluded that at the very least the buffet should be renamed “Mediterranean Mezze Station.”

In 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.”

“We’ve been following the comments and the [Facebook] posts,” Kenny continued, which have “prompted us to have some extensive conversations here internally…to understand how this happened and to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”

The delightful, Obama-supporting Sari el-Yafi’s Facebook page is here.

You wonder why there never will be peace in the Middle East? The anti-Israeli food fascists are sick in the head.

I’m even more disgusted with Harvard than with the food fascists.  Just more proof that Bill Buckley, Jr. was right, Harvard cannot be trusted.


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“You wonder why there never will be peace in the Middle East?”

At one time I did so wonder. Then I began a study of Islam and found the explanation.

Peace in the Mid-East is impossible since the canonical / holy texts of Islam (Koran, Hadiths, Sirah) mandate – as in require – Islam’s adherents to believe in Jew hatred otherwise said adherents are not considered Muslim or certainly not Muslim enough. In Muslim societies there’s no one who’ll protect you when you’re accused of not being “Muslim enough.”

~~~According to Hebrew University professor Raphael Israeli, “the author delves in considerable detail into the main sources of Islamic jurisprudence – the Koran and the Hadith, complemented by the Sirah (the earliest pious Muslim biographies of Muhammad), where an abundance of references, usually not complimentary but rather derogatory, are made to Jews, collectively known as Israi’liyyat (Israelites’ stories). This is a trove of anti-Jewish stereotypes that have become the Shari’a-based uncontested “truth” about the People of the Book. Those accounts are invariably cited in sermons during Friday prayers, thus assuring their universal diffusion among Muslim constituents and the constant poisoning of the souls of young and adult Muslims alike, something that renders their fundamentally negative attitudes to Jews and Israel unchangeable.”


    Uncle Samuel in reply to pfg. | November 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Islam will never be a religion of peace because it is a paradigm that contradicts itself. Mohammed’s writings begin with peace, respect and love in the first period and then the later writings are full of violence, misogyny, racist hate and commands to kill and enslave those who do not submit. There is only one peaceful sect, the Sufis, but they are only one percent of muslims and not mainstream Islam. Modern Muslims kill, bomb, maim, torture, rape and hate other muslims as much as they do those outside their system. Wherever there are Muslims, there will be killing…even their own children.

      celestechristi in reply to Uncle Samuel. | November 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Islam is not a religion, it’s a political system wrapped in religious robes. Outlaw Sharia Law in America and the majority of our problems with homeland Muslims will cease.

What does she expect from Harvard? The hired Elizabeth Warren. They’re all for appropriating identity… what’s a little food after that?

Until alumni financial support is withdraw Harvard will continue on in this vein. This administration has proven beyond all reasonable doubt that idiots have graduated from this school for decades. Send your kids somewhere else for an education. I did and all three are doing very well. Of course I paid cash for their educations and did not expect someone else to foot the bill.

legacyrepublican | November 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

Uh oh, I feel my sarcasm coming out … oh no, here is comes ……..

Well, obviously they are right.

Israel, since 1948, has been the total aggressor who clearly made war against itself by dressing up their own soldiers as Syrians and Egyptians in order to gain more land during the six day war. The land it now illegally occupies as a result was gained while pure and peaceful Muslims were on a pilgrimage to Mecca. These other countries were peaceful and non-violent never firing a shot or a missile into Israel.

And while on the subject. In fact, the Holocaust never happened. I have proof. I can’t find any history book from the 1920s that even mentions it. So, if the Holocaust is not mentioned in a a 1920s history book, Israel should not exist.

……………. Okay, my sarcastic rant has ended.

Please pray for Israel to have peace and protection from these people!!!

For a religion of peace, they sure are up in arms and perpetually angry-this time over hummus.

What will they be angry over next;bacon and eggs served in the dining halls? Will Harvard be aplogetic over that?

casualobserver | November 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

Hey, at least Harvard hasn’t removed anything remotely hinting that Jews exist presently or at all throughout history. After all, isn’t THAT what offends many hypersensitive Arabs the most?

Slightly off topic but its interesting you mention William Buckley. Like some of us here I grew up politically while the man was alive and kicking some ass.
Its a brutal fact that there arent any Buckley type conservative “spokesman” any more that do more to advance consertative thought than anything.
Gone are the days of his Firing Line where real discussions take place in an unhurried way.
What were left with today are 2.5 minute talking points on some news shows in order to play some “gotcha” game.

Oddly enough? Most liberal types enjoyed a go round with Buckley. Setting Gore Vidal aside the exchanges were friendly yet I still give WFB for stating things in plain and interesting ways.

TrooperJohnSmith | November 10, 2012 at 10:45 am

….yet Jews voted overwhelmingly for Obama once again….

You think people would learn from 4,000-years of experience to recognize someone who does not have your best interests at heart. Or have American and world Jews finally abandoned Israel altogether? Thank God that at least fundamental Christians still hold an abiding love and fealty for Israel.

    iconotastic in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | November 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    American Jews have no love for Israel. They might (_might_) cry a few crocodile tears were the Arabs to succeed in their fervently held goal to murder all Israelis but that is all. Just evil progressives, that’s all.

In 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.”

Nobody’s offended, you idiot.

They sense weakness and are exploiting it.

They’ve behaved that way for millennia and bin Laden said it in plain blunt words (weak horse, strong horse), so no wonder Harvard can’t see it.

First question that came to mind: Is this supposed to be Kosher food for religious purposes, or is it just in a social gathering place for Israeli students?

If it is just a social thing, then Harvard should set up a spot for Islamic/Arab and students of other nationalities if there is a large enough group for that or just serve various ethnic cuisines on a rotating basis or for special days…The students could enjoy Israeli, Arab, French, Italian, German, Thai, Ethiopian, etc. along with a program, posters or brochures about these countries and their foods.

If the administrations and faculties of these schools were adults instead of having their brains pickled in political correctness, the problem would have been solved already with firmness and finality.

If I were a student at Harvard, I’d eat elsewhere.

Is there any sign that Israeli students at Harvard were consulted about what they consider their country’s cuisine? I won’t hold my breath for it.

The solution is to stop “celebrating diversity”.

The ultimate “diversity” is individualism. We must stop with the stereotyping and the groupism!

    Daiwa in reply to janitor. | November 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    ‘Diversity’ has become the ‘end’ to which any & all means are devoted in Academia (mostly, no make that exclusively, for the money, of course). And now Academia is diverse in everything but thought. Hopelessly PC, but diverse. They’ve completely lost sight of the purpose of higher education.

This is even sillier than the horror of the high cost of birth control for Georgetown law students. Both are indicative of how insane some people have become.

“You wonder why there never will be peace in the Middle East? ”

As long as there are Muslim Arabs there will be no peace in the Middle East.

This takes political correctness to a whole new level….SMH! Yafi needs to get a life. And as a Harvard graduate, I’m surprised she’s not aware that Israel is a society of immigrants from over 70 countries, and is The Melting Pot. Israel continues to evolve along with its cuisine, which includes influences from Arab and Jewish, Eastern Europe and North Africa, religious and secular, new immigrants and old-timers, locals and foreigners. “They all work together to create a synergy that is Israeli food today.”

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Hummus is of ancient Egyptian origin. Ancient Egyptians were not Arabs, they were Egyptians. The Copts are the descendants of ancient Egyptians, for the most part. The Israelis undoubtedly adopted the food from their neighbors, many thousands of years before the parasites swarmed out of the desert.