Haters Go Ballistic Over VICE Story About Israeli Restaurant

Vice Canada has posted this nice story about Parallel, an Israeli restaurant in Canada, which makes its own tahini in-house using a 150-year-old stone mill made from basalt, originally from Syria and what is now the Golan Heights (hat tip: Teresa).

Naturally, because it does not portray the Israeli as an evil beast, the haters have gone ballistic over it (similar to how they reacted when Aladdin star Mena Massoud posted about another Israeli restaurant).

Take for example this retweet of Ali “Abumination” Abunimah

Petty, nasty, and actually a bit of an own goal, assuming she is admitting what we already know – that Palestine was really just part of Syria.

And she is not alone. This hater actually said as much, without realizing her point undermines the entire palestinian narrative.

But it doesn’t end there. Rafael Shimunov, a founding member of Israel haters IfNotNow, went a different route – Ethiopia.

The allegation that Israel has a history of sterilizing Ethiopian women is a proven lie. Maybe he got us confused with the palestinians.

And how dare a Jewish man import seeds from Ethiopia. HelpingtheEthiopianeconomy-washing?

Many other haters claim the mill was “stolen” – not found – without a shred of evidence, of course.

The haters have not stopped at nasty tweets. They have implored their minions to leave nasty comments on the restaurant’s Facebook page, as well as on Yelp. Please join me in leaving some positive comments.

Update: Note also how in the video, Aharon the restaurant co-owner speaks about how Jewish people grew up in Arab cultures, acknowledging this is where they experienced this food, before making it now with their own twist. The haters will call this “cultural appropriation”, yet Aharon and others are not claiming it is a distinctly Israeli food at all.

Alas, the haters are so consumed with hate, that even stories about Israeli restaurants trigger these unhinged reactions.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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