“Following the Equator”. It was a book, a travelogue by Mark twain at the turn of the century that by today’s standards is pretty mediocre but it contained one jewel of an idea that almost redeemed it: That is, that there is not a single square inch on the earth that hasn’t been stolen at one time or another. Every nation or national grouping has been a colonialist at one time, and although twain had this highly unusual way of putting forth a view of the world as colonial imperialism was at it peak, there is an even absolute truth in his statement that is hard to refute.
And if Twain’s theory applied to territory, land, the same can also be said of food, that there is not nation who absolutely owns a type of food. The sources are multiple and likely built on the conquest of the land. It’s possible for a people to have nearly “branded” a certain form of food, but absolute invention seems improbable. That’s why the following seems like theatrical whining and self-serving hypocrisy at a certain level and negates the regions conquered peoples which may have included the ancient Jewish kingdoms:
(see link at end)…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 and communications officer of the school, was quoted by Al-Arabiya 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 such foods as humous and couscous 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,” el- 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.
El-Yafi also pointed out that haloumi cheese is in fact “Cypriot,” and therefore “until Cyprus becomes another conquered Israeli territory, haloumi is considered NOT Israeli.”
She concluded that at the very least the buffet should be renamed “Mediterranean Mezze Station.”
In response to el-Yafi’s Facebook protest, which as of Friday had garnered more than 4,500 “likes,” Kenny reportedly said that “we are deeply troubled that we offended anybody by doing this buffet item, particularly considering that our reasor 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.” Read More:http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=291183
By the same measure, both Christianity and Judaism could assert, with some plausibility, depending on the scholar, that Islamic culture is a patched and sewn creation based on their religions and therefore is false in claiming a unique and divine origin. A case of the final product being improperly labeled? Its origins not fully acknowledged? ….( to be continued)