Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Protests at Israel-supporting restaurants in London, Rome, Berlin & Barcelona

Anti-apartheid activists picketed Stazione di Posta in Rome, Tragaluz in Barcelona, Fruehsammers in Berlin and the Cinnamon Kitchen in London to protest their participation in a culinary event in Tel Aviv intended to whitewash Israel’s violent repression of Palestinians.
Dubbed by its Israeli organizers as an offensive of “gastro-diplomacy”, the Round Tables event brought chefs from nine international restaurants for a cook-in in Tel Aviv during the month of November.

A letter sent to the nine restaurants and signed by 130 civil society organizations denounced the event, sponsored by Israeli government ministries and an illegal Israeli settlement business, as a cynical PR ploy while Israel denies Palestinians food sovereignty and even counts how many calories Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip are allowed to consume.

In a video released by the “Apartheid Round Tables” campaign, protesters are seen challenging restaurant management about their participation.

The owner of Tragaluz told protesters she wasn’t aware of Israel’s political exploitation of the event and had she known in good time, they would have pulled out.

“We want to inflict as much bad publicity at this Israeli government cover-up event so no other international restaurant dares to participate in the Tel Aviv Round Tables next year,” said Laia Haurie from BDS Catalunya. “Restaurants willingly lending credibility to Israeli apartheid and its war crimes against Palestinians risk a local boycott.” more


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