Monday 18 January 2010

4 February 2010, Abu Ali

Abu Ali

Lebanese Eaterie
130-138 George Street
Nr Edgware Road



It was just us for this meal and Ed ( Hobbs) who is filming and editing the meals' footage. The falafel was the best so far, soft and spicy and just right. We had knāfeh for desert. It is a vibrant orange and made from a very fine fried vermicelli-like pastry, cheese - like mozzarella cheese, rose water and honey. It is sweet, soft and crispy at the same time, addictive and full of cholesterol.

It was the first time we had a chance to sit and talk. The past two and a half years were spent working on the book from afar via hourly emails, followed by a recent intense period of work on the Inferno digital panels and various live events we curated. The notion of how little is taught in schools, and in Israel in general, of Palestinian culture came up again in the conversation. We also talked about language and Larissa commented on how the sound of Hebrew makes her think of gunshots and bombs. As it was just the two of us talking, it became apparent that we can easily fall into the trap of ‘a dialogue’, of what is it like for both sides, something we were always keen to avoid, as it is not an equal situation in reality. Finding a mode of a conversation that usefully represents our position, that of a resistance to the occupation, rather than a 'dialogue based on two perspectives' is the task at hand.

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