Monday 18 January 2010
9 February 2010, Pita
Kathy Kenny and Mars Kaliszewski
Iraqi Jewish/Israeli Eaterie
98 Golders Green Rd
We went to Pita today, a falafel shop in Golders Green. Right upon entering we were greeted with loud Israeli music, with jolly military songs repeating the line “Jerusalem is for us” over and over again. It was shocking! This genre of music came from the era of Israeli Military bands, and whilst they might sound 'innocent' to the everyday Israeli listener, they are steeped in military and Zionist overtones, and are part of the brain-washing machine that the Israeli national project is. If we had any doubts earlier as to how politicized the falafel was, this experience put an end to them.
It was uncomfortable sitting there with this loud aggressive music looking at a menu that seems to also proclaim that falafels, kibbeh, tabouleh salad, and so on are also Israeli.
Like the falafel, 'Israeli Salad' has also came to be recognised as something of a national dish, however, both are based on local Palestinian staple diet.
Kibbeh is a Levantine Arab dish made of bulgur and chopped meat. The dish was brought to Israel by Mizrachi Jews from Middle Eastern countries.