Saving Palestine’s Forgotten Food | AJ+
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is that Israel has disconnected different cities and regions and geographies in Palestine, the food practices that differ one place to the other. My name is Mirna Bamieh. I’m an artist, a cook, and founder of Palestine Hosting Society. Palestine Hosting Society is a live art project. It seeks to create a platform for people to construct a relationship to geography, politics, history, but through food. You have Israeli chefs dealing with our food culture without actually knowing the backstory of those dishes. When you oppress that story, you are using food as a tool for oppression. After picking the topic or the city that I want to delve more into I go to the place and I spend a month of two in that place and I meet people. [The] pre-1948 Nakba generation — the ones that have experienced this very sudden rupture from the land, and have moved all over the world. With them, food moved. But as well with them, food was forgotten. And I meet mothers as well, to understand what dishes they still cook and they don’t cook. But as well, I meet men. Whether in small shops in old cities, old restaurants. Most of the people that I interviewed were exiled. One of the dishes that I was happy to put on the menu of the edible
wild plants table was loof. It’s a very Palestinian plant. Even the scientific name of it, Arum palaestinum, it has “Palestine” in the name of it. So, loof is a poisonous plant when it’s eaten as it is straight from the land, it numbs the mouth, and it can even have more serious complications if it was consumed without being treated. Our grandmothers knew how to treat that
plant by curing it with salt and olive oil and then cooked over a long period of time. The recipes have this power of movement that most of us Palestinians are not having. I discovered during my research, bseset al-kharoub, and bsese is a very, very old ancient dish. It’s roasted semolina with olive oil, with carob molasses and some people add tahini and sesame to it. It used to be the food that travelers and pilgrims carry with them when they travel because it has all this richness of
nutrients and energy to it. Every table we create is very detailed. From the napkins that we have on the tables, from the center pieces, from what we place the water in. When I present the menu, I do the performance. It’s the artist who becomes the vehicle of transferring this knowledge on the table. They’re not plated one by one because I want to maintain this sharing aspect of food, which is very much in our culture. For Palestinians as a farmer nation, we always had this very intimate connection
with the land. Our grandfathers knew the land really well. It was their world. My generation are those that lost this knowledge. We’re the generation that had to assimilate
in their new places, whether refugee camps, whether outside of Palestine, whether in new cities. The people who attend the tables of
Palestine Hosting Society are from different backgrounds. And with each new table, we have new people who attend. When we as Palestinians see our ingredients being sold under the name of “Israeli” produce, it’s a very hard moment for us. Somehow it refreshes the trauma of us losing the land, of us not having power over our existence. The land, not the space that you live on, but the place where you practice your being
as a human being, as a Palestinian, as a culture, as a lineage of ancestors. And it’s a story that we have to reclaim now in the present, so we can pass it to the future.

100 thoughts on “Saving Palestine’s Forgotten Food | AJ+

  1. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿคท

  2. Lol this is just Arabic food not โ€œPalestinianโ€ this cuisine was made up just like the people and country!

  3. As someone with a Jewish background, I just wanted to confidently say that: There is absolutely NOTHING like 'Israeli' food! Doesn't exist….

  4. Hey everyone, thank you for checking out this video. Do you follow any chefs, artists, or cooks who are preserving and spreading knowledge about Indigenous foods? Feel free to share their names, or links to their projects in the comments below!

  5. Its okay, us Lebanese make levantine food better :P. Jokes aside its important for us to know our history.

  6. I was raised a black Baptist from the U.S., and i love Palestinians and i love Israelis, i wish we could all love each other.

  7. Now I see why white Christians and evangelicals don't like Palestinians. Honey if you squint your eyes you think they were black people. Now I'm beginning to understand this holy war. This antibiotic laying this is about ethnicity

  8. Israelis I know you stole the land and the music and the food and the dancing and the culture but like you canโ€™t come and curse me in arabic lol … too much

  9. ุณูŽุจูŽู†ู’ุชูŽู‰ ุจู† ุบูŽูŠูŽู‘ุงุซ says:

    Long live Palestine. Just like how Palestine was freed after the crusades controlled it for around 100 years, freedom is now is near In Shaa Allah.

  10. The Zionist government of Israel had always tried to delete Palestinian existence , since 1948 at least 400 Palestinians villages and twin were totally demolished along with history of it , new Israeli towns built , given Israeli names , there are at least 7 million Palestinian living in exile and even as refuges on their occupied land.
    The systematic genocide commented By Israel against the real believers of Jesus message will expose the ugly face of Israel . Lots of honest Israelis are speaking out , but they are being hunted by the government of Israel .

  11. My heart always goes out to Palestine, our brothers and sisters. #standwithpalestine #standupagainstinjuste #standupforhumanrights #humanity #shame #shameitstillhappensinthe21stcentury

  12. Falafel is egyptian. The israelis eat it in a pita with salad mixes and palestinians eat it in a dish with hummus

  13. But middle eastern, Mediterranean and North African cuisine is very similar to eachother itโ€™s really a whole blend and mix it dosent just belong to one group or country or tribe! By the way Iโ€™m saying this as someone with an Iraqi background ๐Ÿ˜Š

  14. Israel has nothing for their own, the most probable reason is because it had never been a state or culture. Israel is a just a forced propaganda against muslim of the world

  15. Save Palestinian cuisine, save Palestinian people, save the land of Palestine from all the aggressors. Long live Palestine!

  16. Beautiful. For Palestinians food is more important than ever for reclaiming their identity–the backstory becomes a means of historical validation, and the love of the families brought together over this food is a means of peaceful resistance!

  17. Love it sm, she should make a YouTube channel and write a book about all the recipes so everyone everywhere can have access to it, because sadly Iโ€™m a Palestinian refugee and most of these dishes I have never seen.

  18. if you ask israelis even about the turkish shawerma they will say it's israeli!! israel stole food from all over the middle east.

  19. To people who want to know more about our delicious Palestinian cuisine, BBC Travel had a very interesting article a couple of days ago: "Meet the chefs reinventing Palestinian cuisine"
    #Sahteen

  20. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธโœ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธโœ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธโœ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธโœ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธโœ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธโœ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธโœ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธโœ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’’โ›ช๏ธ

  21. Let me say something and give you an example. If you were a Native American and your land was being taken from you by the English, Spanish, French, and the Portuguese; wouldn't you be mad? Wouldn't you be primarily mad at the whites(Europeans). So if you were Palestinian and your land is being taken from Israeli's, wouldn't you be mad at the jews? I would be mad at the person's background if they 're the main force taking from you!

  22. I'm sure Israelis will take Arabic food claim them as theirs to. They actually claim falafel and homous and haleiwa are jewsih foods in NYC ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  23. WHAT A LIE , WHATTT A LIE .
    FALAFEL , HUMUS , THINA ,
    BUREKAS , ,,,,, WAS INVENTED BY DIFFERENT JEWISH TRIBES , IN DIFFERENT ARAB COUNTRIES , THOUSANDS OF YEAR AGO .
    BUT OF COURSE THE ARAB EMPIRE , JUST LIKE MARCO POLO THE ITALIAN , WHO STOLE THE PIZZA FROM THE JAPANESE ,,,,,,
    AND UNTIL TODAY ITALIANS CLAIM TO BE THE HEAD BEHIND PIZZA.
    ARABS DO EXACTLY THE SAME .
    EMPIRES , EMPIRES WANT EVERYTHING FOR THEMSELVES. CONQUER AND CONQUER .

  24. ูู„ุณุทูŠู†ูŠ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ

  25. The Zionists did not steal the land only…
    they trying to steal the traditional Palestinian food and clothing because they are colonized without a civilization or history on this land.
    Everything in Palestine screams that it's Palestinian, Arabic, Islamic, and Christian…all the pretty Holy places and mosques ๐Ÿ™

  26. Israel really tries to destroy the Palestinian people with taking away their culture, and sometimes even stealing it.

  27. The Zionists are trying so hard to shove the word Israel down in our throats, but the whole world knows the truth.
    Palestine in the PAST, Palestine Now and Palestine FOREEVER

  28. Hi, I love your YouTube channel. I love all you do for the Palestinian people and their cause. Your dinner menu was unique , and heart warming.
    Can you please give me more information about the plant Rof.. , the poison plant that you cook and serve at this party.
    I would like to know the English name for it as well. Thanks

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