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Arabs Long for Israel’s Sandwiches

I was reminded of last year's Oscar-winning short West Bank Story when I stumbled upon this article today. Amidst the tense discussions at Tuesday's Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland, the Israeli diplomat noticed – and relished – the … Read More

By / November 28, 2007

I was reminded of last year's Oscar-winning short West Bank Story when I stumbled upon this article today. Amidst the tense discussions at Tuesday's Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland, the Israeli diplomat noticed – and relished – the fact that "one member of the Egyptian delegation grabbed a sandwich from the kosher table set up especially for the Israeli side."

What is it about food that can, even in the middle of the world's most difficult peace negotiations, shift our attention from the serious to the comical? Perhaps it's the simple, usually subconscious fact that in the end – after all of the conflicts, accusations, and wars – we're all just people who need to eat.

For those who somehow missed Ari Sandel's hysterical film, it's "a musical comedy about David, an Israeli soldier, and Fatima, a Palestinian fast food cashier – an unlikely couple who fall in love amidst the animosity of their families' dueling falafel stands in the West Bank."

Do yourself a favor and Netflix it.

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