Posted by: sean | October 8, 2008

The “hummus war”

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Fadi Abboud, president of the Lebanese Industrialists Association, said Tuesday his group plans to sue Israel to stop it from marketing hummus and other regional dishes as Israeli.

“It is not enough they (Israelis) are stealing our land. They are also stealing our civilization and our cuisine,” said Abboud.

He said his group also seeks to claim the eggplant spread baba ghannouj and tabbouleh, a salad made of chopped parsley and tomatoes, as Lebanon’s own.

…Abboud acknowledged an uphill battle, particularly over hummus — which Palestinians also claim as their own.

“Hummus might be debatable, in any case we will be happy if the Palestinians win… But nobody can even discuss whether tabbouleh or baba ghannouj are Lebanese,” Abboud added. “We don’t have to win. The important thing is to try.”

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