An Israeli restaurant near the coastal city of Netanya has recently started to offer 50% off of each plate of hummus at tables that have Jews and Arabs eating together.
A manager of the restaurant, Hummus Bar, which is located at the M Mall in Kfar Vtkin, told the Times of Israel on October 19 that the promotion has been a success since it started on October 13.
Hummus Bar decided to take a unique approach to getting Israelis and Arabs to be together in the midst of terror attacks that have been plaguing Israel for the past two weeks on an almost daily basis.
“Scared of Arabs? Scared of Jews?” the joint advertised in a Hebrew-language Facebook post. “By us we don’t have Arabs! But we also don’t have Jews… By us we’ve got human beings!
“And real excellent Arab hummus! And great Jewish falafel! And a free refill for every serving of hummus, whether you’re Arab, Jewish, Christian, Indian, etc.” the restaurant said in the post.
According to one manager, Kobi Tzafrir, by the post-lunch rush on October 19, Hummus Bar had already served several tables with both Jews and Arabs; a trend that has been consistent since the ad first went up on Facebook. Tzafrir also said that not only has the idea been well received by both Jews and Arabs, but the move has gotten praise from people online from places as far away as Japan who had heard of the promotion.
The kitchen is kosher, and therefore also halal, which means that the only thing that is stopping observant Jews and Muslims from eating together at Hummus Bar is the will to dine together on the hummus with stewed chickpeas and msabaha, which is warm chickpeas swimming in tahini.
“If there’s anything that can bring together these peoples, it’s hummus,” Tzafrir said.