In the midst of escalating violence in Israel and the West Bank, a restaurant manager is spreading the message of peace and coexistence – with hummus.
Kobi Tzafri is offering a special deal: a 50 percent discount to Arabs and Jews who dine together in his café the Hummus Bar, located in the town of Kfar Vitkin in central Israel.
He first advertised the special deal on his restaurants Facebook page.
“Scared of Arabs? Scared of Jews?” reads the post in Hebrew. “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.”
“If there’s anything that can bring together these peoples, it’s hummus,” Tzafrir told the Times of Israel of the popular dip made from chickpeas, olive oil and tahini.
Although hostilities are not uncommon in the embattled region, the situation turned even worse after Israeli incursions into Al-Aqsa mosque – Islam's third holiest place – earlier this month.
The raids triggered multiple stabbings and attacks, killing at least 44 Palestinians and eight Israelis. An innocent bystander, an Eritrean migrant, also was victim of the violence when he was shot and beaten to death by an Israeli mob after being mistaken as an accomplice in a terrorist attack.
As a response to rising intolerance in his country, Tzafrir decided to play his part in easing tensions, even if it was within the premises of his little eatery. And it looks like it’s working.
The idea has been a huge hit with the customers, who include Arabs coming in from neighboring Palestinian towns. In fact, it has been so successful that Tzafri, who set up the offer for a limited period of time, is thinking of keeping it “maybe, forever.”