14 “Israeli” Dishes That Were Stolen from the Arab World

If we’ve learned one thing about Israel, it’s that you can develop an entire exquisite culture in 65 years, by stealing it, of course. Aside from claiming shisha and dabke (a dance that has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance) Israel has pretty much claimed every popular Middle Eastern dish as their own except mensaf, only ’cause it’s not kosher; good looking out Jordanians.

Here are the 14 dishes (my grandmother has been cooking before Israel was even created) they claim to have invented.

 

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Hummus

(Gamer Javed/flickr)

(Gamer Javed/flickr)

AKA the air that Arabs breathe, which originates from al Sham (Levantine) and Egypt.

 

Eggplant Salad

(stu_spivack/flickr)

(stu_spivack/flickr)

I think they mean Baba Ghanoush or Mutabbal, too lazy to steal the name?

Falafel

(Christyn/flickr)

(Christyn/flickr)

This pissed the Lebanese off so much that they decided to sue Israel over the rights to falafel. #truestory

 

 

Kibbeh

 

(Morten/flickr)

(Morten/flickr)

Kibbeh has origins across the Middle East as well Armenia and Turkey.

Turkish Coffee

(LWYang/flickr)

(LWYang/flickr)

It’s called TURKISH coffee.

Labneh

(Larry/flickr)

(Larry/flickr)

Who do you think would be more pissed if they knew, the Greek or Middle Eastern cows?

Ma’amoul

(Susie Wyshak/flickr)

(Susie Wyshak/flickr)

A cookie made traditionally to celebrate Eid. Yeah, I know right?

 

 

Baklawa

 

(Vivian D Nguyen/flickr

(Vivian D Nguyen/flickr

The dessert that has been popularized in the Middle East traces back to pre-Ottoman Turkey.

 

Couscous

(jeffreyw/flickr)

(jeffreyw/flickr)

Couscous is a staple used and stolen from the North African region.

 

Mujadra

(John Kannenberg/flickr)

(John Kannenberg/flickr)

This “poor man’s dish” traces back to modern day Iraq.

 

Börek

(Alpha/flickr)

(Alpha/flickr)

These savory pastries were also stolen from Turkey.

 

Shwarma

(Krista/flickr)

(Krista/flickr)

Every Arab’s favorite midnight snack originated in al Sham.

 

Sambusak

(Jessica and Lon Binder/flickr)

(Jessica and Lon Binder/flickr)

This deep-fried goodness can be traced back to the Central Asia region including modern-day Afghanistan, Iran and India.

 

Shakshouka

(Edgar Zuniga Jr./flickr)

(Edgar Zuniga Jr./flickr)

The breakfast dish is originally from Morocco.

We know it comes natural to you, Israel, but if you could stop stealing stuff that’d be just great!

Originally published on Scoop Empire December 7, 2015

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