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.
AKA the air that Arabs breathe, which originates from al Sham (Levantine) and Egypt.
I think they mean Baba Ghanoush or Mutabbal, too lazy to steal the name?
This pissed the Lebanese off so much that they decided to sue Israel over the rights to falafel. #truestory
Kibbeh has origins across the Middle East as well Armenia and Turkey.
It’s called TURKISH coffee.
Who do you think would be more pissed if they knew, the Greek or Middle Eastern cows?
A cookie made traditionally to celebrate Eid. Yeah, I know right?
The dessert that has been popularized in the Middle East traces back to pre-Ottoman Turkey.
Couscous is a staple used and stolen from the North African region.
This “poor man’s dish” traces back to modern day Iraq.
These savory pastries were also stolen from Turkey.
Every Arab’s favorite midnight snack originated in al Sham.
This deep-fried goodness can be traced back to the Central Asia region including modern-day Afghanistan, Iran and India.
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