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Palestinian Salad a Feast for the Senses! #Vegan 11/03/2012

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Palestinian Salad a Feast for the Senses!  #Vegan

One cup of passion
Bunch or washed, chopped parsley. Use fresh and best tasting available.
Olive Oil, extra virgin, prefer from Palestine
Lemon, fresh squeezed
Pine Nuts, very lightly toasted in oil
Red Bell Peppers
Mix with passion, and eat the colors of the flag of Palestine

Palestinian Fresh Vegan Salad, Tuning into Elvis Costello 06/10/2012

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Palestinian Salad:

  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Tahini Dressing (below)
  • Chopped Hot Green Pepper to taste

Tahini Dressing Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Combine all well into a creamy dressing.

Mix cucumbers, tomatoes, and add dressing.

Tune into super cool Elvis Costello, and enjoy this salad at the same time.

Elvis Costello: Remembering artists who respect the boycott

Nearly two years ago Elvis Costello cancelled his planned gig in apartheid Israel, and wrote the noted “It is After Considerable Contemplation…” statement on his “Yellow Press” blog.  Costello led the way for many other artists to also say YES to justice.  Here’s the well-known letter:

It is after considerable contemplation that I have lately arrived at the decision that I must withdraw from the two performances scheduled in Israel on the 30th of June and the 1st of July.
One lives in hope that music is more than mere noise, filling up idle time, whether intending to elate or lament.
Then there are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent.
I must believe that the audience for the coming concerts would have contained many people who question the policies of their government on settlement and deplore conditions that visit intimidation, humiliation or much worse on Palestinian civilians in the name of national security.
I am also keenly aware of the sensitivity of these themes in the wake of so many despicable acts of violence perpetrated in the name of liberation.
Some will regard all of this an unknowable without personal experience but if these subjects are actually too grave and complex to be addressed in a concert, then it is also quite impossible to simply look the other way.
I offer my sincere apologies for any disappointment to the advance ticket holders as well as to the organizers.
My thanks also go to the members of the Israeli media with whom I had most rewarding and illuminating conversations.  They may regard these exchanges as a waste of their time but they were of great value and help to me in gaining an appreciation of the cultural scene.
I hope it is possible to understand that I am not taking this decision lightly or so I may stand beneath any banner, nor is it one in which I imagine myself to possess any unique or eternal truth.
It is a matter of instinct and conscience.
It has been necessary to dial out the falsehoods of propaganda, the double game and hysterical language of politics, the vanity and self-righteousness of public communiqués from cranks in order to eventually sift through my own conflicted thoughts.
I have come to the following conclusions.
One must at least consider any rational argument that comes before the appeal of more desperate means.
Sometimes a silence in music is better than adding to the static and so an end to it.
I cannot imagine receiving another invitation to perform in Israel, which is a matter of regret but I can imagine a better time when I would not be writing this.
With the hope for peace and understanding.

Elvis Costello’s statement was published on his Web site on 15 May 2010; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.

Making Palestinian Jerusalem Salad and listening to Pink Floyd 06/09/2012

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Palestinian Jerusalem Salad:

  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 2 small tomatoes, diced
  • handful fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • 4 TBSP Tahini Dressing (below)
  • Chopped Hot Green Pepper to taste

Tahini Dressing Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 5 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Combine all well into a creamy dressing.

Mix cucumbers, parsley, tomatoes, and add dressing, pepper, and mix well.

While eating, please read about why one of the greatest artists ever known to rock and roll has decided to support the global movement for justice for Palestinians.  

(from http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/11/cultural-boycott-west-bank-wall)

Israeli separation wall in East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis

A Palestinian woman walks past the wall on the Israeli side of the Abu Dis neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Photograph: Kobi Gideon/EPA

In 1980, a song I wrote, Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, was banned by the government of South Africa because it was being used by black South African children to advocate their right to equal education. That apartheid government imposed a cultural blockade, so to speak, on certain songs, including mine.

Twenty-five years later, in 2005, Palestinian children participating in a West Bank festival used the song to protest against Israel’s wall around the West Bank. They sang: “We don’t need no occupation! We don’t need no racist wall!” At the time, I hadn’t seen firsthand what they were singing about.

A year later I was contracted to perform in Tel Aviv. Palestinians from a movement advocating an academic and cultural boycott of Israel urged me to reconsider. I had already spoken out against the wall, but I was unsure whether a cultural boycott was the right way to go.

The Palestinian advocates of a boycott asked that I visit the occupied Palestinian territory to see the wall for myself before I made up my mind. I agreed.

Under the protection of the United Nations I visited Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw that day. The wall is an appalling edifice to behold. It is policed by young Israeli soldiers who treated me, a casual observer from another world, with disdainful aggression.

If it could be like that for me, a foreigner, a visitor, imagine what it must be like for the Palestinians, for the underclass, for the passbook carriers. I knew then that my conscience would not allow me to walk away from that wall, from the fate of the Palestinians I met: people whose lives are crushed daily by Israel’s occupation. In solidarity, and somewhat impotently, I wrote on their wall that day: “We don’t need no thought control.”

Realising at that point that my presence on a Tel Aviv stage would inadvertently legitimise the oppression I had seen, I cancelled my gig at the stadium in Tel Aviv and moved it to Neve Shalom, an agricultural community devoted to growing chick peas and also, admirably, to co-operation between different faiths, where Muslim, Christian and Jew work side by side in harmony.

Against all expectations it was to become the biggest music event in the short history of Israel. Some 60,000 fans battled traffic jams to attend. It was extraordinarily moving for us, and at the end of the gig I was moved to exhort the young people gathered there to demand of their government that they attempt to make peace with their neighbours and respect the civil rights of Palestinians living in Israel.

Sadly, in the intervening years the Israeli government has made no attempt to implement legislation that would grant rights to Israeli Arabs equal to those enjoyed by Israeli Jews, and the wall has grown, inexorably, illegally annexing more and more of the West Bank.

For the people of Gaza, locked in a virtual prison behind the wall of Israel’s illegal blockade, it means another set of injustices. It means that children go to sleep hungry, many chronically malnourished. It means that fathers and mothers, unable to work in a decimated economy, have no means to support their families. It means that university students with scholarships to study abroad must watch the opportunity of a lifetime slip away because they are not allowed to travel.

In my view, the abhorrent and draconian control that Israel wields over the besieged Palestinians in Gaza and the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem), coupled with its denial of therights of refugees to return to their homes in Israel, demands that fair-minded people around the world support the Palestinians in their civil, nonviolent resistance.

Where governments refuse to act people must, with whatever peaceful means are at their disposal. For me this means declaring an intention to stand in solidarity, not only with the people of Palestine but also with the many thousands of Israelis who disagree with their government’s policies, by joining the campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel.

My conviction is born in the idea that all people deserve basic human rights. This is not an attack on the people of Israel. This is, however, a plea to my colleagues in the music industry, and also to artists in other disciplines, to join this cultural boycott.

Artists were right to refuse to play in South Africa’s Sun City resort until apartheid fell and white people and black people enjoyed equal rights. And we are right to refuse to play in Israel until the day comes – and it surely will come – when the wall of occupation falls and Palestinians live alongside Israelis in the peace, freedom, justice and dignity that they all deserve.

Roasted chickpea and tomato salad with Arab Bread 05/19/2012

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Serves 1-2

400g tin chickpeas, drained (240g when drained)
2tsp paprika
1/2tsp chilli powder
2tbsp oil
150g cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 small handful fresh parsley, chopped
2 spring onions (scallions), finely chopped

Heat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F). In a bowl, combine the drained chickpeas, oil, paprika and chilli powder, and spread the mixture out in a single layer on a baking tray. Roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway, or until slightly browned and crispy.

Meanwhile, combine the quartered tomatoes, parsley and chopped spring onions in a bowl. Add the roasted chickpeas and stir to combine.

Serve with warmed arab bread.


Palestine Brings Eggplant Dip to our Vegan table! 04/04/2012

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– 1 big eggplant (about 1 pound) 
– 1/4 cup tahini 
– 3/4 cup yogurt
– 3 gloves mashed garlic
– 1 teaspoon lemon juice
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– Salt to taste. 


1. Grill the eggplant until it’s perfectly done and very soft all through. I usually throw a couple
eggplants on the side of the grill every time we do some grilling. When they are done, let them
cool then peel and preserve them in the freezer in small bags. When you need grilled eggplants,
defrost one bag and put it in a colander to drain excess water.
2. In a mixing bowl, add the other ingredients except the olive oil and mix well.
3. Cut the eggplant into rough chunks and add to the previous mixture.
4. Scoop in a serving platter and drizzle with olive oil.
5. It tastes best when it is cool, so you can take it out of the refrigerator and set aside for

Palestine Terrorist’s Arabic Salad 12/01/2011

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– Tomatoes
– Cucumbers
– Green Onions
– Lemons
– Salt
– Olive Oil


1. Dice tomatoes and cucumber. 

2. Finely chop the green onions.

3. Add Olive Oil, lemon juice and salt to taste.

Yogurt based Salad (“Mish” Salad) 12/01/2011

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500 g Of yogurt
One hot green pepper
One lemon
One Tomatoe
Salt and olive
Oil to taste

Cooking Instructions:

Cut the hot green pepper, tomatoes, and the lemon into small-medium size pieces and add them to the yogurt. Add salt and olive oil to taste. The salad tastes better if left overnight in the fridge. The longer you leave it, the better the taste. You can always add more pepper, lemon, or tomatoes, or all three when you’ve eaten them all and a quantity of yogurt still remains.

Lydda, Palestine: Jarjeer Salad (Arugula Salad ) 12/01/2011

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Jarjeer Salad (Arugula Salad )


Arugula (a bunch)
Onion (spring or regular onions)
Lemon juice
Olive oil to taste

Cooking Instructions:

Clean the Jarjeer thoroughly under running water. Cut it in large pieces (each stalk can be cut in three). Cut the onion into rings. Place the onion rings on top of the Jarjeer. Add salt, lemon, and olive oil to taste. Garnish with pieces of lemon.

Palestine Green Salad for the Tired Vegetarian After a Long Night 12/01/2011

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6 cups fresh parsley,coarsely chopped.
3 cups coarsely chopped fresh mint.
3 large tomatoes, chopped.
3 small green cucumbers,chopped.
2-3 green shallots,finely chopped (optional).
seedless black olives (optional).


1/3 cup lemon juice.
2 Tablespoons olive oil.

1)Combine tomatoes ,cucumbers,green shallots,black olives and herbs in bowl.

2)Just before serving drizzle with dressing.

Recipe for Famous Palestinian Fattoush, a Vegetarian Essential 12/01/2011

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Ingredients :

2 tomatoes
2 cucumbers
2 spring onions
1 Radish
Green mint
1 loaf of pita bread
Dressing: Lemon, salt, and olive oil

Cut the vegetables into small – medium size pieces.
The lettuce, parsley and green mint should be cut in small pieces.
Cut the pita bread into squares of 1 square cm each and either fry them until golden brown or roast them under the grill.
Add the bread to the vegetable mixture.
Add lemon, salt, and olive oil to taste.