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Israeli Cafe Offers Discount to Arabs and Jews Who Eat Together

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 11/03/15

Blessed—and discounted— are the peacemakers:

A hummus cafe in Israel is giving a 50 percent discount to tables mixing Jewish and Arab diners, in a campaign the owner hopes will bring people together, as dozens of people have been killed in Israeli-Palestinian violence. Kobi Tzafrir, the owner of Humus Bar in the town of Kfar Vitkin, posted the offer on Facebook. “With us we don’t have Arabs! But we also don’t have Jews… With us we’ve got human beings! Real excellent Arab hummus! Excellent Jewish falafel!”, the post, which by Monday evening had been shared more than 1,000 times, read. Tzafrir told Al Jazeera he wanted to show that there are a lot of Arabs and Jews who are not taking part in the violent events reported in the media. “We want to show that we’re all human beings, just like each other, not so different,” he said over the phone. Tzafrir said at least three tables took up the offer of discounted chickpea paste on Monday. But there were more mixed tables, he said, with some customers turning down the offer to pay less – instead paying the full price to support the initiative. Even before the offer, Arab guests would come to the cafe from Palestinian towns near Kfar Vitkin. “A lot of customers now say they have seen the post and they tell me they’ve come to support the idea. Some Arabs come with Jewish friends, some Jewish families come alone. They’re all saying good things.”

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