Let's face it, say I. The motive underlying the Lebanese threat, an attempt to challenge Israel because it is better at marketing a food than the Lebanese are, is political:And, frankly, here in New York it is clear that Israeli hummus is far superior to every other hummus.
"It is not enough they (Israelis) are stealing our land. They are also stealing our civilization and our cuisine," said Abboud.
The subtext is that hummus has been appropriated by foreign German and Polish Jews as their own. No mention of the fact that Middle Eastern Jews, 50 percent of the Jews in Israel, brought these foods with them.
A further question arises: can these foods be legitimately called Arab?
If I were a Turk, I would be outraged. I might even be tempted to sue.