Settler colonial cultural appropriation of the falafel as part of the ongoing theft of Palestine (vegan mofo)


The prompt for today is most retro food.

Israel’s expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes, villages, and lands in 1948 did not stop with the Jewish militias and the removal of arab names from maps. It also included the the cultural appropriation of books, dress, and food, including the falafel, which Israeli propaganda has  named “Israel’s national snack”. Far from a benign appreciation and enjoyment of food, Israel’s colonization of Palestinian food and culture – falafel and hummus, knaffe, hookah, arabic salad – acts as a propaganda tool to whitewash the systematic denial of Palestinian human rights and erase Palestinian identity and historical narrative. As journalist Ben White (2015) points out, the zionist appropriation of Palestinian food  and culture serves to deny the existence of Palestine while simultaneously appropriating its land and heritage. “It is both an act of theft itself, and a way of justifying that theft.”

Recipe: Palestinian falafel with saffron tahini sauce 


2 cups dried chick peas, soaked overnight

1 cup chopped, parsley

1 medium onion

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. salt

oil for frying

Tahini Sauce

1 cup tahini

2 lemons

1 clove garlic

pinch saffron powder or few saffron threads

1 tsp salt

1/3 water

Blend the ingredients for the tahini sauce and pour into a dipping bowl.

Chop the onions, and garlic in a food processor. Add the parsley and pulse until finely chopped. Drain and dry the chick peas. Add them to the food processor (depending on the size of your food processor you might need to do this in batches) and process until the mixture is almost smooth, but not mushy. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Form into balls and deep fry at 350 degrees for 4- minute each, depending on the size of the balls.

Falafel not

By Ariel Gold

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White, Ben. (2015). Israel’s obsession with hummus is about more than stealing Palestine’s food. The National. http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/israels-obsession-with-hummus-is-about-more-than-stealing-palestines-food#page1

One thought on “Settler colonial cultural appropriation of the falafel as part of the ongoing theft of Palestine (vegan mofo)”

  1. Those look like perfect falafel balls! Also, I had no idea about the appropriation of falafel and other traditional Palestinian foods, but that totally makes sense. UGH.

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