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November 4, 2012

From the cafeteria of the Harvard Business School

Sara El-Yafi from her fb page

Alright Harvard Business School, let’s have a word or two.

I understand that you like to “change” things in your dining room every once in a while to tickle the palate of the HBS kids who have a tendency to grow blasé rather quickly of your stationary Italian, Asian, & Micronesian stations, so you feel the need to spice it up with an occasional exotic nationality… but this, THIS, is where we draw the line. Israeli food station? Hold your breath.

Let’s see:
1. Harissa (ه

ريسة) is a Tunisian and Libyan hot chili sauce whose main ingredient is piri piri. Piri piri grows in the wild in Africa. –> Since Israel is not in Africa, Harissa is not Israeli.

2. Couscous (كسكس) is a Maghrebian dish, a staple food throughout Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya. Not Israeli. As for “Israeli couscous”, the real name is “Maftoul” (مفتول), which is a Palestinian dish of Couscous.

3. Fattūsh (فتوش) is a word made of Arabic fatt “crush” and the suffix of Turkic origin -ūsh. Coining words this way was common in Syrian Arabic as well as in other dialects of Arabic. –> Unless Israel’s main language is Arabic, this too is NOT Israeli.

4. Halloumi (χαλούμι) is a Cypriot semi-hard, unripened brined cheese made from a mixture of goats’ and sheep milk. It’s not even ARABIC. So seriously, your “fuck-you” is not even centered around Arabs, it’s going west. –> Until Cyprus becomes another conquered Israeli territory, Halloumi is considered NOT Israeli.

5. Hummus (حُمُّص): Let’s get to the bottom of this once and for all. Hummus is an Arabic word meaning “chickpeas.” Ok? It is an Arabic word. As far as “Israelis” are concerned, they don’t speak Arabic. So unless you change your primary language, you have no argument here. The earliest documented recipe for something similar to modern hummus dates to 13th Century (CE) Egypt. –> Since Israel was created in 1948, Israel is NOT 13th CENTURY EGYPT! And Hummus is therefore NOT ISRAELI.

6. Tahini (طحينه): ONE: Tahini is a loanword from Arabic: طحينة, or more accurately ṭaḥīnīa طحينية, and is derived from the root ط ح ن Ṭ-Ḥ-N which as a verb طحن ṭaḥan which means “to grind.” TWO: You can only make Hummus with Tahini, since it is the second main ingredient. –> As per the argument of Hummus, we conclude that Tahini is NOT Israeli.

7. Zaatar (زَعْتَر): Alright. Zaatar is THYME. It is a Middle-Eastern plant. It grows in Palestine and other land areas. Since Israel is modern-day Palestine, then I can see why you would like to make that plant Israeli. And you might be able to get away with it. But get this: Zaatar is an Arabic word. So, to make your argument more solid, why don’t you use a Hebrew word for it? Like “שקר”, which is hebrew for LIE.

8. Mezze (in the title): This word (which refers to a selection of small dishes) comes from the Turkish meze ‘taste, flavour, snack, relish’, borrowed from Persian مزه (maze ‘taste, snack’ < mazīdan ‘to taste’) and/or the Greek version mezés (μεζές). SO TURKISH, PERSIAN and GREEK –> NOT ISRAELI.

9. “Sweet & Sour”: This draws the f*ckin limit. Now this sure isn’t Arabic, but I would like to see Chinatown respond to this.

Dear HBS, that “Israeli Mezze Station” is the ultimate multicultural, multireligious fuck-you in the face of ALL Arabs at once from North Africa to the Levant… (while engaging a small spit on the Cypriots)… NINE counts.

If you insist on giving no honor to the Arabs (many of whom are Harvard students/alumni- “hi!”), and/or if you insist on never ever speaking of Arabs in culinary worth (since we’re only ever referred to as warmongers and terrorists), at least have the decency of calling it MEDITERRANEAN MEZZE STATION.

Israel already has a hard time keeping face in the Arab world for the way it has “appropriated” its lands since 1948, don’t make it worse for them by having them appropriate other peoples’ foods as well.

“Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party is an Islamic fundamentalist and/or has ties to the Chinese government. We will rectify the nationality of your dish accordingly.
Sincerely, HBS”

Onwards.

(Picture taken by my dear friend/Harvard classmate “Mohamed El Dahshan” two days ago in the Harvard Business School Dining Room)

A marriage of convenience

Political Islam after the ‘Arab Spring’

Political Islam came to life after the Arab defeat of June 1967, with a new alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat.
by Eric Rouleau

In June 1967, after the Arab defeat in the Six Day war, many believed they were witnessing the death throes of the regime of Gamal Abdel Nasser (1). Yet Nasser opened the first meeting of the council of ministers on 19 June, declaring in a barely audible voice: “The old regime is dead; a new regime is born today.” The old regime had in fact died on 5 June, with the ignominious collapse of all the leftwing nationalist forces (Nasserist, Ba’athist, socialist, communist), held responsible for Egypt’s military defeat and the collapse of its political system. Political Islam soon filled the void created by the disappearance of these secular movements from the political scene.

At the time, my attention was caught by an unprecedented phenomenon: mosque attendance rose to the point that the faithful spilled into the surrounding streets, spreading their prayer mats in the road and blocking the traffic as far as the eye could see. All this was perfectly normal: religion is after all a refuge for those in distress and brings hope to those in despair. “Islam is the solution” (al-islamhouwa al-hal), the slogan later adopted by the Islamists, gained popularity. And many people I spoke to attributed Israel’s victory to the attachment of Jews to their religious traditions and their faith in their holy books, which for them legitimised their state in Palestine. They felt the Muslims had lost because they had abandoned their religion for secular ideologies — Nasserism, Ba’athism, socialism and communism.

Nasser was quick to notice the change that was taking place in Egyptian society. To general surprise, he ordered the release of a thousand members of the Muslim Brotherhood, who had been arrested two years earlier over a plot to avenge the state’s execution of their spiritual leader Sayyid Qutb, a theoretician of jihad. In parallel, he opened a dialogue with their leaders who had gone into exile, with a view to achieving “national unity”. With the Nasserist party (Egypt’s only legal political party) no longer in the ascendant, the Brotherhood was now the only political force with a structured, dynamic organisation. Egyptian radio and television were ordered to broadcast verses of the Qur’an on a regular basis and give conservative preachers airtime as often as possible. Saudi funds flowed into Egypt, financing mosques, Qur’anic schools and Islamic associations; these were to contribute, directly or indirectly, to the creation of a breeding ground for terrorism. Other countries in the region benefited from the same Wahhabi generosity. The face of the Arab world was changed forever.

Anwar Sadat (2) was conscious that the ideological void left behind by Nasser’s socialism was now being filled by Islam. So he harnessed the teachings of the Prophet to his own ends, progressively Islamising Egypt’s society and state. He was well placed to achieve this goal: he had learned to read and write at a Qur’anic school and could recite the holy book by heart. He made several pilgrimages to Mecca and assiduously attended mosques where, in front of the cameras, he prostrated himself alongside ordinary Egyptians. Photos of Sadat in the press showed off to best advantage his “prayer bump” (zebib), a callus the shape and colour of a raisin that had appeared on his forehead, a sign that his head made frequent contact with the ground during his daily prayers. The “father of the nation” also had himself referred to as “the pious president”. Religious ceremonies and sermons flooded the radio and television airwaves. Religious education became a core element of school curriculums. Egypt’s transformation was completed in 1980 with a new article in the constitution declaring that Islam was the state religion and sharia was the principle source of inspiration for legislation.

The establishment of a quasi-theocracy was without precedent in Egypt’s ancient or recent history: the secularism of Nasser’s era became just a memory. To secure his position, Sadat needed political alliances. Unable to find allies on the left, he naturally started courting the Muslim Brotherhood as soon as he came to power. He ordered the release of hundreds of their members who had been imprisoned by Nasser and began a dialogue with their leaders. He hoped to win the Brothers over by reminding them of his respect and profound admiration for their founder Hassan Al-Banna, whom he had met in 1940, and his gratitude for the regular financial support Al-Banna had given his family while he was in prison.

But the Brothers could not forget that Sadat had carefully failed to mention in his memoirs that he had ordered the execution of a number of their senior leaders, accused of plotting to assassinate Nasser in 1954. Nasser’s former protégé was a member of a “revolutionary” tribunal formed for the purpose of decapitating the Brotherhood.

In spite of their distrust, the Islamist leaders made a show of accepting an alliance with Sadat: they had everything to gain from the deal he was proposing. Sadat wanted their help in eliminating common adversaries — the Nasserists and the communists, who were still the dominant force in some sectors of Egyptian society, particularly factory workers and students. The Brothers were promised freedoms denied to other movements, which would allow them to extend their influence. This marriage of convenience only came to an end when Sadat’s determination to make peace with Israel took concrete form a few years later.

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Eric Rouleau is a journalist with Le Monde and author of Dans les coulisses du Proche-Orient Fayard, Paris, 2012.

(1) Gamal Abdel Nasser and the “Free Officers” seized power on 23 July 1952. Nasser became the region’s most popular leader, combining pan-Arab nationalist rhetoric with a policy for Egypt’s development based on industrialisation. He also formed a solid alliance with the Soviet Union.

(2) Anwar Sadat was one of the “Free Officers” but a minor figure until Nasser’s death, on 28 September 1970, which propelled him into the presidency. He moved closer to the US and launched the process of economic opening-up. In 1977 he travelled to Jerusalem, paving the way for a peace treaty with Israel.

SYRIA : WORDS OF GOLD!!!

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WORDS OF GOLD!!! WORDS OF ABSOLUTE GOLD!!!!!!!!! BY ALLAH SWT THIS MAN SPEAKS HAQQ!!!

أقسم بالله كلامك ذهب يا بطل

TRANSLATION# THIS SYRIAN MAN FROM DEIR EZOUR ON THE BORDERS WITH IRAQ SENDS OUT A MESSAGE TO SAUDI ARABIA AND ALL THE MUSLIMS OF THE WORLD THE AHLUL SUNNAH , FROM THE HEART OF THE BATTLEFIELD YOU CAN EVEN HEAR THE SOUNDS OF THE GUNFIRE IN THE BACKGROUND..

HE SAYS ITS NOT JUST ASSAD SLAUGHTERING US AHLUL SUNNAH IN SYRIA ITS IRAN, HIZBULSHAYTAN, MALAKI OF IRAQ, THEY SEND ASSAD EVERYTHING IN ARMS AND TROOPS, AND WE HAVE NOTHING BUT ALLAH SWT AND OUR SELVES, WE ARE YOU NOT HELPING US, AREN’T WE YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ISLAM??? ALL YOUR CHEAP PROMISES MEAN NOTHING TO US, WE ARE FIGHTING FOR ALLAH SWT CAUSE TO BE THE NUMBER ONE IN THIS LAND AND FOR THE ALL OF SUNNAH EVERYWHERE!! THE SHIAS ARE RAPING OUR WOMEN SLAUGHTERING OUR CHILDREN! FEAR ALLAH MUSLIMS!!! WHY DO YOU HAVE ALL THESE TANKS AND WARPLANES ???!! IS IT ONLY FOR PARADES??!! ..BASHAR HAS DONE FAR WORSE THAN HALACO OF THE MONGOLS AND HITLER!!! FEAR ALLAH FEAR ALLAH YA AHLUL SUNNAH WE ARE SUFFERING!!! DONT YOU FEAR ALLAH SWT??!! ARE WE NOT MUSLIMS??!! IVE SOLD EVERYTHING I HAVE EVEN MY WIFES GOLD AND MY DAUGHTERS GOLD JUST TO BUY ARMS AND DEFEND THEM AND THE SISTERS OF SYRIA!!!

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