October 31, 2014
Conflict Kitchen, a restaurant located near the campuses of Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, features a menu that strictly serves dishes which are said to be from countries currently in conflict with the United States.
Although a state of Palestine has never actually existed, Conflict Kitchen has now seemingly made an exception to their mission and has featured Palestine as its current “focus country.” In the past, the controversial eatery has featured cuisine from North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela. Why the United States is viewed as a “conflict country” when it has donated billions of dollars in humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, remains unclear.
In April, The eatery received a $50,000 grant from the Heinz Endowment, which is chaired by Teresa Heinz Kerry, the billionaire wife of Secretary of State John Kerry.
One of the restaurant’s food wrappers excuses Palestinian terrorism as a legitimate means to combat Israel’s military superiority, which echoes the sentiments expressed by jihadi terrorist group Hamas.
The wrapper states: “”How can you compare Israeli F-16s, which are some of the best military planes in the world, to a few hundred homemade rockets? You’re pushing them (Palestinians) to the absolute extreme. So what do you expect?… Palestinians are not going to just let (Israel) in and drop their arms. No, they’re going to kill and they are going to die.”
Conflict Kitchen is co-directed by art professor Jon Rubin and former student Dawn Weleski.
Secretary of State John Kerry has come under fire during his tenure from pro-Israel voices who view him as extremely hostile to the Jewish state. Over the summer, Kerry warned that Israel could become an “apartheid” state if peace talks with the Palestinians failed. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) found the remarks offensive and called upon the Secretary to resign immediately.
Kerry has been a mainstay in Jerusalem and has pressured Israel and its people to continue to negotiate with radical interests—such as the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, who do not grant the same rights and religious liberty to Jews as Israel does to Muslims within its borders.
In January, Israeli Defense MInister Moshe Yaalon said of Kerry: “Secretary of State John Kerry came here very determined and operates based upon an unfathomable obsession and a messianic feeling. Throughout the recent months, there is no negotiation between us and the Palestinians, but rather, between us and the Americans. The only thing that can ‘save’ us is that John Kerry will get a Nobel Peace Prize and leave us alone.”