A new effort to bring peace to the Middle East has been launched - from an Israeli hummus bar.
The restaurant – named the Hummus Bar – is offering a 50% discount to Arabs and Jews who dine on the chickpea dish together.
A translated post from its Facebook account reads:
“Scared of Arabs? Scared of Jews? With us there are no Arabs! But also no Jews... With us there are only human beings! And real, wonderful Arab hummus! And great Jewish falafel! And free refills on all hummus dishes if you're Arab, Jewish, Christian, Indian, et cetera... Special discount: 50% off on hummus dishes for a table where Jews and Arabs are sitting together! *Valid Sundays through Thursdays.”
In the week since it was posted, the offer has been “liked” close to 5,000 times and shared over 1,000 times.
“This is beautiful,” wrote Dina Saad, with Stewart Mills commenting: “Shalom Salam Peace!”
Not everyone was an enamoured however, with Alberto Webbink venturing it to be a “terrible, unrealistic initiative.”
Kobi Tzafrir, owner of the café, which is in Kfar Vitkin, told Al Jazeera he wanted to show there were Arabs and Jews who were not part of the violent events reported in the media.
In weeks of unrest, nine Israelis and 42 Palestinians have been killed.
He said: “We want to show that we're all human beings, just like each other, not so different."
He added the initiative has been a success, with some groups turning down the discount and paying the full price as a mark of support.
Speaking to the Times of Israel, Tzafrir said: “If there’s anything that can bring together these peoples, it’s hummus.”