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are revisiting some of the best of them one of the most popular series over the last decade was street food which traveled the world in search of culture and history of cities old and new their unique cuisine here's just a small taste this is street fruits and this is a great place. this is a street group and this is the cairo. street and i think that. the movie and food is one of the best to latin america which makes me an argentinean a little bit jealous. sons of our house one of the richest food cultures in the stock pickup. this is
st. and this is. one of the most interesting things about my riebeek is that diversity more than 42 different ethnic communities living here from all over kenya i'm with them they all bring unique dishes traditions and flavors. today we're rewinding to 2000 a one street food travel to the holy city of jerusalem where for centuries people of different cultures and religions have lived worked and eaten side by side but after years of rising tension in recent months have seen a huge escalation of palestinian protests against the jewish settlement program exacerbated of course our president donald trump's controversial decision to move the u.s. embassy to the holy city of jerusalem all of which makes it hard to imagine that today they can make
a film using truth vocal chart to show how muslims jews christians and armenians and manage the list side by side in the holy city for so long from 2008 a decade ago here a street food jerusalem an ancient city secrets of 3 different faiths. the jews the size of the 1st holy temple. for christians the scene of jesus christ death and resurrection. and for muslims cation of the prophet muhammad's ascent to heaven. this could only be one place jerusalem. visitors to jerusalem cannot help but be overwhelmed by the city's history and its religious significance to muslims christians and jews but this beautiful city is also a tragic one for over for centuries and coveted by millions who. never set foot in
it jerusalem is the focus of an ongoing and seemingly irresolvable conflicts. everything here is overshadowed by politics even that most basic of things food that looks like. it may be at the heart of the israeli palestinian conflict but it's easy to be influenced by the old city of jerusalem its bustling markets and vibrant street life. but inside its walls tensions are never far from the surface. and history is a dimension of the present. you'll see his sign such as this commemorating the recent anniversary of the 6 day war of 1967. when israel gained
control over all of jerusalem. claiming to have reunited the ancient jewish city. but there is little unity to be found in a city which palestinian arabs regard as their occupied capital. and in the struggle for the soul of this city even food has its parts through it is an important marker by density in all countries what we eat expresses our history culture and values the palestinian was united states and with a national identity constantly undermined food place an even greater role in defining who they are. the food on sale here snacks such as the left and. as well as own lives nuts
and sweets will be familiar to anyone who's visited arab cities like damascus a man who kyra. with the appearance of uniformity can be deceptive the palestinians have that their own distinct mark on many dishes. i arranged to meet anthropologists and local food experts. to find out more. this is my favorite place it's 50 years old at least they use has had many accounts of what the far left by did to me is from us for the morning but after event of this from the from the other b.s. and only killed that hamas. business that abu ali restaurant suffered as a result of the 1st palestinian uprising the intifada of $987.00 and the restaurant today focuses on the one dish it's become famous for some months.
the recipe is simple boil chickpeas or ground to a paste this is then mixed with flavor and it's sold olive oil lemon juice gone it and tina so it's made from ground sesame and it's in the precise mix of the spade brings that i want to use shining through so this one was is simply special because of that model for them and just taste it and you see that the 1st is that comes to mind is that both of them and. this. particular basic recipe exists from iraq or that on the 1st tile crescent 11 on the syria jordan our list. and we all use it but in a different combinations the palestinians favor the let me taste of course and egypt. team that source dominates over the hamas so we don't like it because it's syria they don't put them in the way we do they put them all. of course. different
places different cultures have their own dialect. across the city arab snacks that you to not only by palestinians they've also become extremely popular amongst israeli jews leading to claims that some dishes have been appropriated my own horse has been taken all of that by this a list favorite because i guess it's said doesn't threaten their lowest pressure with this chick peas it's a pain that it can make a pretty good enemy in without ruining their diet. this is one of jerusalem's most popular hummus and falafel restaurants but it's in predominantly jewish western rusinow. it's intriguing name from gaza too but then has a double meaning. it's located on the corner of gaza and burnin streets but it also points to the fact that the food served him like israel itself is somewhere between
east and west. restaurant work and near an israeli jew has no qualms about admitting the heritage of the food he serves like there's no israeli food all our food is from like neighbors and people that kill me gratian jewish immigration that continues well and there are people that it's a. neighbor ejects palestinian claims that the traditional food has been appropriated by the israelis nobody's discords from nobody knows it's it's moved there out that combination on the same dish it's like or even the homeless in england you know to the homeless to the english to it's. far and the city in which over the centuries so much has been disputed and cleans by one side or another it's perhaps no surprise to find that even food is a subject of contention. everything has. seems to be loaded with the symbolism and
with a significance that many outsiders fail to fully appreciate. and food is no exception . so you have for example from us and to see them declare it as a national at this so outrageous for us it is as out as for us as to see the villages that are destroyed the other villages that are left over fall apart and abandoned. there was one more jerusalem delicacy which i wanted to show me before we parted especially bread known as guy guy in general some of this as it has a very special shape and liberal comes more like a custom shape and jordan's different but the best thing about the jerusalem guy it's you call it it's crushing from the outside soft on the inside tasted a little at this very very good we took turns out at. the hubs not all time in
english has been picked by the arabs of palestine and the levant for centuries and used as a condiment for bread and of the snacks. and palestinians are certainly proud of it . but even the simple herb has found itself drawn into their own going to israeli palestinian conflict to israel has outlawed the traditional practice of picking wild in order it's claimed to protect the species of plant. that's in the land disputed by 2 peoples even a simple conservation measure can have consequences. as i was to find out the following day when i traveled north to the galilee region to meet with an arab who's been caught out by the no clue senate bill is to clearly do a little each year on independence day i take my mother to collect me her old village on this occasion i was gathering a small amount for her what a guard came up to me and told me was. i was doing was against the law he took me
to his car where another man had already filled in some papers he told me to sign them and said i had a fine for 660 shekels my mother is 86 years old when she realized what was going on she got very angry and. why should we pay $660.00 shekels for picking zada on our own and just as landlord. she told the guard that in that case she was going to go and pick 660 shekels worth of salt to herself but he told her he get the police on her if she did. despite the israeli prohibition of picking wilde's out a group of arab women to found a way for preserving the palestinian tradition of daughters cultivation. paying up to design this is up a plan well known to all our we used to get up once a year to either naipaul or me from the mountains in however 3 years ago we started a project and planted it down here after work so now we have that all year on the
summit at the beginning middle of nowhere 11 a lot of new but now there are fewer would expect it to be hard work and some of the woman is that intake it physically feminine of. the group was formed to provide the women with an independent means of income and aim which has had only limited success. the money that women make from selling bizarre allows them to rent the land on which it grows but there is little left over for future investment or for them because they didn't know despite all the effort that we see ourselves getting in the only benefit from it is that it allows us to put food on the table. to give it away at the moment one day the women would like to expand the business and open a factory before now there's not a production takes place in the home. first it's left to dry out the leaves and removed it is a mix just sold for sesame seeds and some like this fragrant powder is used to prepare a quintessentially arabs in nashville many east brits who stood with and or live or
oil. back in jerusalem i began to learn that the issue of the israeli appropriation of palestinian food is more complex than it 1st appears. almost half of israelis come from middle eastern backgrounds their parents or grandparents having lived alongside arabs in countries such as iraq morocco and yemen until the turmoil of the 20th century and the creation of the state of israel. and to this day so many ms ryan as these oriental jews are known to continue how that and customs which they knew from having lived in arab lands. but it's in the food they eat that we can find the biggest clue to the oriental origins of so many contemporary israelis this jurists restaurant specializes in iraq in kurdish craziness. to stews soups and salads and offer
a typically middle east and. some just out altogether thinks one up and say i. want a show the old chap choke up if the dishes are a reminder of the shed history culture of many arabs and jews something easily forgotten in today's divided politics of. the. modern israel is a synthesis of different cultures middle east and north africa and european even if you can and if you really sense that head injury seems main markets my finances you think that. israel is a country founded on immigration. and many israeli jews continue to identify with the flavors of the nouns from which they or their ancestors came. no question
comes out goldberg showed me some of the diverse interests is that played in these radio kitchen. we have a lot of new people coming to russia and germany 50 up and marking so you dipshit just. every fison the word united we and we have. just of that and becoming. one big mishmash of things. what showed in the markets made me realize that food news no good is. new to see a lot of the spices that vary from india to me. to post israelis and arabs is the same spices course. we all actually are saying the same flavors and defines them different ways a lot of times. you can see there are exactly. rides out of a. kitchen used a lot. of israel the kitchen also use it as it is a fuse a kind of
a fusion. so what's up the system we have here we have become old and salted fish. we have all kinds i was conscious we have a feeling of being rushed outside. we have to get the care that. we have. some of which is. going away and if not most probably because of all that russian immigration. so we also have a tendency of. shop to be able products and there are a lot of if you can see here in jerusalem there is a big community of video visuals move. through the enticing range of produce on sale here there is one unifying feature everything in this market is strictly kosher best to see it conforms to jewish dietary laws forbidding sets in the us and
so you'll find no shrimps at the fishmonger and no pool at the butcher. now i'm familiar with the muslim idea of how and then this is food that is committed according to islamic whom you but i don't know as much about the jewish. system of die tree north or the course route as they're known. i visit is an orthodox jewish families are for. my. work it's friday afternoon and the ben has a preparing the meal for the coming sabbath on which work of any kind including cooking is strictly forbidden by sunset our sabbath has begun we have to finish all the work all the food preparation anything that we're doing we have to finish by sabbath by the beginning of sabbath so everything is a crazy mad rush to get it done beforehand. but.
everything that we do in our religion has the guidelines set for us and that's basically what happens with when we talk about kosher food there are meats that are not allowed us there are fish that we're not allowed to eat. fish for instance us to have fins and scales if it has one of the 2 then it's also not considered kosher for us meat. animal has to have the split half and she gets cut or again we're not allowed to eat that. most jews in israel may choose to eat kosher food judy admits that the reasons behind the di treaty yours are obscure the bottom line is we really don't know what the reasons for that are and judaism has a many laws and regulations for which we really have no understanding of why god. handed down these laws to us and we're commanded to observe them and despite the
fact that we really have no understanding of what they are. during my time in jerusalem i've noticed that both israelis and palestinians attach great meaning and symbolism to food that. symbolism maybe political or religious or both. crazy may be part of our culture and community but it need not be divisive. this is jerusalem's eucalyptus restaurant a rarity in this divided city as its own jointly by an israeli and palestinian. and i'm here to meet with $0.04 members of an initiative called chefs for peace a group which cooks together in order to bridge the religious and political divides . this is a way to show the world that we can do peace we can assure the people that we are. peaceful. as a series of city were together
a jewish state of being able to shoot it together with it we cook together so it is fact. today the ships are going to prepare me a truly multicultural lunch the 1st step on the menu is a jewish state with an intern story told by an israeli shell. i'm going to keep the. lentil soup which comes from the bible the story of jacob. and as of was asking jacob what are you all doing and what are you preparing to give me from this red red stuff so i'll refer to this red stuff which is a lentil soup and i'm not sure that jacob was doing the lentil soup the same way i'm doing it but what is important with taste ok just. convinced that ignorance of the other is at the heart of the conflict here the
steps try to educate people about the other's history traditions and culture through the medium of food. and so palestinian chefs a few and one of the owners of the restaurant is making a traditional palestinian deaths rarely found. outside the home it's called maneuver or upside down in just a reference to the distinct swing in which it sounds. if you think you'll see him up just the most and fall off and then maybe show him up but in this resort we make the special food depict food and we say with all the people here we have something more good to the days. and the fans customers seems to agree. said keys as a member of jerusalem small but decent on media and community. welfare. but in all morning long as it is the couple chill america watches the final dish is
being prepared by palestinian christian maybe and with the help of a friend day to day we're going to make the traditional. fun before making him a classic in a way not too old fashioned of the stuff i'm sure you prefer the bread and butter for the sure they don't stuff it with a chicken on the lawn and so much only put a little bit of the scene on the field with some point the needs so it's in a fancy way. it was time to sample the food an eclectic lunch reflecting the diversity of the city and its people's way through the way through the hour. and while some might think that the idea that cooking can promote peace is a little naive the chefs themselves had no such doubts if there. was. this life and this shaw or. need for backup to make the peace in the middle east saw usually.
people use knife. because live for making good scenes as you see is food not for killing or butchering people we have pieced together but the problem is the government and we don't want to. the government going to look make nothings but he was tough to make me think especially for the piece and for the bee but this is just the beginning and i think of the idea of their dream to make some small be a more big and new we just start. eucalyptus restaurant only uses organic vegetables sourced from local farmers. from heiler is one of the suppliers. yet despite living in bethlehem just 5 miles away the journey to deliver her home grown vegetables to jerusalem can take a man seeks out was a reminder that for the talk of peace political realities such as walls and
barriers continue to divide people here side. doesn't have a clue but it's difficult because i don't have a permit to cross the checkpoint uscis my of tried to get one so many times here but they refuse a behind the years so what can i do that for but i have to take the risk of coming here for my children say that i have to sacrifice the ancient city of jerusalem nies at the center of a very modern conflict a conflict over territory and identity everything including the 3 people who eat can become part of this conflict as i seen here in jerusalem for it can be a point of contention and difference or it can hold the potential for cooperation and a coming together. that
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