Action Alert

Don't participate in Israel’s #ApartheidRoundTables!

Eight international chefs, all women, are set to participate in the Round Tables festival in Tel Aviv between November 11 and 23.

Round tables is part of the Israeli government’s “gastro-diplomacy”, which use culinary events to distract attention away from it’s theft of Palestinian land and food resources.

The festival this year is using a feminist facade to cover-up Israel’s occupation and apartheid.

But we know that it is Palestinian women who bear the brunt of Israel’s oppression.

The event is just weeks away. Join us in telling the chefs that cooking for apartheid is a bad idea.

The festival is partnered with companies involved in grave violations of Palestinian and Syrian human rights. Golan Heights Winery, Dan Hotels, and Argal Services Company all operate businesses in or that serve Israel’s illegal settlements, built on stolen land.

Palestinian women’s organizations and agricultural coalitions have appealed to the chefs to cancel their participation in this year’s festival.

Join us in calling on international chefs not to cater to Israeli apartheid. Send them a message on Twitter and FB pages with the hashtag #ApartheidRoundTables.

Tweet or post messages to the chefs and restaurants. See below for more sample tweets and posts as well as memes to share.


Chef Isa Mazzocchi at Ristorante La Palta in Piacenza, Italy


Chef Judy Joo at Jinjuu in London, UK
Twitter: @JinjuuSoho
Twitter: @JudyJooChef
Instagram: @judyjoochef
Instagram: @jinjuusoho


Chef Gabrille Hamilton has withdrawn from Round Tables
Chef Gabrielle Hamilton, chef at Prune in New York City


Chef Ana Roš is no longer participating in Round Tables
Chef Ana Roš at Hiša Franko in Kobarid, Slovenia
Twitter: @hisafranko
Twitter: @anaros40

Chef Maca De Castro at Maca De Castro in Mallorca, Spain
Twitter: @Castro_maca
Instagram: @maca_de_castro

Chef Elena Reygades at Rosetta in Mexico City, Mexico
Twitter: @Rosettamexico
Twitter: @e_reygadas
Instagram: @e_reygadas
Instagram: @restauranterosetta

Chef Leo Espinosa at Misia in Bogota, Colombia
Twitter: @Leoescocina
Instagram: @leoescocina
Instagram: @restaurantemisia

Chef Tanja Grandits at Stucki, Switzerland
Instagram: @granditstanja


Sample tweets

Send the restaurant(s) and the chef(s) these sample tweets or post messages on their FB page:

  • Israel's culinary propaganda festival claims to promote “dialogue through gastronomy,” yet 72% of Palestinians in Israeli besieged Gaza are food insecure. Cancel your participation in #ApartheidRoundTables
  • Israel's "gastro-diplomacy" festival is partnered with companies that operate businesses on stolen Palestinian land. Don’t lend your good name to covering-up Israel’s illegal settlements. Cancel your participation in #ApartheidRoundTables
  • Would you cook in Tel Aviv while Israel counts calories for Palestinians it keeps on a starvation diet in Gaza? Apartheid is always bitter. Cancel your participation in #ApartheidRoundTables
  • Don’t lend your good name to Israel’s #ApartheidRoundTables. It’s an Israeli government-led propaganda effort to mask its crimes against Palestinians.
  • #FemaleEdition?! Israel imprisoned Palestinian teen #AhedTamimi and murdered Palestinian medic #RazanAlNajjar. Cancel your participation in #ApartheidRoundTables
  • There is nothing “feminist” about military occupation and apartheid. Cancel your participation in #ApartheidRoundTables


Share these memes alongside your social media message and help spread our message:

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