Action Alert

Tell international chefs: Don't cater to Israel’s #ApartheidRoundTables

Between October 29 and November 17, 2017 head chefs from 14 famous restaurants from cities around the world will spend a week cooking in Tel Aviv as part of the Israeli government's Public Relations efforts to distract from its policies of occupation and apartheid by bringing international prestige to Israel’s culinary scene. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is flying the chefs to Israel and the initiative is sponsored by Dan Hotels, a chain complicit in Israel’s war crimes with a branch built on stolen Palestinian land in occupied East Jerusalem.

Chefs from ten countries and over 180 civil society groups have signed letters appealing to the chefs to cancel their participation in this whitewashing exercise. Following appeals from concerned members of the public, Irish chef JP McMahon announced he has withdrawn his participation from this year’s Round Tables festival.

The Round Tables festival is even more tasteless as it cynically features a number of farm-to-table restaurants at a time when Israeli settlers ramp up attacks against Palestinian families gathering for the annual olive harvest and the Israeli army continues to impose a cruel siege on Gaza, pushing unemployment to 42% - the highest rate in the world.

Join us in calling on these chefs not to cater to Israeli apartheid. You can help by sending a principled appeal on social media calling on the chefs to cancel their participation. Send them messages on Twitter or in their 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.

7132 Silver, Swiss Alps
Twitter: @7132Hotel
Chef Sven Wassmer

Andreu Genestra, Mallorca
Chef Andreu Genestra Garcia
Twitter: @AndreuGenestra

L’Air du Temps, Éghezée
Chef Sang Hoon Degeimbre
Twitter: @degsan

Maido, Lima
Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura has withdrawn
Twitter: @Mitsuharu_maido

El Sud 777, Mexico City
Twitter: @Sud777Mx
Chef Edgar Nuñez
Twitter: @EdgarNunezM  

Ricard Camarena Restaurant, Valencia
Chef Ricard Camarena
Twitter: @RicardCamarena

Little Social, London
Chef Jason Atherton, Head-chef Cary Docherty
Twitter: @carydocherty

Aniar, Galway
Chef JP McMahon, restaurateur Drigin Gaffey have withdrawn
Twitter: @mistereatgalway

The Elephant, Torquay
Chef Simon Hulstone
Twitter: @Hulstone

Loch Bay, Stein, Isle of Skye
Chefs Michael and Laurence Smith
Twitter: @KiltKuisine

Kadeau, Copenhagen
Chef Nicolai Nørregaard
Twitter: @NicolaiKadeau

Pok Pok, New York
Chef Andy Ricker
Twitter: @pawkhrua

Il Desco, Verona
Chefs Elia & Matteo Rizzo

Xemei, Barcelona
Chefs Stefano & Max Colombo


Sample tweets/posts

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

Cancel participation in #ApartheidRoundTables propaganda culinary event while Israel oppresses Palestinians

Cancel #ApartheidRoundTables propaganda event sponsored by illegal Israeli settlement business

#FarmToTable? Palestinians want to get to their farms! Cancel Tel Aviv #ApartheidRoundTables

#FarmToTable? Palestinians want to harvest their olives! Cancel Tel Aviv #ApartheidRoundTables

While you cook in Tel Aviv, Israel counts calories 4 Palestinians in Gaza. #ApartheidRoundTables

#ApartheidRoundTables whitewashes Israel’s crimes against Palestinians. Don’t be complicit.


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




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