Photo Credit: PA TV via PMW
"Israel has stolen our clothing, our keffiyeh, our falafel, and our hummus."

Official Palestinian Authority TV this month brought new meaning to the word, “imagination” with a claim made on one of its programs broadcast from Ramallah.

The management of PA TV – that is, the Palestinian Authority government which oversees the television network – pulled out all the stops in a desperate attempt to convince its viewers that Israel is evil, all the way down to the very last nibble.


“We are talking about a brutal attack against the Palestinian heritage in general, including Palestinian foods,” the official PA TV reporter said on the October 3, 2018 edition of the program, ‘Palestine This Morning,’ broadcast from the studios of PA TV, and translated by media watchdog Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

As PMW points out, the program narrative is part of the overall Palestinian Authority lie that there is no Jewish history anywhere in the Land of Israel in general, and in Jerusalem in particular.

The PA falsely claims that everything in the land testifies to a “Palestinian history,” and to justify this goes to great lengths to falsify such a “Palestinian history.” The accusation that Israel has “stolen” the falafel and the hummus, which is Middle Eastern in its origin, is part of the PA’s denial of the existence of anything that can be associated with Jewish or Israeli history, and at the same time presenting everything as part of “Palestinian history.”

Palestinian Media Watch has documented this and similar accusations numerous times.

While denying the authenticity of a clay impression of the royal seal of King Hezekiah of Judah (727-698 BCE) found in 2015 at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, Fatah Central Committee member Muhammad Shtayyeh added that Israel also “fabricated the falafel.”

A PA Parliament member also complained that Israel has “falsified [the origin of] the falafel ball,” and a columnist in the official PA daily wrote that Israel has “stolen our clothing, our keffiyeh, our falafel, and our hummus.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.