By Liora Gvion
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Many of them felt it was not proper for a Jewish Israeli woman to penetrate the Palestinian kitchen. “Their cuisine is for them to study” was a sentence I heard throughout my fieldwork. No answers were given to my questions: Why is it okay for Jews in general, and Jewish men in particular, to study Palestinians’ political views, voting patterns, incomes, or educational achievements—but not their culinary culture? Why would my study encourage the appropriation of Palestinian dishes, while studies on marriage or family patterns were not seen as an obstacle to women’s mobility or a questioning of their virtues?
Cooking, Arab. 2. Food habits—Social aspects—Israel. 3. Palestinian Arabs—Israel—Attitudes. I. Title. 1′2095694—dc23 2012026489 Manufactured in the United States of America 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 In keeping with a commitment to support environmentally responsible and sustainable printing practices, UC Press has printed this book on 50-pound Enterprise, a 30% post-consumer-waste, recycled, deinked fiber that is processed chlorine-free. 48) requirements. In memory of my parents: Margalit Gvion (born as Paula Heitner) and Raphael Gvion (born as Felix Grynbaum) Contents Preface to the American Edition Preface to the Original Edition: As If We Were Eskimos—A Most Personal Opening Introduction: Food, Ethnicity, and Identity PART ONE.
Simultaneously, the very limited adoption of Palestinian dishes into the Jewish Israeli kitchen is interpreted by Palestinians as a symbolic expression of the lack of respect and interest exhibited by the Jewish public towards Arabic-Palestinian culture. This lack of respect leads to an unwillingness to regard Palestinian citizens of Israel as an ethnic group entitled to realize its civil and political rights in full. THE CULINARY MANIFESTATIONS OF NATIONAL AND ETHNIC IDENTITIES Studies have looked at the role that food plays in the process of identity formation among immigrants, minorities, and ethnic communities.