Falafel Potlatch

May 13, 2010

5,173 kilos of falafel (Photo: AFP)

The potlatch is a festival or ceremony practiced among Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. At these gatherings a family or hereditary leader hosts guests in their family’s house and holds a feast for their guests. The main purpose of the potlatch is the re-distribution and reciprocity of wealth.

according to  en.wikipedia.org 

A day after firing a 10-ton hummus broadside

in a food fight with Israel, chefs in Lebanon weighed in with another first for a Guinness record on Sunday – five tons of falafel.

More than 300 chefs mixed a ton of chickpeas with an equal portion of broad beans, adding onions, garlic, coriander, onion, pepper and cumin to concoct 5,173 kilos (11,381 pounds) of falafel, a deep-fried patty popular in Lebanon and many parts of the Middle East.

With a Guinness World Records representative at hand to record the feat, organizers said it was the first time any country had tried to set such a high-frying falafel record.

On Saturday, Lebanon claimed another victory in its continuing battle with Israel over which country can make the largest plate of the chickpea delicacy hummus – with a 10-ton platter.

More than 300 chefs in Beirut set the new record for hummus, which the Lebanese say is their national dish despite Israeli claims, in the presence of a Guinness World Records representative who confirmed its weight at 10,452 kilos (22,994 pounds).

In January, 50 chefs in the Arab-Israeli village of Abu Ghosh near Jerusalem mashed up
more than four tons of hummus, beating the record set in Lebanon just months previously.

Hummus is a dip made of chickpeas, sesame paste, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic.

The hummus and falafel salvo came amid a gastronomic fight between two countries still technically at war.

Falafel, like hummus and tabbouleh (chopped tomato, onion, parsley, bruised grain salad), are the objects of a cultural quarrel between Israel and Lebanon.

Israel exports hummus widely, and is accused of claiming an Arab dish as its own. Lebanon set the tabbouleh record last year.
via ynetnews.com

this is not a healthy cultural pattern 

Within Potlatch, hierarchical relations within and between clans, villages, and nations, are observed and reinforced through the distribution or sometimes destruction of wealth, dance performances, and other ceremonies. The status of any given family is raised not by who has the most resources, but by who distributes the most resources. The hosts demonstrate their wealth and prominence through giving away goods. Chief O’wax̱a̱laga̱lis of the Kwagu’ł describes the potlatch in his famous speech to anthropologist Franz Boas,

“We will dance when our laws command us to dance, and we will feast when our hearts desire to feast. Do we ask the white man, ‘Do as the Indian does?’ It is a strict law that bids us dance. It is a strict law that bids us distribute our property among our friends and neighbors. It is a good law. Let the white man observe his law; we shall observe ours. And now, if you come to forbid us dance, be gone. If not, you will be welcome to us.”

The Kwakwaka’wakw continue the practice of potlatch. Illustrated here is Wawadit’la in Thunderbird Park, Victoria, BC, (aka Mungo Martin House) a Kwakwaka’wakw “big house” built by Chief Mungo Martin in 1953. Very wealthy prominent hosts would have a longhouse specifically for potlatching and for housing guests.

like most Socialism… this ceremony killed and caused starvations.

Screw the damn Falafel… 

food is being thrown out:

Note how at the end, Kevin Flower makes the comment that the ‘Palestinians’ are trying to motivate their ‘people’ “to buy more of their own locally produced goods and services.” That’s nonsense. This is not like a “buy American” campaign. If the ‘Palestinians’ could, they would boycott Israeli products altogether, but they cannot because there are many Israeli products that they cannot get – or cannot get of the same quality – elsewhere. This isn’t about ‘buying Palestinian’ because there’s no ‘Palestinian’ to buy. This is about trying to hurt Israel economically.