Harvard ‘deeply troubled’ by row over Israeli buffet

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By CHARLES BYBELEZER 09/11/2012
Business School responds to former student’s criticism, description of Israeli dining station as affront to Arabs.
Harvard Business School is “deeply troubled” for having offended Arab  sensibilities due to the mischaracterization of various foods appearing on the  menu of the dining room’s Israeli Mezze Station, Brian Kenny, chief marketing  and communications officer of the school, was quoted by Al-Arabiya as saying  Friday.

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The controversy over the Israeli food station arose after  Lebanese Harvard graduate Sara el-Yafi on October 28 posted to her Facebook page  a letter of protest to the university describing the Israeli buffet’s menu as an  affront to Arabs, as such foods as humous and couscous are not of Israeli  origin.

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“That ‘Israeli Mezze Station” is the ultimate multicultural,  multireligious ‘f*** you’ in the face of ALL Arabs at once from North Africa to  the Levant,” el- Yafi wrote.
“Israel already has a hard time keeping face  in the Arab world for the way it has ‘appropriated’ its lands since 1948, don’t  make it worse for them by having them appropriate other peoples’ foods as well,” she added.

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El-Yafi also pointed out that haloumi cheese is in fact “Cypriot,” and therefore “until Cyprus becomes another conquered Israeli  territory, haloumi is considered NOT Israeli.”
She concluded that at the  very least the buffet should be renamed “Mediterranean Mezze Station.”

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In  response to el-Yafi’s Facebook protest, which as of Friday had garnered more  than 4,500 “likes,” Kenny reportedly said that “we are deeply troubled that we  offended anybody by doing this buffet item, particularly considering that our  reason for doing the international buffet each day is to celebrate cultural  diversity.”

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“We’ve been following the comments and the [Facebook] posts,” Kenny continued, which have “prompted us to have some extensive conversations  here internally… to understand how this happened and to make sure that it  doesn’t happen again.

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