Chef Gabrielle Hamilton and her team withdrew from the Israeli Round Table Festival, scheduled for Sunday, November 11 in Tel Aviv.
90 chefs and culinary figures appealed to Hamilton and other chefs to withdraw from the Round Tables and took into account the leadership of Palestinian women, farmers and employee organizations.
Round Tables is part of the "gastro-diplomacy" activities of the Israeli government, aimed at diverting the attention of the Israeli theft of Palestinian land and food sources.
Hamilton is the owner of PRUNE in New York. She received the James Beard award for the best chef in NYC in 2011 and an excellent chef in 2018.
Hamilton is the third chef to retire from Round Tables 2018 – Female Edition. Ana RoÅ¡, chef of HiÅ¡a Franko in Slovenia, canceled her participation and events for Isa Mazzocchi, chef at Ristorante La Palta in Italy, no longer on the Round Tables website.
Round Tables collaborates with the far-right Israeli government and with companies involved in illegal settlements in Israel built on stolen land.
But the â € ~ gastro-diplomaticâ € ™ mask of Israel is losing weight as the state anchors its extremely violent policies and racist laws. The number of participating chefs at round tables has steadily declined, from 16 in 2016 to just eight in 2018. Every edition saw prominent chefs withdraw from the appeal of human rights organizations and culinary figures.
It seems that Israel has dominated its gastropropaganda festival.
It is not too late for the remaining chefs to stand on the right side of history and cancel their participation in round tables.
We call on Judy Joo, Maca De Castro, Elena Reygadas, Leo Espinosa and Tanja Grandits to do the right thing.
Donâ € ™ t partner with apartheid.
-The Palestinian campaign for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel (PACBI)
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