"Nasser's campaign began when he heard from a friend who had flown in from the U.S. that the Israeli national airline, El Al, had served mosakhen, a dish made of bread, chicken and onion spiced with purple summak, as an "Israel national dish".
"That was hard to digest. Everyone knows mosakhen is Palestinian. They've tried that before, with hummous (the famed Mideast chick pea paste), and falafel (fried chick peas in a pitta bread sandwich). It's below the belt," says the Palestinian-born New Yorker, who came back to his homeland in the peace years of the early '90s.
"Israeli chutzpah (cheek) at its worst, I call it," he adds, "I had to ruin their tasteless assault, to cook up something that would instead celebrate our Palestinian national culture and identity in the world."" (Thanks Marcy)