A Palestinian dessert that was featured on the menu of a restaurant in the West Bank city of Hebron has sparked outrage, with some people calling for the Palestinian cultural event to be cancelled.
The popular Apple dessert, which features sweet and savory versions of fruit and nuts, was part of the menu at the Olive Garden restaurant on Friday night.
The dessert is meant to represent Palestinian culture, but many Israelis have condemned the event, saying it promotes hate and division.
In a Facebook post, the restaurant’s owner, Shira Fakhrabi, wrote that Apple was part and parcel of the Palestinian diaspora.
“Apple is part of a culture that has existed for millennia and in which the Palestinians have lived and enjoyed,” she wrote.
“This is a cultural event that should be cancelled by the Palestinian people, and a cultural festival should not be promoted to the Palestinian community.”
Her comments drew widespread condemnation on social media.
It was a cultural and spiritual event, and an important part of our culture, Fakhri said.
Palestinians are the most ethnically and religiously diverse people on the planet, she added.
The popular dessert has drawn widespread condemnation, including from Israeli politicians.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinian Authority to immediately cancel the event.