Please express your support the Conflict Kitchen, an imaginative take-away kitchen in Pittsburgh, which for a wee while was forced to close amid death threats for serving Palestinian food.’
For the background story, please see Mondoweiss: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/11/pittsburghs-battleground-palestine#sthash.WQSHPJt7.dpuf
‘As mentioned in the previous e-mail, our campaign was successful and thanks in part to your support Conflict Kitchen is now open. This morning, an op-ed describing the campaign was published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette [see end for link]. We expect that the newspaper will get significant criticism from the Jewish Federation for publishing an op-ed so directly critical of their involvement in the campaign against Conflict Kitchen. What we would like to ask from you is that you read the op-ed [see end for link]. If you like it, please leave a supportive comment, like it on Facebook, share it on twitter or e-mail us. These expressions of support will show the editors that the op-ed represents a large constituency and encourage them to accept op-eds expressing similar positions in the future.
‘Thanks again for your support.
‘Michael and Naftali’
On 13 November 2014, positive news came in from Pittsburgh:
‘We want to thank you for supporting Conflict Kitchen (http://conflictkitchen.org/), the unique takeout restaurant in Pittsburgh whose only sin was that it provided Palestinian food and Palestinian Points of view.
‘The campaign of attacks, launched by the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh and B’nai Brith, framed the food and activities around it as ‘anti-Israeli’ or ‘supporting terror’, requested representation at Conflict Kitchen events, and tried to take away grant funding.
‘When death threats were sent to the restaurant’s owner, he decided to close it for a few days and the attack campaign blew up in the face of its organizers. The groundswell of public support forced the Jewish Federation and B’nai Brith to issue press releases denouncing violence and supporting free speech and the restaurant had just reopened.
‘You played a significant part in this amazing victory – within 24 hours we had over 1500 (!) signatures on this petition.
‘The petition will stay active at
but will be delivered to the Pittsburgh’s mayor office, the Jewish Federation, and also to the team at Conflict Kitchen as soon as possible.
‘Naftali and Michael’
On 12 November 2014, it was good to see Moveon DOT org having re-activated the petition to Bill Peduto, Mayor Of Pittsburgh and Jeff Finkelstein, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh titled “Denounce Campaign to Suppress Palestinian Voices and Food in Pittsburgh”.
Read full text and sign here: