Mondoweiss: ‘Pittsburgh’s “Conflict Kitchen” is latest battleground over Palestine, free speech and criticism of Israel’

‘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’

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 11.40.17The ‘Conflict Kitchen’ in Pittsburgh.


On 13 November 2014, positive news came in from Pittsburgh:
‘We want to thank you for supporting Conflict Kitchen (, 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.
‘Thank you,
‘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:


On 11 November 2014, when trying to sign a petition, this was the response:
Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 11.42.33One wondered whether MoveOn were buckling under pressure from the Jewish lobby?


About Oban Concern for Palestine

. . . supporting people in Palestine and Israel who oppose the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Oban Concern for Palestine are a group of Argyll residents who share an interest in Palestine, a friendship with its people and a deep concern for their welfare. And, for the sake of Israel, we want to encourage the government of Israel to comply with international law. Oban Concern for Palestine believe that the oppression of the Palestinian people is a grave wrong, that the government of Israel is in violation of international law, and that we have a duty to speak up and do what we can to bring it to an end. We welcome new members and supporters. For more information, please contact obanconcern4palestine AT gmail DOT com • +44 7747 300 062 • Oban Concern for Palestine, c/o Stronchriach, Rowan Road, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5TY, UK
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