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Falafels For You And Me

They live side by side



unknown to one and the other

except for a few

they walk side by side

breathing the same air

saying to one another ” This ain’t fair,”

appearing to be enemies

crossing all their t’s…


they are FRIENDS

more in common than just Jerusalem

they will sway, one day

the world towards peace.


Happy friendship (Valentine’s) day to the globe


Below From www.wikipedia.org

Falafel grew to become a common form of street food or fast food in the Middle East.[20] The croquettes are regularly eaten as part of meze. During Ramadan, falafel balls are sometimes eaten as part of the iftar, the meal that breaks the daily fast after sunset.[7] Falafel became so popular that McDonald’s now serves a “McFalafel” in some countries.[21] It is still popular with the Copts, who cook large volumes during religious holidays.[22] Debates over the origin of falafel have sometimes devolved into political discussions about the relationship between Arabs and Israelis.[13]

While falafel is not a specifically Jewish dish, it was eaten by Mizrahi Jews in their countries of origin.[1][13] Later, it was adopted by early Jewish immigrants to Palestine.[23] Due to its being entirely plant based, it is considered parve under Jewish dietary laws and gained acceptance with Jews because it could be eaten with meat or dairy meals.[24] Falafel is now an iconic part of Israeli cuisine and often referred to as a national dish.[23] This has led to resentment by Palestinians and assertions of copyright infringement by the Lebanese Industrialists’ Association.[13][14][25]

On May 9, 2010, in Beirut, more than 300 Lebanese chefs prepared 5,173 kilograms (11,400 lb) of falafel mixture. A Guinness World Records representative was present to record the feat.[26] On May 21, 2010, an Israeli chef in New York set a world record for the largest falafel ball, weighing in at 10.9 kilograms (24 lb) and with a circumference of more than a meter (3.3 ft); it was reported the ball is expected to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.[27] This record was broken by a 52.8 pound falafel made by chefs at the Santa Clarita Jewish Festival on May 15, 2011.[28]

Below from www.about.com

 Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oil for frying


Place dried chickpeas in a bowl, covering with cold water. Allow to soak overnight. Omit this step if using canned beans.Drain chickpeas, and place in pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil.Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour.

Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour.

Mash chickpeas, ensuring to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste.

Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Slightly flatten.

Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).

Serve hot.

Serving Suggestion
Falafel can be served as an appetizer with hummus and tahini, or as a main course. Stuff pita bread with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, tahini, salt and pepper. As an alternative, falafel can be formed into patties and served like a burger.

Serves 4.

[blockquote shade=grur]In Response to jellopool:
I am sorry to hear that this recipe did not live up to your expectations. There are many factors that go into good falafel – quality of the beans, whether you mash by hand or food processor, etc. This recipes does call for 2 tablespoons of flour, however, if you find your falafel is falling apart, by all means use more, but add a little at time. Egg is also an acceptable binding agent, but only use 1 egg. I am a native Middle Easterner and use this recipe all the time.
Saad Fayed, Your Guide to Middle Eastern Food

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President Abbas Working For A Non-violent Solution to Peace Process Impasse

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“We will get full membership no matter how long it will take and regardless of the obstacles,” he said. “We will ask the world for our right, which have been long forgotten.”

Abbas reemphasized that the goal of joining the United Nations is not to isolate or de-legitimize Israel, but rather to “isolate and de-legitimize Israel’s policies in the world.”

He also said that the Palestinians look at the United States as a friend in spite of its pro-Israel policies.

He added that the non-violent resistance was meant as a constant reminder to the world that Israel continues to occupy Palestinian land.

Abbas said he would meet Hamas leader Khaled Mishaal on November23 to discuss implementation of an Egyptian-brokered unity agreement between his Fatah party and its rival Islamist movement, which controls the Gaza Strip.

– President Abbas of Palestine

Above from www.haaretz.com


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Poem – A Piece Of Peace

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Peace takes time

as long as there is talking

and walking,

peace will chime

across the Middle East—

bringing the sublime

Two peoples with one goal,






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The G-8 State Their Case For Peace In The Middle East

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The  G- 8 summit participants released a collection of statements that present a review  of the current Mid-East peace process.  They are listed below,


From www.americanthinker.com


June 27, 2010

G-8 Leaders Send Love Note To Bibi — But Where Are The Media?

Leo Rennert

The Group of Eight summit in Canada issued a communiqué on June 26 that is remarkably favorable and supportive of Israel’s stance on Gaza and the peace process.
The communique, which expresses the views of the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Germany France, Italy and Russia, deals with major global issues and challenges, among them the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 
Here’s what it has to say on that topic:
1.  It calls for moving from current proximity talks ,with U.S. envoy George Mitchell having to shuttle between the parties, to direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians  — something  that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has steadfastly resisted, but  a course Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has advocated for many months. 
2.  It expresses deep regret at the loss of life during the May 31 flotilla incident, but pointedly does not  hold Israel  responsible  for the lethal outcome  — a slap at Turkish, UN and Arab leaders who immediately blamed Israel in disregard of clear evidence that violence-bent radical passengers brutally beat Israeli commandos before a single shot was fired.   
3.  It “welcomes” Israel’s creation of an independent public commission to investigate the flotilla events, with international participation, and expects it will bring to light all the facts.  There is no mention in the communiqué of any need for a separate international/UN inquiry a la Goldstone kangaroo court, as favored by Abbas but rejected by Netanyahu. 
4.  It “welcomes” the Israeli Cabinet’s announcement of a new embargo policy that allows more civilian goods into Gaza “as a positive development ” — another pat on Bibi’s back.
5.  It  acknowledges Gaza’s needs for reconstruction materials and  greater economic activity, but does so  in the context of “legitimate security concerns of Israel that must continue to be safeguarded.”
6.  It calls for the “immediate release” of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier kidnapped 4 years ago by Hamas and other terror groups operating in Gaza. .
While the communiqué states that “current arrangements” for humanitarian aid to Gaza are “not sustainable and must be changed,” it does so while applauding Israel’s policy change to more expansive movement of goods into Gaza.
All in all, considering the withering denunciations of Israel that reached new heights after the flotilla incident, this is a refreshing and positive new attitude toward Israel by some of the world’s leading powers.  For Netanyahu, It’s a major diploamtic and public-relations success.
Which may explain why neither the New York Times nor the Washington Post reported it in their June 27 editions

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Palestinian Investment Council Meeting June 2-3

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Over 1,000 businessmen from abroad will meet to review investment opportunities in Palestine.


FROM,      Khaleej Times Online


Abbas to meet US envoy on June 2: Palestinians (AFP)

30 May 2010, RAMALLAH, West Bank –

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will hold talks with US Middle East envoy George Mitchell next week, a senior Palestinian official told AFP on Sunday.

“They will meet in Bethlehem at 6:00 pm (1500 GMT),” on June 2, he said on condition of anonymity.  


The two will meet on the sidelines of the 2010 Palestine Investment Conference which is taking place in the southern West Bank town from June 2-3.  

The conference, which will take place at the Convention Palace in Bethlehem, will host Palestinian delegates from the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip alongside 1,000 businessmen from abroad.  

Mitchell is visiting the region every few weeks to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as part of the indirect peace talks which were launched on May 9.  





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UN Meeting To Discuss Attack of Civilians On Aid Convoy Headed To Gaza

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The technique of collective punishment such as the blockade on Gaza that the Israeli government is currently using against the citizenry of Gaza, serves no purpose other than to exacerbate the crisis.

Collective punishment is the punishment of a group of people as a result of the behavior of one or more other individuals or groups. The punished group may often have no direct association with the other individuals or groups, or direct control over their actions. In times of war and armed conflict, collective punishment has resulted in atrocities, and is a violation of the laws of war and the Geneva Conventions. Historically, occupying powers have used collective punishment to retaliate against and deter attacks on their forces by resistance movements (e.g. destroying whole towns and villages where attacks have taken place).  FROM WIKIPEDIA


The United Nations is currently meeting to discuss the incident.


FROM www.voanews.com – Voice Of America

Middle East Raid on Aid Flotilla

VOA News 31 May 2010

Israeli Navy soldiers intercept one of several boats headed towards the Gaza Strip, in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, 31 May 2010
Photo: AP

In this image reviewed by the Israeli military and taken aboard an Israeli Naval vessel, Israeli Navy soldiers intercept one of several boats headed towards the Gaza Strip, in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, 31 May 2010

The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting to discuss an Israeli naval raid on an aid flotilla.At least nine passengers were killed, and dozens of others were injured, when Israeli commandos stormed ships bringing aid to the Gaza Strip early Monday.  The flotilla, led by a Turkish ship, was in international waters about 60 kilometers off the coast of Israel when it was intercepted.Israel says seven soldiers also were wounded in the violence.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed regret at the loss of life, but said Israeli troops acted in self-defense.

Israeli Government Spokesman Mark Regev says the activists had weapons and were prepared to attack the commandos when they came aboard the ship.  But representatives of the Free Gaza Movement, which organized the flotilla, described the raid as an attack on civilians, saying the activists did not have violent intentions.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the raid an act of “state terrorism.”  Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Israel and canceled three planned military exercises with Israel to protest the incident.  

The aid ships, carrying more than 600 pro-Palestinian activists and 10,000 tons of supplies, left for Gaza Sunday and defied a radio warning from the Israeli navy not to approach the region.

Organizers from the Free Gaza Movement and a Turkish human rights group said the convoy was carrying medical supplies as well as cement and other building materials, which Israel has banned from entering Gaza because of what it says are security concerns.

Israel has taken the ships to a nearby port to begin deportation procedures for the activists.  It says that after inspection, the humanitarian aid will be transferred to Gaza by land.

 From Voice Of America




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Saturday Night Peace Demonstration in Jerusalem!

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Last saturday night thousands of activists  expressed their hope for peace between Israel and Palestine.  Speeches were given and dreams for peace planted in the city of Jerusalem.

Peace now organized the demonstration – the message they sent out was,


” Peace is more pro-Israel than continued settlement activity .”


 “In the words of former Knesset Member Tzvia Greenfield: “Zionism cannot be subordination and land theft. Zionsim cannot be control over the weak. Judaism is not theft and conquering the weak. That is not Zionism. That is not Jewish.”


“This demonstration is an important milestone in our effort for peace. Israelis are increasingly vocal in their desire to see their government pursue policies that will end the occupation and bring about a two-state solution.”



This is a very important time in the peace movement and those seeking peace in the middle east need all the support we can give.

So, if you care about peace – contact congress and tell them so!





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