Investigating Israel Fest’s Falafel Shortage

UMD | Adam Goldberg | May 2, 2016

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Investigating UMD Israel Fest’s Falafel Shortage

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I was there.

I watched as students protested Israel Fest last week. I read the column by the president of the Jewish Student Union, the letter from the protest organizer, and the sponsored content that J-Street placed in the Diamondback.

But all of these guest opinions have missed the point. Here is the REAL story the media is too afraid to tell you about: what happened to the falafel stand?

The Jewish Student Union (JSU) announces that they are going to put on an event for thousands of people, and they run out of falafel after a measly two hours?

What happened here? If the Maryland community really wants to promote an open dialogue as they claim, why am I the only person strong enough to ask the hard-hitting questions? Why won’t the media cover the real issue? What are they trying to hide?

JSU calls this a “cultural event.” Food is a distinct part of Israeli culture. Here’s a bright idea: SERVE MORE FREE FOOD.

I call on JSU to realize the needs of students. Students are offered free, delicious food sometimes only once per week. Simply denying students access to free cuisine because “they already served 200 pounds of falafel balls” is not sufficient.

Don’t get me started on the protesters. If you’re going to protest an event, at least bring some hummus and pita. Maybe it’s the end of Passover talking, but had the protesters brought out a sizzling plate of pita and roasted pine nut hummus, the interruption would have been much easier to swallow.

These protestors orchestrated a “die in.” You know what I would die for? Squeezing tahini sauce on a falafel platter full of baba ghanoush oozing with slippery tomatoes and diced cucumbers. I’d do disgusting things for that.

I look at this conflict and I see two states: hungry and satisfied. I don’t care whose side you’re on; the casual disregard for Falafel availability is concerning–and I will not stand idly by if this occurs next year.