Eatery Serves Food In Anti-Israel/Pro-Palestinian Wrapper… Funded By Heinz Endowment

"Take out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict.”

A new restaurant that seeks to educate the public by handing out food wrapped in  pro-Palestinians quotes defending terrorism and bashing Israel has received funding from The Heinz Endowment, the organization started by Secretary of State John Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz. 

Conflict Kitchen, located in Pittsburg at the intersection of Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh, is a “take out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict.”

Their current “conflict cuisine menu” is Palestinian and the quotes on the wrapper are “taken directly from interviews we conducted with Palestinians living in both Palestine and the United States.”

Each quote comes under a certain topic.  Take the “Settlements” issue in Israel.  On that they write, “The Israeli settlements in the West Bank perform three functions.  The first is territorial; its about fragmenting and isolating Palestinian communities.  The second is to control the distribution of resources.  Water, land and government serves are taken away from Palestinians and given to Jewish settlers.  The third is surveillance.  In the Occupied Territories, all the settlements are on hills; this gives them a military advantage and lets the settlers watch the Palestinians. “

They also write about “Resistance.”  The wrapper says, “We have protests at the wall every Friday in Bil’in.  We film them and upload them to YouTube.  At one protest, Israeli soldiers aimed tear gas canisters directly at protesters only a few meters away.  When they shot our friend Bassim, it made a big hole in his chest and killed him.  The canister was made in Western Pennsylvania; you can see that printed on the side.  How can you compare Israeli F-16s, which are some of the best military planes in the world, to a few hundred homemade rockets?  You have 1.8 million people in an area half the size of New York City, but without proper housing, water or infrastructure, and no way to make a living. They are banned from dealing with anyone outside Gaza. You’re pushing them to the absolute extreme. So what do you expect? Palestinians are not going to just let you in and drop their arms. No, they’re going to kill and they are going to die. ”

Another one reads, “When the Palestinian Authority (PA) was created in 1994, the Occupied Territories were divided into three zones. Zone A (17%) includes the main cities in the West Bank and Gaza where the Palestinians were given authority to run the civil administration and security control in this area. In Zone B (22%), which includes those cities’ surrounding villages, the PA runs civil administration and security is supposed to be shared between Palestine and Israel. Zone C— the largest part (61%)—is completely under Israeli control. We can’t do anything over there without getting permits from the Israelis: we can’t build, can’t plant crops, can’t leave.”

And at the bottom in tiny letters is the most shocking statement written on the wrapper.  It reads, “Conflict Kitchen is funded through food sales, as well as support from The Sprout Fund, the Heinz Endowment, The Benter Foundation and the Studio for Creative Inquiry.”

The Heinz Endowment is an organization founded by Teresa Heinz Kerry.  A spokesman for the HE told the Washington Free Beacon “that it gave Conflict Kitchen a $50,000 grant last April to support its relocation to another site in Pittsburgh” but declined to address whether they will continue supporting the eatery and added “the opinions of Conflict Kitchen do not represent those of the Heinz Endowment.”

The Washington Free Beacon writes, “According to Conflict Kitchen’s Palestinian leaflets, it also receives funding from the Sprout Fund, the Benter Foundation, and the Studio for Creative Inquiry. The Benter Foundation is run by horse-racing tycoon and Democracy Alliance member Bill Benter, who was revealed to be a major funder of liberal Middle East lobbying group J Street in 2010.”

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