DON’T LET YOUR EYES DRY! by Yoko Ono



Dear Humus Bar

What you are doing now is so beautiful, my eyes were filled with tears and I had difficulty reading the report to the end. But I kept wiping my tears and read the whole report since it was so important for me to read it. Thank you for being so brave.

I realized that now, when we get reports of terrible happenings, many people in our society no longer cry. We read a report from scientists that not crying is very bad for your health. Are we becoming a human race which just gets stiff when we see another report of a terrible atrocity in the morning paper?

I hear that there is now a café in Tokyo where you can go explicitly to cry to protect your eyes from drying up. There they have sad films and music we can experience to cry with. What a situation we are making to protect our eyes!

Thank you for letting me cry for your beautiful deed! It’s nice to know that we are all still human – me included.

I love you!

-half of John and Yoko
NYC, October 26th 2015


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The cafe offers a free refill for every serving of hummus, ‘whether you’re Arab, Jewish, Christian, Indian, etc’ [Humus Bar]

Israeli hummus cafe gives Jewish-Arab tables half off

Owner offers free refill to Jews and Palestinian guests dining together, to show that “we’re all human beings”.

by Cajsa Wikstrom, Al Jazeera

A hummus cafe in Israel is giving a 50 percent discount to tables mixing Jewish and Arab diners, in a campaign the owner hopes will bring people together as dozens of people have been killed in Israeli-Palestinian violence this month.

Kobi Tzafrir, the owner of Humus Bar in the town of Kfar Vitkin, initially posted the offer on Facebook.

“With us we don’t have Arabs! But we also don’t have Jews… With us we’ve got human beings! Real excellent Arab hummus! Excellent Jewish falafel!”, the post, which by Monday evening had been shared more than 1,000 times, read.

Tzafrir told Al Jazeera he wanted to show that there are a lot of Arabs and Jews who are not taking part in the violent events reported in the media.

“We want to show that we’re all human beings, just like each other, not so different,” he said over the phone.

מפחדים מערבים? מפחדים מיהודים? אצלנו אין ערבים! אבל אין גם יהודים… אצלנו יש בני אדם! וחומוס ערבי אמיתי ומעולה!…

Posted by ‎חומוס בר – Humus Bar‎ on Monday, 12 October 2015

Tzafrir said at least three tables took up the offer of discounted chickpea paste on Monday. But there were more mixed tables, he said, with some customers turning down the offer to pay less – instead paying the full price to support the initiative.

Even before the offer, Arab guests would come to the cafe from Palestinian towns near Kfar Vitkin.

“A lot of customers now say they have seen the post and they tell me they’ve come to support the idea. Some Arabs come with Jewish friends, some Jewish families come alone. They’re all saying good things.”

In the Facebook post, Tzafrir said the offer, with “a free refill for every serving of hummus, whether you’re Arab, Jewish, Christian, Indian, etc” would be valid for a few days. But after the positive response he received from guests and online, he is now considering to keep the discount, “maybe forever”.

At least 44 Palestinians and eight Israelis have been killed since violence broke out in the beginning of this month over Israeli incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound – Islam’s third holiest place.

Israel’s continued Jewish-only settlements in defiance of international laws have further angered Palestinians.

Palestinian citizens of Israel comprise nearly 20 percent of the population but according to Adalah, a Haifa-based legal centre, they are targeted by more than 50 laws that muzzle their political expression and limit their access to state resources.


Israeli restaurant offers 50 percent hummus discount to Arabs, Jews who dine together

By Melissa Chan, NY Daily News

Free chickpeas for peace!

A popular hummus restaurant in Israel is offering a 50 percent discount this week to any Arab and Jewish diners who share a table and enjoy a meal together.

The Hummus Bar in Tel Aviv hopes the half-off markdown will help bring harmony to the two cultures amid rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions and dozens of deaths during a month-long surge of violence.

“We want to show that we’re all human beings, just like each other, not so different,” owner Kobi Tzafrir told Al Jazeera on Tuesday.

The diversity discount in the Israeli village of Kfar Vitkin has already attracted several customers. Some have even decided to pay the full price in order to support the cause, the news outlet reported.

Tzafrir last week posted his invitation on Facebook, calling on all cultures to come together.

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“Afraid of Arabs? Afraid of Jews? We do not have Arabs! But we also have no Jews … We have people!” he wrote in the post, which has been shared more than 1,000 times.

The offer — which also comes with a free refill for every serving of hummus “whether you’re Arab, Jewish, Christian, Indian, etc.” — started Sunday and is set to end Thursday.

However, Tzafrir is considering extending the discount “forever” after seeing the positive response, he told Al Jazeera.

Nine Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks over the past month as 42 Palestinians died by Israeli fire, according to The Associated Press.

The spiraling unrest over tensions surrounding a Jerusalem holy site scared to Jews and Muslims prompted U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to pay a surprise visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories Tuesday.


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