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Anthony Bourdain: The World Has Robbed Palestinians ‘of Their Basic Humanity’

Palestinian national soccer team

Players of the Palestinian national soccer team prepare for a match against the Jordanian national team in Aram, West Bank. (AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

I like Anthony Bourdain but only watch his weekly TV series, past and present, when I see he’s visiting one of my areas of interest. So, yes, I did catch that excellent episode of his Parts Unknown on Israel and Palestine last September. And now he’s won a top “Courage and Conscience” award from MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council) for it.

Here’s a fine review with two clips from the show, as he travels from the Wailing Wall to Gaza to an Israeli settlement. Bourdain, by the way, was born half-Jewish.

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Posted below: his brief, heartfelt, acceptance speech on humanity and the Palestinians. Excerpt:

We show regular people doing everyday things–cooking and enjoying meals… It is a measure, I guess, of how twisted and shallow our depiction of the people is that these images come as a shock to so many. The world has visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people, none more shameful than robbing them of their basic humanity.

Greg Mitchell blogs daily, sometimes hourly, at his Pressing Issues.


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