BDS Activists Celebrate Celebrity Chef’s Withdrawal from Israel Event

BDS Activists Celebrate Celebrity Chef’s Withdrawal from Israel Event

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BY: Washington Free Beacon StaffNovember 8, 2018 5:28 pmCelebrity chef Gabrielle Hamilton withdrew this week from a planned culinary event in Tel Aviv, delighting anti-Israel activists.Hamilton, an award-winning chef and the owner of Prune,  had been set to feature at the upcoming Round Tables tour. Round Tables, now in its fourth year, is an annual culinary festival held in Israel. Sponsors include private organizations like American Express and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Hamilton would not comment on her decision to withdraw.In comments to the Jerusalem Post, Round Tables co-founder Yair Bekier explained that this year’s event would highlight the role of women and their contributions to the culinary world:This is the fourth year in which we have held the exciting meeting of chefs from all over the world, the local culinary endeavor and the creation of fascinating cultural ties that strengthens Israel’s status as a gastronomic capital on a global scale.
This year, we decided to bring the women to the forefront of the stage, to raise awareness of the importance of women in the field and to create a bridge of creativity, one that combines the best chefs with raw materials, local culinary trends, and of course the most talented artists ....

"It is not too late for the remaining chefs to stand on the right side of history and cancel their participation in Round Tables."Despite recent victories, BDS activists have hardly turned the tide.
Though some public figures and companies have heeded their call and avoided Israel, most have not. In addition to strong pro-Israel support from federal officials, half of U.S. states have passed laws formally opposing anti-Israel boycotts. The Israeli minister in charge of opposing BDS, Gilad Erdan, told visiting American businessmen that Israel was thriving despite the opposition."From an economic perspective, the so-called BDS has been a failure, " Erdan told the Evangelical Christian audience. .

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