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Foundation Run by Kerry's Wife Funds Anti-Israel Eatery

Foundation Run by Kerry's Wife Funds Anti-Israel Eatery
Teresa Heinz Kerry. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 24 October 2014 04:58 PM

A foundation chaired by Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, who is deeply involved in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, is funding a radical anti-Israel, anti-American snack bar near the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh University campuses.

The restaurant, Conflict Kitchen, which proudly boasts that it serves food only from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict, received a $50,000 grant from the Heinz Endowment in April to assist it in moving locations.

However, the restaurant lately has been serving its hummus and baba ghanoush sandwiches in propaganda wrappers that carry quotes from Palestinians opposing the existence of the state of Israel and has hosted panel discussions featuring pro-Palestinian speakers, in which supporters of the Jewish community and Israel have not been allowed to participate by the restaurant's owners, the Free Beacon reports.

A spokesman for Heinz confirmed to the Free Beacon that the organization has been funding Conflict Kitchen, and stated, "The opinions of Conflict Kitchen do not represent those of the Heinz Endowment."

Capital Research, which tracks foundations, stated on its website, "Mrs. Kerry has funneled millions of dollars to radical left-wing environmentalists."

"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’re pushing them (Palestinians) to the absolute extreme. So what do you expect?" one food wrapper states, the Free Beacon notes.

"Palestinians are not going to just let (Israel) in and drop their arms. No, they’re going to kill and they are going to die."

The wrappers call the establishment of Israel "an intentional and ongoing offensive."

Conflict Kitchen is run by art professor Jon Rubin and a former student Dawn Weleski. When the kitchen hosted a panel discussion featuring University of Pittsburgh professor Ken Boas, chair of the board of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA, controversy erupted. Boas has been known to compare Israel's attitude toward Palestinians with South African-style apartheid and racism.

"Israel needs to be held accountable for what it’s done and what it’s doing," Boas said. "This is not a symmetrical issue. Israel is the occupying force, and the Palestinians are the occupied people," the Jewish Chronicle reported.

The panel discussions also featured Palestinian activist Laila El-Haddad, who supports a boycott against Israel, the Free Beacon noted.

When Gregg Roman of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh asked to be on the panel to give the Israeli side, he was denied, Pitt News reported.

"This is not about the Israeli point of view or the Palestinian point of view,” Roman told the Jewish Chronicle. "This is about who chooses to pursue ventures that lead to making peace and those individuals and organizations that would rather pursue their own political agendas that actually end up harming efforts to make peace."

"We were flat out rejected," he told the Free Beacon.

However, Boas told the Chronicle, "You’re having trouble hearing one side to the story, but for a lifetime we’ve been hearing one side, from The Jewish Chronicle to The New York Times. Why do we continually have to have balance and get into debates and have discussions?"

The restaurant's website states, "Conflict Kitchen is a restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict" and notes that it has served foods from Afghanistan, North Korea, Cuba, Iran and Venezuela.

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A foundation chaired by Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, is funding a radical anti-Israel, anti-American snack bar near the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh University campuses.
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