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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 26, 2013 PAGE 13A Linda Gradstein The Media Line JERUSALEM--Several dozen Israelis - families, singles, religious, secular'-- sit on small rattan stoolson Prophet's Street in Jerusalem scooping up gado-gado with chopsticks• Gado-gado,. for the uninitiated, is a vegeta- ble-noodle dish with a curry- and-coconut milk sauce• So what does an Indonesian dish have to do with summer nights and •culture in the capital? The delicacy is being offered by Foodtrip, served out of a food truck as part of the Jerusalem Season of Culture ~- a month-long festival of art, music and foodin the city. The answer can be traced to Dana Weiss, an Israeli television personality and documentary filmmaker, who suggested the dish and who, along with her three sons, was serving it as well. Each night, a different Is- raeli personality suggests the pai~ing of the dish and the neighborhood. "My grandmother was born in Indonesia, which was then a Dutch colony," Weiss told The Media Line. "When my morn wanted to • do something special for us, she'd cook Indonesian food. It~brings back memories of my grandmother•" Today, Weiss lives in Tel Aviv, but she was born on Ethiopia Street, just across the street from where the food truck was parked• "This is what Jerusalem should be--open, afford- able and joyful," Weiss said, looking around at everyone eating as the truck's speak- ers blasted Israeli pop music. "Even though I left 16 years ago, I still love Jerusalem•" The food truck will be parked in a different neigh- borhood for each of 24 nights in July and August. On several •nights they will also park in east Jerusalem, the part of the City that Israel acquired in 1967 which has a predominantly Arab population. There, the event will start later in the evening in respect to Muslims who fast until aftel: sunset each night of the holy month of Ramadan• "We were looking for new ways to explore the city of Jerusalem through the arts and other forms of creativity and we see culinary arts as part of culture," Karen Brun- wasser, th~ deputy director of the Jerusalem Season of Culture told The Media Line. not kosher. Granit-says the food truck is both kosher ~nd hallal, meaning it complies with both Jewish and Islamic dietary laws. It is also affordable at under $6 a portion- served in a typi- "We decided to try to tell the cal Chinese food take-away storyofJerusalemwith food." container with chopsticks. Where the truckwill locate and what menu it will serve is kept secret until the day begins. Jerusalem foodies can call a hotline or sign up for e-mail updates. The chef behind the project is Assaf Granit, who presides over Machneyudah, one of Jerusalem's trendiest restau- rants in Machaneh Yehuda, "Yesterday a large ultra- Orthodox family with lots of children came to the food truck and we had a long conversation," Granit told The Media Line. "Where else would I get to meet people like that?" The diners all seemed to be having a good time. "This is just a fun summer Jerusalem's iconic outdoor activity," Sara Dena Drelich, market. The restaurant, who came with her husband where it can take weeks to get and young daughter. "It's re- a reservation, is pricey and ally important that different kinds of people come and meet each other•" Sitting nearby,, two urban 'planners nodded. "It's nice to see a lot of young people, students'and lamilie~ here," Yael Kidron, 30, told The Media Line. "There is a lot of culture going on in Jerusalem and it's getting more and more popular." • The Foodtrip projec[ also plans to put out a recipe book after the event ends. "We are drawing a new map of Jerusalem through its food," Chef Granit told The Media Line. "Jerusalem is -complex and diverse with dif- ferent religions. But everyone ha~ food memories that show the city in its uniqueness and toughness." By Cnaan Liphshiz THE HAGUE, Net ier- lands--The intensity with which Israel reacted last week to new European guide- lines prohibiting support for projects based in disputed territories surprised not only EU diplomats, but also their Israeli counterparts. The guidelines, which pre- clude already nonexistent EU grants to Israeli entities in the West Bank,- Gaza Strip, Golan Heights an4 eastern Jerusalem. prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to convene an emergency meeting .and release a sardonic statement telling Europe to butt out and go deal with Syria or Iran. Other Israeli officials quick- ly followed suit. Housing Minister Uri Ariel compared the guidelines to persecution of Jews prior to the Holocaust. Finance Minister Yair Lapid said it would make peace more difficult to achieve. And Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin said it would only fuel Palestinian rejectionism. "The European Union and its important members have been very careful not to in- vest or incentivize•what they regard as Israeli settlements." a senior Israel diplomat told JTA. "Territorial •clauses ex- ist in virtually all contracts between Israel and the Union•" The diplomat added. "This whole thing is much ado about nothing• I don't know why they are making so much noise about it in Jerusalem." The Israeli outburst over the relatively marginal issue of grants is even more inexpli- cable considering the silence with which Netanyahu's office has greeted similar and seem- ingly more consequential EU resolutions. Netanyahu issued no re- sponse to the EU's recent move to label goods produced in Israeli settlements. Nor did he react to the statement by EU foreign ministers in December saying that agree- ments with the Union don't apply to territories Israel has controlled since 1967. Those with inside knowl- edge of Israel-EU negotiations on this issue offer varying explanations for the apparent inconsistency, including an aggressive attempt at damage control and Israel's supposed \ A~iili¸ ~ :~j: ~i!i:~iiii:i Assaf ShilotIsrael Sun/Flash 90/JTA Israeli Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, left, sampling some halvah last month bt a factory in the West Bank Jewish settlement city of Ariel. interest in escalating a crisis with Europe to diminish its influence on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's peace drive. But whatever Netanyahu's reasons, a knee=jerk reaction to a surprise announcement likely isn't among them, de- spite claims to the contrary in the Israeli media• The four-page guidelines, a copy of which was obtained by JTA. were sent July 5 by the European Commission's Middle East diplomacy chief. Christian Berger, to Israel's mission to the Euro~oean Union. According to a senior diplomat serving in Europe, they were urgently transmit- ted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from there to the Prime Minister's Office• Berger's letter suggests that ISraeli officialsknew about them as early as May 31. The text, which applies to "grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the EU," restricts the support to' "Israeli entities Raving their place of establishment within Israel's pre-1967 t/orders." Their aim is to "ensure the respect of EU positions and commitments in conformity with international law on the non-recognition by the EU of Israel's sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967." tl e docu- ment says. The European Commis- sion, the EU's executive"The truth is no one knows arm, was scheduled to send what these guidelines will the guidelines last Friday to mean on the ground because its various departments for no one knows precisely to .implementation starting in what degree they will be 2014. They apply only-to EU carried out and interpreted." bodies, not individual mem- ber states• Sandra de Waele. deputy head of mission at the EU embassy to Israel~ was baffled by the Israeli reaction• In an interview with the Times of Israel, she confirmed that Israel had known about the document ahead of its release. "If people knew what it was really about, they would be much less upset." she said. When the document reached Jerusalem, it may have raised more questions than it answered, according to Oded Eran, a former Israeli ambassador to the EU and now a senior researcher at Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies. The document's ambiguity, he said, is key to understand Jerusalem worry. A,severe interpretation "could lead to withholding EU funds from institutions within the pre-1967 borders if they employ settlers. Eran said. A mild interpretation would merely formalize the existing situation in which EU institu- tions carefully steer clear of projects based in or directly connected to Israeli activity in disputed territories• Eran said. "It could end up being harmless or cost hun- dreds of millions of euros in grants, or~something in between." Netanyahu's attempts to sound the alarm may be a move to push the European Unionin the milder direction. But other observers connect the storm of thus-far unsuccessful at- tempts to get the Palestinians to return to negotiations and persuade Israel to facilitate the effort with goodwill gestures. "Over the past weeks, Eu- ropean leaders increasingly pitched in Kerry's drive," a pro-Israel lobbyist fromBrus- sels told JTA on condition of anonymity. "But the U.S. and the European Union have different attitudes• The Eu- -ropeans believe Israel should come under greater pressure and have moved to apply it. It may be that Israel is taking the opportunity to escalate the guidelines into a full-fledged yet temporary crisis to block the European involvementY • The connection between Kerry's initiative and the guidelines was made as well by European Jewis.h Congress President Moshe Kantor, who met with Netanyahu on June 28, the day the new guidelines were adopted. 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