Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Anthony Bourdain Receives Award For Israel Episode

The Jewish chef and TV personality has won the “Voices of Courage and Conscience” award from the U.S. Muslim Public Affairs Council

By: Daniel Koren

Published: May 26th, 2014 in Culture » Food » News

Anthony Bourdain Receives Award For Israel Episode

If you’ll recall, noted TV personality and distinguished chef Anthony Bourdain made a shocking revelation during the second season premiere of his CNN shows Parts Unknown: he’s Jewish.

Bourdain casually mentioned his ancestry during the episode where he traveled to Israel for the first time.

During his trip, he also visited Gaza, which, if you’ve watched the episode, was equally enlightening. As Palestinians, as Tablet so eloquently puts it, are usually referred to as either “victims or perpetrators,” Parts Unknown did a wonderful job of portraying them as neither, but as simple human beings who cook and make delicious ethnic food just like any other ethnic group.

Such is the power of food: it breaks all boundaries and sees no color.

Bourdain has now won an award for the Israel/Gaza episode, with the U.S. Muslim Public Affairs Council bestowing on to him the prestigious “Voices of Courage and Conscience” award.

The Israel episode sees Bourdain trying different foods, meeting locals, and even asking a few politically charged questions. However, despite his revelation – during the show he mentions “By the end of this hour, I’ll be seen by many as a terrorist sympathizer, a Zionist tool, a self-hating Jew, an apologist for American imperialism, an Orientalist, socialist, a fascist, CIA agent, and worse” – Bourdain remains clearly unbiased.

He asks Israelis about building controversial settlements, and Palestinians about idolizing terrorists.

While donning phylacteries in Jerusalem, he reveals that he’s “never been in a synagogue” nor does he “believe in a higher power.”

“But that doesn’t make me any less Jewish, I don’t think,” he adds.

It doesn’t.

During his acceptance speech, Bourdain thanked the U.S. Muslim Public Affairs Council for the recognition. “I was enormously grateful for the response from Palestinians in particular for doing what seemed to me an ordinary thing, something we do all the time: show regular people doing everyday things, cooking and enjoying meals, playing with their children, talking about their lives, their hopes and dreams,” he said, according to Haaretz.

“People are not statistics. That is all we attempted to show. A small, pathetically small step towards understanding.”

The next episode of Parts Unknown airs on June 1st via CNN, with Bourdain and co. visiting Thailand.

The Top Ten Rolling Stone Songs We Want To Hear In Tel Aviv The Top Ten Rolling Stone Songs We Want To Hear In Tel Aviv TrendingGwyneth Paltrow Compares Online Gossip to War Gwyneth Paltrow Compares Online Gossip to War TrendingJames Franco Pens Love Letter to Jonah Hill James Franco Pens Love Letter to Jonah Hill Trending
 

The Top Ten Rolling Stone Songs We Want To Hear In Tel Aviv

May 31, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
The Top Ten Rolling Stone Songs We Want To Hear In Tel Aviv

The Stones play Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv on June 4th; in anticipation, here’s our ideal setlist

Read More

THEATRE REVIEW: Flashdance the Musical

May 30, 2014 | By Sarah Bauder
THEATRE REVIEW: Flashdance the Musical

Despite the differences from its cinematic predecessor, Flashdance the Musical is fun, flashy, and brash.

Read More

Gwyneth Paltrow Compares Online Gossip to War

May 30, 2014 | By Ashley Ramnarain
Gwyneth Paltrow Compares Online Gossip to War

The ‘Iron Man 3’ actress needs to stop sharing her opinions publicly. Period.

Read More

Lea Michele Tells Chelsea Handler She Began Drinking as a Toddler

May 30, 2014 | By Ashley Ramnarain
Lea Michele Tells Chelsea Handler She Began Drinking as a Toddler

The ‘Brunette Ambition’ author joined Handler on ‘Chelsea Lately’ Thursday evening.

Read More

James Franco Pens Love Letter to Jonah Hill

May 30, 2014 | By Ashley Ramnarain
James Franco Pens Love Letter to Jonah Hill

The ‘This is The End’ co-stars could have a bromance in the works

Read More

Israel’s Simple Parenting Introduces One Step Car-Seat-to-Stroller Product, Parents Rejoice

May 30, 2014 | By Emma Mazerall
Israel’s Simple Parenting Introduces One Step Car-Seat-to-Stroller Product, Parents Rejoice

‘The Doona’ can transform from car seat to stroller with ease by unfastening one clip

Read More

Pope’s Handwritten Note From the Western Wall Published

May 30, 2014 | By Emma Mazerall
Pope’s Handwritten Note From the Western Wall Published

Pope Francis visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday, where he left a Spanish version of the Lord’s Prayer

Read More

New Ads for Huggies Diapers Raise a Stink in Israel

May 30, 2014 | By Emma Mazerall
New Ads for Huggies Diapers Raise a Stink in Israel

An ad campaign featuring denim-diaper-clad babies has Israeli parents steaming

Read More

More Headlines