Hummus Wars Heat
(AP) - Israel has taken the upper hand in the
newest Mideast conflict, one in which bullets are
replaced by chickpeas. Using a satellite dish on
loan from a nearby broadcast station, cooks in a
town near Jerusalem whipped up more than four
metric tons of hummus, the chickpea paste that is
a staple and an almost religious mania
for many in the Middle East.
dancing the hora past the Wailing Wall, have
doubled the previous record for the world's
biggest serving of hummus, set in October by
cooks in Lebanon. That record broke an earlier
Israeli record and briefly put Lebanon ahead.
spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said,
Were concerned now that the Iranians
are plotting to fill a football field with hummus.
Football is what other nationalities
call soccer. In an unguarded moment of government
wit, he concluded, We dont know what
song theyre singing, but they might hummus
a few bars.
Admadinejad, the embattled president of Iran,
challenged by political opposition as much as by
his height, called the Israeli cook-off a
hallucination and a myth.
There is no such thing as hummus, but if
there were then the Revolutionary Republic of
Iran would pitch our entire economy into making
enough hummus to cover Teheran to the depth of
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked What is
hummus? Mashed up chickpeas. These nations are
like little children. Next thing, theyll
ask us to send more peas-keepers to the
Hummus is a
concoction made with uncooked chickpeas or
garbanzo beans, lemon juice, garlic and cumin. It
is blended and then eaten. Raw. On a pita, if any
are lying around, or on tortilla chips.
satellite dish is still filled with hummus and
residents are complaining about missing
largest hummus or abject foolishness?