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Harvard Under Fire from Lebanese Graduate for Couscous Mix-Up

University’s Israeli Mezze Station causes a stir

By: David Shear
Published: November 9th, 2012 in News » World
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Following the posting of a letter of protest on the Facebook page belonging to a Lebanese Harvard graduate, the Harvard Business School finds itself embroiled in unwanted controversy.

Apparently the legendary University is under fire for offending its Arab students by a misrepresentation of foods listed on a menu of the dining room’s Israeli Mezze Station, according to Harvard’s Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Brian Kenny.

In the Facebook letter posted on October 28, graduate student Sara el-Yafi, described the Israeli menu – which included Hummus and Couscous - neither of which are of Israeli origin – as an affront to Arabs.

"That 'Israeli Mezze Station" is the ultimate multicultural, multireligious 'f'-you in the face of ALL Arabs at once from North Africa to the Levant," el-Yafi wrote. “Israel already has a hard time keeping face in the Arab world for the way it has 'appropriated' its lands since 1948, don't make it worse for them by having them appropriate other peoples' foods as well.”

Sara el-Yafi said that, at the very least, the buffet should be renamed "Mediterranean Mezze Station."

“We are deeply troubled that we offended anybody by doing this buffet item, particularly considering that our reason for doing the international buffet each day is to celebrate cultural diversity,” said Kenny. “We've been following the comments and the [Facebook] posts," Kenny continued, which have "prompted us to have some extensive conversations here internally...to understand how this happened and to make sure that it doesn't happen again."

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