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Apr 4, 2010

They love matza...

If the Jews don't like matza, at least the Arabs do..

According to Haaretz, Israeli Arabs love the matza and can't get enough of it...

The matzah craving among Israel's Arab citizens - about 20 percent of the
population - reflects their ambiguous place in the Jewish state. While they speak Hebrew, carry Israeli passports and wear Israeli brands, many say they suffer discrimination and identify themselves as Palestinians.

Still, they love matzah.

"We eat it from the start of the holiday to the end, and when we run out we buy more," said Umaima Igbaria, a 35-year-old Muslim woman who lugged a carton of matzah out of a supermarket in the Arab town of Umm el-Fahm in northern Israel.

She said she, her husband and their three sons all eat matzah, usually with tea and slathered with chocolate sauce. She said they didn't care if it was Jewish food.

Inside the store, a 5-foot-tall (1.5-meter-tall) stack of matzah boxes stood in the entryway, all that remained of the more than 4 tons that owner Tariq Ifin ordered for the holiday, which began Monday night. He had no doubts the rest would sell.
Personally, I like matza. not enough to eat it all year round, that is, but I like it enough for a week...


  1. Its a shame when Arabs honor Passover more than the Jews do.

    Only in Israel...

  2. That's so funny! We were driving from RBS to Jlm, the back road, and by the big machsom we so a car that we couldn't tell whether they were arab or jewish. my wife pointed to the big box of matzah in the back seat and said - see they're jewish!

  3. They should be sure to wait for teh bargains later in the week.d

  4. i love matzah all year. i invite anyone with extra shemurah to drop it off at my house after yom tov.

  5. So why the big fuss in the jails about the arabs being "forced" to eat matzah?

  6. good question! maybe just because it is an opportunity to make a fuss. Or maybe just because some like matza doesnt mean they all like matza.
    Probably it was just an opportunity to make a fuss though.

  7. We find matza very useful as lechem mishneh during the year, when we don't have enough rolls/loaves to go around. As others have pointed out, it doesn't exactly spoil.


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