Andrew Zimmern and Sameh Wadi in political Twitter spat: How much do we want to know about our celebrity chefs?
Controversial globe shot: Can you spot what's missing?
As contentious debates go, the dispute between Palestine and Israel is right up there near the top. Many lives have been lost and a peace accord has been elusive. It's not a discussion one would expect to be addressed between two chefs, on either side of the divide, aired over social media, but that is exactly what happened yesterday.
It came to light that chef Sameh Wadi of Saffron and World Street Kitchen had posted a picture of a globe on his Facebook page showing Palestine but not Israel. His accompanying caption read, "We need more world maps that are correct, such as this one!" Wadi is of Palestinian origin. When one "friend" pointed out, "This 'map' is missing Israel..." Wadi responded, "Exactly the way that this should be." Television personality and fellow chef Andrew Zimmern saw the picture and publicly called out Wadi.
Zimmern shared the map with his followers on the site Instagram. The question he posed to Wadi was, "Care to explain your comment at top? Do you deny existence of Israel? Or just want it to go away?" Zimmern is of Jewish decent.
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