Israeli Chefs: Save Our Chinese Food!

As part of an effort by the Israeli government to reduce the number of foreigners working in Israel, their Ministry of Industry is planning to ban Chinese, Japanese and Thai restaurants from employing Asian cooks. It’s… evil. It’s… inhumane. Do these people seriously expect to stop Jews from enjoying edible Chinese food? Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz interviewed an Israeli bureaucrat:

“Everyone can make Chinese food it’s not impossible to learn,” said Shoshana Strauss, a lawyer working on foreign worker issues for the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.

Err… Has Strauss ever had Chinese food cooked by a white person? It’s not very good. At all. We’re not going to name any national chains or local restaurants, but there’s something to be said for cultural traditions in food.

Lobbying group the Israeli Ethnic Restaurant Association is taking the case to the Israeli Supreme Court.

In the meantime, Israel’s Asian restaurants went on a one-day egg roll and spring roll strike on Tuesday to protest the plan.

As is, a Chinese diplomat publicly complained about Israeli Chinese food back in 2005.

Asian eateries cut menu over plans to rid kitchens of foreign chefs [Ha’aretz]

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Israeli Chefs: Save Our Chinese Food!