Artists from the 2013 Individual Artist Preconference in Philadelphia

Those of you who attended the 2013 Support for Individual artists Preconference will remember Conflict Kitchen, the Pitsburgh Artist-run take out restaurant thet provided our lunch. They are currently closed after a death threat from an unknown individual who interpreted their Palestinian lunch wrapper as anti-Israel.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has coverage. And here's a quote from Conflict Kitchen form their Facebook page:

The Post-Gazette's (and other media and lobbying groups) insistence to continually misrepresent our food wrappers as "anti-Israeli messages," shows a distinct lack of research into what is actually on the wrappers, a reinforcement of right-wing accusations, and thoughtlessness about our current situation. Like we have done for four years with every other country of focus, our food wrappers contain the viewpoints of multiple people within our focus country on a wide variety of topics. Our Palestinian interviews are no different, they contain interviews on food, culture, the Palestinian Authority, settlements, dating, resistance olive trees, Nakba, movement and travel, and food customs. The interviews were done by us personally with Palestinians in Palestine, and in our own city. The thoughts and opinions that come through the interviews are informed by their personal context, experiences and histories as Palestinians. Perhaps it is hard for some people to hear that Palestinians are not happy with Israeli policies or the actions of some of its citizens, but to cast their viewpoints as simply anti-Israel is to reinforce the simplest, most polarizing, and dehumanizing reading of their lives and perpetuate the silencing of their voices."

Read the full article.