Israeli diplomats buy 600 pounds of tahini to help Arab firm hit by LGBT boycott

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07/24/2020

The Arab-Israeli owner of a popular tahini brand facing a boycott for donating to an Israeli LGBTQ rights group has some friends in the Israeli diplomatic community. Dozens of Israeli diplomats in Israel and around the world have purchased more than 600 pounds of the tasty sesame paste to support Julia Zaher, who owns Al Arz tahini in Nazareth. The packages arrived Wednesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Jerusalem. Some will remain in Israel, with the rest sent to diplomats in the United States, Tokyo, Singapore, Taiwan and Uzbekistan. Galit Peleg, the former consul for public diplomacy in New York, has been friendly with Zaher for years and enlisted dozens of diplomats to make a group purchase of the popular sesame paste.

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