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Palestinian Pasta Recipe for Secretary Clinton

Recently, Israel prevented a truck of humanitarian aid from entering Gaza because of its dangerous contents: pasta. Does the Israeli government consider pasta a duel-use weapon? Could it be possible that Hamas was planning to attack Israel with stuffed pasta mortar shells? Rigatoni Qassams? As ridiculous as it sounds, Gaza’s 1.5 million residents, who have already endured untold hardship for years, barely have enough food to survive. Yet the US is hesitant to put enough pressure on Israel to lift its blockade and open the Gaza crossings to alleviate this horrific humanitarian crisis. Click Here to read the exchange between Robert Wood, Secretary Clinton’s spokesperson at the State Department, and journalists who took him to task on this issue. Ask Secretary Hillary Clinton to work harder towards ending Israel’s human rights abuses and send her a Palestinian pasta recipe.

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Rishtaye - Palestinian Pasta Recipe
In Palestine, this dish is often prepared for friends and neighbors to
celebrate and give thanks for prayers answered.
Serves 2-3

1 cup red split lentils (orange lentils)
100 grams (about 3 1/2 oz.) tagliatelle pasta
4 cups water
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 medium onions, thinly sliced and fried until they are brown and crispy
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp. sumac
Clean the lentils and place in a large pot with the tagliatelle. Cover with 3 cups
of water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and stir for about 30 mins.,
adding water when necessary, until the mixture turns to a homogeneous,
thick, broth-like consistency.
Stir in salt and cumin before removing from heat.  Transfer to a serving plate,
garnish with fried onions, and sprinkle sumac on top.

Send Secretary Clinton your comments and copy/paste this recipe onto the form here.

You may also send it by mail to:

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520