Zahra Hankir is a Lebanese freelance journalist based in London who specialises in the Middle East. She is currently editing a book of essays by Arab women journalists, due for publication by Penguin Books in 2019.
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Perhaps the strongest of all these influences is that of the Ottoman Empire, as evident in what many commonly think of as Lebanese mezze dishes. That’s not to downplay the unique spin the Lebanese have on adopted cuisines, some so radical the local version will have very little in common with the original (moghrabieh, Lebanon’s very own variant of couscous, is one such instance).
Take crossings seriously; other threats, less so. The official Beirut travel advice on U.K. and U.S. government websites is alarming. It’s true that the security situation could potentially deteriorate quite quickly, and that terrorists could indeed carry out attacks in various parts of the country. But from a surprise-terror-attack perspective, central Beirut is probably as safe as London, Berlin, and Paris (at the time of writing).
Last week, Israel’s Knesset passed a preliminary vote on a bill that will allow Israelis to sue individuals and groups calling for a boycott of the country’s settlements. Under the legislation, the claimant does not need to prove precise damages and compensation could reach up to 500,000 shekels ($142,842).
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