Anthony Bourdain: MPAC Media Awards
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Anthony Bourdain: MPAC Media Awards

I’m very very honored for this award, the
MPAC voices of courage and conscience media award; there was, however, very little courage
and, one would hope, an ordinary amount of conscience at work in
producing our Israel Palestine episode of “Parts Unknown”. I was enormously greatful for the response
from Palestinians in particular for doing what seemed to me an ordinary thing; something
we do all the time: show regular people doing everyday things,
cooking and enjoying meals, playing with their children, talking about their lives, their
hopes, and dreams. As a measure of how twisted and shallow our
depiction of a People is, that these images come as a shock to so many. The world has
visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people,
none more shameful than robbing them of their basic humanity. People are not statistics;
that is all that we attempted to show. A small, pathetically small step towards understanding. To be recognized in this way means a lot to
me and to all of us who worked on the show; for that, I thank you from the bottom of my
heart. Thanks!

72 thoughts on “Anthony Bourdain: MPAC Media Awards

  1. The world needs more people like Anthony Bourdain. He has managed to show the plight of so many people, along with the beauty of culture and cuisine through just  two seasons of Parts Unknown. <3 

  2. In this country we are inundated with anti Muslim, anti Persian rhetoric as the war party continues to foster hatred. Mr. Bourdain is a breath of fresh air for showing the Palestinians as human beings. No doubt he will be vilified for daring to venture into this open air prison and show us the truth. He did not get political or point a finger but the message is clear and that message is these people are suffering under an ruthless apartheid Israeli military, having their land stolen, homes destroyed and dignity stolen. Good work Mr. B.

  3. Good on MPAC for publicly acknowledging what Bourdain's fans already knew…he is a good, decent guy who successfully uses his program to not only teach American viewers about global cuisine, but about humanity! How sad that we could only HOPE that this wry traveling chef would one day visit Palestinian cuisine…rare enough but he also shared the sweetness and hospitality of Palestinians with his audience.  

  4. Wait! Muslims are, like, normal people who have normal lives and normal families who do normal, everyday shit? No way!

  5. Sure , 'terrible things." That is why the "Palestinian" population from 1880 to today has grown from 300,000 to nearly 12 million. That is 40X in 130 years. By contrast the world Jewish population  Just little more than doubled and the population of the United States in the same period by 8X times, not 40X.
    The advent of Zionism and the return of the Jewish people to its homeland actually facilitated the amazing growth of the Arab population. My own ex-mother in law, a midwife and ob/gyn  in Soroka hospital Beersheba  personally delivered some 15,000 Bedouin babies between 1973 and her retirement in 1988, or 1000 Bedouin babies a year personally delivered by her own hands. Needless to say, the Bedouin population in the Negev skyrocketed as well.
    Mr. Bourdain is typical of leftist Jews who only deprecate but do not know, or do not want to know the truth, that is the story behind the story.

  6. The Nazis were human beings. The Palestinians are human beings. Jews are human beings. The problem is that Nazis and Palestinians have more in common than they do with Jews whom they want to either physically eliminate or drive out of the Jewish homeland.

  7. I have full respect for Bourdain as a gourmet chef but not as a political or social analyst. His analysis of the culinary cultures of various peoples around the world deserves serious attention and respect. His political observations do not. He knows about food. The rest is baloney.

  8. So what does Bourdain want Israel to do for them, give them back the whole country and go back to Auschwitz, to Poland, Russia, Morocco, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Ethiopia and 143 countries from which Jews were ingathered into this tiny strip of land smaller than the State of New Jersey? Does Bourdain want the 21 Arab states which cover 3 million square miles to do anything for these "Palestinian" Arabs?

  9. Good for Bourdain! Hey Godzilla, I'm First Nations on the North American continent., Native. Family's been here longer than yours has been in Palestine. Do you think the American government will give me weapons to get my people's land back? Help us Drive out the settlers ( who have far less claim to living on it than any Palestinian has to living on theirs) in order to make up for the biggest genocide in human history? Nope. So if I have to put up with folks of other persuasions living here, why can't you get along with your arab cousins over there? Obvious to me the place belongs to both of you but how are you going to fit the entire Jewish diaspora (some of whom haven't seen the homeland in over a thousand years ) into the " state of New Jersey" on top of the folks already there without serious consequences? Bourdain's not the only "Jew" who has a clue.

  10. Kudos to you for the line "the world has visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people". But I wish you'd been even more honest and forthright and named the Zionists as the 'on the ground' perpetrators of those terrible things…That…would have been the complete truth, not just a partial truth.

  11. Ramez, I do understand what you are saying. Most of the nation-states today are modern constructs….and the natives here were not " wiped out", either. There are just fewer of us but we're working to change that. First Grandchild due in January. Sand's book sounds interesting, but I wasn't on here to debate the bloodline of modern Jews. Just tired of hearing the old chestnut " We were slaughtered and so we need a homeland, even if we have to slaughter other people to get it." How many other groups could that apply to? Certainly many around here but we can't go out and push people off our traditional lands. I'm sorry for what happened to the Jews, even though we lost so many around here. Why didn't they give them a chunk of Germany and make the people responsible pay for it?

  12. I am an atheist but I can think of NO WORDS other than….God Bless YOU Mr. Bourdain.   YOU are making the difference the world needs to see.

  13. Maybe if the Palestinians (made up name for a bunch of Jordanian and Saudi squatters) stop firing rockets into Israel, or using women and children as human shields, or building tunnels into Israel to kill their people, then maybe they can move on with their lives and do the things many take for granted. But we know this will never happen, as Islam is stuck in the 7th century with their beliefs. Amazing that Mr. Bourdain in just another useful tool for the left and propaganda, and doesn't even know it… SMH

  14. If you want honesty, than Anthony Bourdain is your man…..Speaks the truth and stands for what is right. He travels the world, thus giving him an open mind, unlike many who just follow what the media wants them to believe sitting on their sofas all day for their life…..Palestinians have been robbed big time and its so obvious to the world, and now that Anthony has gone there…he saw it for himself

  15. " We deprived palestinians of humanity" How can anyone deprive people of something they never had in the first place? Anthony Bourdain is so light headed that he can float.

  16. Never really thought anything about this guy before, but now he's got my respect. Well done sir, you and all your staff.

  17. Thank you Anthony! Another courageous voice joins the fight for a free and just Palestine. You will be missed…

  18. Rip Anthony

    We know the truth now because of people as great as you who gave 0 f#%** about speaking heartfelt truth

  19. Eternal Rest, grant unto our brother, O Lord and let Thy perpetual light shine always upon him. May He, through Thy great mercy, rest in peace. Amen and Ameen. We thank you, our brother, for your commitment to truth and your positive contributions to our noble Palestinian cause. May God reward you and may He be especially close to those loved ones left behind on pilgrimage. Memory eternal.

  20. Anthony Bourdain: "It's a measure, I guess, of how twisted and shallow our depiction of a people is that these images come as a shock to so many. The world has visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people, none more shameful than robbing them of their basic humanity. People are not statistics."

    Shame on all of us. Shame on the American MSM. Shame on American foreign policy. Shame on AIPAC. Shame on Israel.

    Our basic humanity is in peril if we abandon the Palestinians those who rob them, humiliate them, incarcerate them for no crime other than not being Jewish.

  21. Palestinians have been depicted as the monsters. It's the opposite. Thank you Anthony Bourdain for taking us where we would never have thought of going.

    The world lost a great man this week. Rest in peace, Mr Bourdain.

  22. What an ethical and sad man. You are not a statistic, either Tony. I love the work you've done, I love your genius, and I love your soul. I am so sorry that you died heartbroken and alone when there were millions of people who would have stayed with you, held your hand, a reminded you that you were loved. Goodbye, friend I never knew.

  23. Such a very very heartbreaking loss. The Palestinian people offer our sincerest condolences to the family of our friend Anthony Bourdain.

  24. here’s the hotel he stayed at. Pay attention to the bathroom. That’s where they say he hung himself. Tell me if you see anything or anywhere you can use to hang yourself by in there. ALL LIES!!!!! Someone killed this guy for a reason

  25. FUCK the MOSSAD for murdering Anthony !!!! Bunch of losers….then they made it look like suicide …..something only losers would do …Anthony was anything BUT a loser… MOSSAD will pay….

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