01 May 2008

Follow Up To Name Our Glatt Kosher Restaurant

At this point lets just say, we wish you success but leave the marketing campaign to professionals next time.

Falafelgate Drama Mounts: ‘Spam Isn't Kosher’

Earlier, we pointed out that there was something fishy about the fact that Kosher Village, the falafel joint that found its name via a $3,000 contest, reserved the domain name www.koshervillagenyc.com two weeks before the entry deadline. We received a call today from someone who said he submitted the name Kosher Village on March 20, but when he asked owner Nissim Oron for his $3,000, he was told that someone selected the name before him. Was it all a scam?

Oron tells us that, indeed, twenty people chose the name Kosher Village (there were 20,000 submissions in all), and all of them except one Adi Libson, who suggested the name first, would receive a certificate for free grub (for possibly as much as $50) as a consolation prize. As for why the restaurant secured a domain name before the deadline, Oron says he checked on the availability of about four domain names that he liked (another possibility was the ever-so-evocative Village Glatt), but he didn’t make a final decision until three days ago.

Finally, we received e-mails from readers who were incensed that the restaurant repeatedly sent its menu to everyone who entered the contest, with their e-mail addresses displayed (“We all know spam isn't kosher,” wrote one commenter). Oron says this was a mistake and that he shut down his servers as soon as he realized the e-mail had gone out. He’s planning to send everyone a coupon for a free sandwich — this time via U.S. mail, since he doesn’t plan to use the e-mail addresses again.

Related: Falafelgate Unfolds: Contest May Have Closed Early
(note the antiJew comment on comment #3)
Nameless Kosher Restaurant Chooses Contest Winner
Nameless Restaurant Attempts to Set Falafel-Pun Record

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What Words Offend Arabs? The Truth.

Children's Poetry Booklet Recalled After Arabs Complain
(Israeli censorship kowtows to Arabs.
When Will We Tell The Truth Without Fear)

(IsraelNN.com 7 Sivan 5768/June 10, '08) Ynet's web site and Arab complaints against a ten-year-old boy's poem about terrorists has resulted in the recall of all of the Nes Ziona municipality's children's poetry booklets.

Ynet boasts that its coverage of the poem resulted in its being recalled.

The text of the poem (Ynet's translation):

Ahmed's bunker has surprises galore: Grenades, rifles are hung on the wall. Ahmed is planning another bombing!What a bunker Ahmed has, who causes daily harm.Ahmed knows how to make a bomb. Ahmed is Ahmed, that's who he is, so don't forget to be careful of him.We get blasted while they have a blast!Ahmed and his friends could be wealthy and sunny, if only they wouldn't buy rockets with all their money.

Poetry competition director Marika Berkowitz, who published the booklet, was surprised at the protests and told Ynet: "This is the boy's creation and this is what he wanted to express. Of course there should be a limit, but I think the there is no racism here. 'Ahmed' is a general term for the enemy. These are the murmurings of an innocent child."

The Education Ministry told Ynet: "The local authority that published the booklet should have guided the students in a more correct manner through the schools. The district will investigate the issue with the local authorities."
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