VIDEO: Middle Eastern Restaurant Owner Bans Loretta Sanchez, Rips Up Her Award to Him, Over Gaza Comments

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Anaheim's Little Arabia is heating up! As the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza continues, Olive Tree restaurant co-owner Alan Abdo is upset with Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. The lawmaker sat down with KNBC-TV Channel Four's Conan Nolan for an interview that touched on the issue. "If what it takes is boots on the ground, that might be the last recourse that the Israelis have," Sanchez said.

Abdo--who runs perhaps the best Middle Eastern restaurant in Southern California--didn't take kindly to those remarks calling them "disgusting" in a YouTube video.

A week ago, 200 protesters took to the streets of Little Arabia to denounce the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza. Afterward, Olive Tree restaurant offered to donate a portion of the proceeds from its iftar buffet that night to an Islamic Relief USA emergency fundraiser for Gaza humanitarian aid. It's clear where they stood.

After catching flak for her comments, Sanchez issued a press statement trying to minimize the damage of her stance. "My heart breaks for these grieving Gazan families," she says. "I also condemn the indiscriminate attacks upon Israel." She failed to condemn the Israeli bombardment and invasion of Gaza that counts civilians among its fatalities.

Just last month, Sanchez visited Olive Tree and gave it a certificate of congressional recognition. After calling Israel a "terrorist state," Abdo, a Palestinian-American, said that Sanchez is no longer welcomed at the restaurant, took the certificate and ripped it in half. No more lamb shanks for Sanchez.

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Both sides are equally evil, but I do think Sanchez should stick to what she knows.  International politics is clearly not her game.

Miguel Garcia
Miguel Garcia

Yawn... Stupid business move no matter how you flip it.

Sandra Castellon
Sandra Castellon

There is not ONE politician who doesn't oppose the genocide on the Palestinians and have the nerve to call it a war. Disgusting.

Faisal K. Durrani
Faisal K. Durrani

It starts with Muslims. They have to be the ones to put their food on the line before others will. I'm happy that this man isn't a coward and is willing to put his name and livelihood at risk to fight the oppression.

Sia Nazari
Sia Nazari

What do you expect from congress representatives; slaves of money! No more taco for Sanchez either!

mannybanny
mannybanny

There is no great solution to this unending conflict.

Both sides must do all they can to put passion aside and sit down to find solutions that will stop the killing of all.

Hussam Dalati
Hussam Dalati

We all agree that Israel is a terrorist state and condemn the atrocities committed by the Zionest State and whoever gives them support. I also agree with the restaurant owner to tell this bitch Sanchez to stay out. I f she cannot speak the truth then she does not deserve to be there. Now can we talk about food. Is the Olive Tree a good restaurant?

Vickie McCarty
Vickie McCarty

Suzanne Hamas did not suddenly become a terrorist organization after it was elected. Hamas was elected because it was a jihadist organization. It was elected because, by its own declaration, Hamas connects Palestinians to something they find attractive: the global Islamic-supremacist movement. Palestinians widely reject Israel’s right to exist. They regard not just Gaza, Judea and Samaria but all of Israel as “occupied Palestine.” Even those Palestinians who purport to accept the “two-state solution” see it as a way-station on the march to a one-state solution in which the Jewish state eventually ceases to be. Palestinians chose Hamas precisely because Hamas was seen as more dedicated than Fatah to the achievement of that goal—not to mention, more brutally competent.

Wendy De La Puente
Wendy De La Puente

Vicky: what a hate filled statement. Not all Jewish ppl live in Israel. Not all Jews are part of that faith either. It's also a race. Wow! You're the winner of most undereducated

Wendy De La Puente
Wendy De La Puente

Its ok to 'hate jews' not all Jewish people live in Israel. Ignorant much??

Suzanne Meriden
Suzanne Meriden

Vickie they are not supporting Hamas. When Israel started taking lands and killing people many years ago, the consequence is an oppressed people who have no money, no food, no homes, dead relatives and children etc. All of that caused angry people who feel the need to retaliate. When you have no adequate military or weapons or money to create either, then the anger and oppression gets you angry enough to retaliate with whatever means possible. And that is how groups like Hamas are borne. So one side can see it as a terrorist group, the other side can see it as a group protecting them. If the international community stood by the Palestinians against injustice from the very beginning, Hamas would have never had to exist in the first place.

thanks
thanks

thanks for posting. now i know not to visit this restaurant. you really did them a disservice by posting.

smogmycar
smogmycar

Good Job Alan, let them know they can't kiss ass no more! Really Sanchez? Who is it that you are trying to kiss ass to? Your boss? Seriously, wipe off that brown spot on your face, it has some kosher sh*t on it. Shame on you for supporting children and baby killers, you have no morals or ethics.

Long Live Palestine.

Long Live the Olive Tree!

Scotty Robinson
Scotty Robinson

"Hamas sending rockets gives Israel the right to defend herself." Fuck that... thats like comparing bottle rockets to precision guided missles. Israel has an army, navy, and air force... Palestine has bottle rockets. You Israel lovers watch too much mainstream media and are therefore ignorant of the truth. Fuck I hate the ignorance in this country.

Victor Perrin
Victor Perrin

You're right Larry, but I do love lamb shanks.

Gilberto Torres
Gilberto Torres

Although it's a right to be antisemetic it's not a good idea to do so. Disliking the Israeli govt is ok though. ;)

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

It absolutely bottles the mind how a bunch of people (American leftists not the islamofacists who immigrate here and open felafel stands) who seemingly support equal rights for women/gays/transgender, freedom of speech, freedom from religion, an open society and who are by most accounts educated decide to back a group of religious fanatics and fascists like the Palestinians. Yes, yes they probably have/had some legitimate grievance but still they way they are going about getting it righted is unconscionable and they rightly aren't getting squat because of it.

Gilberto Torres
Gilberto Torres

What for??I'm going to eat there because if this. Haha

Vickie McCarty
Vickie McCarty

They have a right to dislike Jews and Israel, but why would anyone like or support Hamas?

Mike Fowler
Mike Fowler

If Hamas laid their weapons down, there would be peace. If Israel laid their weapons down, there would be no Israel. Both sides have done wrong, but I think the first sentence is the biggest truth at this point.

Nick Riviera
Nick Riviera

As long as Hamas keep shooting rockets into Israel then Israel has the right to send as many rockets into Gaza as possible! War is war! Look what we did in WWII, Hiroshima, lots of innocent lives but it stopped the war.

Ken Boddy
Ken Boddy

If killing little boys playing soccer on a beach isn't terrorism, I don't know what is.

sabdelghani777
sabdelghani777

very good. Ive eaten there once before and Lamb is so good it slips from the bone

mannybanny
mannybanny

@vegandawg23 

It absolutely boggles the mind how conservative zealots who presume to chide others, do so while Fing up common idioms.

Sevenhorsemen
Sevenhorsemen

It figures Eileen O'Leary Fitzgerald. You seem like a Wonder bread, boxed Gallo wine and free Government cheese sort of gal.

enofal68
enofal68

If Hamas laid their weapons down we would be back to where we started, in an never ending siege of Gaza, no way out, no clean water, no food, no medical, just sitting and suffering in an open air prison, before you make comments like this go to Gaza or the West Bank and see for yourself how the people are living.  Hamas did not start this last war, this was Israels war.  Hamas and PLO just signed an agreement and were willing to come to the table to talk about a truce, Netanyahu does not want peace and does not want to negotiate with Hamas even if they are included in the peace talks.

mannybanny
mannybanny

how about the 3 teen boys that were kidnapped and murdered in June?

The never ending cycle needs to stop.

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thanks

makes no sense to make political statements as a business. goal is to get as many customers as possible. no benefit - see Chick Fil A.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@mannybanny @vegandawg23 You are for all intensive purposes giving aid and comfort to a terrorist organization when you give justification and support to the people of Gaza who support and aid Hamas. You appear to have nothing useful to contribute so take your english lessons and go F yourself with them.

enofal68
enofal68

@mannybanny We all knew the truth long before but Israel has finally admitted that Hamas was not responsible for the 3 teens deaths but it was Netanyahus way of pushing his objectives and beefing up propaganda on his side. It was a sole haneous act done by a separate group of individuals, similar to the burning death of Mohammed Abu Khdair in Shufat in retaliation, it also was a separate act of murder done by a disgusting group of men.  Even we cant put the blame on an entire people or country for the murder of 3 teens or 1 teen, but killing 3 kids on a beach intentionally while they play soccer with news journalists who saw and documented it all, these kids who after the first bomb are seen on camera running for cover and the second bomb intentionally targeting them is a terrorist act and unmistakable murder in the hands of Israel and the IDF. Stop watching zionist backed media, open your eyes to the truth.

Sevenhorsemen
Sevenhorsemen

@Thanks, Business owners in this country must be start becoming morally responsible. It's time folks start focusing on making this country great again. If you are only about the almighty dollar these days, then you are part of a dying breed Grandpa. You'll end up like Marie Antoinette when the horn blows baby. If you've got everything and folks around you have nothing and you don't share.....

Olive Tree is morally responsible AND good food.

mhip
mhip

@thanks I'm pissed too....I really liked those banana shakes. No more of my money will they get though.

mannybanny
mannybanny

@vegandawg23 

I always enjoy the attacks. It's a clear indication that the poster has no intelligent rebuttal.

I didn't comment on Gaza at all. Your zealot mind is creating conflict out of nothing.

mannybanny
mannybanny

@enofal68 

Eno, I don't have a horse in this race.

From what I have read, Israel admitted that it was not Hamas responsible, and they expressed regret for the beach killings. Certainly a tragedy.

I haven't seen anything similar from the other side.

As I have stated above, the killing needs to stop. Placing blame in war isn't going to resolve anything.


May you and yours have a blessed Eid.

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