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This Happened to Me: After being taught to hate and fear each other, food brought us together

Haitham El Khatib is a Palestinian Muslim who grew up in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Itamar Shani is a Jew who grew up on an Israeli settlement. Each of them was raised believing the other was the enemy.

This Happened to Me is a video series from CBC Radio that explores the turning points in our lives

A Palestinian Lebanese Muslim and an Israeli Jew living in Vancouver open up about their unlikely friendship, and explain how their shared passion for food is helping them break barriers for others. 9:15

Haitham El Khatib is a Palestinian Muslim who grew up in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Itamar Shani is a Jew who grew up on an Israeli settlement.

Each of them was raised believing the other was the enemy.

But when they both moved to Vancouver and opened their own restaurants, it led to a life-changing encounter that would teach them to shed the fear and hatred they had been carrying. 

After realizing there was more connecting them than separating them, they decided to work together and use their passion for food to help others break barriers.

Khatib and Shani first shared their story with Now Or Never.


This Happened to Me is a video series from CBC Radio that explores the turning points in our lives — the moments that changed everything.

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