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Kitchen Market makes good use of the fresh produce available just downstairs, but it's far from a "market restaurant."
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Amir Toueg
Margoza Photo by Amir Toueg
Tal Cohen
Behind the bar at Mizlala, home of the halva martini. Photo by Tal Cohen

More than 50 restaurants and cafes in the Tel Aviv area are dedicating tonight, Sunday, to African asylum seekers in Israel, who have been intermittently striking for recognition of their plight and rights.

Many of the strikers work in the Israeli food industry, in a host of menial jobs, such as dish-washing and cleaning.

Tonight's central event starts at 10 PM featuring an ensemble of refugees singing along with Israeli artists. This will be taking place at 7 Levontin Street, Tel Aviv: entrance is free.

Among the participating restaurants are Eyal Shani's Miznon, which will be offering African dishes tonight. Casino San Remo in Jaffa (which isn't a casino, it's a restaurant – gambling is illegal in Israel) is serving traditional Eritrean fare, including the trademark spongy injera flatbread with chicken, or a vegetarian version with lentils. Margoza Bar is serving variations on African and Eritrean foods.

Participating venues in the greater Tel Aviv area, each marking the event a different way, include:

Abraxas,
Bacho,
Basta,
Beta Café,
Bicicletta Bar,
Café Europa,
Casino San Remo
Castiel Loft
Corderoy,
EGPB,
Gedera,
Greco,
Green Bros,
Greenberg,
Hahalutzim 3,
Haminzar,
Haozen Hashlishit (The Third Ear),
HaPeacock,
Hashulchan,
Hatzimmer,
Heder Ochel,
Hudna,
Iceberg Ice Cream,
Ismi Salma,
Jajo Vino,
Joz ve Loz,
Kasaba,
Kitchen Market,
Lahmanina,
Levontin,
Love-Eat,
Margoza
Margoza,
Mizlala
Nanotchka,
Noah Cafe,
Passage,
Pasta Basta,
Petelina,
Port Said,
Radio
Ras en Hanut,
Shafa Bar,
Shesek,
Shishko,
Shpagat,
Sifo,
Stephan Brown,
Tahtit,
The Little Prince,
Tolaat Sfrarim (Book Worm),
Weinberg,
Yahaloma,
Zakaim.

The strikes had to end quickly as menial jobs pay little and the workers needed to stay on the job to support their families, the organizers explained; another reason for a hiatus was respect for the death of former prime minister Ariel Sharon. While they lasted, tens of thousands of Africans held demonstrations in central Tel Aviv, demanding that the new addition to the Anti-Infiltration Law be nullified, that arrests cease, and that asylum requests be revisited.