A dish of hummus shelters behind some peppers as Israeli jets scream overhead.
There were fresh calls for an immediate ceasefire in the war torn Middle East last night after an Israeli F16 jet fighter targeted and destroyed a kebab shop in Upton Park, East London, leaving the proprietor and 12 customers dead.
It is believed the tragic mix up occurred when the pilot was told to “Get me some hummus” by his flight commander, who merely wanted him to bring him over a snack from the canteen after he’d completed his sortie over Gaza.
A witness to the carnage was Tony Summers, the owner of a greengrocers just across the road from the stricken fast food shop.
“It was absolutely diabolical to be honest” said Mr Summers, 57 “I was just arranging a few oranges in the display outside the shop when this fighter jet came screaming in and launched a missile which absolutely flattened the kebab place. The poor bastards inside never stood a chance. It’s an absolute tragedy for the whole community”
” Tariq, the fella who owned it, was an absolute diamond and did the best doner kebab with chilli sauce and hummus for miles around. Gawd knows what I’m going to do at lunchtimes now. I’ll probably have to get the old woman to make me a packed lunch or something. Absolutely bloody terrible!”
The Israeli air force issued a brief statement last night:
“While we deeply regret this terrible tragedy and send our condolences to the families of all those affected, we’d like to point out that hummus and Hamas sound very similar, even though one is a murderous, terrorist organisation and the other is a kind of dip. We’d also like to reiterate that we only target military installations, schools or UN shelters which may or may not have the odd Palestinian terrorist living there. Regrettably there will always be a degree of collateral damage, whether it be residential buildings, mosques, or even as we saw on this occasion, the odd snack bar thousands of miles from the theatre of war, so we’re sorry about that”
A memorial service for the dead is to be held on Thursday at the East London Church Of Christ, Spitalfields, East London, with a free fish and chips supper thrown in afterwards.