A top Israeli chef, who is frequently criticized by her Israeli employers, said Sunday she was “pammed” and had been “paid by the State of Israel” for her expertise.
The comments from former chef Zeev Shapira, a former ambassador to the United States and Israel, came amid mounting criticism of the country’s culinary elite.
“I am paid by the Israeli government and by the state,” Shapira said in an interview with Channel 2.
“You can’t be paid by a foreign state.
I am a Palestinian, a Palestinian woman.
I don’t know who’s paid for this.
It’s not the government, it’s not Israel, it is not the country.
And we can’t trust any of them.”
The comments are the latest in a long string of controversies for the country, which is now embroiled in a massive human rights scandal involving alleged torture of Palestinian children and widespread abuse of detainees.
In a statement to Channel 2, Shapira defended himself and said he was being paid by Israel and not the United Nations.
“There is no way of knowing who paid me for this, nor who is funding my work.
I’m a Palestinian,” Shapiras said.
“And we need to take responsibility for the actions of our people.”
The chef’s remarks come amid a wave of public criticism of Israeli employers who say they pay well and give top chefs positions.
But the latest comments show a growing number of Israelis are uncomfortable with their own government and with the way it is run.
The chef is the latest high-profile figure to come out against the current government, including Israeli Minister of Health Tzipi Livni, who in March called for a boycott of the Israeli economy.
Earlier this month, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak called for the Israeli public to boycott Israel in response to the human rights crisis.
And last week, a video showing an Israeli woman being tortured to death in the West Bank was widely shared on social media.
Shapira made the comments after he was asked about a new report that showed he was paid by Israeli government for his work in the countrys food sector.
The new report, compiled by a Palestinian human rights group, said Shapira received an annual salary of $600,000 and was also paid to visit Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, and to speak to Palestinians in Israeli schools.
Shapir as an employee of Israel’s Ministry of Economy has received a salary of just under $200,000, according to the report.
Israel’s food and agricultural sector is the largest in the world and the country is estimated to produce more than $300 billion in revenue.
The report also revealed that Shapira was allowed to keep her job despite her outspoken criticism of her employers and the way the government has been handling the crisis.
“They paid me a salary that was equivalent to an average salary for the entire Israeli population,” Shapiri said.
The Israeli government has dismissed the report as “baseless.”
The government said the Ministry of Industry and Trade had no control over its workers, but said that it did not pay salaries to its employees, which were paid by workers in other sectors.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food is part of the Department of Agriculture.
Israel has also denied any involvement in the death of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was burned alive by Israeli security forces during protests in Gaza in 2015.
A Palestinian family member, Ali Abu Khdaireh, said last month that he had witnessed the death in Gaza of the 14-year-old Palestinian teenager and was later forced to flee to the Israeli side of the border to avoid arrest.
The family said it believed Shapira had been detained during a protest in the Israeli-controlled West Bank, but was later released after his relatives asked for his return.
Shapiri was arrested and later convicted in the case, and was sentenced to life in prison.
Israel is now under international pressure to investigate the death.