Palestinian distiller Nader Muaddi packages his Arak bottles in the West Bank village of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, on June 16, 2019. / AFP / HAZEM BADER
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From Bethlehem basement, Palestinian distiller toasts global acclaimIn his Bethlehem cellar, distiller Nader Muaddi made fewer than 500 bottles of his liquor last year but has won international accolades and now aims to help revive interest at home in the traditional drink.At the Berlin International Spirits Competition, he went one better and took home gold, as well as Arak of the Year.In a small Palestinian Arak sector, Muaddi's boutique spirit sells for 150 shekels a bottle ($40, 36 euros) -- significantly more than others on the market.Muaddi, who was born in the United States and has dual American and Palestinian citizenship, said Arak -- made with grapes and aniseed -- was a staple growing up in the Arab community in the US.Muaddi, who works full-time for an international charity, said Arak production had declined decades ago and quality suffered.Steve Shahwan, who works at the Vodka & More shop in Bethlehem, said their biggest seller was whisky but Arak was gaining popularity due to a better selection being on offer.
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