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Students' protest; teachers' strike.

Walking to the bus stop this morning – passing the empty school on my block – I heard loud chanting and clapping and honking; it was 8 am and the kids were supposed to be school-less and asleep. When I arrived at Yochanan Ben Zakai, a healthy-sized street that borders my neighborhood, this is (a […]

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Don't you be my neighbor.

It’s a bad day for news making me happy. I guess everyday is, but today I’m paying attention. In case you thought to move to Katamonim/Gonen/San Martin, I want you to know that these are my neighbors: Beitar Jerusalem fans boo Rabin before draw with Maccabi Haifa  The story of Sunday night’s game was not […]

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Cancel the semester, will stab myself.

I don’t like waking up on my one-day-a-week of school and seeing this headline: University presidents: Semester may be canceled And I don’t like reading this in the first paragraph: As the third week of the university lecturers’ strike gets underway, professors are not optimistic on the chances of the protest ending anytime soon. Representatives […]

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Seeing rainbows.

My friend put it this way: The Gay Pride Parade held today in Jerusalem worked out well, since it was so Jerusalem. What makes it Jerusalem? The quiet chill, the relaxed togetherness of the marchers? The modest expression of pride? Whatever it is, it was, without a violent protester in sight (although there were some […]

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Alternative dispute peace processes.

Hamas took over Gaza.Fatah is looking to take over the West Bank.And so…The two-state solution has come to pass. What next?

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Animal rights in Israel.

While I’m sure there are a thousand other things Knesset could be busy with (apparently something like 70% of their passed laws are not implemented or enforced), here’s a change… Import of animal-tested cosmetics to be banned Education, Culture, Sports Committee pass bill banning import, marketing of animal-tested cosmetics, detergents, to be implemented by 2009. […]

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My anchor.

With all the news getting worse around here, I find my immediate reactions to reading the paper or hearing a headline getting louder and more exasperated. My sighs are heavier. My eyes roll further back into my head. Somehow, I’ve become even more sarcastic. I’m digesting it all faster and the indigestion gets more and […]

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Typical, every day.

Today is a typical day in Israel. A weekday, a Thursday, a typical day in the State of Israel. And three articles in today’s newspaper brought me to tears in the middle of a bus ride. The first told stories of Ethiopian Jews who died or were killed on the way to Israel. The second […]

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Students strike out.

I just read this article by Nehemia Shtrasler from Haaretz about why the student strike is a bit ridiculous. I can’t help but agree with his logic. I come from a world where university is a completely different animal altogether, so I can appreciate the Israeli government’s role in providing a heavily-subsidized tuition. On the […]