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Written by: [8 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]
Cultural Boycotts

“Are you Polish?” The question comes in an unexpected place: the cafeteria of Al Qasimi College in Baqa Al Gharbiya, where I am attending a writer’s conference, yet another attempt to promote dialogue between Arabs and Jews in Israel. My answer is immediate, and to me, obvious: No. I was born in Israel and raised on the stories of my mother’s childhood in the Jezreel Valley. Originally from Laschov, Poland, my grandfather Zvi Elboim, came to what was then Palestine to create a socialist egalitarian utopia. Hebrew was the only …

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Written by: [21 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Zionist Nightmare Gives Him That Shrinking Sensation

I have never in my life been to a shrink. The reason is that I want to leave my money to my kids, not to other people’s kids. Also, I consider myself to be absolutely normal. Nevertheless, recently I felt the urge to lie down on a couch, stop pretending that I’m in control and that I have a clue about what’s going on, and just surrender to an all-knowing, wise man, who will fix everything. I guess that the session would run as follows.
Uri: Hi, I’m glad you accepted …

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Written by: [19 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
The Narrative of Loss

War can break out in the middle of anyone’s childhood, transforming it forever. There are two sirens: the air-raid siren that signals war and the siren that commemorates the fallen. Many children already know how to distinguish between the two, because they have heard both sirens. When the siren sounds on Yom Hazikaron, this day of remembrance, the silence has a presence stronger than words. The narrative of loss is a narrative of absence, how does one put it into words?
Two sisters, Hagit Bodankin and Osnat Zibil, have wrought a …

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Written by: [18 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

In the summer of 1987, thousands of Jerusalemites gathered above the local cinematheque to watch Philippe Petit, the famous high-wire artist, walk on a rope across the Ben Hinom Wadi to Mount Zion.This was just few months before the first Intifada, but the excited crowd that gathered there on a sunny day had no clue of the lava ready to erupt below. Their eyes were glued onto the brave Frenchman and they held their breath for an agonizingly long time until he finally touched the safe ground on the other …

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Written by: [5 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

Backing out of an Israeli parking lot, like the December sunshine surrounding me as I write, like many other things about living in Israel, doesn’t make sense. Only in Israel does a shopping center that includes a café, pharmacy and supermarket have a parking lot with only 10 parking spaces and only one narrow opening awkwardly angled onto a busy main street. There I was, trying not to back into the car trying to push its way into the parking space that I had not yet vacated, with that familiar …

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Written by: [6 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

Tired of Israel’s cutthroat politics? Devastated by the barrage of bad news thrown at you by the media? Exhausted by threats from Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran and all the others who want to make our lives miserable? London is your refuge. There is nothing like a long weekend in this mecca of the arts to escape all those headaches.
My first stop during a recent jaunt was the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden

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Written by: [14 Sep 2009 | One Comment | ]

We are now told that the White House envisions peace in the Middle East within two years. I assume that if I were a fly on the wall in the Oval Office, when President Obama and his closest aides discussed how to accomplish that, I would be hearing the following.
President Obama: Guys, let’s get our act together. Two weeks have passed, and we’re still at square one. Hillary?

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Written by: [26 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

There used to be, and perhaps still is, an American Jewish stand-up comic named Jackie Mason.

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Written by: [23 Mar 2009 | 11 Comments | ]

The other day I came across the blog of Mary Beard, a highly respected Cambridge academic, voted by Vogue UK as one of the “30 most inspirational women of 2009.”