A fellow blogger from Israel, Dimi Reider, recently publicised a shocking story, presumably from Tel Aviv, about a shocking case of humiliation, rape and incitement to violence. The victim is a young, recently-arrived Czech student in Israel. The suspect is a local who recently took courses at a 'pick-up school'.
Monuments are better neighbours than people - this idea can
easily come to mind when observing how the number of 'functioning'
lights multiplies in the chanukiah (special set of nine candles) placed
in the Vincas Kudirka square near the Government building.
this. I have not found the words to comment it. I visited an
unrecognised (I won't spell 'illegal') village in Ramleh. The families
that live there were expelled from their original villages after the
Independence of Israel was announced and in a period of rather lawless
situation many Arab residents were forced to leave their homes. Many of
them did not stay in Israel at all.
The ancient town of Hebron (West Bank) once looked very promising. Its ancient Jewish community, more or less continuously living in the city, which claims to host the tomb of Abraham (considered both the first Jew and the first Muslim in history), had many things to share with its Arab neighbors. For example, this prayer house, built by Herod, used to serve both.
The Israeli calendar of national holidays is structured following the religious calendar. You can't miss the holidays because everyday life gets restructured. My Israeli friends joke that all major Jewish holidays have the same idea: "They tried to annihilate us. They failed. Let's eat.
Thanks to my friend I. I had a rare opportunity to celebrate Passover in a settlement called Efrata (or Efrat), which is in the Gush Etzion territory (Judean mountains, West Bank). Of course, it was a challenge.