I can’t solve the conflict nor talk it to death, but here’s what I can do:
-Write about the day to day randomness in my own back yard.
-Participate in clean-up events because nothing says you care about our land like removing litter.
-Show you pictures of cool stuff here.
-Feature art, culture and food.
-Draw your attention to the unique cafe culture of this magical place.
Basically it’s just seeing my Israel, listening a lot and being in the moment.
You may not always like it, but it’s whatever I saw that day.
Some of you visit and reach out to me and ask me to take you to my favorite places. Some of you ask me questions about my stories and things I don’t write about.
Right now I’m really feeling women. Israeli Women, Arab & Jewish women. It bothers me that there are things that are normal in this culture that we don’t talk about.
It upsets me that we are sexually assulted walking through the Old City and harassed for 20 minutes while simply walking home.
It is unnerving to me that we are a “democracy” yet sexual discrimination is not at the forefront.
It is annoying that many don’t understand the origin of feminism and have contaminated its meaning.
I am apaulled that Arab women are still murdered here by brothers and husbands.
I’m disgusted that there is domestic abuse among the Haredim.
I’m offended that those who support equality for women are labeled leftists as if it’s a disease to support women.
I’m done with ideas being hijacked because some jackasss can’t handle it.
So yeah, I’m into women in Israel at the moment and I will be having this moment for a while.
It’s nothing like the US, not even in the ball park.
I don’t compare apples and oranges.
Israeli women need to unify and turn on all the lights so we can speak truth, our truth.
Most of you know I’ve written many times to defend men in today’s culture as hyper reactive stereotypes have bled into truth.
Yet in Israel it’s not Western.
It’s not polite. It’s not enough to politely reject a man’s advances. It’s not gonna keep you safe to say no and walk away. Shits fucked up and we need to be confrontational.
Jewish and Arab women are starting to wake up. They are creating art, writing, speaking up, but it’s not getting enough exposure. Women are the next revolution in Israel. Arabs and Jews, both. I wanna be a part of it. It’s scary and exciting. It’s intimidating and awkward, but we are on the cusp of something huge. It will change all of us, like it or not.