but this Arab pop song has been going HAM for like the past 15 minutes and I’ve been dancing for the majority of it and all it does is make me miss Arab wedding season and being pissed at 18 year old asshole israeli soldiers.
I wish you weren’t so enchanting Palestine. This would be so much easier.
It’s almost been a year since I left for the Holy Land.
If I didn’t have student loans I can guarantee you that I never would have left.
UPDATE: In my super-buzzed state that I was in when I wrote this I forgot to mention that I did leave and wanted to leave when I did. I totally want to go back now though.
In the past year, even before the events in Egypt and Tunisia, we connected the dots and decided what was needed in the division, down to the level of inventory of crowd-dispersal means and the preparation of infrastructure to prevent such events from taking place.
An unnamed Israeli army officer in this Ha’aretz article. The whole thing is an exercise in not hearing what you are saying. When do they realize they are performing the functions of the various state security services of regional dictatorships? Albeit without the same level of sustained and systemic brutality other services are known for. Many Israelis, or other sympathetic parties, are fanatically concerned with preserving the legitimacy of Israel. I can’t even comprehend the level of bile that would spew out from them if widespread and decisive numbers of people went out and demonstrated. The article makes good points about the people being tired from the Second Intifadah and that they doubt that any large-scale demonstrations would be non-violent.
I would point out that those arguments were made about Egyptians.
Other things to consider:
Who knows what will happen? I hope for freedom sooner rather than later because I would like to return some day and not have to deal with the headaches and heartbreak I dealt with on my first trip.