AUTHOR:G.
DATE:5/17/2002 04:02:00 PM
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BODY: Israelis banned from French bistro in New York

Attention New Yorkers: ugly behavior towards Israelis in your amazing city. The following story was published by Ma'ariv newspaper.

10 days ago two Israelis were kicked out of a French restaurant in Manhattan called "Alouette", their only crime: being Israelis. The two young Israelis, who live in New York and study in Columbia university, entered the French Bistro "Alouette" located at the west side of Manhattan, 2588 Broadway
near 98 street. The waiter who took the order noticed their accent and asked them where they are from. The two replied they are Israelis and the waiter went back to the kitchen. A short while later the owner of the restaurant came out from the kitchen and with a heavy French accent told the two: "I'm sorry, Israelis will not eat in my restaurant". One of the two told the newspaper that they were stunned and left right away without saying anything feeling humiliated. A complaint has been made to the Anti Defamation League. The owner of the restaurant refused to tell her name to the newspaper reporter who called her and denied the whole story.

That is despicable!!! If I was one of those two poor Israelis I would have made that racist so sorry she ever behaved like that! If you want to express your self here is Alouette phone number: (212) 222-6808, Fax: (212) 222-6845 and you can send them a message through their web site.

I'm so furious!






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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:5/16/2002 09:25:00 PM
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BODY: "Rules of survival"

There is a really interesting article in Haa'retz called:"The age of anxiety" it describes some of the ways in which Israelis are coping with the trauma of the home-front war. I know that it is very difficult for non-Israelis to comprehend the harsh reality we face every day. I'm sure reading the article will help that a bit.

I must point out though that not all Israelis feel and act as those who were interviewed to the article. I didn't change my way of life, I go where ever and when ever I want to. Yes I can be a little worried in some places, all kind of thoughts run in my head but it does not change the way I act.

At the end of the article there are unofficial "rules of survival" that were gathered in interviews with worried city dwellers. Some of the ideas are logical and widely accepted. Others are based on superstitions, and some of the tips contradict one another. It may look funny to you but it sure isn't funny for us Israelis.

Here they are:

1. Don't leave the house if you don't have to.

2. Don't go to any place where there is no security guard.

3. Don't sit at or near the entrance to a restaurant or cafe.

4. Don't enter a cafe/restaurant/store on a level part of the street.

5. Don't enter a corner cafe/ restaurant/store.

6. Don't enter a cafe/restaurant/store with glass walls.

7. Cafes/restaurants/stores that have experienced a terrorist attacks are safer: Terrorists don't strike twice at the same place.

8. Don't take the bus; this is the time for taxis.

9. In a car, don't get close to a bus, and whatever you do, don't get caught between two buses.

10. Don't sit in the back of a bus; experience shows that the safest place is close to the driver.

11. Don't wander around the area of the Defense Ministry compound (Kirya) in Tel Aviv in the morning (when the soldiers are streaming in) or in the late afternoon (when the soldiers are streaming out).

12. Don't walk on busy streets at peak hours (Sheinkin Street in Tel Aviv on Fridays, the Carmel and Mahane Yehuda produce markets on Thursdays).

13. Don't go to a shopping mall that has experienced a terrorist attack (such as Dizengoff Center).

14. Don't go to a shopping mall that has not yet experienced a terrorist attack (such as Malha in Jerusalem or Azrieli in Tel Aviv).

15. Don't enter high-rises.

16. Don't even think about going to the "triangle" in downtown Jerusalem - the area bounded by Jaffa, Ben Yehuda and King George streets.




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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:5/16/2002 09:04:00 PM
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BODY: Its a holiday today in Israel, Shavuot. And as usual in holidays the risk of another suicide bomber rises. There hasn't been one, yet. The Palestinians planned one (come on its a Jewish holiday you can't expect them not to celebrate it in their own special way). The reason it didn't happen is that today IDF forces prevented a double suicide attack in Jerusalem. An IDF elite unit was in action in Ramallah, the soldiers caught two Islamic Jihad activists who planned to carry out a suicide attack in Jerusalem during the Shavuot holiday. One of the men led his investigators to their hide-out, in which an explosive belt was hidden. Lets hope it was the only suicide bombing planned for this holiday.



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:5/15/2002 10:32:00 PM
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BODY: One of the things that can make me lose my temper is when Arabs (and I've heard some Europeans as well) compare between the Holocaust to the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. The two are so dissimilar that they cannot be compared in any meaningful way.

Yad Vashem, The Israeli institute that perpetuate the legacy of the Holocaust to future generations, has recently published on the web its reference to the subject. It is worthwhile reading (Available in English, Hebrew, French, Russian, Arabic and Swedish).



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:5/15/2002 01:25:00 PM
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BODY: During the last weekend, when I was drafted to do a reserve service, I drove to Gaza Strip, back home and then again to Gaza and back home. I guess some of you might wonder if I live near Gaza. The answer is: no. I live in a city 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Tel Aviv right in the center of Israel. So how was I able to get to and from Gaza so fast? Gaza is less than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from my home. It's a good example of how tiny Israel is. But Gaza is far away if you considering that only 15 kilometers (10 miles) east of my home is Kalkilya, a Palestinian city. The situation is very complicated.



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:5/14/2002 08:55:00 PM
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BODY: Yasser Arafat visited Yesterday three Palestinian cities for the first time since the end of is Rammalla siege. Poor Yasser thought thousands of cheering Palestinians will wait for - he was disappointed. Instead of thousands only a few hundreds waited for him.

Arafat had to cancel his visit to the notorious Jenin refugees Camp. He had a very food reason for that: a short time before his arrival the stage prepared for him was set on fire. I guess it was too warm of a welcome for him.

"We sacrificed our men, we fought till our last drop of blood in the last couple of months and on what achievements can we talk about?" wondered a Fatah movement militant from Nablus, who preferred not to welcome Arafat. (quote from Maa'riv Israeli newspaper). Hopefully the Palestinians will begin to understand that this pathetic man is leading them to nowhere.



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:5/13/2002 12:58:00 PM
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BODY: This was written in 1968 but it is still relevant today, I got it a few days ago (via my uncle Eldad and his friend Arnon).

Eric Hoffer was an American social philosopher. He was born in 1902 and died in 1983, after writing nine books and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His first book, “The True Believer”, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic.

ISRAEL'S PECULIAR POSITION
By Eric Hoffer (LA Times 5/26/68)

The Jews are a peculiar people : things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it, Turkey threw out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese - and no one says a word about refugees.

But in the case of Israel the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.

Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.

Other nations when they are defeated survive and recover, but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews.

No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on. There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Negroes are executed in Rhodesia. But when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one remonstrated with him.

The Swedes, who are ready to break of diplomatic relations with America because of what we do in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway.

The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts and Jewish resources.

Yet at this moment Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war, to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.

I have a premonition that will not leave me: as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish the holocaust will be upon us.



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:5/12/2002 08:12:00 PM
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BODY: I'm a civilian once again. My short military adventure is over, for now. I guess Israel need to suffer 4-5 more suicide bombers before the incursion to Gaza will happen. Do not doubt it, there will be more suicide bombings in the near future. I hope I'll be proved wrong. When me and the other reservists were released today we told one another that we will probably meet soon in the same place making preparation to go in to Gaza. Sad but True.

I want to thank to those who linked to me: Letter from Gotham, Ye Olde Blogge , Yourish.com and especially to my new friend from Brazil Renata.



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:5/12/2002 11:50:00 AM
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BODY: The planned incursion to Gaza was canceled today. That means I'll be released today from my reserve service. On one hand I can't say I'm disappointed, I had some worries when I was drafted, on the other hand Israel needs to take care of Hamas and Islamic Jihad that flourish in Gaza under Palestinian Authority rule.

I'm heading back south the my army unit deployment area, for some final briefing, returning the weapon back and to be released.

As I wrote before I was back home yesterday. Me and my friends went last night to sit in our local cafe. Now this may sound weird to non Israelis: for a short moment I considered taking my M-16 with me to the coffee place, you know just in case... . Anyway I didn't take it eventually.

I want to thank all the people who e-mailed me, and were concerned about me - Thank You!



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