My life under the iron rain

20 October 2007


Finally...after long months of waiting,I'll start the photography course in Sapir college,in order to make time for studying I had to quit my mind numbing and soul wrecking job (why do you think there wasn't any activity in this blog for half a year?) as a customer service clerk in HOT,the cable TV company. I do feel a little scared and nervous but I guess it's a natural thing when you start something new in your life,I hope that I'll make some progress in the way I portrait life and the way I look at it and develop new perspectives,in photography as well as in life.

Today's Song: I Turn my Camera On - Spoon

Today's Quote: Creativity is Great, but Plagiarism is Faster.

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08 August 2007

Postcard from Mefalsim

Combining art protest and an "alternative" sense of humour,a resident of mefalsim made a to put it...unique statement about the current state of affairs in the region:

(note to gentile and\or non-hebrew readers:the sticker reads "shalom" which means "peace")

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26 February 2007

Postcard from Mefalsim

A lone,slightly ripped,but firm Israeli flag waving,facing the sunset (and gaza)

22 February 2007

Sabra Republic

Until recently,Israel held proudly the title of "Only Democracy of the Middle East" but now we are steadily becoming the "South America of the Middle East",with numerous cases of corruption,the top of the police on trial,a rapist President,a pervert Minister of Justice and now Arcadi Gaydamak,a billionare with a more-than-shady past announcing the formation of a movement ironically called "social justice" and a recent poll gave him 14 MK's,should he turns the movement into a party.
what's next? a military coup? oh,wait a minute...

Today's Song: The Drowners - Suede

Today's Quote:There is light at the end of every tunnel...just pray it's not a train!

20 February 2007

New Hasbara Strategy: The MySpace Diplomacy

In yet another "brilliant" and "bold" move made to boost our Hasbara (the art of improving Israel's image in the world,mainly in the western media) policies,the Israeli consulate in NY opened a space for "the state of Israel" in MySpace,when i saw the headline,I thought it was a joke,maybe not a funny one,but still a joke,but no,an Israeli official,acting on behalf of the state made this stunt seriously thinking it would make the slightest contribution to the ailing "media war" with the Palestinian side,and what we have in the page,pretty girls,touristic photos,and photos of local celebrities,and some Hollywood stars in the friends list,Leonardo DiCaprio,George Clooney,Natalie Portman,and Regina Spektor (who?) among others,while the Palestinian side uses people with high IQ's and impeccable speech and manners to act on their behalf,and brilliantly,we are only left with trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator of the world's youth.

When i thought the image of our country was cheapened enough i saw that the same people responsible for the bizzare idea mentioned above also opened a blog called isrealli,which has,among it's very "Zionist" content,a video of Bar Refaeli posing in bikinis for Sports Illustrated,it seems that people are trying to win support for Israel through the hormonal activity of young men.

Now look,don't get me wrong,if a private person would make his own space making his own effort of showing another side of Israel,like I try to do for my kassam-stricken region,it would as understandable as welcomed,but in this case,the government,and it's representatives at home and abroad,should refrain from pathetic attempts like this which only degrades and cheapens our already deteriorating image to the world.

Today's Song: Pretty Vacant - Sex Pistols

Today's Quote: Whoever said nothing is impossible,never tried slamming a revolving door...

Ophir Pines-Paz in Kibbutz Be'eri

Labor Party MK and former Minister Ophir Pines-Paz came to nearby Kibbutz Be'eri and yours truly,with a small group from Mefalsim,went to see him and listen to what he had to say,about the Party,the state,and his plans,should he be elected Party Chairman in the Party's primary elections that will take place next may,it was very interesting and he made very good points,the most important is that he's looking forward mainly to the chairmanship,and not to any certain ministry or portfolio,unlike our current chairman who took a portfolio incompatible with his own qualities...

Some photos from the event:

Ophir was very polite and he was very kind to have a picture taken with yours truly:

(oh,i forgot to comb my hair in advance...)

Our region,being a Labor Party stronghold,will be visited by notable members of the party in the next months,looking for support in their respective campaigns for chairmanship.

Today's Song: Suedehead - Morrissey

Today's Quote: War does not determine who is right, war determine who is left.

17 January 2007

IDF Chief Halutz resigns

An earthquake in the military and political echelon: IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz resigned Tuesday night. This was reported by the IDF Spokesperson's Office. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed deep sorrow over the decision. Olmert, who knew beforehand that Halutz was going to resign, asked him to reconsider, but according to the PM's Office, Halutz's decision was decisive and as such, Olmert has no choice but to accept it. Despite vast pressure exerted on Halutz recently, pursuant to the second Lebanon war, the general originally seemed poised for the opposite action. In a press conference presenting the post-war investigation findings, Halutz said "I haven't heard calls from my superiors for me to leave. When they tell me to, I'll respond." Halutz addressed the imminent report by the Winograd commission, expected in February, and stated that if the commission took a different stance, he would comply "as it required." "I chose to take responsibility," said Halutz. "There are those who interpret responsibility as running away. I chose to deal with the investigation and a nation demanding a solution. That is responsibility."

IDF Chief Halutz resigns - News from Israel, Ynetnews

15 January 2007

09 January 2007

The Grip in Concert!

Just came back from an acoustic concert of a band called The Grip,I enjoyed it pretty much,it was a nice place with an intimate atmosphere,and i took some pictures from it:

Check out their MySpace page,and their website and listen to some of their songs,they sing in english so the language is not an issue in this case,i'm pretty sure you'll like their songs very much like i do :)

Today's Song: There There - Radiohead

Today's Quote: 7/5 of all people don't understand fractions.

07 January 2007

Athlete stripped of Bahraini citizenship for competing in Israeli marathon (Ynet News)

Here's something i've found in the Ynet News website:

Authorities have revoked the Bahraini citizenship of a Kenyan-born athlete who ran in an Israeli marathon, the nation's athletic union said Saturday. Bahraini runner Mushir Salem Jawher competed and won the Tiberias Marathon in Israel on Thursday, ending the race in just over 2 hours and 13 minutes. Most Arab states do not recognize Israel, and the Jerusalem Post newspaper said Jawher was the first athlete from an Arab country to compete in an Israeli marathon. Jawher was born in Kenya in 1978 and moved to Bahrain in 2003, according to the International Association of Athletics Federation. The Jerusalem Post cited Jawher as saying he was "very proud" to have run in Israel. Even though Bahrain has no official ties with the Jewish state, "It is a free country," the athlete was quoted as saying.

Athlete stripped of Bahraini citizenship for competing in Israeli marathon - Ynetnews

Yes,as bizarre as it may sound,an arab state punished an athlete with the sole charge of being a true sportsman...

A Winter Casualty

As the winter finally came after a dry autumn,I fell prey to the flu,and suffered a severe cough,that cause my throat and tongue to sore,and when I wanted to sleep i couldn't because the coughing always woke me up,the sickness was the main reason why I didn't posted anything new on the last days.

In my despair i turned to cough syrup which didn't made the slightest change in my condition,now I'm taking cough pills which seem to work,albeit with its side effects,and it's always a good reason to enjoy one of my favorite drinks:lemon and honey tea.

On the other hand,the Winter always gives me the opportunity to take colorful pictures :)

Today's Song: Don't Panic - Coldplay

(the ONLY Coldplay song which i happen to really like and not automatically making my eyes to roll and my finger to change the radio and/or TV channel)

Today's Quote: The believer is happy. The doubter is wise.

02 January 2007

Changes in the view,changes in the calendar

Something has changed in the landscape of Mefalsim recently,almost overnight strange white blocks popped out of nowhere,after further observation I realized those strange blocks are mini-shelters strategically positioned in places where children frequent most.

In this reinforment process the Kindergarden and the Nursery have been fortified as well by an extremely thick concrete "roof over the roof" (when i'll find the right word for it i'll change it).

I wish that this year,2007,would be a more peaceful and tranquil year,to ourselves and our neighbors as well.


Today's Song: Hitherto - Cocteau Twins

Today's Quote: I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.


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