Category Archives: Israel

Ariel Sharon, 1928-2014

Because Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006, didn’t really do anything for the past 8 years, some of the obituaries published today were probably written by journalists (or interns) who have passed away themselves in the meantime. … Continue reading

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Obsessed with Shoes?

If you know someone who is obsessed with shoes and you want to cure her, you can try showing her this photo. It puts things into perspective. (Photo taken at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial site in May 2009.)

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Arafat poisoned with Polonium

The news that Yasser Arafat was poisoned with polonium should not come as a surprise for those who know what his favourite restaurant was. Well, Polish cuisine is not for everyone.

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Did you notice the Irony? (9) Egypt

Egypt continues to be not only a source of bad news and sad news, but also of ironic twists and turns. = = = So the Egyptian military now imposed martial law. This includes a curfew in Cairo and 10 … Continue reading

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Easily Confused (28) Gaza and Gezi

Park in Gaza:  Gezi Park, Istanbul, Turkey: I am waiting for Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to speak about “the suffering and the inhumane conditions of life in Gaza” again. He probably won’t even notice the irony.

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A Road Trip around Israel

I have been to Israel many times and I dare say it’s my favourite country. Yet I don’t have a lot of photos from most of my visits. On most of my trips to Israel I was guiding youth groups … Continue reading

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“How are you?”

Someone: How are you? Me: Confused. Someone: Oh. I am sorry to hear that. Me: No, that’s OK. I am studying philosophy. When I first went to Israel on a youth exchange programme, I was staying with a really cool … Continue reading

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Did you notice the Irony? (# 4) Middle East edition

The TV series “Homeland” recently aired an episode which depicted a street in Beirut, Lebanon as somewhat dangerous territory with Hezbollah guys brandishing AK-47s. Of course it was not really filmed in Beirut. Instead of ordering a pizza and enjoying … Continue reading

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After Obama’s re-election, what is next for Iran?

Last night’s re-election of President Barack Obama as well as the Senate elections and the ballot measures will alter the political landscape in the US more than the 2008 election did, but the rest of the world has mainly been … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Israeli Passport Stamp Problem

When speaking to fellow travellers, globetrotters and Couchsurfers, I am always amazed how many people are afraid of visiting Israel – not because of Hamas’ rockets from Gaza or because of suicide bombers, but because of a stamp in a … Continue reading

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