Some thoughts, some links and an idea

Hey guys!

It is the end of the first semester here, but I have some homework for the vacation period…

Lana asked two questions, which I will try to answer (to the best of my ability):
1. Voting: The Palestinians just had this last month municipal elections, and will have their first parliament elections in 9 months. With their new leader, the Israeli army and the Israeli government have been nothing but supportive and went out of their way to let the municipal elections go as smoothly as possible.
2. Plowing Down Homes: This is debated within Israel, but there is a general consensus. When a suicide bomber blows himself up, obviously there is no one left to try, so what Israel used to do (I am pretty certain it does not anymore) is let the terrorists' family know their house will be plowed down in a number of hours. These actions were aimed to be a deterrent for other Palestinians who may plot to do the same, in order to let them know their families might suffer some inconvenience. It is hard to grasp, but some of the suicide bombers have been family men with very small children than were left with just their mom.
2.A. Other cases of home plowing happened when terrorists used civilians' homes to shoot missiles from, and the army plowed down houses while broadening a self-defined security zone.

Other than that, I am currently reading David Horovitz's 'Still Life with Bombers', but I haven't got to the home plowing part :)

Also, there might be some good reading (although, I would not bet on it) at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Enia mentioned a couple of great movies, and I wanted to elaborate on that:
Aside from being Israeli made movies (which may appeal to some of you), I am pretty sure whoever likes foreign films would enjoy the movies Enia mentioned.

'Broken Wings' is an Israeli movie I liked.

The other movies Enia mentioned might be more tricky, as I did not find an NTSC version for them…

I did find a made-for-TV-movie which I really liked named 'Yossi & Jagger'. It is about a romance between two male soldiers within the Israeli army.

Other than that, I can recommend two great books. The first is named "Our Country" by my favorite Israeli photographer named Alex Levac, who has a great eye for catching the visual contradictions that are ubiquitous in my country.
You can have a peek at the pictures here, and find where to purchase it from by clicking here.
(…some of you may already own this book :)

The second book I liked (although I did read it in Hebrew) is named 'The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God' and is written by an Israeli short stories writer named Etgar Keret.

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The subject mentions an idea, so I will have to follow:
since renting the mentioned movies is not feasible, how about floating them around?
Someone will need to purchase one of them, see it and send it to someone else from the group – who would do the same.
Just an idea…

Lots of love,
Shahar.

Blood Brothers Musical – 5th Time

I just watched Blood Brothers for the 5th time, a local Hebrew production by the Beit Zvi Academy of Performing Arts and the Library Theatre, performing at the Tel-Aviv’s Beit-Hachayal Theatre.

Blood Brothers Ticket Stub - musical produced by Beit Zvi Academy of Performing Arts at The Beit Hachayal Theatre

The actors were recent graduates of the academy and the performance was superb.
High point: Hila Maaravi as the mother
Low point: Ido Rosenberg’s over the top choreography, Michal Muchtar’s childish voice

Left to right: Gilad Shmueli as Mickey Johnstone, Michal Muchtar as Linda and Ido Rosenberg as Eddie Lyons - performing in the Blood Brothers Musical by Beit Zvi Academy of Performing Arts at The Beit Hachayal Theatre

Production:
Playwright: Willy Russell
Translator: Ehud Manor
Director: Arthur Kogan
Actors:
Mrs Johnstone: Hila Maaravi
Mickey: Gilad Shmueli
Eddie: Ido Rosenberg
Linda: Michal Muchtar
Narrator: Ofir Zemach

Lying left to right: Ido Rosenberg as Eddie Lyons, Gilad Shmueli as Mickey Johnstone. Kneeling: Hila Maaravi as Mrs Johnstone. Standing left to right: Ofir Zemach as the narrator, Michal Muchtar as Linda - performing in the Blood Brothers Musical by Beit Zvi Academy of Performing Arts at The Beit Hachayal Theatre

Simone’s 3rd Annual Post-Xmas CD

Front cover:
Simone's 3rd Annual Post-Xmas CD - Front cover

Inlay:
Simone's 3rd Annual Post-Xmas CD - Inlay

Back cover:
Simone's 3rd Annual Post-Xmas CD - Back cover

Track list:

Artist Song Album
Air Alone in Kyoto Lost in Translation Movie Soundtrack
Pixies Where Is My Mind Surfer Rosa
Nine Inch Nails Hurt The Downward Spiral
Meital Trabelsi ho rav hovel (O Captain! My Captain!) rav hovel (Captain)
Sandra Kim J'aime La Vie 1986 Eurovision Song Contest
Shakira Inevitable MTV Unplugged
Noa Paranoia Achinoam Nini & Gil Dor Live
Chumbawamba Mouth Full Of Shit Uneasy Listening
Lenny Kravitz California Baptism
Lenny Kravitz Where Are We Runnin'? Baptism
Beat Steaks Idon' Tcareaslongasyousing Smack Smash
Phoenix (You Can't Blame It On) Anybody Alphabetical
The Roots ft. Cody Chestnutt The Seed 2.0 Phrenology
10cc Dreadlock Holiday Bloody Tourists
Christina Aguilera Hello Mercedes-Benz 'Follow Your Own Star' Commercial
Alicia Keys Fallin' Songs in A Minor
Katie Melua The Closest Thing To Crazy Call Off The Search
Maria Mena You're the Only One White Turns Blue
Sophie Ellis Bextor Murder on the Dancefloor Read My Lips

Free Flight And Trip To Israel

Just came back from an amazing experience – a ten day guided tour of Israel. I was one of five Israelis who joined a group of 42 young American Jews, in a free trip organized by a foundation called Taglit-Birthright Israel       . They provide first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. Taglit-Birthright Israel’s founders created this program to send thousands of young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel as a gift in order to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry; and to strengthen participants’ personal Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish people.

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