I was honored to be asked to join the IsraellyCool team and contribute photo essays.
But what should my first post be? Especially after that Bar Mitzvah invitation video, really how could I top that?
I promise to do you a favor and not sing or dance, but to show you through photos what is really happening here in Israel.
I am not creative at setting up fantasy scenes and lousy at Photoshop, so you will have to settle for candid shots of real street events.
Everywhere else in the world a week is 7 days, but nothing about Israel seems to be measured by universal standards.
Silly me, I thought Israeli Apartheid Week which started in February had gone by quieter this year.
Then late last night I read a tweet about how Israel denied entry to a South African academic and educator, Salim Vally.
Just reading Google search results on him and CERT, Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, spiked my blood pressure.
So since I know the IsraellyCool guys love my Israel Apartheid photos,
I decided not to wait and share some favorite ones now.
Salim Vally, Israel denier and hater, should have been let in to see Israeli apartheid for himself:
This Arab family had to share the same sidewalk with parked cars as they strolled in the center of Jerusalem.
Shocking how this young man had to carry a skateboard on his back as he walked towards Jaffa Gate.
This man had to stand and wait in line behind a female shopper in Jerusalem store.
Yes, this Arab family had to walk behind barriers along Agripas Street near Machane Yehuda Market.
And these men had to carry their own bags after a day working in the German Colony area.
Finally what I think is one of the most amazing photos for Israel Apartheid fans,
this man working near Gan Sacher, in the center of Jerusalem, got out of his truck and bowed down to pray, right there on the sidewalk in full view.
Everyday scenes like these are familiar to Israelis who just walk by and take no notice.
Muslim workers can be seen coming outside to pray regularly in Jerusalem and around Israel.
But people living in Canada, Australia, US, Europe, and Vally’s friends in South Africa,
are not used to seeing the real Jerusalem streets which are ignored by the media.
For more photos, check out BDS in Jerusalem, this week’s post on The Real Jerusalem Streets.
Can you tell that Israel Apartheid Week is really one of my biggest pet peeves
and IsraellyCool was always one of my favorites?
Thanks for reading, hope to be back soon.
About the AuthorI lived in the United States, Canada and Australia before moving to Israel in the midst of the Second Lebanon War. For for the last six years, walking the streets of Jerusalem, the scenes I saw every day did not resemble the ones familiar in the Western media. Now I try to share those positive images with the world, what is really happening in Jerusalem, Israel, The Real Jerusalem Streets
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