Meanwhile, THIS Is Life in Israel


With so many people around the world demonizing the Jewish state, life here goes on. The following account by L, a good friend of mine, sums up what those of us here experience while the armchair experts overseas do their thing.

Despite all the politics, riots, embassy moves and other crap going on right now, I wanted to give you all a piece of daily life in Israel.

As I’m checking out at the grocery store this morning, a woman walks in with her receipt and goes up to my cashier, a religious Arab woman, and lets her know that she’s been double charged for her chicken wings.

My cashier turns to the cashier behind her, a religious Jewish man, and says in a joking tone “Hey, how did you miss this? I mean, I’m fasting (it’s Ramadan) so I know how I’d make this mistake. But you? You’re not fasting. What happened?” He laughs, the woman refunds the money to the customer. I wish my cashier a great day and an easy fast. She wishes me a Happy Holiday and we all go on with our day.

On days that I’m buying alcohol, this cashier kindly asks me if I can scan the bottles for her, so that she as a religious Arab, doesn’t have to touch something that is Haram. I happily oblige.

These are the normal every day interactions we have. This is how we’re really living here. #ThisismyIsrael

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.