I’m on my way to Israel. The trip was arranged by Wizo, as part of the prize for my Commitment to Israel award.
We’re going to see charity projects in Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa and Jerusalem. We’ll also hang out at a cable television station, go behind the scenes at El Al and tour the Knesset (the Israeli parliament).
I will visit Menachem Begin’s resting place and also spend time in the mystical city of Tzfat, the home of Kabbalah. I’ve often dreamt of visiting Tzfat. I’m so excited to actually go there. I’ll take my Zohar.
I’m going to eat at Dr Shakshuka, and I expect I’ll have an Aroma ice coffee at some point. Probably some Popping Candy Bamba, too. I’ll be staying in Herzliya.
I’ll update this blog when I can during the trip. I’ll be tweeting when I’m over there too. You can follow me at @AllThatChas.
This is my fifth visit to Israel, but it’s been three-and-a-half years since I was last there. Ayin letziyon tzofiyah.
Before The X Factor and even before Pop Idol, Simon Cowell made three fleeting appearances on our TV screens.
Here, we see him in super-confident and opinionated mood on Right To Reply in 1987. The highlights are his comment about ‘left-wing lunatics’, the way he really warms to his theme at 1:16, and, of course, his ‘t-shirt’.
Would you like to see the trailer for a one-hour television show, in which Benjamin Netanyahu acts as tour guide for a visit to Israel?
Course you would, you cheeky minxes! Well, here it is…
Who said men cannot multi-task?
Barack Obama can. As well as managing the chaos and bloodshed created by America’s invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and sending drones to blow civilians to bits in Pakistan and Yemen, he still manages to find time to lecture Israel about “aggressive” settlement building in the West Bank.
What a guy.
Yesterday, a car carrying four Palestinians crashed in the Jordan Valley. Their vehicle, which was speeding, flipped over and fell into a wadi.
Israeli soldiers rescued the injured Palestinians and flew them to an Israeli hospital, where their lives were saved.
This is a beautiful response – and typical of the real Israel. Read more here.
Kooky conspiracy theories about Zionism are as old as Zionism itself.
Take this, from a Soviet agent as he interrogated Menachem Begin in the early 1940s:
‘Zionism in all its forms is a farce and a deception, a puppet show. It’s not true that you aim to set up a Jewish state in Palestine, or that you intend to bring millions of Jews there. Both these aims are utterly impracticable and the Zionist leaders are perfectly well aware of it.
‘This talk of a “state” conceals the true purpose of Zionism – which is to divert the Jewish youth from the ranks of the revolution in Europe and put them at the disposal of British Imperialism in the Middle East. That’s the kernel of Zionism. All the rest is an artificial shell, deliberately made to deceive.’
Next month I am returning to Israel for my fifth visit. I am going to visit the resting place of Menachem Begin, my favourite Israeli leader.
Last week the village we live in flooded. I wrote this poem about the experience…
Hi. My name is Noga and I live in Israel.
I’m a 90s child. I like to be recognized as a 90s Girl because I grew up during the time where children didn’t have cell phones or iPods. We had a Tetris, a Discman and a tiny Tamagotchi which died every few days because we forgot to feed it. I was (and still am) a Disney child; I grew up loving Ariel and Belle; dreamed that “someday my prince will come / someday I’ll find my love…”; thought about Prince Charming arriving to rescue me.
However, growing up in Israel during the 90s… well, let’s just say this was a different experience.
Chris went to India recently and one of the places he visited was Jew Town in Mattancherry.
Arsenal are top of the league – but you wouldn’t know it by listening to some Gunners fans.
The negativity among many Gooners is so strong that you’d think we were bottom of the league.