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Brilliant non-political commentary on the Israel-Hamas conflict

We've all seen and read written and spoken rhetoric that supports one side of the conflict. Are there any brilliant articles or speeches that expresss an original viewpoint that take a higher-level view - maybe from the psychological, sociological, or even evolutionary science point of view? Articles that don't take sides, that try to explain rather than to shout?
posted by storybored on Aug 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Is/Was Amos Oz speaking recently in New York City?

I thought I saw a recent announcement for a panel including Israeli author Amos Oz in New York City (perhaps as panel moderator). Now I can't remember where I saw it and Google hasn't been any help. Anyone know of a recent appearance in NYC or an upcoming one?
posted by Jahaza on May 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me track down an article I read on young Jewish settlers

Here's a tough one.... I read a long-form article online a few years ago about Jewish settlers in the West Bank. I remember that it focused on a few teenagers who squatted at an outpost that lacks things like electricity and running water. I definitely remember it was illustrated with photographs of the settlers. I think it focused on a few religious schools in the West Bank that produced these settlers, and was more a profile of the participants than anything else. It was from an English-language publication, probably a Jewish one. Ring any bells?
posted by whitewall on Apr 29, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me feed my 20-something wanderlust. Difficulty level: Wheelchair

I'm like every other post-college twentysomething in lots of ways: I make too little money, watch too much Netflix and indulge in an existential crisis oh, about once an hour. Also, like many in my cohort, I love the idea of packing up a ratty old duffel bag and heading off to some far corner of the world to taste, see and do all I can, while maybe giving myself either a leg to stand on once I return to the job market here or the warm-n-fuzzies that come from volunteering and/or service learning. All pretty standard fare. Here comes the doozy of snowflake: I'm in a wheelchair and have certain difficulties with speech fluency, owing to my CP and spastic diplegia diagnosis. Try as I might, I can't get myself to give up on the dream of spending a year or more abroad, even with all this in my way. Help me get there, oh beautiful hivemind? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Looking for info about a gold pendant from Israel

My friend has inherited a gold pendant from a recently passed mother-in-law and she was hoping to learn some more about it. Do any MeFite's know what the story might be behind this pendant? Where it's from, what it might say or represent? [more info and link to photo inside] [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Jan 10, 2014 - 5 answers

How much should potential visitors to Israel be worried about polio?

My family has planned, but have not purchased plane tickets for, a trip to see relatives in Israel a couple of months from now. We are concerned about the presence of wild polio virus there, apparently imported from Syria. The CDC is recommending that adults get a booster dose of IPV (the "killed" virus used in the countries, like the US, where polio infection has been essentially eradicated) and that kids are up to date with our vaccination; for our 3-year-old, this would mean getting her last dose of IPV early (though not so early as to violate any guidelines.) But Israeli children are getting OPV, the live vaccine. If I understand correctly, IPV is effective at preventing you from actually getting paralytic polio, but it does not prevent asymptomatic infection with poliovirus. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Dead ends everywhere I look

That I've posed this question more than once before in various forms doesn't say very many good things, but the circumstances being what they are, I have to hope the answer is yet to be found. That's all I've got really- hope.I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( in May, with a BA in psychology from Stony Brook University in NY), looking for love, a job, a journey and a purpose. I'm also in a wheelchair, unable to speak fluently in an increasing percentage of life situations, grossly overweight, unmotivated and uninspired. Help me build a life away from my couch and outside of daytime TV, Facebook and lies. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Oct 10, 2013 - 25 answers

Are Israelis really worried that they'll be hit by Syria in retaliation?

Israeli (or Israel-located) responses only, please. :) I'm flying to Israel this coming Sunday morning for a week-long vacation with my wife. The current plan is 1 day Jerusalem, 1 day Ramallah, 4 relaxing days on the beach in Tel Aviv. Now I'm trying to figure out whether I'll be flying into a war zone. [more inside]
posted by Televangelist on Aug 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Is it safe to visit Ramallah (West Bank) as an interracial couple?

I've been to Ramallah once before as a single guy (in the Summer of 2008), just walking across at the checkpoint in Jerusalem and grabbing a taxi, and I had a great time -- everyone was super friendly and extroverted, got by fine in English, fun shopping, tasty food, though I returned to Jerusalem at sundown so if it's really different at night I didn't see it. Now, I'm going back to Israel with my wife for the first time, and I want to show her Ramallah, but I want to double check first that this isn't a bad idea safety-wise for any reasons I might not be thinking of (security situation changing in the last 5 years, treatment of women travelers possibly different than treatment of men, etc.). [more inside]
posted by Televangelist on Aug 8, 2013 - 7 answers

How to get the most out of a five-day trip to Israel

5 days in Israel: what should we see and do? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Jul 12, 2013 - 6 answers

What direction should/can my life take now?

This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 6, 2013 - 35 answers

Rent a sim card in Israel?

Can anyone recommend a good company in Israel from which we can rent a prepaid sim card? [more inside]
posted by Guernsey Halleck on Feb 28, 2013 - 2 answers

Should I pursue a casual FWB relationship with this narcissistic but very intellectually interesting and sexy jerk?

Should I pursue a casual FWB relationship with this narcissistic but very intellectually interesting and sexy jerk? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl on Dec 27, 2012 - 109 answers

Once again I require awesome history books plz

I need to stop reading wikipedia at work, so please give me books instead [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Dec 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me know more about Israel

Can you please recommend a good book on the formation of modern Israel? [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah on Oct 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Dollars -> shekels in Los Angeles

Where to get Israeli shekels in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Aug 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Help Me Find This Petition Against the UN Partition Plan for Palestine

Help me find the petition, published in The New York Times, condemning the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine around the time it was passed in late November 1947. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Aug 11, 2012 - 11 answers

What is that delicious wallpaper paste?

This morning I had this really nice Israeli spread - and I hesitate to use that word because it's quite liquidy - which I would like to know more about. What's in it? Can I buy it anywhere else? What is it called? The name is comething like "chrinach," it's considered a student food (cheap, easy to make), and it has a salty, maybe malty or yeasty taste. Making it is easy: start with a concentrated paste, add water little by little; add salt, garlic. Has the color and texture of wallpaper paste, but tastes awesome. Goes great with bread, vegetables. What is it!?
posted by whatzit on Aug 9, 2012 - 16 answers

What are some stories camp kids can tell on a podcast?

What would be some good radio monologues to have kids read for a sleep-away camp podcasting group? [more inside]
posted by grimace636 on Jul 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Warm Worms

The US and Israel, according to all accounts, are behind the Stuxnet and Flame worms. Does the creation and deployment of these cyber espionage worms violate any treaties or international law? Does the creation and deployment of these worms violate any existing domestic law? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Jun 21, 2012 - 6 answers

MRI/MRA in Israel

Anybody know about the cost of getting an MRI or MRA in Israel (or Cairo)? This is my student insurance, and it puts imaging under "Included in the limits of liability". I'm not sure what that means. I am unable to get this done in the US due to scheduling conflicts. I'll be in Jerusalem this summer and then in Cairo this fall, but am not sure what my insurance will be in Cairo (and I also know less about Egypt's health system in general). Thanks!
posted by Corduroy on Jun 2, 2012 - 2 answers

What should I do with 4 days in Israel?

Suggestions for the four days after my Birthright Trip finishes? [more inside]
posted by Strudel on Jan 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Where to rent motorcycles in Israel for an international traveler?

Looking to travel to Israel soon and interested in renting a motorcycle - anyone know of good places to rent in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem that allow for travel around the country? [more inside]
posted by HoyaSaxa on Jan 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Anyone read a book about Korea, the Baltic States, and Saladin?

I'm trying to find out the title and author of a near-future geopolitical thriller written sometime back in the 90's. [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Dec 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Economy of Mandate Palestine

Are there any, good, books (or peer reviewed articles?) on the economics of Mandate Palestine including original Jewish immigration before the British mandate? I'm interested in the comparative development of the immigrated Israeli and indigenous Arab populous, as well as all the relevant, important tidbits: rates and causality of forced landlessness, Arab immigration from outside Palestine, etc.
posted by SollosQ on Sep 24, 2011 - 1 answer

Things to do in Jerusalem

What's a guy to do in Jerusalem? [more inside]
posted by grimace636 on Sep 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Can you recommend an American therapist in Israel?

Can you recommend an American therapist in Israel? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Jul 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Israel Travel Help

TravelFilter: I'm going to Israel for two weeks in July. Help me figure out how to travel around and see everything. [more inside]
posted by raeka on Jun 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Israel's Antiquities Police?

Is there a special branch of the Israeli police that specializes in investigating antiquities theft or artifact smuggling? [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Jun 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Orthodox Ritual Bathing?

Orthodox-in-JerusalemFilter: I watched Eyes Wide Open last night and found it, unexpectedly, quite moving. I'd like to know more about a central image and I'm not finding it online, so I hope an Orthodox and/or Israeli MeFite can shed some light. Dip in, for more details... [more inside]
posted by OneMonkeysUncle on Jun 6, 2011 - 9 answers

1949, 1967, etc

Contemporary Israeli politics. Israel and Palestine. Point me to good resources. [more inside]
posted by Weebot on May 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Jewish history added to the Tanakh?

Will the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) ever be appended to include events such as the Shoah (Holocaust) and the foundation of Israel?
posted by Tom-B on Mar 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Hiking in Israel

Good places to hike in Israel? [more inside]
posted by j1950 on Feb 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Have you been to Beirut?

Should I go to Lebanon in April? What do I need to know if I go? I have a chance to attend a conference there, and need to decide quickly if I'm going, and if so, how long I want to spend there and if I want to go anywhere else in the area. [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer on Feb 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Vintage non-electric , gas burner based oven?

A few decades ago there was this enamel coated oven contraption, resplendent with a small glass door that slid down, that you'd put on the gas burner, it would heat up from below and could then be used as an ordinary baking device. It had virtually no inner parts, aside from maybe a coil. They had them in Europe and Israel - what were they called? Are they still made? (It isn't the Wonder Pot).
posted by watercarrier on Dec 22, 2010 - 9 answers

I love the anecdote, but I need proof!

Looking for a news article I read about Isreal and Egypt meeting at the State Department, and not saying anything until they agreed on how bad American coffee is. But now I can't find it! [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Oct 31, 2010 - 1 answer

Suffering movie amnesia torture

Trying to remember a movie in which a woman meets her mother's (supposed?) ghost while visiting Israel. Help me remember. Please!!!! :) [more inside]
posted by royboy on Oct 20, 2010 - 2 answers

Travel to Israel as USA muslim of Pakistani origins and lots of Muslim country visas.

Travel to Hebron via Tel Aviv- American citizen, Pakistani ethnicity (and Muslim, don't wear a headscarf), and all sorts of stamps on my passport. Can I do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2010 - 10 answers

Where should I travel for a "bonus day" in Israel and/or Palestine?

I will be travelling for work as part of a delegation to Israel and Palestine in early October. I'm hoping to stay for an extra day or two at the end, but I can't decide what I should do with my time. Help? [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Aug 5, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I help a friend?

A friend of mine has recently been sexually assaulted in a Kibbutz in Israel. I have limited experience counseling. I know enough to know this is well out of my league and that she may develop PTSD from this, but she is unable (not unwilling) to seek treatment for another two weeks. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2010 - 12 answers

How can I get an Israel passport?

How can I, a non-Israeli Jew, get an Israeli passport? [more inside]
posted by bindasj on Jul 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Has Tony Blair done anything worthwhile?

Has former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair actually contributed at all to Middle East Peace? I mean this in his capacity as "Middle East Peace Envoy". [more inside]
posted by Biru on Jul 5, 2010 - 8 answers

rentals, short-term, for Tel Aviv, Israel

short-term rental advice for Tel Aviv [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Jul 5, 2010 - 4 answers

can i travel to syria? and should i?

I am going to several countries in the Middle East as part of a project I'll be working on with some journalist friends and one of the countries they are thinking of reporting in is Syria. I was in Israel in 2007 but never had my US passport stamped (and have gotten a new passport since anyway) so it would seem that I would be able to obtain a visa to travel there. However, I did write a book about my travel to Israel which will be published this fall and which would come up in any internet search of my name. [more inside]
posted by minicloud on Jun 29, 2010 - 8 answers

Good: vacation in Israel. Bad: driving in Tel Aviv. Where do I get coverage?

How does an American citizen get auto insurance in Israel for a 6 week trip? [more inside]
posted by dudeman on Jun 3, 2010 - 1 answer

BBC error or media diplomacy?

Last night on BBC's news site I saw a scrolling headline like this: "UN's Ban Ki-moon calls for lift of Gaza Blockade". Clicking on it took one to the story about the flotilla in which Netanyahu says "We had no choice" or some such. Today the headline is gone from the Beeb. [more inside]
posted by fish tick on Jun 3, 2010 - 9 answers

How to Finance a Personal Trip to Israel?t

I want to travel to Israel over the summer - visit family, explore the country, see the holy sites, etc. I intend it as a learning experience, however I won't be participating in an organized program because I want the freedom to determine how I spend my time. I know there are programs that help finance trips to Israel, however I don't know if any of them apply to personal trips. Additionally, my parents are secular, and I am not affiliated with a regional Jewish community or synagogue who could help support the cost of my trip. [more inside]
posted by howgenerica on May 9, 2010 - 13 answers

I want something neat from Israel!

My mother in law is going to Israel, and I want her to bring me back a cool souvenir! [more inside]
posted by msali on Apr 27, 2010 - 19 answers

Non-academic jobs for a statistician/ecologist in Israel?

What are some non-academic jobs near Tel Aviv, Israel that would be a good fit for someone with training in statistics (MA) and ecology (PhD)? [more inside]
posted by JumpW on Apr 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Study abroad program in Israel to become reborn again?

What is the best program for a Jewish-American who wants to study abroad in Israel and redefine his life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2010 - 16 answers

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