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Comments on: Not Jewish?! What are you doing here? (Part Four)

a different side of Israel

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By: miriam

Sat, 15 Jan 2011 15:53:10 +0000

This year I went to Israel for the first time as part of an arts program. The staring Jill mentions is something that made me very very uncomfortable as it is done in an absolutely intrusive way and by men of almost all walks and in all companies (no joke, with wives and even their children in tow, not uncommon at all). At some points I really felt like throwing in the towel and returning. But because i am Jewish i really convinced myself to hang in there but it was a struggle as i came to grips with the fact that israel has a lot more in common wit the Middle Eastern ideas and culture than Western ones. Why they stare at you as if you were an object and not a person is due to a fundamental lack of respect for women outside of the family, in a public sphere and unaccompanied by a male. Moreover, I lived for some years in both Spain and Sardinia, Italy and no, this is not a Mediterranean thing by any stretch of the imagination. And although the Israelis will readily identify themselves with Europe rather than the Middle East, their self image is sometimes very far from the reality.

By: David All

Wed, 15 Mar 2006 21:52:30 +0000

Okay, when is Part 5 going to be posted. I Am waiting to hear if "the perfect guy" worked out for you, Jill.

By: Debbie

Wed, 15 Mar 2006 13:21:55 +0000

I thought the article was hysterical, and very well written. And i say that as a buxom blonde, who has lived here for 12 years and succumbed to the fatal charms of a tall, dark, handsome Israeli. One of the first things i learned to say when talking to someone in a bar was "Eh! Mami! Ani poh! 'stakel li ba'eynayim!" Shades of my long-forgotten and mispent youth. Ah nostalgia... More, more, write more Jill!

By: and

Mon, 13 Mar 2006 13:06:43 +0000

all very true. But you go ahead and emulate the Israelis. It'll help the demographic and some day prove that the Palestinians never existed.

By: Lisa

Fri, 10 Mar 2006 20:21:01 +0000

Okay, David All - You're only allowed to criticise my friend's writing once per thread. After that I start to get a bit tetchy. ;) We got your point. But I don't agree. Jill, I laughed aloud while reading this. Spot-on, as I know very well from hanging out with you. And dah-link! Such a writer you are!

By: Anonymous

Fri, 10 Mar 2006 18:47:34 +0000

I for one, and I'm sure I'm not alone, would love to see some more pic's on this blog of Jill, and other stuff...

By: David All

Fri, 10 Mar 2006 14:22:30 +0000

Oh, in the above post, I left out the adjective, virile, as in "dark-skinned VIRILE Meditteran Lover".

By: Anonymous

Fri, 10 Mar 2006 09:11:47 +0000


By: Anonymous

Fri, 10 Mar 2006 08:56:52 +0000

I too find this a bit too stereotypical.

By: miki

Fri, 10 Mar 2006 08:10:37 +0000

Girl, you are hot. Have you got Israeli citizenship?

By: David All

Thu, 09 Mar 2006 22:48:23 +0000

WOW! Israel really is a special country full of Great-looking bronzed, olive skinned, handsome, musclear Men and beautifully shaped Women: All of whom are ready to make love at a moment's notice with a poor, pale, reserved & sexually repressed Anglo-Saxon! (No Sex Please, We've British, etec.!) Okay, okay I am just kidding, but, Jill, you did voice just about every cliche about the sterotyped sexual superiority of the dark-skinned Mediterran Lover over the graceless, fair skinned, sexless, cold Northern European! Speaking of Mediterran types, the way Israelis drive certainly matches that of the Italians & the Spainish. John, I believe Jill meant 35 degrees Centigrade, which is about 100 degress Farienherit!

By: clifford

Thu, 09 Mar 2006 22:44:27 +0000

That's right, John. Foreigners use Celsius. I'm sure they have their reasons but I can't think of any good ones. FYI 35C = 95F

By: Anonymous

Thu, 09 Mar 2006 20:26:06 +0000

John, you might be confusing Celsius and Fahrenheit here.

By: Blanche

Thu, 09 Mar 2006 16:06:17 +0000


By: Virginia

Thu, 09 Mar 2006 16:02:13 +0000

Being a blonde myself and having long since overcome the willingness to be little more than ones ornament for their Ferrari, I learned how to really have fun with the "because your blonde" attention we often get. A great cure for the stares...Stare back, be sure to make solid eye contact, while presenting the most unabased, lustful longing look you can muster. Then flash and award winning, teeth revealing smile (having previously prepared by blackening in 2 teeth on the top and 1 or 2 on the bottom) NO LAUGHING! Behold the priceless change of expression!