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May 31, 1985 - Image 36

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-05-31

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Friday, May 31, 1985

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Jerusalem (JTA) —Israel is not
only a place, it's also a state of
mind, a bitter-sweet reality. It's
ebullience, verve and vitality. It's
the quiet measured pace of 19th
Century Mea Sharim, and the
now, the in, the where-it's-at diz-
zying and bedazzling Dizengoff
Street.
It's where a Cabinet Minister
can stand on a street corner chew-
ing the fat with a crony and where
a disgruntled citizen can chew out
a Cabinet Minister. It's where the
speech of a Prime Minister is in-
terrupted on TV and radio so that
an international soccer match in
which an Israeli team is involved
can be broadcast.
It's where young men and
women soldiers stand at bus stops
waiting to hitch rides. It's where
bus drivers are kings and riders
are peasants in their eyes. It's
where motorists vie with each
other to see who can drive faster
than a Concorde plane. It's where
every red-blooded Israeli aspires
to become a "pakid" (bureaucrat)
and where every pakid reigns
supreme in his or her own office or
cubicle.
It's Yad Vashem and King
David's Citadel. It's where every
street is named after known or
obscure Zionists, Jewish writers,
poets and philosophers — and
American Presidents like "Av-
raham Lincoln." It's arms tat-
tooed with concentration camp
numbers, faces from almost every
corner on the globe, and where the
worst form of intermarriage is
that between a Litvak and a
Galitzianer.
Israel is also a place where pri-
mary school students dressed as
American Indians put on a Purim
play for recently arrived Ethio-
pian Jewish immigrants at the
Kfar Saba absorption center. Why
American Indians? A Jewish
Agency official was quick to ex-
plain: "Why not? Who's to say that
Mordechai and Esther weren't In-
dians?"
Israelis have always been
known for ignoring lines and for
breaking into them at will at bus
stops, at supermarkets, at movies,
wherever. It Was a challenge. The
usual response from those waiting
was always a boisterous, "Rega,
Rega
" (roughly translated as "wait a
minute" or "hold it"). No more.
Line are respected, and if someone
should revert to the primeval, the
offender will immediately say,
"slicah" (excuse me.) Unbelieva-
ble, but true.

Taba is little more than a hotel
and a strip of sandy beach. The
Egyptians and Israelis are trying
to settle a dispute over the owner-
ship of this enclave near Eilat.
But the Israeli and Egyptian
soldiers who stand on either side
of the border, which is demarcated
by nothing more than two oil
drums with a heavy metal rod
across them,,are more concerned
with who is going to get the latest
container of coffee for each other
than who owns the land. Frater-
nization is the order of the day.
Some 40 members of the 80-
member United Jewish Appeal

Ambassadors' Mission visited an
Air Force base somewhere in the
Negev. While there, they planted
trees. With uncanny adroitness,
every one of them picked up a
shovel, dug up some earth and
patted it down with the saplings.
Having finished their task,
they boarded a waiting bus to take
them to their next destination. As
the bus, filled with contented UJA
tree planters, left the base it
passed by the area of the planting.
Out in the field IDF soldiers were
busy re-planting the saplings,

One of the hottest
items in Israel is a
T-shirt with the
inscription
"America, feel safe.
Israel is behind you."

"doing right what we screwed up,"
some of the UJA members said
wistfully.
Kibbutz Grofit, in the Negev
near Eilat, across from Aqaba,
has what might be a unique rela-
tionship with Jordan. Through a
tacit agreement with the kibbutz
and with the Israel government,
Jordanian security authorities
notify the kibbutz whenever they
know or suspect that terrorists
might be in the vicinity. The Jor-
danians are practical about this
arrangement — they don't want
their only port city disrupted, and
so they keep the kibbutz in-
formed. "A cat couldn't slip
through the area without us being.
informed," said one leading
member of the kibbutz.
One of the hottest items in Is-
rael is a T-shirt with the inscrip-
tion: "America, feel safe. Israel is
behind you."
Owners and workers in the
"shuk" (open air market) in the
Old City are inveterate hawkers
and talkers. They entice custom-
ers into their emporiums by as-
suring each and e-very passerby,
"Come in, doesn't cost anything to
look." Once in, the customer is
asked his place of residence. In my
case, the answer was New York. It
seemed as if almost every mer-
chant — if one took seriously
every one of them — had either
visited New York, intended to
visit it or had friends or relatives
who lived or had visited the city.
Invariably, the areas were iden-
tified as "Central Park West,"
"Forest Hills" or "West End Ave-
nue." Real Arab enclaves.

Tourists love to take pictures.
And what better place is there
than at an absorption center for
Ethiopian Jews. The ever-smiling
youngsters are a joy to behold.
And so, on this afternoon a group
of American tourists were cocking
shutters, flashing bulbs and hav-
ing a time photographing the
Ethiopian youngsters and each
other photographing the
youngsters. One of the Ethiopian
children turned to his counselor

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