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October 07, 1994 - Image 68

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-10-07

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pproaching the corner
where the Jaffa flea mar-
ket is in high gear, Jack-
ie Relis, a tourist from Los
Angeles, stares in wide-eyed
amazement. "This is really dif-
ferent. It could almost be anoth-
er planet!" she marvels.
Her reaction is not surprising.
For the first-time visitor, the Jaf-
fa flea market is an exotic expe-
rience and an almost over-
whelming assault to the senses.
On the narrow streets of this
Arab town, which is just minutes
from modern Tel Aviv, wares of
all spots spill out everywhere.
Colorful rugs are draped over au-
tomobiles. Lace tablecloths hang
suspended from clothespins.
Huge brass urns sit on the hot
pavement next to a towel on
which animated toys are spread,
which, in turn, is next to a table
with x-rated videos for sale.
Accompanying this kaleido-
scope of sights is an uproar of
sounds. Cars honk their horns. A
motorcycle whines as the cyclist
tries to barrel his way along the
already crowded street. There's
also the clip-clop of horses' hooves
as a horse and carriage ambles
along behind the motorcycle, with
another horse right behind it. The
two carriages nearly collide when
one gets stuck trying to turn a
corner, leading to more honking
horns. .
One weathered Arab merchant
draws a crowd as he stands near
a pile of clothes for sale, flour-
ishing a 10-shekel note as he ha-
rangues the onlookers.
Near him, another merchant
deftly cuts into juicy sabra fruits
which he hands out to hungry
customers, who take big bites
while they maneuver through the
crowd.
"Where else can you find some-
thing like this? It's unique — it's

an anthropological experience!"
says Shelley Shick, as the corn-
motion swirls around her.
Born in Israel, she now lives in
the United States and is a stu-
dent at Stanford University in
California. Returning to Israel af-
ter five years, she was eager to
visit the Jaffa flea market, which
has a special resonance for her.
"My grandmother worked
here," she explains. "She came
from Iraq to Israel in 1933, and
she would come to the flea mar-
ket carrying her stuff on her back.
She sold used clothes right from
the pavement."
Accompanying Ms. Shick is
her friend Dana Berman, who
lives in nearby Tel Aviv. She
doesn't frequent the flea market,
but now she's glad her friend per-
suaded her to come. "It's crazy,"
she says, "and it's fun, even
though I don't like old stuff. But
its interesting to see this, and to
know it's right in my own back
yard."
It's not in Ingrid Benjamin's
back yard. "You won't find any-
thing like this in London," says the
intrigued Ms. Benjamin, who is
on a holiday in Israel and has just
discovered the flea market. "I re-
ally like it. It's got everything in
one place. And it's very different!"
"Everything in one place" in-
deed includes a dizzying variety
of wares. For instance, on just one
of the side streets, the items for
sale include Levis and lamps,
plastic beach chairs and brass
urns, new silk blouses and used
Reeboks, Israeli stamps, old tools,
hair brushes, vases, bowls, pitch-
ers — and on one table, what
looks like the severed limb of a
mannikin displayed next to
bracelets and earrings.
The shoppers surveying this
varied assortment are a diverse
group. They wear straw hats and

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