Tel Aviv Diary - February 23-27, 2011 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

February 23, 2011

Can't watch the real news, Kaddafi has never been my type, but my goodness, he's a cat in the corner now. I prefer the news here The Coen Brothers are coming to Tel Aviv University.

. We spent the evening at a friends in Yaffo. The main streets are getting better all the time, but the Arab neighborhoods don't look as great. And my friends complained that the extreme religious Jews are moving in, buying large numbers of apartments and taking over. Just like Ramat Aviv, I tell them, but in my neighborhood they don't throw rocks in the windows of mosques during prayers.

February 25, 2011

Last night was the premiere of Edna Mazia's new play, "The Aristocrats," which concerns a family in Israel in the '50's and '60's. in some ways it's an allegory of how Israeli screwed up its identity, but it works best on an individual level - the story of a family. What Arthur Miller might have written if he had lived here.

On the other hand, you can see a much more realistic and optimistic side of Israel here:. I've been involved in the Daniel Rowing Center for many years and am very proud of it.

February 26, 2011

Highlights of the weekend: feeding the swans in the lake park in Raanana, watching the subdued greetings at the airport on Shabbat, eating iranian soup - ghormeh sabzi playing a little soccer, trying to ignore the slaughter in Libya.

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