Tel Aviv Diary June 13-17, 2020 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel Aviv Diary - June 13-17, 2020 Karen Alkalay-Gut

June 13-17, 2020

June 13, 2020

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what a disappointment. we decided today that since we can't see our kids and so many of our friends we have to fulfill our long time wish and get a dog. so we went to the dog adoption center that operates in herzlia on Saturday morning. 1. it was crowded 2. the dogs were large - desperate - abused - ugly. what will we do with a dog that has a history? So we came home, sad and a little ashamed at how much we need to be needed, but would never be able to deal with a dog that has more psychological problems than we do.

in fact, we have become ill equipped to deal with any problems any more. the riot last night in Jaffa caught my kids and their kids in the middle, and they have much to say about it, but i cannot imagine where to begin explaining to angry people that destruction is easy - rebuilding is hard. the desire to destroy the economy that has kept so many out is understandable, but it is also self-destructive.. i dont have all the facts in the plans to destroy the Muslim cemetery, but I'm sure there is a possibility of working something out. the big problem is the atmosphere created by the dehumanizing situation of the corona virus.

oh, and as far as annexing territories - forget about it. it isn't going to happen.

June 14, 2020

the upsurge of corona cases - smal and logical though it may be - has freaked us out. what? we've been home with few exceptions since March and it looks like we'll be here until the Fall.

June 15, 2020

These are dates when we usually associate with celebrating - parties - kissing - end of intensive semesters - this is the date of my ex-husbands birthday. and from here, we go off to summer vacations. my youth was always in camps - wonderful summer camps. and because we were still just after the war, all the camps were rehabilitating. there were signs on the dining hall like "Eat! It puts hair on your chest!" and we sang songs like "My Gal's a corker, She's a New Yorker. I buy her everything to keep her in style." We had powdered eggs to take on our overnights and other surplus army rations. Our lessons in survival, on the other hand, were secretly overlooked. "The tripper" who took us into deep forests at night after our bicycle or canoe rides had paid off the farmer not only to leave us alone, but to watch by that we were left alone.. We slept on pine leaves...

but my dream was shattered by the imperatives of daily life in corona. and i went racing out for the day. I'll be back later.

June 16, 2020

Let's try to stay optimistic. Even though we went out today - to one of our favorite places, Dubnov 8, there were few people, and our friends were depressed and depressing. To my accusations of our failure to act to prevent the situation we find ourselves, Yossi, for example, explained about his efforts to prevent a minister from holding office while under investigation, Rachel is demonstrating tonight about something,... altogether we want to change things - but actually we're doing nothing.

On our way home we discovered that there are over 250 new cases of Corona today and we should not have been out at all.

June 17, 2020

I want to stay in bed and pull the covers over my head. No, I want to pack a small bag and go to New York. No, I want to go to the beach before the big medusas come. but i'm at my desk today trying to figure out the banking of IAWE. It's not only about corona - its about being trapped. i need a (corona free) vacation.

i had to go to the grocer today - it's only a few steps away, but as I walked, masked, i kept thinking about all the new cases of corona discovered today - 300. the numbers don't add up - 250 yesterday - 150 the day before - and yet the total number of cases seems to be almost the same. something is strange. but as i walked i passed by at least 3 people without masks. of course, I gave them dirty looks, but they went on their way with strategic insouciance. i have to learn to shout 'infectors!' or some such nonsense, even if only embarrasses them a tiny bit. it IS scary.


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