Tel Aviv Diary June 25 ->, 2004 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel Aviv Diary - June 25, 2004 Karen Alkalay-Gut

June 18, 2004

Since this journal is about Tel Aviv, I feel no obligation to write when i am not there. But I do feel a bit guilty about the people who need Tel Aviv fixes and have to go elsewhere. It IS a place you get addicted to. I'm sorry - If e-mail weren't so complex when one is abroad I'd write something about thinking about Tel Aviv. But I'll have to do that offline, sitting in Portland and watching the ocean.

June 28, 2004

One admission - It's been a long time since I've talked about Tel Aviv abroad - I was sure that I would be universally hated - but it seems that with a very few exceptions people are willing to relate to people - where-ever they are from and whatever the politics are. this is a very naive statement but i AM very naive.

Why do I say i am naive? For those of you new to this diary, I have been wrong so often about things I was sure of. For example, I believed Bush about the WMD threat. Check back to the nights before the war on iraq broke out. I even asked Ezi to take a picture of me in my gas mask, the same mask we were told to open and get ready that night. Ezi didn't open his, said when pressed that he didn't believe there were WMD in Iraq. And I remember talking to Nathalie Handal on the phone about Iraq, and her describing the images of what war could mean to the people in Iraq and thinking - if it is down to them or me, I'd prefer it was them.

so don't listen to me. i try to be wise, but not always do i exceed.

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