Tel Aviv Diary November 19 - 23, 2006- - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel Aviv Diary - November 19, 2006 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

November 19, 2006

haven't been able to get over the UN resolution over Beit Hanun. Sderot get 1000 rockets in 8 months aimed at civilian targets, people killed, property damage like crazy, and we go in to try to stop the rockets and kill 20 people by accident and we get condemned. Again and again I repeat that this is terrible. And that saying it doesn't bring back their lives. But again and again I say that it is evil not to condemn the targeting of civilians. It perpetuates the situation - just today two more people were injured seriously by rockets, and noone says a word. The Israeli news interviews both the people in Sderot and the people in Gaza - they are terrified on both sides.

November 20, 2006

Nevertheless - i was strolling down ibn gavriol this evening and thinking it the best place to live in the world.

November 21, 2006

Fell asleep...I was about to say something about the fact that this is a pretty amazing country, despite the imminent danger we're in. I was thinking that there is an intensity here that can't be matched - But then today I was in Ichilov and had to walk through the shopping mall there to get to the parking lot. And there was a family there who were very obviously not from here - they were not an Israeli-Muslim family, although I don't know how I know. It was something about the way they were looking around them. And then I said to Oren - what do you think the people from Beit Hanun think of us when they see all this? "They hate us even more," he said.

November 22, 2006

People are kept apart even when they are physically close. Incidentally, I don't think the Syrians killed Pierre Jamayel. There are other more local bullies who have more to gain by his death right now. The Syrians are being blamed so that no one will come close to them, no one will negotiate. But he wasn't even blown up the way the Syrians killed his father and uncle. He was shot by a sharpshooter. This is definitely our old friend the Hizballah. I hope we start talking with the Syrians soon, and I can fulfill my old dream of following one of my in-law's honeymoon trips and motorcycling up to Damascus.


It is nice to dream, isn't it. But we know that even though everything can be saved if people work together, it isn't going to happen. Hizballah is going to take apart Lebanon piece by piece and put it back together in the order of fundamentalism. How many years have women had the vote? It wasn't very long, was it?

We're with you, Lebanon. We're falling apart too.

November 23. 2006

It must have been the cold i caught the day before sitting at Gilly's on the port. That's why I was so negative yesterday. I mean what good does that attitude do? Unless we keep working at it nothing is going to change. A group of writers is going to Nazareth tomorrow to meet with Muslim and Christian writers. We do this every once in a while. We eat, talk about coexistence, eat, get to know each others' works, and feel very satisfied with ourselves that we've tried to do something. To Karen Alkalay-Gut Diary

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