JERUSALEM - In early January, Combatants for Peace held a small discussion at the Beit Shmuel Hotel, in the shadow of the Old City of Jerusalem, with two of its members sharing their stories. In attendance were guests from Allegheny College and various other schools in the United States.
Combatants For Peace was started in 2005 and is a joint Israeli-Palestinian movement predicated on using non-violence in an attempt to end Israeli control of the area known alternatively as the West Bank or Judea and Samaria. The group was once solely comprised of former combatants from both sides, but now includes individuals who never fought.
Posted January 23, 2013 03:20
TEL AVIV - Israelis will go to the polls today to vote for their next Prime Minister and members of parliament (Knesset). Compared to the United States, the electoral system in Israel differs greatly, to say nothing of how campaigns are actually conducted.
In Israel, the political party system is far more volatile than in the U.S. This is true even though, with few exceptions, the leaders of the Labor (left) and Likud (right) parties, including their precursors and instances in which those parties have allied with others, have been the prime minister.
Posted January 23, 2013 00:29
It's Christmas Eve and, yes, everything in TA is open...
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate-
Posted December 24, 2012 10:13
NETANYA, Israel - About 6,000 miles separate Netanya, Israel and East Lansing, Michigan. Yet, for former Michigan State basketball star and current Barak Netanya star Raymar Morgan, the distance seems much shorter.
"Adjusting wasn't really too hard. When I first got here, I was most surprised by just how Americanized it is, it's not too much different than America, looking at all aspects of it. The game is not too much different. Socially, everyone speaks English, so when you want to go to the store, or go out, it's easy to adjust and to adapt," Morgan said.
Posted December 19, 2012 14:38
Meeting tomorrow with Former Michigan State Basketbal Star Raymar Morgan, who is now playing for Israeli pro team Barak Netanya. Check back soon for a look into how the game differs abroad as well as insights regarding daily life in Israel-
Photos from the 2009 NCAA Final Four, in which Morgan went for 18 points in a win against UConn in the national semifinals:
Posted December 12, 2012 03:36
Some photos from today's swell... the spot is next to the Dolphinarium, which once served as a sealife performance venue and aquarium [it was dubbed the 'blue and white (read: Israeli) Disneyland,' though they probably meant SeaWorld"]. The venture only lasted a few years and closed in 1985.
Posted December 6, 2012 12:52
Spent Election Day (Israeli Labor party primaries) with candidate Oren Pasternack. Video coming soon...
Posted December 2, 2012 07:21
JERUSALEM- A visitor to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo this past week could have been forgiven for thinking that the mob scene outside the entrance gate was due to the typical excitement of children on a school field trip.
However, the children anxiously waiting to see the exotic animals inside were not on a break from a normal school day, they were escaping the constant barrage of rockets targeting them in southern Israel.
Posted December 1, 2012 15:10