I promise I haven't forgotten about this blog. I've been very busy over the past few weeks. I finished my 5-month Achvat Amim program in Jerusalem with a fairly intensive multi-day seminar. After finishing Achvat Amim, I headed off to Europe for 10 days of travel and visits with friends. Upon returning to Israel, I moved to Tel Aviv, where I'll be starting an ulpan (intensive Hebrew language school) in a couple of days and continuing some of the volunteer work that I started during Achvat Amim.
I know that I owe y'all some posts. In the next few days, I'll try to get up some more posts about the West Bank regarding my trips to Ramallah and the Jewish settlement in Hebron. I also have a few more about the Jerusalem bar scene and about street food in the works. If other things come up, I'll post about them first, but for now that's the plan.
I'll leave you with this interesting demonstration (well, demonstrator) I saw at the entrance to the Shuk HaCarmel (Tel Aviv's central market) today. Warning: the image is a little gross.
Initially, I saw his sign with a baby picture and his clothing stained with fake blood and assumed pro-lifer, but that was just my finely tuned instinct for American political rhetoric at work. Yep, that's right, an anti-circumcision demonstrator, in Israel of all places. Putting aside the merits of the arguments for and against circumcision, this just seems like a particularly futile battle to fight here in Israel. This is a land wracked by many disputes stemming from a central ethno-religious conflict, but one of the few things that's not really in dispute is the propriety of circumcision. Perhaps pick another issue or another place?