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  • J14 gets Israeli expats to take another look at homeland

    Israelis abroad are watching the unfolding events in their homeland with awe, hope - and skepticism. Some of them have left for studies, some for work - and some have left for good because life was just too hard here. Have events changed the way the perceive the country they left? By Roi Ben Yehuda and Ami Kaufman Last Saturday, as I watched the throngs of people taking over Tel Aviv, I was jealous. My wife and I are taking turns babysitting during the demos, and I felt it was a shame I wasn't there. Which got me to thinking…

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  • An immigrant to Israel struggles to stay here

    The social justice movement has started up just in time to offer middle class Israelis like Karen Kaufman hope that life in Israel might finally get better - and cheaper By Karen Kaufman I moved to Israel exactly 15 years ago. Almost immediately after finishing my last exam at high-school, I got on a plane, by myself, and left London. Initially I came on my “gap year” between high school and university, but pretty much certain that it would be for good. A year later, I made it official: went back to London, got all the paperwork done and made…

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  • UPDATED: Over 300,000, and Israel STILL isn't a story

    Last week I posted a piece about how mainstream media websites did not update their sites with news items about the huge demo taking place on Saturday evening. There were 150,000 protesters on that Saturday. It's now 4 hours after this Saturday's protest. This time it was 350,000 people across Israel. That is 5 percent of the population. That would be the equivalent of 15 million Americans marching in D.C. And yet, before I go to bed, I'm checking the major sites again. Not the TV - I don't have cable (can't afford it). So, I don't know how the…

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  • Joining the tents: Tel Aviv's baby carriage protest

    The baby carriage protest that took place yesterday, for me, was the most important one yet in the ongoing revolution Israel experiencing. It was much smaller in numbers than previous demos, certainly than the large one held last Saturday and than the next ones coming up. But it was the people who were in it who made it so important. It was the families. The people who can’t come and live in the tents on Rothschild, even though this revolution is for them much more than for those young students. It’s for people like me, married with two kids, who…

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  • Circle of absurdity: Hard-working Israelis can barely make ends meet

    The housing fiasco is part of a much bigger problem. It’s about the amount Israelis give, and what they get in return. This protest should be about a fundamental change in the way we set our priorities By Shaul Amsterdamski 1. I’m a parasite. My parents taught me to be independent, and yet - I’ve turned out to be a parasite. I’m a parasite because I have no other way to survive. In two weeks I’ll turn 31; I’m married with a kid who’s one year and five months old, and yet I’m still a parasite. It’s been seven years…

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  • Puerta del Ha'bima: The Spanish revolution reaches Israel

    Five weeks after seeing the demonstrations in Madrid, Hagai El-Ad is filled with hope that the passion is finally coming to Israel By Hagai El-Ad The people were ecstatic. The energy was left. The air - and the crowds - were hot. It was one of the most uplifting demonstrations I've ever participated in. And, it was quite clear: it could never happen here in Israel. Five weeks ago in Madrid, my vacation there happened to run into one of those demonstrations. So powerful, energetic and passionate, one simply couldn't walk away. Only one thought, though, clouded the spirit: the…

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  • My heart is with the Tent Protest: A personal story

    An educated, bi-lingual American Israeli who can't find a job tries - in vain - to get her landlord to fix her drain. Good luck. It started in December—when I did the dishes in the kitchen sink, dirty water and bits of food bubbled up from the shower drain, flooding the bathroom. I called the landlord. She claimed that she’s not responsible for the apartment’s pipes. It’s my problem. I waited it out for a couple of months, hoping that the trouble would clear up as suddenly as it appeared. It didn’t. I told myself that the overflow was actually…

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