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Hello from Tel Aviv!
Sorry it has been a little while since we have blogged - we've been on the move a little bit, but we're now settled in Tel Aviv for a few days and are excited to catch everyone up on the last few days!
On Monday, June 30th we explored the northern city of Akko. One of the oldest continuous communities in Israel, Akko has a fascinating history and a vibrant multi-cultural feel. We began Monday morning by touring ...
... of Maale Adumim as "the end to the 2 state solution" because it splits the West Bank. While I don't necessarily understand enough about the area to say whether the action of developing the land is right or wrong, even if it's wrong, I do know Gaza is already split from the West Bank and that's not what is stopping peace in the area.
The next checkpoint we passed through, instead of passed by. At this checkpoint, they weren't stopping anybody at all. It ...
... br> The most fun was having lunch at a local home. I think I mentioned before that OAT finds families in the local area that are willing to feed a bunch of Americans in their home. This young woman is a Christian Arab originally from Lebanon who has made her home in Jaffa with her husband and 3 children. What I didn't mention is that OAT pays them to do this, but of course they don't do it just for ...
... in mock surprise, but with an amused smile on his lips, and asked us all what we were waiting for.
And so we went through to the very pleasant, well-designed but frighteningly expensive, departure hall. The best thing about it was the CD shop where a request for some good, danceable, Yemenite music was enthusastically pounced upon ...
... or indeed, in the US. One of those corny "Eat Here and Get Gas" signs would not have been out of place. But as we rounded the corner we saw a big sign over the building: “The Elvis Inn.” How cute, I thought, I didn’t realize that “Elvis” was a Hebrew word. I wonder what it means in English. But then, yikes! We saw not one, not two, but three giant statues of The King himself! They are better seen than described—see the ...
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