Israeli blogosphere

In the English-language Israeli blogosphere these days, most bloggers are talking about the disengagement. Sarah (of Chayyei Sarah) clarifies her position: “I have a large, messy jumble of thoughts and feelings about the disengagement….If you are looking for black-and-white thinking, I suggest you go elsewhere. If you are open to nuance, stick around.”

Harry (of The View from Here) is sick of the sophomoric color wars and longs for the days when the choice of orange shirt or blue shirt was a fashion statement, not a political one. And the photo-essay Postcards from Gaza combines Gaza photographs by Kitra Cahana with text by Jay (of Metatronics), who writes, “No one really wins in the disengagement, though everyone gets something…”

Sara (one of the bloggers at Yesha Speaks Out) chronicles the process of preparing to leave her Neve Dekalim home next week. Meanwhile, Beth (of House of Joy) reports on the recent anti-disengagement vigil held at the Western Wall, expressing admiration for the religious leaders who channeled the high emotions into prayer, not politics.

Others are posting about non-political issues. Brian (of This Normal Life) recounts a mini-vacation gone wrong when a mouse intrudes on a long-awaited spa trip. In contrast, Rahel (of Elms in the Yard) is enjoying her encounters with small animals: parakeets and Palestine sunbirds [photo post]. And continuing the wildlife theme, Renatinha (of Balagan) talks about camping in Israel, and how the communal love of camping makes Israel different from her former home of Brazil.

And some posts aren't overtly political, but hold messages which could easily apply to the current political situation. Like Lisa (of On the Face), who notes that the Arabic version of “I Will Survive” is a big hit at gay dance clubs in Tel Aviv, which helps her keep smiling. And Seven (of Idiot the Wise) spins words and images about the need to forgive one another and move on: “i aspire to inspire 'cause there's only One designer and I'm not talkin jean suppliers…”


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