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# 342 – Multi-coloured Israel

by Stephen Pohlmann

Artwork: Stephen Pohlmann

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Multi-coloured Israel

 

 

 

 

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# 342 – Multi-coloured Israel by Stephen Pohlmann - Illustrated by Stephen Pohlmann - Ourboox.com
# 342 – Multi-coloured Israel by Stephen Pohlmann - Illustrated by Stephen Pohlmann - Ourboox.com

What is sure is that there were no gay people there. And I’m not being homophobic. I’m just stating the fact that yesterday was Tel Aviv Pride Day and at least 1/4 million were celebrating in and around the beaches of central Tel Aviv.

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# 342 – Multi-coloured Israel by Stephen Pohlmann - Illustrated by Stephen Pohlmann - Ourboox.com
# 342 – Multi-coloured Israel by Stephen Pohlmann - Illustrated by Stephen Pohlmann - Ourboox.com
# 342 – Multi-coloured Israel by Stephen Pohlmann - Illustrated by Stephen Pohlmann - Ourboox.com

Closely following San Francisco and Vancouver, Tel Aviv has become a major focus for our  LGBTQ friends.  (I’ll look up what the ‘Q’ means. I could add ‘JAP’ which would mean Jewish Arab Palestinian, but then it becomes slightly confusing).

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[Wow! I just looked up ‘Q’, and there’s no clear meaning…Supposed to mean ‘queer’ or ‘questioning’, which presumably means A.N.Other.]

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This certainly is a country with many contradictions. As the Arab and religious Jewish communities multiply, it would seem that we are heading towards some major geo clashes. But the LGBTQ community might be growing even faster. All THEY have to do is ‘come out’.

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Israel has become such a tolerant society, that perhaps some straight people are coming out ’the other side’, just for the fun of it. And fun is what so many of us desire and/or deserve.

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(Apparently, there was a separate rally at Rabin Square organised by the Jewish Chabad movement, reminding us of gender-separation. The police had to move in when feminists tried to invade the rally.

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Yup, were got it all here…

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When I personally just want to escape – even the beach – I go up on the roof which currently features these blossoms and plants…

 

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# 342 – Multi-coloured Israel by Stephen Pohlmann - Illustrated by Stephen Pohlmann - Ourboox.com

And although we don’t feed them we have visits from some cute birds, including the green parrots, as seen here.

 

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# 342 – Multi-coloured Israel by Stephen Pohlmann - Illustrated by Stephen Pohlmann - Ourboox.com

And a few words of politics: it’s not too long ago that we were envious of the British electoral system as this country continued to flounder in coalition quagmires.

Not quite sure the UK’s current situation supports that wish anymore.

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Their insoluble Brexit problem is perhaps parallel with our Palestinian problem. Brexit is so big and complicated, that there will always be an opinion split down the middle.

Same here. 1-state, 2-state (or 3, to solve the escalating Jordanian problems). So many options, none of which is supported by any majority.

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We need a benevolent dictatorship, – like in Saudi or Jordan??

But, unfortunately, the dictator needs to be human, and that’s the problem.

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Why not a robot?, one of you may gingerly enquire. Well, as the electronics inventor Clive Sinclair so rightly stated, perhaps 50 years ago: It’s not a question of when robots will catch us up. We’ll meet half way.

Stephen

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