Postcard from ... Tel Aviv

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  • L Meister, I couldn't have put it better myself. The point of this 'postcard' is not to offer an opinion on the Arab-Israeli conflict, but to provide an insight in to the writer's experiences as being a lawyer based in Tel Aviv.
    The Arab-Israeli conflict is not black and white. It cannot be reduced down to simply blaming one side or another. Israelis and Palestinians do not all think with one mind. They do not speak with one voice, and they certainly don’t act as one body.
    There are moderates and extremists on both sides of the conflict. Posting incendiary comments on TheLawyer.com doesn't highlight the plight of the Palestinian people or condone Israeli policies in the West bank and Gaza. There is a time and place for debating Middle Eastern politics and this isn't it.

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  • Meister would love for us to buy the vacuous "only democracy in the ME" line - well buddy there was also a democracy in Europe which caused much damage to humanity. You should try to talk sense into your settler friends who want to cleanse the occupied lands. Once you achieve that then you will have the right to preach.

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  • L Meister continues to live in his make belief world - genocide and ethnic cleansing cannot be justified on the basis that Israel is a "democracy". Israel cannot claim its a civilised nation until it stops the occupation and allows Palestinians the right to basic utilities and food imports.
    You cannot expect to promote Tel Aviv without also accepting the crimes being committed on a daily basis by Israel.

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  • I can't wait for Postcard from...Belfast

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  • As a little aside to my earlier point: actually, if anything, lawyers in Israel play a very important role in highlighting human rights issues and in pursuing them in the courts. The Israeli Supereme Court very often challenges Israeli government decisions.
    So to the "haters" - perhaps you could actually be more constructive and support a legal community which often goes to great lengths to support a cause you believe in.
    That said, I also want to re-iterate that this article is NOT about the political situation, nor is it about "lawyering" in TA per se. It is merely about how one particular lawyer feels about living there.

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  • Obviously missing Cadbury's Creme Eggs so much that they have become "cream" eggs in her tortured mind...

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  • Natalie, this is a great article, thank you! Finally something positive on Israel. What a change from all the negative we usually read when it comes to Israel.If the people who wrote the negative comments had visited Israel, they would actually understand how different the reality is there from the views that anti-Israeli or pro-Palestinian groups try to promote!
    Yes Israel is a democracy, yes, Tel Aviv is a great city, one where Arab and Jewish families have barbecues next to each others on the see front during the weekend ... so much for the cleansing some are mentionning.
    I don't want to enter in a political debate as this is not the forum for. I just want to say that this a fine article but you probably need to be open-minded and and not too stupid to understand it!!

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  • This is an article about a lawyers experience in Israel, not a political debate on Israel. Its like talking to a wall sometimes, the middle east is populated by authoritarian regimes with appalling human rights records. Israel is home to at least 80 human rights organisations, a vibrant free press, a democratically elected government (with Arab, openly gay MP's), a judiciary that frequently rules against the government, a politically active academia, multiple political parties and probably more journalists per capita than any other country in the world.
    On the other hand, the Iranian regime, and most Arab regimes, remained brutal, closed and autocratic, permitting little or no internal dissent.
    the UN could be greatly beneficial to citizens of those countries, but they were instead being ignored as report after report on Israel is compiled and you all swallow it like everyone else down at the student union.
    Its really just fashionable nonsense to criticisize Israel..

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  • Paddy and Henry G are seemingly the same people? judging by the timings, grammar and opinion. I would also go as far to say that he is also Sean Fein that returned later to see if he had any replies.
    This method of blogging is just to make out that ones particular opinion is very popular with others.. just saying... get a life..

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  • Natalie, thanks for a great piece. You've described Tel-Aviv as it is and have evoked the spirit of the city.

    To the sneerers (the 'cadbury's egg' comment is one example) and the other bitter armchair warriors: Let's see you write similar hateful comments about other countries who are in a state of war. Oh, I forgot...these standards (double?) only apply to Israel.

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