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Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes

A week ago I posted a comment on an article about Israel killing militant Palestinian in a Norwegian newspaper, agreeing with the person who
wrote a comment before me, that the media in Norway always blame Israel. The thing that journalist forgot to mention was why Israel launched an airstrike in Gaza.

My comment in Norwegian for people who read Norwegian:

“Jeg er helt enig med deg. Bor i Beer Sheva som ligger 30 minutter unna Gaza og har opplevd selv rakett angrep, noen ganger tre ganger
daglig. En gang så ble det for mye for meg, så når jeg snakket med faren min over telefon og skulle fortele at alle internasjonale studenter ble evakuert, så måtte jeg ta meg sammen flere ganger for og ikke gråte. Jeg tviler at foreldre synes at det er morsomt at barnet ditt gråter over telefon i Israel og forteller at man blir evakuert. Jeg holder alltid foreldrene mine oppdatert om hva som skjer her. En gang så sa moren min at hun blir kvalm av å lese om Israel i media når hun har en datter som sitter i Israel og forteller henne noe helt annet enn det media skriver om. Når jeg skriver om rakett angrepene på facebook, så har jeg fått kommentarer om at jeg ikke vet hva som foregård i Israel og at jeg burde slutte å skrive om det på facebook fordi jeg provoserer folk og at jeg heller burde skrive om det i en blogg isteden for på facebook.
Det er det som virkelig provoserer meg når folk skriver sånt til meg. Jeg har til og med fått en kommentar at det er bra at jeg har kommet meg til helvete ut av Norge.”

My comment in English for people who read English

I completely agree with you. I live in Beer Sheva which is 30 minutes away from Gaza and I have experienced even rocket attacks,
sometimes three times a day. Once it became too much for me, so when I talked with my father over the phone and would tell him that they evacuating international students so I had to pull myself together several times and not cry. I doubt that parents find it funny that your child is crying over the phone in Israel and says that they are going evacuated. I always keep my parents updated on what’s happening here. Once, my mother said that she is sick of reading about Israel in the media when she has a daughter who is in Israel and tells her something completely different from what the media writes about. When I write about rocket attacks on Facebook, I have received comments that I do not know what’s going on in Israel and that I should stop writing about it on Facebook because I provoke people and that I should write about it in a blog instead of on Facebook. That’s what really annoys me when people write things like that to me. I’ve even got a comment that it is good that I’ve got me the hell out of Norway.

After writing that comment I got some nasty comebacks that I should get the hell out of the Middle East. Even one guy wrote that even a kid can see that I am European, and that I don’t belong in the Middle East, and that I should get the hell out of there. I know that I look like European and that I don’t belong in the Middle East, but no one are going to tell me where I should be and not be. The one comment that provoked me most was one comment from a 27-year-old woman who acted like 17 year old. She told me that I should stop lying because no one is getting killed in Israel. That left me speechless. I was wondering what kind of pills this woman was on when writing that comment. There are two sides of one conflict and not only one. In a conflict there are casualties on both sides even though one side seem to have the militarily advantaged. I wondering if such as the widow of the man who got killed in August, thinks that her husband got killed was a lie, I am also wondering what she would had thought if someone told her that people in Israel don’t get killed when her husband got killed. I also wondering what the family of all the people who got killed in a suicide attack will think when someone from another country would say to them, it all lies. No one gets killed in Israel, and that stuff like that doesn’t happen in Israel, but for the families who have lost a love one it’s not a lie, but a reality.

People tell me that I don’t know what I am talking about even though people who are telling me that are sitting back home in Norway while I am the one in Israel. People have told me not to write about rocket attacks on Facebook because I am provoking them, and that I should get a blog. I have also been told that I should be happy that I have gotten the hell out of Norway. If I am not wrong the Norwegian Prime Minster said that “”We have to be very clear to distinguish between extreme views, opinions – that’s completely legal, legitimate to have.(…)”. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/jens-stoltenberg-norway-prime-minister-oslo-tragedy-democracy-_n_910636.html)

To me it seems that people have forgotten what our Prime Minster said. I am that people have their own opinions, but then people have to understand that when they have right to have own opinion they have to respect other people’s opinion

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Every person is a new door to a different world

Hi people!

I know it has been long time ago since I posted something, but I have been busy. I promise that I have going to update the blog more. The 4th of December it will be four months since I came to Israel to start my studies abroad and the semester is almost over. I love Israel but on the other hand, I can’t wait to come home to my mom and my dad. I can’t wait until I can hug my parents again, walk my dog and snuggle with my dog feeling the warm fur, watch Norwegian TV, and see my friends from back home, and, even though I don’t like Norwegian food, I can’t wait until I feel the taste of Norwegian food. I am going to visit my family in Poland. I am going to be home two months, but I know after those two months I know that I’ll be more than ready to go back to Israel.

Many Israelis have asked me if I miss home. To be honest I do miss home, but I have experienced a lot during my months in Israel. I have had ups and downs as all people have, but I rather focus on my ups then downs. I have met many new people, for good and worse. Most of the amazing people I have met here in Israel are leaving soon. I am going to miss each one of them. I am going to miss small things like the jokes, the funny comments, the gathering outside Dylan’s room and I am going to miss partying with these people. I really hope that the next group who are coming is going to be as amazing as this group. I am very happy that some people in the group is staying for the next semester.

I have been traveling around Israel and outside Israel as well. I have been to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv (ending up in a sprained ankle and a cold), the West Bank, Eilat and different other places. I have been to Jordan with some of the people from the group.

I promise that I am going to post more regularly, so I can share my experience in Israel.

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It’s a bird, It’s a plane, It’s a bomb….RUN

I know that I haven’t posted anything for a long time, but I haven’t had the time to post anything. As people might know, I am in Israel right now, and I have been here for almost three weeks. I have experienced a lot of new things past these two weeks I have been here. Especially the last week, but before I start writing about the week that have been; I am going to write about what I have done.

Didn’t have the best start to my stay in Israel, I had the flight from hell, meaning that everything that could go wrong went wrong. My flight in Norway was delayed. During the flight from Oslo to London, I didn’t feel very good. I arrived at Heathrow, and of course since it’s me, I managed to forget my laptop somewhere at the airport, and I didn’t realized that I had forgotten my laptop until I was at the gate. I ran back and started to look for my laptop, but after 20 minutes of looking for my laptop, I asked the security guards for help and thank god, someone had returned my laptop to lost and found. Then I was picked out for an extra security check, not fun at all when you are tired and just have run though terminal 1. After the security check I finally made it on board the flight. My body was in pain, and I had to ask three times for some painkillers before I had to walk to flight attended myself. After a 4 hours flight from London to Tel Aviv, I arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport where I had to wait for people who didn’t show up, but taking the train to Beer Sheva was actually fun.

Arriving in Beer Sheva I met the other people in my group. Most of them are Americans. In my group there are people from Sweden, France, Spain and Uruguay. All of them are amazing people. The first weekend, we went to Jerusalem. It was so much fun and we got a tour in the old city. I have been busy with the Hebrew ulpan for the past week. I have been on a night hike in the Negev desert and I have also been on a four hour day hike in the Negev desert. After we were done with the four hour hike, they took us on a 1 hour tour in the sun.

The past week, it has not been quiet in Beer Sheva. There have been lots of rocket attacks. It has not been fun at all. The sound of the siren is the most chilling sound I ever have heard. People who say that Israelis are not suffering in this conflict are wrong. On Saturday it was a bit too much for me. In the evening the siren went off and I walked outside and sat down in the staircase and waited. I could hear three booms, then I walked inside again, and after some minutes the siren went off again. I walked out and sat down in the staircase and waited. This time I heard 7 booms. I have to admit that I was shaking like a leaf, but even though it’s a bit scary I am not going home. I can’t imagine how Israelis can live with this. Now I am in the desert, Sde Boker. We are going back tomorrow, thank God for that.

This is it for now but I am going to post more post regularly.

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