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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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Good girl gone Israeli

You are becoming Israeli, is what I’ve heard a lot. Back home I would usually be the quiet innocent girl who just let people pass me in line without saying anything, back home I would also have patience and I would also not be very loud when I speak, but since I have been in Israel everything have changed or I have changed a lot.

When standing line I kind of cut in line as well, or you can put it this way, I find some ways to get in front of people.  The biggest nightmare in Israel is to get on a bus to different places in Israel. There is no mercy. The saying the survival of the fittest can easily be used to describe how it’s like to get on a bus here. My first time trying to get on a bus, I just let people pass me and squeeze me, and after couple of times of being squeezed and letting people cut in front of me, I decided that enough was enough, it was time to bring out the elbows myself. I always say something when people are trying to cut in front me. One incident that I remember most was when I was going to the West Bank with my friend Nicola and some other, and in order to get to the West Bank, we needed to take the bus to Jerusalem first. So, we were standing in front of the line but Nicola and I decided to get coffee. We got the coffee and went back and started to push us through the crowd. That was not very popular with an old lady who started to yell at me in Hebrew, and when the bus came, the old lady started to push me and tried to cut in front of me. I was shocked, thinking: That old lady is tough.

Back home everybody stands in a line and if you cut in line you’ll hear it. I am very curious how I am going to handle going from cutting in line to stand in line with lower patience than I had when I came to Israel. I hope that I won’t go back to Israel with a black eye.

The other thing I have noticed is that Israeli look at me as a good, innocent girl that don’t speaks out loud or talk back. It’s very funny that when they say something to me, they don’t really expect me to say anything thing, but when I say something back, they always get big eyes.  I might have a big mouth but my mom always told me that you shall never take shit from other people.

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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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“We are a small country, but a proud people.”

It’s not long before I’ll be leaving Norway to Israel. As the day pass, it’s starting really to sink in that I am going to Israel all by myself for a year, but on the other hand I can’t wait because I’ve been waiting for the departure day for so long. I just want to be finished with the nerve racking first day in Israel because I know that if I can make it through the first day, I’ll make it. I don’t want to talk about my trip now because the latest that have happened and that are on everyone’s mind and mouths, the horrific attack in Norway.

Outside Domkirken

Oslo

On Friday, it was a week after the shocking, horrific and cowardly attack on defenseless youths and the attack on the government building. We have seen it in the news and we have read about it in the newspaper, but never would we have imagined that it would happen here in Norway. Never would we have imagined seeing soldiers in the street and police everywhere in the street. Even though a person could make so much damaged to a whole nation, I know that Norway, as many countries before that have gone through a tragedy or two, are going to make it through this tragedy and get out of this stronger than ever. While the former American President George. W. Bush said after the 9/11 attacks “We’re gonna hunt you down”, the Norwegian Prime Minster Jens Stoltenberg said, “We will retaliate with more democracy”.

“We are a small country, but a proud people.” – Jens Stoltenberg

P.S. I was going to post some of the pictures from Poland, but I decided that I am not going to do it.

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A vacation is like love

Hello People!

I am sorry that I haven’t written something for a long time. I have been in Poland and I have had so many things to do with my stay in Israel. There is always something that I have to do. I can never let down my shoulders because once I feel that I am done with everything something else has to be done. I am hoping that I am done with everything. I just have to get my passport back with student visa from the Israeli embassy here in Oslo and get my Israeli phone number. It’s only two weeks before I will be going to Israel and I can’t wait! I will write about my trip to Poland as soon as I get my Flash memory back from my laptop. I managed to put the Flash memory where I put CDs.

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Shalom, People!

Hi people!

Welcome to my blog. In this blog I am going to write about my year abroad in Israel. Okay, I know what you may think. Why the hell is she going to Israel? The reason I want to go to Israel for year is because I want stand out from the crowd, and be different. I want to work as a diplomat in the future, and I want also to write my Bachelor thesis about the conflict, but if you want to know why I want to go to Israel, you can read my motivation letter I had to write:

My interest for Israel developed after I heard about Israel in one of my classes, politics and human rights in my last year of high school. I decided to read more about Israel, and I fell for Israel almost immediately. Therefore my dream is to live and study in Israel for a year, and get the feeling of what it is like to be a student in Israel. The reason I chose Israel is because I want to do some volunteer work in Israel, and therefore coming to Israel is a great way to combine studies with volunteer work. While some people have their heart in America, my heart is in Israel. I have been to Israel before, and I felt right at home. I am also keen on adventures that only Israel and the Ginsburg–Ingerman program can give. I think that spending a year in Israel will give me an advantage in the future.

I am currently studying international studies that is a mix of politics and history, at Lillehammer University College. I want to one day work as a diplomat or work in the Norwegian Police Security Service. I think that courses that are offered through the Ginsburg–Ingerman program can help me to reach my dreams. Also I think that the Ginsburg–Ingerman program can help me with reaching one of my other dreams, and that is to learn Hebrew, so I can use it in the future. I already know four other languages, Norwegian, Polish, English and German. Therefore learning Hebrew along with the other languages I speak, I will be more desirable in the job market, and knowing many languages will give me the opportunity to communicate with people from different countries in the world. I also find Hebrew to be the most beautiful language in the world. I also want to pursue a master degree in Middle East studies or peace and conflict studies in Israel in the future. The courses that the Ginsburg–Ingerman program provides will help me with my Bachelor thesis in my third year because I want to write about the Israeli-Arab conflict.

I see myself as a kind and outgoing girl. I have no problems with making new friends and always make sure that everyone is included. I have friends from different ethnicities and different religions. Therefore I shouldn’t have problems with getting along with the international students as well as Israeli students. I take challenges with a smile and my motto is: “when you fall, you rise again”. I am also a stubborn person, but I look at my stubbornness as a positive trait because it makes me determent to finish what I have started.

I hope that I will get accepted into the Ginsburg–Ingerman program, so I can take one step towards fulfilling my dreams. I will be grateful if I get this chance to spend a year studying in Israel.

All thought I can’t wait to get to Israel, I am nervous. The first couple of weeks, I couldn’t believe it, that I got accepted, but now when the weeks are passing by, and the day for departure is getting closer and closer, I hits me that I am really going to Israel for a year. Not in my wildest imagination would I ever believe that I would go to Israel for a year. I thought that I’ll take a year abroad in Australia, USA or Canada, not in Israel. Anyway, I hope that I’ll have a great time in Israel. I am really looking forward to spend a year in Israel. This is going to be an experience for a life time. What I am looking for by going to Israel is meeting new people, the boys (wink wink) and getting to experience things that I never get to experience here at home. How many people can say that they have been to Israel for a year? Not many can say that. And the other thing is that this blog is not a forum for political discussion. People who post offensive or rude comments will be reported and deleted.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

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