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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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“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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