Oznia, a blog of Israel things


~Troubling Animated Short About Gaza by melthebest
March 4, 2009, 5:04 pm
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Gisha, The Legal Center for Freedom of Movement has just put out this video about the Israeli blockade of Gaza.  I’m not sure what to think about a piece like this, and would love to hear your opinions.

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~Jews+Arabs+Israel=Eurovision by melthebest
March 2, 2009, 9:19 pm
Filed under: arts/culture

noa_newIsraeli-Arab singer Awad and Jewish-Israeli singer Noa have released four songs together in preparation for this years Eurovision contest.  Only one of the songs will have the “honor” of going all the way to the competition.  Have a listen here.



~How To Stay Up To Date On Israeli Opinion by ozniablog
February 5, 2009, 5:46 pm
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Ever want to read every single Israeli editorial, but just don’t have time?  The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the solution.  They’ve rolled out a nice little feature on their website: paragraph long English summaries of the major Israeli editorials…every day!  You can check it out here.  Enjoy!



~A Note on Advocacy by aklionsky

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My email has been flooded every time I check it.

Which is a good thing, considering the situation in Israel and the nature of the emails.

Earlier this year I put myself on the listerv for the Penn Israel Coalition (UPenn’s pro-Israel organization.) While they get a lot of their information–especially now–from Stand With Us, the organization is a great resource for updates on what’s going on in Israel, policies, and also pro-Israel events.

I get similar emails from the Jewish Federation, although those are more specifically related to Chicago and Chicago area events.

But perhaps the best tool since the most recent und of fighting began is facebook. Facebook has a plethora of proIsrael groups (and, unfortunately, many groups that are full of hate against Israel). Facebook’s ability to communicate quickly with people around your school and around the country makes it the ideal location for sharing information about the situation, news updates, and announcements about pro-Israel rallies and events going together. Especially since many of the rallies have been put together very quickly, the high turnout is astonishingly impressive, and much of it is due to Facebook.

Other organizations to check out are AIPAC, The Israel Project.

If you encounter bias in the media (which there’s a lot of), please DO NOT hesitate to report it to CAMERA and/or HonestReporting.

Please feel free to check out my two blog posts relating to Israel for a class I’m taking.

B’hatzlacha, good luck, in your advocacy!



~Gap Year in Israel by aklionsky

As December 31st approaches and the first of my college applications is officially due, I’m beginning to browse through another set of applications and supplements: the ones for Israel gap-year programs.

I’ve been told over and over again that “You’re never as free as  you are before college. During college there are classes, then there’s internships and jobs, and then maybe grad school, and then jobs, and a family, and kids… and it becomes harder and harder to pick up and travel.”

So I’m going to Israel next year. I haven’t decided yet which program/s to apply for. There are a lot of great ones out there, some affiliated with each movement of Judaism, others pluralistic, some specifically designed with social justice in mind, others for nature lovers, some for studying, others for volunteering, some for musicians, others for dancers, some for five months, some for ten, some for just Americans, some for people from all over the world.

The internet is probably the most fantastic resource for finding a program that’s good for you, and the Masa organization offers scholarships for many of the programs it advertises.

I want a program that allows me to live like Israelis: speaking Hebrew, making friends, meeting kids, going to museums. But I also want to learn. I want to travel. I want to gain a firsthand experience of what it would be like to be seventeen-going-on-eighteen year old living in Israel.

Check it out some programs, but do it soon. Bring up the idea with your parents (you can even play the maturity card: You’ll be living on your own thousands of miles away for a while year, making decisions and friends… it will give you a step ahead of your classmates freshman year of college, when they’re just starting to hold those responsibilities).



~Israeli Oscar Nomination by ozniablog
September 25, 2008, 5:44 pm
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The strikingly beautiful and tragic Israeli animated film “Waltz With Bashir” has been selected as the Israeli film to compete in the Foreign Film category at the Oscars. Set in the present, the film composed of a series of flash backs to Avi Folman’s the director, experiences during the First Lebanon War in 1982.



~New Star in Israel by ozniablog
September 12, 2008, 4:25 pm
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The 6th season of Kochav Nolad (think American Idol Israeli style) recently declared a winner; Israel Bar-On, a surprisingly talented 19 year old singer from Beer Sheva.  Check him out here singing the classic “אני אוהב שוקולד”/”I Love Chocolate”