Friday, June 16

Israel At Level Ground: Old Jaffa port images

Abandoned Taverna. Old Jaffa port. (Dave Bender) Posted by Picasa

Israel At Level Ground: Old Jaffa port

(Dave Bender)

Wanted to get these up Friday afternoon. I shot them seaside at the old Jaffa port, just south of Tel Aviv. Enjoy a tranquil and joyous Shabbat, and have a great weekend.

Photo critique is welcome.Posted by Picasa

Observant Israeli supermodel talks with 'Israel At Level Ground' (Podcast)

Havi Mond, a fast-rising Israeli star in London's fashion modeling firmament, says that while getting kosher vittles catered to her modeling shoots and sometimes-missed lucrative weekend gigs may be a limitation, her agency and a bevy of major clients and magazines, including Vogue and Marie Claire don't seem to mind at all.

It all adds to the
intrigue," says one industry insider.

Mond, who's been on fashion and airport runways nearly nonstop since she was discovered by a talent scout as she was out strolling in London in 2001 at age 16, is also a three-season veteran for Israel's Fox line-up.

Israel At Level Ground
spoke with Havi – a Latinized version of “Chava” - at her north London flat in Mill Hill a few evenings ago, for a feature article and photo spread set to appear in the July/August edition of Atlanta Jewish Life Magazine, and on their website. (First of a series)

Sleepless in Sderot

Noted author, columnist, and colleague Judy Lash Balint just posted a moving, close-to-the-bone report of her visit to beleagured Sderot, and it's residents.

I remember sitting in the sweltering conference room of the bare-bones municipality building in 1990, as city officials explained where the new neighborhood of pre-fab houses would be built, not far from the burgeoning industrial zone. There was optimism in the air, despite the obvious challenges of integrating such large numbers of people who had little in common with the largely North African Sderot old-timers. The newcomers would revitalize the town and stimulate the economy, we were told, and Sderot would become an attractive regional center. A safe community, secure in its uncontroversial status inside the Green Line.

"These memories came flooding back yesterday as I sat in that same conference room listening to Eli Moyal, the ashen-faced, exhausted and exasperated Likud mayor of Sderot.

Read it all.

And this morning's latest from Ynetnews:

"Defense Minister Amir Peretz knows that in the last few weeks, his big test has become Sderot, his hometown and target of the incessant rocket barrage from northern Gaza Qassam cells. The battle for home, between him and the terror organizations. Residents are waiting to see how a local son, who has reached the highest security rank, will return calm to their lives."

Read it all.


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