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( Mar. 19th, 2009 04:13 pm)
... And am apparently buried under a deluge of Watchmen stuff on my flist. [makes a note to read [livejournal.com profile] flowerofsin's fanfics and that weird 9-11 thing] Anyone got any recommendations from the last week or so? I don't really feel like wading through the lot of that. Just scanning through the past week of my LJ backlog was making my head explode. I almost never want to see an inkblot again.

Although I'm still going to tell you guys about my totally awesome time I had dressing up as Rorschach and walking the streets of Tel Aviv. Because I'm an egomaniac like that.

Speaking of which, Israel was AMAZING. I kept up a journal of my time there religiously that I may put online. I'm not sure here, because I have a lot of people from the trip who want to see it and I may create a separate online presence under my real name. But the basic jist of it is while I didn't have some major religious experience there (although I definitely felt something at the Wailing Wall) I got a much greater sense of the cultural heritage of being Jewish. I have a lot of hopes for the future now that I wish to see realized. I'll see what happens.

My favorite part was definitely the Golan Heights. That place is BEAUTIFUL. When you think of Israel you usually think "desert" (not that the Negev isn't beautiful -- I loved going to David Ben Gurion's grave) but that place looked like pictures of Ireland. I cut my knee hiking through there but I'd do it again tomorrow (if I could skip the plane ride). Yad Vashem is also the most comprehensive and moving Holocaust museum I've been too. And yes, I know that's a weird thing to say but I HAVE been to three and a half* now.

I'm going back one day, if I'm able. And I'm trying to convince my brother to go back too. Actually, that trip convinced me that it's crucial to visit places out of your own country in general, but more on that later, maybe.

Oh, and as for the white elephant, my essential thoughts on the conflict didn't change (Zionist with the hope for a two-state solution), but I do believe I have a deeper understanding of the conflict and DEFINITELY a more complete understanding of the political structure of Israel. And that's all I really want to say about that.

Half is the Museum of Tolerance.


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