Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.) Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching. She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:
When I take groups to Tel Shiloh and remind them that Shiloh was the Capitol City of the Jewish People for 369 years, I wonder with them how we managed to stay in touch, communicate. There were no telephones, internet etc. It's not like today, not at all when we're in instant contact with others and anyone can be part of the international media. I consider my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander to be my own newspapers/magazines.
I'm my own boss and can write in any genre I choose. The downside is that I don't get paid, though some bloggers do make money from their blogging.
From the professed outrage of Israel's blockade of Arab terror stronghold Gaza by the United States, Obama on down, you'd think that America promotes free movement of terrorists. In recent years fewer people brush their teeth in airplanes, because their toothpaste tubes are considered too large to be trusted. Bottles of newly bought water from airport stores are confiscated at the gate forcing passengers to ceaselessly annoy the airplane crews by demanding more water to drink, over and over again.
Considering that I had to stop doing needlepoint when flying, and even the legality of my innocent crochet hook has been questioned, what's so outrageous about Israel inspecting ships loaded with supplies to the terror "entity" adjacent? Call us paranoid if you like, but we do have enemies who want to destroy our country and have been practicing by terrorizing our civilians. And don't forget that armed mercenaries were found on the faux-peace flotilla. Do Gazans really need those knives?
That clear hypocrisy, "different rules for different folks" makes it very clear to me that we don't have to pay attention to any foreigners. Israel must do what's best for the citizens of Israel, plain and simple.