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Stop the ongoing massacre in Syria

November 30, 2016

It is heart breaking to watch the swarm of refugees escaping the bombarded city of Ḥalab (Aleppo). It is even more horrifying to watch children standing in the rubble  speaking about their dead parent or a lost sibling.

But the worst thing is knowing that these people, millions of them, are pawns in the game of leaders who have so many other considerations, just not these human beings.

Stop the ongoing massacre in Syria!



Is Israel an apartheid state?

Kenneth Meshoe, member of South African parliament explains why Israel is not an apartheid state, and why bringing this claims is an insult to South African freedom fighters.

This a quote from a lecture by Meshoe, that you can hear clicking this link . You can also read the transcript.

“As a member of the South African parliament, and in the name of millions of my fellow black citizens of that country — we know what apartheid really was — and I therefore ask those in United States, Europe and anywhere else in the world who charge Israel with practicing apartheid to please stop doing so. You are damaging the truth, you are damaging any chance for peace in the Middle East, and most of all, you are destroying the memory of the real apartheid.
The charge that Israel is an apartheid state is a lie about the real Israel and it is a lie about the real apartheid.

I am Kenneth Meshoe, member of the South African parliament for Prager University.”

end of quote from transcript.

Human hostages in Gaza

What should a country do when it is attacked with missiles and rockets, or invaded through tunnels  with terrorist attacks?

Obviously, it must defend its citizens. But how do you defend against an enemy who takes his own citizens hostage and uses your own conscience against you?

This is Israel’s problem. While claiming to accept Israel’s right to defend its cities and citizens, the world poses a demand of not firing at civilians. The terrorists hide in the midst of heavily populated area and carryout their attacks from hospitals, schools, mosques and homes.

Many protest the damages and the loss of life caused by Israeli bombardment, but how do you stop terrorists who are using his own people as human shields, without civilian casualties?

please see my page: Children as human shields 

and pray  for a solution to  this insane situation

What else can one wish for?

A beautiful Saturday, a few clouds, some moderate rain that cleaned up all the dust that’s been piling up on my doorstep for the past months due to construction works near by.

These are some views that can be seen from our home these days.

Sunrises from H. ‘s room:

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and other views:

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Three hyraxes in our garden were captured by the municipal animal-catchers and delivered to out-of-town locations, where they will hopefully be just as happy.   Haven’t seen any since.

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During the fall, the grapefruit tree,  which had two-thirds of its leaves eaten up, has began to grow lots of new, healthy  leaves.

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They also caught three yard kittens and took them to the municipal veterinarian, and were vaccinated and neutered.  During the last few months two of them, and one older,  have been living on a ledge on the kitchen window. I bought a cage large enough for them and they seem very happy. Thy are really sweet and friendly.

We managed to catch by ourselves around five or six mice. No glue traps ! We just trap them and find them a new home … away from neighborhoods.

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A couple of days ago I saw (and filmed) a bulbul bird, emptying a pomegranate.  It kept on entering the fruit and coming up with the red grains in its beak;

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and w’ve already relocated some snails from our garden…


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what can I say.

Life goes on.

Baked Filled Apple Desert. Easy. Good. Childhood memories.

My mother used to make them, from time to time, a simpler recipe.

5-6 apples, cut out the inner part with the seeds. peel a third off the top of the apple.
for the filling:  raisins, dried cranberries, dried prunes, crushed nuts (walnuts, pecan).
for the sauce: half a glass of wine, a spoon of brown rum, half a glass of water, liquid sugar-free sweetener.

arrange the apples on a baking tray, stuff the apples with the filling and put what is left between the apple.

Bake for 50 minutes in a previously heated oven, to 180C.

Renewing lampshades and lamps

So we renovated our home around seven years ago, give or take. But we never got around to the lighting system. Everything works in perfect order since we first built thehouse in 1989, but the shades vin our entrance floor are over 30 years old, and in the living room we have Fluorescentד. They moved with us from our very first small apartment in Beer-Sheva, to Haifa, to Karmiel (2 apartments before we finally moved to our house).

At the time we had a small budget and we decided to build without debts, short of the mortgage  we took on our first apartment (the others were rentals).

So its time!

These are the old lamps and shades: sad.

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… and these are the new lamps (in the shop… ). be ready in approx. three weeks: Ceramic, handmade (or so we were told).  Ignore the ugly background…

Two of those will go in the kitchen-dining room area. This is the shade only, there will be three lamps inside.


On the top left, a pear-shaped lamp for the living room. On the left is a combination of lamps pear-shaped in three sizes and a round one (the largest).

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TIn the left picture, the one on the left will be in the entrance, and the round little one on the right will be on the ceiling to the shelter-room.

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I hope it will look like I imagined it…

And you don’t want to know the price!