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February 3, 2011

From the 365 Day Hebrew Art Project:


Pronunciation: Meha-a
Definition: Protest
(Noun, feminine)


We don’t have a TV, but we watched the live feed of Cairo on Al Jazeera for a while today.


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I actually learned this word while reading an old newspaper with my lovely Hebrew teacher Nomi yesterday. We were reading an article about a small 20-year old garment factory in a town near Be’er Sheva (in southern Israel) that was closing down. The 26 women working there were sent letters notifying them of the closure, which lead to their unsuccessful protest and struggle. The factory used to create uniforms for the Israeli army but was moving its business to China.

“Like everyone else!” We both replied at the mention of China.
Then, Nomi went on to add that a little while ago much of the army uniforms were outsourced to Gaza.
What?” I blurted.
“To the Palestini (Palestinians),” she assured me, as my mouth gaped open.
But not anymore because as you know, the borders are closed.

Then she went on to talk about the current protests in Egypt of course, but it was too complicated for me to understand in Hebrew and I was still in shock about what she had just told me.

Unfortunately I’ve found these small snippets of unbelievable information is not so unusual in Israel.





Much love,

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