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Gideon Levy: Neighborhood Inciter a Testament to Cast Iron Democracy

By Melchett Mike, December 29, 2008

For many in Israel, Gideon Levy ( is Public Enemy Number One. The journalist, and editorial board member, at the left-wing Haaretz newspaper never ceases to sicken and appall with his anti-"everything Zionist" writing.

His article, yesterday, "The neighborhood bully [perverting the title of a pro-Israel Dylan song] strikes again" ( - responding to the first day of Operation Cast Iron - was an excellent case in point.


Airstrike on Gaza: Israel's Right of Self-Defence

By Melchett Mike, December 28, 2008

Here we go again.

On returning home from my jog on Tel Aviv beach, this morning, I turned on Sky News, only to be greeted by the sound of sirens and a hysterical (understandably) Palestinian giving an eyewitness account of events in Gaza. Israel had responded, finally, to the months of provocation from Hamas and its proxies, to the daily barrage of rockets fired at its civilian population. Eighty hit on Wednesday alone.


Death of Harold Pinter: One Less Uncomfortable Jew

By Melchett Mike, December 26, 2008

I, for one, won't be spending a second mourning the death of Harold Pinter, the English Nobel Laureate playwright, who died of cancer on Wednesday, aged 78.

Pinter, a Hackney-born Jew, was an outspoken critic of Israel, quoted as saying that "Israel's injustice to the Palestinians is an outrage" and "the central factor in world unrest". He championed Israeli traitor Mordechai Vanunu, and signed a boycott of Israeli products and tourism.


A Dishonourable Knighthood: Why Shimon Shouldn’t Have Gone

By Melchett Mike, November 27, 2008

During my first couple of years in Israel, I used to take my shoes to be repaired by a cobbler on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Road. The lovely old gentleman was born and grew up under the British Mandate for Palestine (1920-1948). When I first told him I was British, far from throwing my shoes back in my face, his eyes lit up as he reminisced, with no little nostalgia, how wonderfully polite the British soldiers were during that period, almost as if wishing them back.


No One Likes Us: Why We Shouldn't Care

By Melchett Mike, November 23, 2008

“No one likes us, no one likes us, no one likes us, we don't care . . .”

So sing fans of Millwall Football Club, in South East London, who, yes, it is true, no one likes. If they weren’t such scum, however, there would be something rather admirable about their attitude . . . an attitude I share when it comes to being Jewish and a Zionist (still).



By Melchett Mike, November 13, 2008

Sheinkin Street, in the heart of Tel Aviv, is arguably the most common symbol of secular, modern Israel, with trendy youngsters from all over the country converging on its chic boutiques every Friday morning. Even Sheinkin, however, could not have been prepared for what it witnessed yesterday evening.


By Melchett Mike, November 6, 2008

For an honest, often light-hearted, portrayal of Israeli culture & society, life in Tel Aviv, and other musings (see "The Israeli" below as a sample), go to my blog at the address above (if you enjoy, subscribe for email updates).


The Israeli

By Melchett Mike, November 6, 2008

A friend in London, who is in a perpetual state of considering Aliyah (emigration to Israel), e-mailed me again this week with questions about life out here: “I know it's tough and Israelis are supposed to be rude and untrustworthy. Is that true?”

Keith’s blunt question goes to the heart of the paradox inherent in many new immigrants’ daily existences – they love living in Israel, but . . .