Post 36: My Autobiographical Comic Strip “The Jumping Jogger”, contrasted with The Haaretz Poll about Arab Israeli Attitudes: Are the Israeli Arab’s complaint’s justifiable and Soy sauce substitute for Nori Condiment

This is a rather long post. It covers a lot of territory. The landscape begins with a “Coming of Age” as an Observant Jew. I examine every day that I live against the backdrop of the miracle of Israel’s existence. The miracle emanates from the merit of ALL the Jewish people, both living and those in our collective memory In short, all my bets are on them or rather, us.

I wrote a comic strip a number of years ago for a class called Comic Book Illustration.Scan   It was an advanced course offered at The Fashion Institute in Manhattan. The instructor, Robert Rockwell, was a grand-nephew of Norman Rockwell. At the time making Alliya to Israel was not even a glimmer in my eye. I guess it was there but not in my consciousness. Robert Rockwell was a court illustrator and comic book designer in the “Classic School” of “Steve Canyon” famed series in the New York Post.”Mel, The Jumpin Jogger, An Urban Fairy Tale Production,” was the culmination of the course. We were taught that a comic strip presents a situation where the reader observes an inherent flaw in the main character. This may be compared to a novel. I guess this was my stab at constructing a “Graphic Novel”. I received an “A” in the course and after Professor Rockwell wrote a glowing recommendation for me to attend an MFA in Art at Queens College, I admitted to myself that composing comics that look so darn easy, are really extremely difficult to do. End of Fine Arts MFA embryo. This was also the period of Gay and Lesbian studies and art had to be a political statement.

I  continued at the Educational Alliance Art School on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Our character, Mel, named for my older brother, is   jogging, moving from left to right, past a mini scene of a stranger lying on the ground being attended to by a bystander. This is a glimpse of what’s to come.

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The first and second pages of the comic introduce us to Mel and his self preoccupations, the three “E’s”, Ego, Escape and Entertainment.  On the first page he doesn’t appear to have any awareness of his surroundings. He is escaping the problems and  also avoiding his spiritual vacuum. The intra family violence surrounding him in a seemingly idyllic suburb goes by un-noticed as well as  groups of school children and the smell of sewage and decay. He just wants to escape to the CITY.

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The second page conjures up memories of the hours one could doze peaceably in a train, sprawled out, returning from a night out along-side other similar passengers. This was especially true finding a seat with heat emanating beneath  it on a cold New York City night.

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The third page is the “knock on the head-the wake-up call”. The conductor is trying to throw a lady passenger off the train. She cries out that she has paid her fair. Mel spontaneously jumps up. He feels resounding pain, loss, empathy. His body is bent over in supplication in the face of the conductor.  He volunteers to pay her fair.

The fourth page describes his identification with the “lost one”, “the abandoned one”. He comes to her rescue and steps up to help her from the crowd. He stands up to the bully and diminishes  the bully  who was humiliating her.

The final page sums up Mel’s new identity.

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As I read these pages today I see this story as a metaphor of a Jew in galut, which can be anywhere in the world, including Israel. He/she does not know, feel, see, seek, profoundly miss His (we call the e, presence in his life and in the world. Thus he does not feel a connection to the Jewish people, and does not identify with them.  Suddenly he wakes up to the 70 nations brutal and humiliating treatment of her. He distanced himself and he distances the enemy. I can compare this to Mida K’Neged Mida. The conductor tries to humiliate and he is in turn humiliated. Ultimately, Divine Providence brings Mel out of his stupor. He has forged a new identity.

In contrast let’s examine a poll conducted by Haaretz, the left daily publication drooling with support for Israel’s sworn enemies. This poll was completed a short time ago. When ever has Haaretz gone to such lengths to describe Jews born and bred in Jerusalem? Remember, no country except maybe Costa Rica recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The map leaves even West Jerusalem defined as not part of Israel. How is this status different from the refusal of the Unites State’s State Department from refusing to identify the city of birth”Jerusalem” on the American passport of a child born to American parents with dual citizenship. The map also does not indicate the various quarters of the Old City. I’ve met many Arab Israelis who live in East Jerusalem. One elderly gentleman took out six passports, Israeli, British, Jordanian, Palestinian,  and British. He didn’t complain about travel. In addition, since the United State’s State Department does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,  offsprings of Americans born in Jerusalem have no city identified on their birth certificates. Hence they are denied the choice of showing Jerusalem as their place of birth.

Who are East Jerusalem’s ‘permanent residents’? Ariel David Haaretz

They were born and bred in the capital, but they aren’t Israeli citizens and their status is anything but permanent. In some cases, it may even be revoked.

By | Dec. 8, 2014 | 4:04 PM
A map of East and West Jerusalem.

It is called permanent residency status, but like many other things in the Middle East, it can be anything but permanent.

With the recent flare-up in violence centering around Jerusalem, the Israeli government has been threatening to revoke the residency, or citizenship, of East Jerusalem Arabs who are involved in terrorism – even if only by association through a relative.

Interior Minister Gilad Erdan made good on this threat recently by ordering the deportation to the Palestinian territories of the widow of one of the two terrorists who attacked a Jerusalem synagogue on November 18, killing four worshippers and a policeman.

Erdan also revoked the residency permit of the East Jerusalem Palestinian driver for the suicide bomber who carried out the attack on the Dolphinarium club in Tel Aviv in 2001, killing 21 people.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will advance a law to revoke the residency rights of terrorists and their relatives, as well as imposing a ban on those convicted of incitement from receiving state benefits.

But who are these permanent residents who are among those at the center of the storm? What exactly is their status and in what way can they be considered akin to immigrants in their own home?

When Israel annexed East Jerusalem following the Six-Day War of 1967, it granted the inhabitants of the newly captured neighborhoods permanent residency status and offered them citizenship.

At present, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, out of a total population of 815,000, there are now some 300,000 Arabs in Jerusalem. Only 12 percent of them have Israeli citizenship, the Interior Ministry reports. Obtaining citizenship demands various procedures like swearing allegiance to the Jewish state and showing some knowledge of Hebrew, but rights groups say the main problem is the social taboo surrounding such a move: Palestinians feel that the process implies recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over East Jerusalem, which they claim as capital of their future state.

That is why most East Jerusalemites continue to live in the city as permanent residents, the same status afforded to non-Jewish foreigners who move to Israel (Jewish immigrants can easily obtain citizenship thanks to the Law of Return).

Permanent residents are issued the same blue ID card as Israelis, which allows them to live and work anywhere in the country, grants them social benefits and health insurance, and gives them the right to vote in local elections – although most Palestinians boycott the polls for the same reason they refuse to go through the citizenship process.

Unlike full citizens of the country, they cannot vote in national elections, have no passport and, as Palestinians, they remain stateless. “They live in a legal no-man’s land,” says Steven Beck, director of international relations at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

The status of these individuals is similar to that of the Druze living in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights: The latter have permanent residency and largely refuse to take Israeli citizenship but, unlike Jerusalem’s Palestinians, they are officially considered Syrian nationals.

The blue ID card offers East Jerusalemites undoubted advantages compared to Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, who have green ID cards issued by the Palestinian Authority in coordination with Israel. Holders of those cards need a permit from Israeli military authorities to enter or work in the country, and must go through long lines at army checkpoints. For residents of Gaza, which is almost completely sealed off, permits are granted even more rarely and usually only for humanitarian or religious reasons.

A Palestinian rift

The difference in rights between East Jerusalem Arabs and their West Bank neighbors has created rifts between the two Palestinian communities and can greatly influence the daily lives of their members, Beck explained in a telephone interview with Haaretz.

For example, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem marries a Palestinian woman from outside the city, the couple will often have to move to the West Bank, as Israel rarely grants family-reunification requests, he said.

Despite its name, the residency permit is also not necessarily permanent. Figures compiled by the B’Tselem human rights group show that since 1967 Israel has revoked the residency of more than 14,000 Palestinians, often without warning. While links to terror groups have prompted such a step in the past, most revocations were done because the person had moved for a period to the West Bank or had gone to study or work abroad.

The number of cases in which residency has been rescinded has fluctuated

wildly over the years, in keeping with oscillating Israeli regulations. According to B’Tselem, between 1995 and 2000, people who had not lived in the city for the previous seven consecutive years lost their residency, even if they had periodically returned. Following a petition to the Supreme Court, this policy was amended.

In response to a request from Haaretz, the Interior Ministry said that currently permanent residency status “expires” only if a person has lived abroad for more than seven years without returning.

Citizenship is also not exactly permanent, as the law allows for it to be revoked in cases of treason, espionage and terrorism. According to ACRI attorney Oded Feller, only two Arab Israelis have been stripped of their nationality on this basis.

Human rights groups strongly oppose revocation of residency or citzenship even in the cases of those who commit even the most heinous crimes.

“Residency status and social security benefits are not a favor granted by the authorities,” B’Tselem said in a statement last week. “It is Israel’s fundamental obligation toward all individuals living within its territory, be they citizens or permanent residents. As long as Israel considers East Jerusalem part of the country, it cannot eschew these obligations, and they remain in effect even when citizens or residents break the law.”

The organization also condemned measures taken “against the innocent family members” of people who have broken the law.

The Interior Ministry declined to comment further on the government’s steps in this regard, referring reporters to remarks made recently by Erdan. Following his decision to deport the wife of one of the synagogue attackers, the minister stressed that such moves constitute a deterrent.

“Everyone who is involved in terrorism must take into consideration that there are liable to be consequences for his family,” Erdan said.

This article fails to reveal what is described in the next article. A great amount do not vote.

Israeli Arabs with Israeli identification cards forget that they are Israelis. Or maybe they just need to lose theirs. The following are replies to questions, analyzed in ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON  11/25/2014 (Jerusalem Post)

An overwhelming majority of 68 percent of Israeli Arabs opposes the recent wave of terrorist attacks, while 77% prefer to live under Israeli rule rather than Palestinian, according to a recent poll by the Statnet research institute.

The poll, commissioned by Channel 10 and published on its website, also found that 84% of Israeli Arabs support Knesset members who condemned the attacks in Jerusalem, while fully 81% believe Israel is trying to harm the status quo on the Temple Mount.

Just 16% opposed the condemnation of the attacks by Arab MKs.

Yousef Makladeh, CEO of shared with The Jerusalem Post on Monday (a week ago) previously unreleased data, which broke down Arab support according to religion.

Of the Israeli Arabs who oppose the terrorist attacks, 88% were Druse, 80% Christian, and 64% Muslim.

Of the percentage of Arabs who prefer to live under Israeli rule: 70% were Druse, 57% Christian, and 49% Muslim. And those that preferred to live under the Palestinian Authority: 2% were Druse, 5% Christian, and 18% Muslim.

Makladeh said the poll was conducted from Thursday to Sunday and included phone interviews of 405 Israeli Arab citizens nationwide, not including East Jerusalem. The survey was conducted in Arabic and 39% of the respondents were men and 61% women.

The survey found that 42% of Arabs feel that they suffer from strong racism; 44% moderate racism; and 14% light racism.

Only 9% feel the state treats them equally; 52% semi-equally; and 39% not equally at all.

Prof. Sammy Smooha, a sociologist from the University of Haifa, told the Post that the survey’s findings appear reasonable.

Smooha points out that his own annual opinion survey, the Index of Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel (based on a random representative sample of 700 face-to-face interviews of those 18 and up, taken in fall 2013), shows that 63.5% of Arabs said Israel is a good place to live.

It also found that only 20.9% of the Arabs are willing to move to a Palestinian state.

A total of 64.8% of Arabs blame Jews for the conflict with the Palestinians; 63.3% of Arabs do not trust Arab leaders in Israel; and only 44.3% of the Arabs agree that Arab leaders should unequivocally condemn violent acts by Arabs against Jews in Israel.

In addition, only 6.9% of Israeli Arabs perceive state policy toward them as equal treatment; 25.2% equal treatment with a certain amount of discrimination; 44% as second-class citizens; and 22.7% as hostile citizens who do not deserve equal treatment (1.2% gave no response).

Meanwhile, tension between Arabs and right-wing MKs escalated at the Knesset on Monday.

When Hadash MK Mohammad Barakeh said Yisrael Beytenu MK David Rotem “should choke,” Balad MK Jamal Zehalka called Deputy Knesset Speaker Moshe Feiglin (Likud) a fascist while speaking from the Knesset podium.

Feiglin ordered Zehalka removed from the podium, a rare occurrence in the Knesset. Three security guards removed Zehalka while he physically tried to resist them.

Zehalka called afterward for Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to fire Feiglin. Zehalka reiterated that he considers Feiglin and other right-wing MKs to be fascists, but he denied a charge from a minister who said he overheard Zehalka call Feiglin a neo-Nazi.

Such tension is expected to continue to escalate Wednesday when the Knesset is set to vote on a bill proposed by Rotem that would give the legislature the right to immediately and permanently remove Balad MK Haneen Zoabi from the Knesset.

Gil Hoffman contributed to this report. This not sweet talk by anyone’s definition. Lots of salt being tossed around.

The connection to the recipe is this: Take a substance like Nori which is has numerous positive benefits for the body.However, excessive amounts of vitamin K present in nori, may interact with blood thinning medications, such as warfarin. Vitamin K, according to a report from the University of Michigan Health System, may make warfarin a less effective drug. This may increase the risk of blood clots and stroke. Hence, recipe not meant for those on blood thinners. 

 Soy sauce substitute

This easy-to-make substitute can be used as you would real soy sauce.

Preparation time: A few minutes

Cooking time: About 10 minutes

Makes: 1 cup

1 cup homemade or low sodium or no-salt-added store-bought beef stock

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tsp cider vinegar

1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp cooking molasses

pinches white pepper, garlic powder and ground ginger

salt to taste (optional)

Place all ingredients, except salt, in a small pot. Bring mixture to a gentle simmer (small bubbles should just break on the surface), and simmer until reduced to about 1 cup. Sea-/3 son with salt, if desired, or leave as a low-salt condiment. Pour into a tight-sealing jar and refrigerate up to 10 days.

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Nori (Seaweed) Condiment

Here’s a simple and extremely tasty use for wild nori that comes from an East-West Foundation cooking class in Boston. A little of this goes a long way. Exact quantities are left up to you to play with.


  • 1 cup nori about 7 sheets
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or Soy sauce substitute (see above)
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 3 drops rice mirin (optional)


 1. Soak nori until limp and chop.

2. Cover in saucepan with a mixture of soy sauce and water.

3. Simmer covered until all liquid is absorbed or evaporated (approx. 1-1/2 hours). Be careful not to burn.

4. Add a few drops of rice mirin to enrich flavor.

5. Store in refrigerator in covered jar. Will last several weeks. Serve a little with grains and veggies or use it to flavor a spread, soup or salad dressing.


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