This is Jerusalem

Flag of Israel will be posting from Israel this week. I am here on a trip of journalists sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation. During the 45 minute drive from the airport to Jerusalem, someone pointed out the abundance of the majestic blue and white flag of the State of Israel, which lined the highway in preparation for Israel Independence Day. But the highway was also lined with another flag, a light-blue one with Hebrew lettering on it. What is that flag? I asked. Oh, he answered sheepishly, that was the flag of Israel’s Department of Public Works, which maintains the highways and loves to display its own organizational flag. And I thought that Joe Casazza, the former commissioner of Boston’s Public Works Department, treated the department as his own dominion. At least, they never had their own flag.

4 Responses to “This is Jerusalem”

  1. Cheesehead in Recovery Says:

    So, nu, how’s the felafel,fresh begelach, tomatoes & cucumbers!

  2. wendy Says:

    cant wait to hear about this adventure!

  3. albert Says:

    Just put a piece of paper in a crevice of The Kotel with my name for Refuha Shleimah.

    Avraham ben Gittel (in Yiddish) or Tova (in Hebrew). Don’t worry, the spirit of God reads several languages.

  4. Finding a Republican Canada « Dispatches from Seth Gitell Says:

    […] Wilson’s argument doesn’t make much sense. Anybody who has ever walked around Tel Aviv can’t help to be struck to the multitude of progressive attitudes, causes, and ideas expressed. Israelis, to be sure, know first hand the realities of facing terrorism daily. But the overall Israeli political spectrum, if anything, is to the left of the American. This is a country, I would remind Wilson, founded on explicitly socialist roots with large and important state bureaucracies still in control of many aspects of life. […]

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