In Israeli City of Haifa, a Liberal Palestinian Culture Blossoms
“HAIFA, Israel â€” At Elika, a bar in the Hadar neighborhood of this hilly port city, a 30-something psychodramatist rolled a cigarette and sipped coffee with her father, a well-known actor in Israel. The bartender poured tall beers for two women who wandered in for an afternoon pint. Nearby, a 22-year-old woman with a partly shaved head and colorful tattoos sat alone, working on her laptop.
They were among the many coifed, pierced and tattooed women and men who populate a slice of Haifaâ€™s social scene that resembles that of the well-heeled hipsters of Tel Aviv. But here the cool kids are Palestinians, and they have unfurled a self-consciously Arab milieu that is secular, feminist and gay-friendly.”
Translation: ArabÂ freaksÂ will collaborate with Israel for a hit of hookah and a hand-job from a suitably effeminate dude. For all they care, their relatives in the West Bank and Lebanon can keep fucking goats in between IDFÂ raids andÂ artillery barrages.
â€œHaifa is a center for Arabs, like Tel Aviv is a center for Jews,â€ said Asil Abu Wardeh, the Elika patron who practices a performance-based form of psychotherapy. â€œThere is a cultural movement. There is a youth movement. Thereâ€™s a kind of freedom here.â€
We have our own parties. Our own places. Our own discos. We dance. We drink. We do it all in Arabic,â€ she added. â€œThis all began in Haifa.”
Sounds like Apartheid. Quick, remind everyone that BDS is antisemitic. Even when Arabs share the left-wing Israeli proclivity for cigs and butt-sex they want to keep to themselves. I imagine the Sodomites weren’t welcome in Gomorrah either.
Haifaâ€™s relative liberalism is a product of its unique, cosmopolitan tradition.
God read a fucking book. Cosmopolitanism is not unique.Â This is the sort of prittle-prattle you’d expect from a grad-student in gender-studies. I guess JYT writers aren’t expected to have any background in history, philosophy, literature, science or art. If they were, they would avoid making statements this idiotic.
We at AI harbor no especial love for the Palestinians. But the double-standard on all things Israeli is so blatant that we cannot help commenting occasionally.
Readers are invited to slog through the rest of the article. The first 6 paragraphs were enough to keep me triggered tillÂ my nightly dosage of bullshit fromÂ NBC Nightly News.