Back in a city completely built and populated by refugees. Tel Aviv. Is there a better role model for the world of today? It seems like everybody is getting now, in one way or another, paranoid about the “refugee problem” which is not a problem but the oldest pattern of world civilization. Rome, Paris, New York, all built by refugees, without them the world would definitely be a different place. Pretty boring I suppose. In Tel Aviv, that youngest of the world metropolises, the refugees first only came from some parts of the world, then from some more parts of the world and today they literally come from all parts of the world. It works. Well, but aren´t they all Jewish? This is the second lesson that one can easily learn over here. As with “the refugees” there doesn´t exist anything like “the Jews”. They are as different as can be and the idea of a “Jewish look” is maybe the oldest form of discrimination still alive, just imagine, how people in Oslo perceive it in contrast to people in Cairo or Tel Aviv for that matter. The “Jewish look” is a myth and as such a sad proof of the fact that discrimination is still the origin of most problems we have. Let´s stop discriminating people and start looking at them, one by one. A refugee is not the refugee, just like a Jew is not the Jew.
REFUGEES / Tel Aviv 02/2016