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Living in Muslim Countries or Muslim-Administrated Places, No “Picnic”

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

I’ve been working in Yafiz, Rami Levy Co., Sha’ar Binyamin with Arabs for almost four years. My fellow staff and the customers are Jewish Israeli and Arab. Some of the Arabs have Israeli papers, and some don’t. We all get the same low salary for the same sort of work. And the customers pay the same low prices for the clothes and food sold by the Rami Levy conglomerate. This is not the “Israel’ one sees in the international media or big hot-aired conferences.

You’d be surprised at how many of us, Jews and Arabs, have academic degrees, advanced training and certification, though we’re working at the lowest salary level legal in Israel. Yes, I’m among them. You’d expect the professional, academically trained Arabs to be working at good jobs in Arab cities or the P.A. or Gaza or wealthy Arab countries, rather than doing their best to hold to their low paying jobs in Sha’ar Binyamin.

In talking to some of our customers, I’ve discovered that salaries in the Arab cities here in Judea and Samaria are much, much lower than Israeli Minimum Wage. One man from an Arab city, who sometimes buys our clothes when we have “end of season clearance sales” to resell at his clothing store, wanted to know what our workers get paid. He told me how much he pays, and it’s a tiny fraction of the Israeli Minimum Wage salaries here.

An Arab woman who enjoyed speaking to me in English, because as she explained, she’s “…an English Teacher and needs the practice,” Rather naively, she told me that I could make great money if I would teach in a college in Jenin or Nablus. Needless to say, she ignored the fact that I wouldn’t make it home alive, but when she told me what the “great salary” would be, I was shocked. It’s pretty much the same as full-time Israeli Minimum Wage.

There’s a proven fact that many people insist on ignoring. Prior to the beginning of Zionism well over a hundred years ago, this area was pretty empty. Today’s cities were barely towns. Zionism brought the area to life, and that life, the economic opportunities, top medical care, modern infrastructure etc, not only attracted Jews, but it also attracted Arabs. A high percentage of the Arabs who live here today are descended from those to moved here after the advent of Zionism.

And another thing that the world prefers to ignore, the P.A. and Gazan Arab administrations are among the worst in the world. Gaza is a mess, not because of Israeli attacks but because of the Hamas administration. The local Gazans aren’t happy.

Now, as frustration mounts, many Gazans privately admit that the problem is not just the damage from the Israeli bombardment, but also the damage created by Hamas, the Islamic group that rules this coastal enclave…Despite the rosy public opinion polls, Hamas seems to be widely loathed in this coastal Mediterranean wasteland. Getting a quote, of course, is nearly impossible. (The Week)

Just some food for thought…

Rami Levy Quietly Helping Families of the Fallen

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Without almost anyone noticing, supermarket magnate Rami Levy has been quietly unloading truckloads of food and basics at the homes of all the fallen soldiers since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, according to Guy Meroz of Channel 10.

Rami Levy has a history of quietly supporting families of the fallen.

In 2011, Rami Levy took it upon himself to provide food and basics for the surviving children of the Fogel family of Itamar, until the youngest orphan becomes an adult. It only became public knowledge after Levy was spotted in the kitchen of the massacred Fogel family, personally stocking their fridge and cabinets.

Ramy Levy’s Shivuk HaShikma supermarket chain opened 30 years ago, and has 27 stores and approximately 5000 employees. It’s named after the street in Machane Yehuda, the Jerusalem Shuk, where he opened his first grocery store in a stall he got from his grandfather.

‘Sister?’ More of ‘My Adventures with Arabs’

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

I think that this should be a new periodic “series” on this blog, “My Adventures with Arabs.” As many of you know, I have much more contact with Arabs than most Israelis.

I work in Yafiz, Sha’ar Binyamin where Jews and Arabs work and shop together.

The gulf between Jews and Arabs is much smaller in may world than in the world of many other Israelis, including the Extreme Left. That’s especially because I meet ordinary Arabs, the relatively apolitical who shop in Yafiz and Rami Levy because of the quality goods and low prices. And this isn’t a paid advertisement.

Money does make the world go around.

It’s the nature of man to put a price on everything, whether it’s barter or actual money.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said that economic development in the Arab world is the key to peace, but unfortunately when he’s in power, like now, he forgets that principle.

Recently I had another of my unforgettable meetings with an Arab customer at Yafiz. As is my norm, I first speak to the Arab customers in Hebrew and then try English if they look at me with blank uncomprehending stares. This Arab woman, with her hair and neck covered in the Muslim way was of my daughters’ generation and really perked up when she heard me speak English.

“Your English is so good.  Where did you learn it?” “America, and yours?” “Me, too, in America.”

And then she gave me a quick summary of her life and why she is now living “nearby,” which is also how I described my home location.

A Jewish Israeli man watched mesmerized by the scene of the two of us, obviously Jewish and Muslim, chatting away in such a friendly way. He just had to comment on how surprising it seemed to him. To me he spoke Hebrew, and to her he spoke Arabic, and we had this very amusing three-way, trilingual conversation. The young Arab-Muslim woman kept referring to me as her “sister.”

I found this very interesting. It was obvious that this woman felt more in common with me and my Americanism than she felt with the other Arab women where she now lives. I did say that if the politicians would just leave all of us alone, we’d have peace, and she agreed with that.

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Arabs Partners against Obama-Kerry ‘Land Swap’ Idea

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

There’s nothing stranger than politics. You must have heard the line about “strange bedfellows.”

Politics makes strange bedfellows

Finally I agree with something super far Left and even anti-Israel to my mind Arab Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, MK Dr. Ahmed Tibi, founder of the Arab Movement for Change Party, Ta’al said:

”This is a bizarre proposal which relates to Arab citizens as chess pieces that can be moved and changed.”

I’ve been saying the same thing! All you have to do is substitute “Jewish” for “Arab,” and you see that we agree 100%. I’ve also written that there’s no real sign that Israeli Arabs want to live under PA rule. I’ve been working with Arabs in Yafiz, Sha’ar Binyamin for three years now, and I’ve gotten to know fellow workers from my store and Rami Levy. I’ve also had many conversations with Arab customers. And I have no doubt that most Arabs, even those who are now living under PA rule would prefer living under Israeli Law.

Take a man like Tibi. From all he says, you’d think him as one who would have joined the PA-Palestinian Authority a long time ago. You’d think that someone with so many complaints about the State of Israel would have declared himself a citizen of the “State of Palestine,”and joined the fray in fighting his fellow Arabs for power. But he hasn’t!

Push comes to shove, and Kerry is pushing and shoving, Tibi prefers being an Israeli. And I have no doubt that most Arabs feel 100% the same. They know perfectly well which Middle East administration is fairest to its citizens and residents. They know which state offers the best medical care, infrastructure and modern technology.

The only problem is that the Arabs are terrified to voice the truth. They, too, live in fear of Arab terrorists who prefer anarchy over law and civil rights. The Arab terrorists are emboldened by the discussions of more power and money. They won’t obey any government; that includes Arabs called “Palestinians.” The ordinary Arab does not want that sort of change. They don’t want a “Two state solution.” They don’t want any creative Livni, Obama or Kerry ideas.

The only solution that would bring peace, true peace is for Israel to Annex, rule all of the Land we now hold and administer. We must achieve true sovereignty and that will give us true peace. It’s dangerous for Tibi to say so, but he has all but admitted it in his opposition to a land-swap.

Chodesh Tov and Shabbat Shalom.

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McDonald’s Boycotts Ariel

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

The Israeli franchise owner of McDonald’s, Peace Now co-founder Omri Padan, has caused an uproar in the city of Ariel in Samaria by refusing to allow a Big Mac branch in the city’s new mall.

In a reverse of the Boycott Israel movement, Ariel residents are threatening a Boycott McDonald’s movement.

The new mall was opened by the popular Rami Levy HaShikma supermarket, with plans for a McDonald’s  branch in the shopping complex.

Padan’s boycott not only will deprive Ariel’s Jews from chomping on McDonald’s menu items, but it also will lock out tens of thousands of Palestinian Authority Arabs in the area, who also will be deprived of the same equal job opportunities at McDonald’s that Rami Levy offers.

Ariel Mayor Eli Shviro told Channel 2 television, “If this is the case, it is a miserable decision. It discriminates against us. We are residents just like everyone in the country, and this is out of place.”

Padan stands his ground, as he has done for years. Levy says that the McDonald’s Israeli franchise owner is a victim of “mistaken thinking,” but McDonald’s Israel said in a statement. “This has always been the policy of Dr. Omri Padan.”

Indeed it has.

In 1998 he said in an interview with the Haaretz  newspaper, “McDonald’s Israel neither did nor will open a branch at any Israeli settlement beyond the Green Line. Already when I was the general manager of Kitan Textiles I told the board I would resign immediately if they move to open a plant on the West Bank. I have the privilege of not needing to compromise on my principles.”

He also fought in the past against a McDonald’s branch in Ramat Gan, adjacent to Tel Aviv, from becoming – God forbid – kosher, even though the orthodox Jewish owner of the mall required that stores be closed on Shabbat. He said in 1997, “We will be a non-kosher restaurant selling cheese-burgers, milkshakes and ice-cream.”

Nine years later, the Big Cheese in McDonald’s American headquarters overruled him and ordered the Ramit Aviv facility to go kosher.

It is doubtful that the bosses will intervene in Ariel. McDonald’s would prefer to suffer a boycott of a few thousand Jews, or even a few hundred thousand in Israel and abroad, rather than a mega-boycott by the BDS movement.

The Boycott Israel movement would gleefully add the hamburger chain to its list of companies that dare to operate in Judea and Samaria, even if they employ Arabs.

So don’t figure on a McDonald’s branch in Ariel.

But there always is the good side to everything. Ariel residents, and neighboring Arabs, will be spared McDonald’s nutrition.

Netanyahus Buy $2400 a Month in Goods from ‘People’s Tycoon’

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

By now, the world knows that Benjamin Netanyahu is a sucker for pistachio ice cream (the financial website Kalkalit revealed recently that Netanyahu’s 2012 household accounts include close to $3,000 for pistachio and vanilla ice-cream. It means the Netanyahus and their guests (not sure Sara would let the staff have any) scarf down 30 lbs. of ice-cream a month. However do they maintain their girlish figures?)

But prime ministers do not live by ice cream alone: the Netanyahu family purchases food and household items worth close to $30 thousand a year, $2,500 a month—all of them tax payer shekels, mind you—at the Rami Levy supermarkets.

Rami Levy is known as Israel’s no-nonsense marketing tycoon. Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing is the third largest Israeli discount retail supermarket chain, 21 stores, 3,000 employees, annual revenues around $430 million. His aisles are a little less spotlessly clean than the competition, you won’t find fancy fruits and yuppie veggies there, and inquiries with the staff might not always yield useful advice, and the lines at the cashier are longer and less orderly – but everybody in Israel knows, Rami Levy gets you the best prices. Rami Levy also sells no-nonsense cellphones and a slew of other bare essentials goods at very good prices.

Rami Levy, whose company went public in 2007, and who is counted among the richest people in Israel, is also a dyed in the wool Likud supporter. And that explains why the fact that Prime Minister Netanyahu takes the household budget awarded him each year by the taxpayers and puts so much of it in the coffers of his sworn supporters – just doesn’t look so good.

Globes reported that the Prime Minister’s residence has been purchasing from Levi without a bid. That doesn’t smell great either, except for the fact that the regulations don’t require a bid in this case, only common sense.

That’s Rami Levy’s point, by the way. He told Globes: “You know why they started to buy from me? Because three years ago there was an article in a local newspaper in Jerusalem criticizing Netanyahu for not buying at Rami Levy’s, where everything is the cheapest, but instead preferring the fancy shops in Rechavia (Jerusalem’s high rent neighborhood).”

See? You can’t win with us media folks.

The same was true with the pistachio fiasco (that’s a fun word combo): after being slammed from every direction for buying hundreds of pounds of ice cream from a local, fancy parlor, at local fancy parlor prices – the Netanyahus switched to Rami Levy’s nutty delights. Now they’ll have to swear off that, too?

The prime minister’s office is yet to comment on the developing emergency.

Anarchists & Palestinians Target Rami Levy Again

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Rami Levy, one of the symbols of peaceful Jewish-Arab coexistence was once again targeted by Palestinians and foreign leftwing activists.

The Tazpit News Agency reports that on Friday afternoon 30 Palestinians and foreign and Israeli anarchists protested and blocked the road in front of the Rami Levy supermarket, this time in Gush Etzion.

Security forces arrived and broke up the protest. One anarchist was arrested.

Rami Levy is a popular supermarket chain that employs both Arab and Jewish workers, and clients from both sectors shop there side by side.

 

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