Thursday, June 2, 2011

It's Legal, I swear

There is a common phrase that always gets made concerning Israel, "illegal occupation". People who are anti-Israel always seem to tout their knowledge of this issue by declaring that they know what is legal and illegal under International Law. I usually respond in some different ways but honestly I didn't really know how far back you can trace just the legal aspect of the whole situation.

Here is a video, watch it. Relax, there are english translations at the top.

I personally love this video trend started by Apple and UPS. All the clutter and gimmicks are just blown away and the simple truth is pushed to the forefront. All the legal issues being disputed are easily explained. So much so that it seems pretty obvious to anyone. Do what i did and double check what he says, it's all right out there in the history books. It is a good brush up on the history of Israel and it's formation.

p.s. I would like to thank the Coen Brothers, Bob Dylan, Deep Purple, Paul Simon, and all the other amazing artists that have come to preform or support Israel recently. Thank you.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Want More Pictures?

Pictures from day 10, 11 and 12 of the Murality 3 trip can only be found on our Facebook page. Go there and become a fan!

Last Day in Hevron: Make Art, Not Fear

Alert! Alert! Artists 4 Israel is here!

The sad thing is that in Shiloh, like in every Jewish community in Judea and Samaria, they have a very advanced security system that sends out not only sirens and alarms but also e-mail and text messages to every resident of the community when there is a potential threat or an important message to share.

The funny thing is that they utilized this system when Artists 4 Israel arrived to let the community know - those crazy, impressive, beautiful artists are here to paint messages of support and hope.

The response was astounding. Within minutes, we were swarmed by hundreds of kids cheering us on and parents offering us sweets and thank yous.

Love Stories: Part 1

Israel is full of beautiful love stories. Here is one of my favorites.

"I met my wife in Belgium. She was working in a cafe and when I walked in, she had just finished closing. I was exhausted and hungry and before I could beg her for a quick bite, she said to me 'I am going to cook you dinner because I saw you on the Temple Mount in Israel and fell in love with you then.' I had never been to Israel and had no desire to ever go. But, she was beautiful, and cooking for me and I let her believe whatever she wanted to believe. I ate, we spoke and then went out separate ways. A year later, my father got re-married. His new wife was an artist and she wanted to travel the world to paint. I accompanied them and we ended up in Israel. My father's new wife's family owned a restaurant in Jerusalem and while we were there, her Uncle passed away and we inherited this small cafe that was not more than 10 steps away from the Temple Mount. I would go out every morning to walk and enjoy the view of Jerusalem when I walked into that same beautiful woman who had made me dinner in Belgium a year ago. We were married two days later and spent the next 10 years running our cafe and excavating the area around us, practicing art and living her dream."

Fine Art: Colored Cactus Show

Just because graffiti is so cool, people forget some of the fine art work produced by Artists 4 Israel's artists.
CLICK HERE for a video of fine art and installation pieces produced at the Colored Cactus show by Dershowitz Center artists.