Arrogance...



Israel is known for its tight security (I particularly love the question with which Israeli Security forces welcome foreigners “Why have you come to this country?” – it is not in vain they are the best in security matters) and the issue of visas is part of the complex national security web that country has woven for itself. However, some individuals do not understand this and, moreover, feel offended for not having a special status when it comes to getting their visas…please read the words of Mr Jay Bushinsky (a former diplomatic reporter for the Jerusalem Post):

“In most cases, though not all, admission is granted. But by then, there is a permanent residue of resentment if not hostility on the journalist’s part. The B-1 visa which is issued to foreign correspondents is identical to the one granted to African, Chinese, Thai and European manual laborers and Filipino caregivers. It allows them to work here for one year, after which the visa must be renewed annually for a maximum of five years.”

Allow yourself to ponder on the following sentence “The B-1 visa which is issued to foreign correspondents is identical to the one granted to African, Chinese, Thai and European manual laborers and Filipino caregivers.” …how arrogant could this respectable journalist be?
First of all, the tone with which this “gentleman” speaks of manual laborers and caregivers suggests that they are inferior to him, and his class (foreign press). Second, by pointing out specific nationalities (African, Chinese, Thai, European [for sure Latin & East Europeans] and Filipino) he allows to transpire his prejudice towards what he apparently believes to be second rate world citizens.

Speaking of prejudice…Bushinsky…Isn’t this a Jewish name? It is always delightful to see a member of the Chosen People; a people that was persecuted and slaughtered like cattle (not long ago…for we still remember and mourn HaShoah); practicing the deceiving art of bigotry, racism and utter stupidity. Jewish people remain the target of prejudice…how can any of them have short memory and be a bigot?
Mr. Bushinsky entitled his article as “Israel is shooting itself in the foot” but I’d say that Mr. Bushinsky, with his pauper choice of words, is the one who shot himself in his own arrogant foot.

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Comments

  1. Our arrogance is sometimes unknown to us because it becomes so ingrained. Arrogance is born of a false belief that we are separate from each other. Good post.

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  2. I like the theme change, it loads fast and is much easier to read! ;-)

    As for the post itself... my own conclusion: people are idiot. People, no matter who they are or where they come from always think they are better than anybody else. Idiot.

    I remember when I got my Chinese visa in 2008 for Beijing, I heard some nasty comments. A lot of Westerners were queuing up at the Embassy of China in Canada because of the upcoming games and they couldn't believe they had to get a visa, couldn't believe it was $50, couldn't believe it would take a couple of days etc. They were super rude with the staff because to them, China OWNED them a visa. Er...

    Now, let me tell you: getting a Chinese visa for Westerners is very easy. Just fill up one sheet of paper with your name, address, basic info and you are in as long as you don't state you plan to free Tibet. Now, getting a visa to Canada, the USA or Europe for Chinese people? Bloody impossible, cost $$$ and takes many months.

    So stop whining people!

    We are all citizens of the world, no matter where we come from and where we are going...

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  3. Yes, I can here him say "I was taken out of context" in response to your story.

    It's a wonder he didn't through in Australians as well...taking into account our convict past.

    Bye now, it's time to shoot myself in the foot before bedtime!

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  4. Excellent post, Max. Food for thought. I think the longer I blog, the more aware I am of the double-edged sword-like quality of words (either spoken or written, or even words in our brain that are unspoken and unwritten).

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  5. Life is too short to waste time being arrogant. Arrogance truncates our thought process, type-casts and alienates us. Yet you see it in all cultural and religious settings.

    A thinking person must see beyond his self-importance to the fact of our inter-relatedness. We really are ONE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH--and we will not live in peace while we hold on to a regressive mindset.

    Hope you are having a good week, my dear, dear Max.

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  6. Ciao Max,

    Reporting the wrong doing, within the law, that's all it is required from the 5th power. Other than that is "fait divers".

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  7. Hi Max,

    The law in Israel is "de facto" equal to all.
    If one feels aggravated by its implementation that person might consider not travelling to Israel. Just because you are a guest in someone's house, you don't get to change the rules, period.

    We are Jews and we are proud of our nation, right...Max?

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  8. Max lol what is wrong with people, lol. I think his name is more like 'rusky' (russian). Glad not planning to go there yet. Max girl hope you are doing well. Anna :)

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  9. Hey Mark :D!

    "Our arrogance is sometimes unknown to us because it becomes so ingrained. Arrogance is born of a false belief that we are separate from each other."

    Indeed, indeed....

    "Good post."

    Thank you *bowing*!

    Mark, thank you so much for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  10. Hey オテモヤン!

    Thanks for the list of lew behaviour...I don't know why you thought it was relevant to this article, but thank you anyway...

    Cheers

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  11. Hi Zhu :D!

    "I like the theme change, it loads fast and is much easier to read! ;-)"

    I am glad you liked it :D! This is the theme for 2010...

    "As for the post itself... my own conclusion: people are idiot. People, no matter who they are or where they come from always think they are better than anybody else. Idiot."

    I agree with you, girl.

    "I remember when I got my Chinese visa in 2008 for Beijing, I heard some nasty comments. A lot of Westerners were queuing up at the Embassy of China in Canada because of the upcoming games and they couldn't believe they had to get a visa, couldn't believe it was $50, couldn't believe it would take a couple of days etc. They were super rude with the staff because to them, China OWNED them a visa. Er..."

    Cheer Western arrogance...*nodding*.

    "Now, let me tell you: getting a Chinese visa for Westerners is very easy. Just fill up one sheet of paper with your name, address, basic info and you are in as long as you don't state you plan to free Tibet. Now, getting a visa to Canada, the USA or Europe for Chinese people? Bloody impossible, cost $$$ and takes many months."

    LOL "as long as you don't state you plan to free Tibet" LOL LOL I hear you. True, so true...

    "So stop whining people!"

    *High 5*!

    "We are all citizens of the world, no matter where we come from and where we are going..."

    Amen to that!

    Zhu, I absolutely loved your input: spoken by a true citizen of the world....thank you! :D

    Cheers

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  12. Hi Peter :D!

    "Yes, I can here him say "I was taken out of context" in response to your story."

    LOL he couldn't, because I actually read his article...he said it, he wrote it, he structured his words (and very poorly if I may add), and the result is at sight...*nodding*.

    "It's a wonder he didn't through in Australians as well...taking into account our convict past."

    LOL you know? He might have thought of it though...

    "Bye now, it's time to shoot myself in the foot before bedtime!"

    ROFL ROFL...

    Peter, thank you so much for your sense of humour: I love it :D!

    Cheers

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  13. Hi Amel :D!

    "Excellent post, Max. Food for thought. I think the longer I blog, the more aware I am of the double-edged sword-like quality of words (either spoken or written, or even words in our brain that are unspoken and unwritten)."

    Thank you so much, gorgeous *bowing*! I totally know what you are talking about here :D!

    Thanks for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  14. Hey Lynda :D!

    "Life is too short to waste time being arrogant. Arrogance truncates our thought process, type-casts and alienates us. Yet you see it in all cultural and religious settings."

    So very true, darling *nodding*...

    "A thinking person must see beyond his self-importance to the fact of our inter-relatedness. We really are ONE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH--and we will not live in peace while we hold on to a regressive mindset."

    *Applauding*...now you have said it all!

    "Hope you are having a good week, my dear, dear Max."

    My darling, I am having a great week: thanks :D!

    Lynda, I loved your comment...my Lord....Thank you :D!

    Cheers

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  15. Ciao Dux :D!

    "Reporting the wrong doing, within the law, that's all it is required from the 5th power. Other than that is "fait divers"."

    Agreed!

    Thanks, Dux, for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  16. Hi C.C :D!

    "The law in Israel is "de facto" equal to all."

    Absolutely.

    "If one feels aggravated by its implementation that person might consider not travelling to Israel. Just because you are a guest in someone's house, you don't get to change the rules, period."

    I agree.

    "We are Jews and we are proud of our nation, right...Max?"

    You know it, C.C...you know it :D!

    Guys, thank you so much for your comment :D!

    Cheers

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  17. Hi Anna :D!

    "Max lol what is wrong with people, lol. I think his name is more like 'rusky' (russian). Glad not planning to go there yet. Max girl hope you are doing well."

    People ascribe themselves this self-importance that gets to my wits *nodding*. LOL "rusky" lol...*nodding*.
    Darling, I am doing well, thanks :D! Send my love to Matthew :D!

    Anna, thanks a million for your input :D!

    Cheers

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