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Look who I found

Look who I found

Readers and Guides and Borders and Stuff

That’s Legal Insurrection reader Joel E. who lives in a town near Tel Aviv, and reached out to me when he read I was heading for Israel.

The featured image is us at a really good falafel place near the beach.

I also saw Legal Insurrection favorite and sometimes contributor “Anne in Petah Tikva” and her husband.  Except that night, she was “Anne in Tel Aviv.”

William Jacobson and Anne in Petah Tikva

It’s a tough life, but someone has to live it.

It would have been hard to accomplish everything we have in this past week without the help of personal guides.

I mentioned Hassan Khawaled yesterday, who took us to the Bedouin village of Khawaled.  Pictured here in front of an abandoned Carmelite Monastery just outside the village.

Hassan Khawaled


Abandoned Carmelite Monestary near Khawaled Village

He also took us to Akko (Acre), the old fortress city, as well as through some Druze villages and to the Ahmadi Mosque in Haifa. The Ahmadis reject violent Jihad and any form of aggressive (as opposed to purely defensive) violence.



Udi Guberman was our guide along Lebanese border (pictured below at the Mount Adir memorial to Israeli soldiers killed in that border area during the 2006 Lebanon War.

[Udi Guberman, Travel Israel Tour Guide]

[Udi Guberman, Travel Israel Tour Guide. Lebanon in distance.]

Udi also helped us arrange the visits to Ziv Hospital in Safed where we “met” the Syrians, and Moshav Avivim where we interviewed the survivor of the 1970 bus attack.  He also took us to the grottos at Rosh Hanikra at the Lebanese border crossing, and to Megiddo (aka Armageddon).

Rosh Hanikra Cliff Border

[Rosh Hanikra and border crossing]

Rosh Hanikra Grotto

[Rosh Hanikra Grottos]

[Megiddo, Israel]

[Megiddo, Israel]

[Megiddo, Israel]


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Fantastic photos! And you’re looking very well yourself! Thanks for sharing these with us!

Continue to have a good trip, and stay safe!

Amy 🙂

Many years ago I would read Annie’s comments on DiscardedLies” but only now do I get to see a picture.
Life is strange.
By the way I posted a Youtube link on you “Bedouins Norther Israel” post, from Egyptian TV on Obama’s latest speech to graduates.
They really mock him.

CloseTheFed | May 29, 2015 at 8:46 am

“It’s a tough life, but someone has to live it.”

Haha. 🙂

“The Ahmadis reject violent Jihad and any form of aggressive (as opposed to purely defensive) violence.”

Ahmadis also accept western science. It’s for these reasons, among others, that they are considered non-Muslims in many Muslim countries.

Pakistan declared Ahmadis non-Muslims in 1974, forcing physicist Abdus Salam to leave for Europe. He won the Nobel Prize for science in 1979, making him the first scientist from a Muslim country to get a Nobel Prize in science. The second is Ahmed Zuwail, and Egytian born chemist. But he did all his work in the US, and is an American citizen.

There are only two Muslim Nobel laureates in the sciences. This is easily explained; it isn’t just Boko Haram that believes non-Islamic learning is Haram, or prohibited. They could never have done their work in the countries of their birth. Arguably there are no Muslim Nobel laureates in the sciences. One of these has been officially declared non-Muslim by his home country, and the other could easily be considered an apostate based upon his work and his writings under a strict reading of Sharia.

The Ahmadis are lucky Israel isn’t a Muslim country. Maybe one day an Israeli Ahmadi Arab will be the third Muslim Nobel laureate in the sciences.

Love these photos and tales of your adventures. It’s so great to see LI readers and contributors, too!

LukeHandCool | May 29, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Great photos of some photogenic people!

I hope wining and dining with readers along the Mediterranean coast doesn’t cause a flare up in Bill’s blogger burnout.

What username does Joel E. comment under (no worries if he doesn’t want to divulge).

Anne looks radiant!

After the picture is taken with him, does the Professor still recommend a $100 donation to his foundation? I thought he was kidding at first, but I gave in when he told me that was a special limited time offer of 90% off the suggested retail.

Gremlin1974 | May 29, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Thanks for the photo’s, they just reinforce my desire to save up and go there myself.

Hey Professor! I told you to “make me look thin!”. (Sigh… I suppose you can’t work miracles…. Or as my grandmother would say: “as you look in to the camera is how you come out”). 😀

Seriously, it was great to meet you again and catch up with you and your lovely wife again. My husband greatly enjoyed meeting you too and hearing about all the work that you do at first hand.

Enjoy the rest of your trip!