Hummus Stories: Tel Aviv Before and After the Storm (Part 1)
You know what they say... Hummus is the one thing the Middle East has in common. And all food lovers will agree -albeit naively, but it's the simplicity of the argument that counts - the region deserves peace for that. This post does not take any sides but prefer offering slides. The issue is far more complex than most would have you believe. We do not condone the acts of governments and organisations on either sides of the many conflicts that mar the entire region.
This isn't meant to be an expert photo documentary but merely an introduction to the region as we discovered it, that's why I thought I'd just let the photos do the talking. With time, I hope this portfolio will extend to other countries in the region as part of a new series of photos "Hummus stories".
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The promenade towards Jaffa
Fishing on the Tel Aviv Promenade
Fisherman on the promenade towards the old city of Jaffa.
A peaceful coexistence?
A small group of Arab women enjoying the seaside. The population in Tel Aviv felt like a liberal, peaceful dream come true (I do say "felt like", I have no idea of the reality of living there) - with religious and secular people of all confessions living together, alongside a most vibrant gay community.
The end of the promenade
The view of the promenade and of Tel Aviv from the beginning of the old city of Jaffa.
A church and a mosque
These times are probably the safest that Israel has known in years. As one taxi driver put it "the world can say whatever they want about the wall, we used to have 2-3 terrorist attacks per day and since its completion we haven't had a single one".
Buildings of the old city of Jaffa
Where Jaffa begins, with its shuk/souk - more photos of this in the sandstorm section as we didn't visit it on that day.
Sandstorm, beach and shuk
1st day of the storm in Tel Aviv
No more surfing for most as the sand is everywhere in the air, making it not so healthy to stay outside for a long period of time.
Tel Aviv Seafront
View of the seafront from the beginning of the promenade leading to Jaffa
The Dolphinarium Discotheque
The famous club where a terrorist attack occurred in 2001. I would have thought it closed for good but there are still people partying in there.
Homeless / Stuck outside
I hope this homeless man managed to find a shelter during the 2 days that were declared unsafe to stay outside.
Plaque celebrating the liberation of Jaffa. Depending on who writes history liberation means occupation for others. Regardless, very cool effect from the way it was embedded in the stone and bricks.
Jaffa Flea Market: Shuk Hapishpishim
We stopped by this famous shuk in Tel Aviv as we started to realise that we might have to head back home because of the weather.
Bedouins in Israel
The Negev Bedouins have been in the region for centuries. The Ottoman empire forced them to adopt a sedentary life, a process which continued after the creation of Israel. Their population is one of the fastest growing (doubling every 15 years) and is estimated at 200,000.
Vendor in the Shuk / Souk (flea market)
The heat was really becoming unbearable with the sandstorm acting as some sort of dome on the city.
Construction workers near the old city of Jaffa, still working despite the heat and the storm. I'd imagine/hope it didn't last too long as the weather was getting worse.
View of a Jaffa mosque
View of a mosque from one of the highest points in the old city.
Belgian Shepherd / Caught in the Storm
Literally crushed by the heat, this Belgian shepherd tries to cool down near the Mediterranean sea in Tel Aviv.
Abandoned Surfboard on the beach
An abandoned surfboard? That's how muddy and heavy the weather was getting during the sandstorm in Tel Aviv.
Belgian Shepherd / Cooling and chilling
Feeling a bit better, the Belgian Shepherd gets up and tries to play around a little but the heat is really just too much.
A dog that looks like he's mastered the art of the ninjas and totally blends with the sand on the beach.