Self-exiled Israelis in Berlin now number 20,000

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Yair Lapid says Jews can live nowhere else but Israel

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More on that story that won’t go away: Israelis moving to Berlin, now 20,000 strong. A lightning rod for rightwingers like Yair Lapid, the self-exile from the Jewish state raises all sorts of questions about the reforestation of Jews in Europe and the Jewish ideal of living as an empowered minority in a diverse liberal society. And yes, too, the right of return to a society that ethnically cleansed your people, Ashkenazi Jews.

In Haaretz, an Israeli-turned-Berliner, Tal Alon, says that she started a Hebrew magazine in Berlin a year back because of the “‘exciting thing that is happening here,’ referring to the growing Israeli community in Berlin – now about 20,000 strong – that recently prompted criticism from Finance Minister Yair Lapid.”

Finance Minister Lapid said a month ago that Israelis were moving to Berlin because it’s easier financially and they should think twice; Alon says that’s not why.

“I moved for the experience, the adventure; to satisfy the will to broaden my horizons.”

After two years in Berlin, Alon established Spitz in order to connect the local German and Israeli communities. The magazine’s goal isn’t to keep the community in an isolated bubble, she says, but rather to “serve as a bridge for Hebrew speakers in the Berlin landscape.” The name Spitz (literally, sharp tip) is one sort of connection: “It’s a word that moved from German – and some claim from Yiddish – to Hebrew.”
Alon is yet to find the financial model that would secure future issues of the magazine, which is currently based on the work of 50 individuals – writers, photographers, editors and distributors – most of whom do not receive any pay. At present it is distributed free of charge to 250 subscribers, and a further 1,750 copies are distributed at Jewish and Israeli businesses throughout the city.

Has this story been on 60 Minutes yet? What about Walt and Mearsheimer, they haven’t been on 60 Minutes, and their book just never goes away.

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