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Israel: The Holy Land in conflict with Gaza|Not even the children are spared from the bloodshed

So what’s new about Israel and its non-stop conflict with Gaza, Palestine and other Middle Eastern countries?

Truth is, I really feel very sad whenever I hear news about Israel being bombed and damaged by its enemies. I was wondering why there’s violence in this so-called “Holy Land,” if one time there was a suicide bomber on the loose way back then?

No wonder it’s not really a good place to live in, unless you’re a Jew, you’ll think that it is YOUR “home,” but not for many.

In its current conflict with Gaza (no wonder, Israel really has a lot of political foes to deal with), death toll is dramatically on the rise, and take note that NOT even innocent children are spared. What now for Israel’s future as one of the most educated countries if everything would be like this?

No wonder some Israeli celebrities (Natalie Portman, Bar Refaeli and Shirly Brener) choose to live in the US because of political conflicts happening in their native land.

How would you feel if there’s always turmoil in your country?

Ever since, Israel never had a good conversation with Gaza and Palestine (correct me of one of these places are not in good terms, but not necessarily an enemy). This also happens with most of its Middle Eastern neighbors (Iran and Saudi Arabia are two of Israel’s worst “enemies”), so no wonder, kawawa ka if you’re an Israeli national — you cannot freely travel to the rest of the Middle East because most of these countries believe that Israel should never exist at all. If you’re talking about Israeli stamps, places like Iraq and the UAE will still accept you, but NOT for Iran and Saudi Arabia. Seriously, why HATE Israel if it brought Christianity to life (remember, the Holy Bible is very Israeli in terms of ancient culture)? I really do understand that the rest of the Middle Eastern countries are Muslim, but they should never hate the Jews — the Jews came first, long before Mohammed founded Islam, so why HATE?

It’s a good thing that Israel and Germany are good friends in terms of diplomacy — and not only Deutschland, the United States supports the Holy Land as well. This also happens when you talk about Philippine-Japan relations. The Philippines and Japan used to be wartime enemies, but it’s a good thing that the Filipinos are very forgiving; one thing that is not discussed in social studies class is that, the Philippines is Japan’s number one raw material exporter.

International Bullying and Overrating

Today, there are MANY international bullies in the world, and it’s not only the US and China (they’re definitely the two most overrated countries in terms of hegemonic contest) that are perceived as “bullies.” In fact, there are some more to consider when talking about hegemony — China has a LONG way to go on its way to become a hegemon; like what I said before, it fears US in terms of economic trade. Usually, China will only improve its products when the US is starting to ask for it (no wonder offshored companies still retain that quality).

I really do believe that Israel is a bullying victim from most of its Middle Eastern neighbors — granted, it is one of the most developed countries in the world with its patriotic people, however, turmoil and conflict won’t even place it at the top of the World’s Most Peaceful… well we do not know about that.

Israel, The Holocaust in DLSU Manila

Do you know that Philippine passport holders could actually travel to Israel without any visa? That’s because the Philippines is the only country that accepted Jewish refugees within the World War II period. This is the gift that Israel gave to the Philippines… well, in my point of view.

Side Note: To Aziz Natour, I think your country’s awesome! No joke about it.

Israel: The Holy Land

Photo by me|Mr. Yaniv Revach, the guest speaker (side note: Moritz Bleibtreu’s look-alike!).

Israel is a very rich country, and most of the technology is all thanks to Israelis.

Truth is, Israel is a very young nation, compared to other well-known countries is probably because the Jews were widespread, just before the state of Israel was established after the disastrous, traumatic World War II. It’s only the Philippines that is the only country that voted for the establishment of the state of Israel.

History of Israel prior to its independence

Israel is a country of immigrant Jews who came from all over the world, from across Asia to Europe, and from Europe to Africa, then to the Americas. During the first fifteen years after the establishment of the state of Israel, it refused to start diplomatic ties with Germany due to the traumatic Holocaust (the burning of the Jews via concentration camps, gas chambers and cremation). However, if you want to move on, according to Mr. Revach, you have to move on. Today, Germany is one of Israel’s closest and strongest allies.

Immigration has been helpful to Israel… well, what I mean is, immigration from Israel to other countries simply because of learning new things from other cultures, and it turns out; when the ethnic Jews came back to Israel (Law of Return, I think), they started to share their learning experience from other countries and not only that; they created their own technologies such as warfare weapons and useful devices. Israel is therefore, a melting pot of different races, be it black, white or Semitic.

Today, Israel’s one of the richest countries in the world, and Tel-Aviv is the gay capital. It is also somehow the sister city of Makati.

The Holocaust

The Holocaust is one of the most tremendous extreme ways of racism in history. It’s like ethnic cleansing of the “Aryan” race. The Jews were humiliated and exhausted by the Nazi government is because they’re the ones controlling and ruling the businesses in Germany which Hitler believed that it would put the German economy down. Well, this is according to what I heard before. Why eliminate all the Jews in Germany during Hitler’s time? Let’s say that Hitler is a charismatic leader, but he pushed his own limits, like killing all the Jews because they put the “Aryan” race down. He doesn’t spare anyone, not even the Slavs, the homosexuals and the disabled. He thinks that the “perfect” race should exist.

Remembering the Diary of Anne Frank, it is one of the most remarkable literary works wherein the horrors of the war were discussed. I haven’t read the book yet but somehow, it’s like something worth to read if you want to know the history of Germany during the Third Reich.

People in the concentration camps were actually tattooed with numbers on their forearms, and guess what? Prisoners couldn’t use their names. What they did is to call someone by their number, and use “Israel” if that’s a man, and “Sarah” if it’s a girl. Sounds creepy and disturbing, eh?|This is one example of a tattooed number on a former concentration camp prisoner.

Anne Frank is not an exemption. She was also tattooed with a number on her arm, when she was a prisoner in a concentration camp, and just so you know, she died there of sickness. Just imagine yourself being a victim of the extreme-right wing dictatorship of Hitler, you are a “dalit” if you’re a Jew. Well, Hitler may not be a Hindu, but taking a look at his leadership style, he had his own caste system. Take note: Caste system.

Modern-day Israel and its influence towards the world

Like what I said, Israel is a country of immigrant Jews. Right now, it has a very friendly diplomatic ties with the Philippines, and the synagogue in the Philippines is located in Makati. Also, Germany is one of Israel’s strongest allies. This is synonymous to Japan-Philippines relations today.

In Israel, there are a number of famous people, like for instance, model Bar Refaeli (Hebrew: בר רפאלי). Another example of a celebrity is no other than Hollywood-famous Natalie Portman (bad thing her photo wasn’t displayed on the PowerPoint! HAHA!). Lastly, my favorite Israeli-American celebrity — Shirly Brener (Hebrew: שירלי ברנר). Although not as famous as Natalie Portman, Shirly is a multi-tasking Hollywood actress. She is well known not only for her acting skills, but she’s also an athlete, a mother, a wife, everything. Shirly is one of the Israeli-born people who was raised multi-culturally in the UK and the US, where she currently resides.

Fun facts

Most Israelis speak English. No wonder, even French-Israeli actor Yvan Attal spoke English in Rush Hour 3!

Of course, most Christians learn Israel. It’s because it is the homeland of Jesus Christ. Hebrew was the sacred language, and during the time of Jesus, it is equivalent to Sanskrit (no, not even Jesus used Hebrew, and it’s like the language of religion during His time). When the state of Israel was established after the WWII, Hebrew (or Ivrit) became the national language.

The Yiddish language is a Germanic language that uses the Hebrew alphabet, and native speakers are usually overseas Jews.

Likewise, the Hebrew language is actually Semitic. Its alphabet is in abjad form, and normally, abjads are only consonants, no vowels, unless it’s placed with an accent mark or dot, which represents vowels. Usually, Semitic languages are written from right to left.

The Importance of the English Language|The Japanese of English is no other than “Eigo.”

Why is the English language important?

Last time, I wrote about something about Filipino vs. English. Well, for here, you might wanna know why English is a very important language… in terms of communication.

1.) Learning English is a process if you want to communicate with people who do not speak your native language.

For instance, you’re a French speaker who communicates with a German speaker. Of course, you’ll use English, unless the German speaker could speak French.

Communicating with people who do not speak your native tongue needs a certain language. You can’t use Interlingua, or any other artificial language designed for people with different native tongues to relate with one another. A natural language is needed, NOT a language which is man-made. You also cannot talk to someone whose mother tongue is artificial, unless he or she’s a robot.

2.) English is the universal language.

The former universal languages are: Greek, Latin, French… and so on and so forth.

Diplomats are required to learn and study English. Would you ever call yourself a diplomat (or polyglot) if you don’t speak the universal language? Sure, you could speak Greek, Latin and/or French, but if you’re not fluent in English compared to the mentioned languages, well… you might have a hard time.

3.) Using the English language (whether you’re a native speaker or not) is a bridge to learn a new language.

For the East Asian people, they could hardly be very fluent in English. Well, there are some people who could speak English, but the rest, could not.

The advantage of speaking in English will help you learn a new language. It’s like asking, “How do you say this in your language?” Of course, this is really a big help, but there are some people who cannot catch up with the English words, since English is very hard to learn, especially those who are monolingual non-English speakers.

In my experience, I asked some of my Korean friends on how they say it in Korean, but I forgot what arrogant is in Hangugeo, haha. However, they were impressed when I read some Hangul and yeah, it worked.

I believe in the Koreans who are studying in the Philippines. If they’re cold-hearted, according to some sources, they’re actually not. They know how to lay-low and learn something new. Of course, the advantage of Koreans in the Philippines is that, we could learn their language. Remember, there are some Koreans who barely speak in English, so that’s why we share cultures with them. Some Koreans learn Tagalog/Filipino, although they find it hard. They also admit that Korean’s also hard… well, is there such thing as an “easy” language? German ain’t that easy, either. Wait… did you ever encounter Dativ and Akkusativ in English grammar and syntax?

4.) English is the language of communication.

If you’re a Filipino, you think that English is the language of the learned and of the leaders, which isn’t right. Wait… do you think Andres Bonifacio knew some English? Did Rizal used English during his early years? Wait, telling that English is the language of the learned and of the leaders, most specifically to the Chinese and to the French is an insult.

The reason why Filipinos learn English is because of the OFW thing. Don’t get me wrong; our educational system makes us laborers. If Filipino is for HOME USE ONLY, then how about the poor people in school? Most Filipinos speak Filipino as their first language at home, but it happens that English is the language used in grade school– which most masa people barely speak or understand.

Remember, it is really useless to celebrate the Linggo ng Wika if we continue to implement “English-speaking” zones (quoted from Xiao Chua). The tendency of people learning English in Math and Science is that, they tend to memorize without comprehension. I really don’t know, but since I’m a native English speaker, it sounds awkward when Math and Science are not in English.

The advantage of speaking in English is that, we become good communicators, and an interpreter is not needed. However, there are things that we should take note of: How about the masa? Why can’t they achieve their goals that instant?

If you’re in another country, if someone in that country speaks English, that person is considered a good communicator. Look at some of the leaders like Angela Merkel and Nicolaus Sarkozy. They rarely speak English, and they have a free pass to speak their native language in forums, conferences, and summits. Some famous people like Brigitte Bardot only spoke English in movies, just like Gong Li (BTW, Gong Li rarely speaks English in some interviews, and she preferred Chinese interviewers).

Right now, there are some countries that are doing their best for their people to speak English, like for instance, China. This happened during the preparation for the Beijing Olympic Games of 2008. This served as a lesson to them, and not only that. This is also an advantage for them to share their native language (be it Mandarin, Cantonese) to the tourists. Right, Mr. Loo?

5.) This is a free pass if you want to be well-known in Hollywood.

People like Brigitte Bardot and Gong Li are exposed to Hollywood, occasionally. This is also in the case of Penelope Cruz’s younger sister Monica, who knows a few English words.

Non-American/(or British/Aussie/NZer) (American citizen or not) celebrities like Bar Refaeli, Franka Potente, Ivana Baquero, Heidi Klum, Maria Sharapova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ken Watanabe, Moritz Bleibtreu, Zhang Ziyi, Charlize Theron, Jackie Chan, Marion Cotillard, Asia Argento, Audrey Tautou, Antonio Banderas, Milla Jovovich, and others speak English is because this is the only gateway for them to earn fame, although some actors are patient enough to stay (and be predominantly famous) in their home country despite receiving unwelcoming remarks from their compatriots (e.g., Audrey Tautou, Asia Argento, Zhang Ziyi). Audrey Tautou, despite the fact that she prefers to live in France thinks that New Yorkers are polite, compared to the French (BTW, the French is stereotyped for being rude, but that’s only an impression; ironically, they’re courteous). Zhang Ziyi said that Americans are more polite than the Chinese, although she lives in Hong Kong. Lastly, Asia Argento is criticized in Italy for her wild-child image (what’s new?).

The reason why most of these non-American celebrities live in the US is because, they think it is easier to access the studio where they’re assigned, etc., but that’s not yet the end of the story. They believed that it’s not necessary to give up your own cultural background when you’re a non-American Hollywood star living in the US. Charlize Theron said that she’s still a South African despite living in the States. Bar Refaeli stated that although she loves Israel, it’s better to live in New York City. Most of these non-American people are still loyal to their native background. Lastly, they believe that speaking in English doesn’t have to make them less of their nationality.

To conclude things…

English is a requirement to be Hollywood-famous. Whether you’re fluent at it or not, it IS a requirement. Some of the former and current world leaders like Putin, Medvedev, blue-bloods, Kim Jong-un, African world leaders, Hatoyama, Ban Ki-Moon, Kofi Annan and the others speak English is because, they want to communicate with the world without any help from a translator. They think that speaking English is a very diplomatic thing, and they believe that communicating with other world leaders is very helpful when using English. Wait… when former US President George W. Bush established friendship with the former Japanese PM Jun’ichiro Koizumi, Koizumi-san spoke a little English. Yes, he could speak English, but only a little.

Speaking in English, although you’re fluent or not, is very important. If you know how to speak the language, go ahead, because grammar doesn’t matter at all if you’re a stranger to English.

Follow your heart, but always use your mind

“Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.”
– Gat Jose Rizal

Y’know what I really mean. Recall the post that I wrote here. It’s always about using your head when it comes to relationships, but here… it is all about ambition.

My friend wanted to take up Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. In reality, most Filipino students wanted to take up that expensive course, but some parents (or other relatives) didn’t want them to do so… I wonder why, but BS-HRM is one of the courses in CHEd’s Moratorium.

Like what I said before, I really didn’t like the way my high school provided quality education. It made me hinder from taking up ComSci. Yes, the Maths thing. I really didn’t like the way they taught Math. It’s like, ugh. I really can’t explain but here’s the thing: I really didn’t like the way they govern the school. It may seem to sound so mean, but how could the alma mater that you once used to take care of you is actually… a failure?

I should’ve transfer after I graduated from sixth grade, but because I didn’t take even just a single entrance test, I stayed.

I always wanted to be a computer scientist, but after discovering the Mac, I think it’s time for me to say good-bye to that dream. I was thinking about shifting to Communication Arts, but it will take me a one-year delay before I graduate. I guess, after all, didn’t think about my own future.

Here we go again. Going back to the government.

I think the government should impose the K-12 education system for most high school graduates to have two choices: It’s either they work or simply go to college. College education should be optional, but for most conservative people, obtaining a college degree is a status symbol. But for me, it should be optional. Kaya pala kami tinatrato na parang high school pa rin, eh. Or maybe that’s how I think of things.

How I wish Philippine society should change, that even high school graduates should be allowed to have a job, or maybe some could just drop out of college. As for me, it’s acceptable.

The government doesn’t follow your will to take time what ambition you’re always dreaming of. We are not sure yet what to take in college, even though we are senior high school students. Shifting in most universities in normal, especially in DLSU. Most CCS (College of Computer Studies) students shift to CLA (College of Liberal Arts) when they cannot take the pressure anymore. Oo, maganda na nga ang turo sa La Salle, pero parang may kulang, eh. There is something lacking, and I don’t think the hardest of all Mathematics should join the curriculum audit of computer science degree programs.

Yes, my high school life really sucked ass, alright. However, at least I proved anyone and everyone wrong about the thing that I might not be as successful as those who entered Ivy League-like schools. Right now, I am in my sophomore year, but I’m still undecided, whether to take up MA in Waseda or maybe pursue my photography career rather. But if you were to ask me, I want to have a job related to photography or graphic design.

I still don’t know if I should pursue photography right after graduating from college. I think it would be the best option for me and grab opportunities.

Well, quit about the stream of consciousness. OMFG.

I followed my heart in studying in DLSU, disregarding the course I took. Although despite reciting a lot in one of my majors, it’s not yet enough. I didn’t regret about studying in DLSU, but thing is that, I do not have enough freedom just like those who are working. Like what I said before, I promised to tell you the story why I didn’t chose to study in UST. No offense to Thomasians, but for those who are reading this blog, this would be the time I’m gonna tell you…

Why La Salle?

I was about to get out from the identity crisis period but… I’m still stuck in the final stage. Terrible things happened, and one of my teachers started to be so arrogant that some students are talking behind her back. I think terrible things happen during graduation, and I wasn’t really happy after getting out of the auditorium. I really didn’t want to go back to that High School that I once considered as my shelter at first, but this time, I would try to organize those “gifts” since my initiation with the reunion is like… never mind.

I chose DLSU simply because I have a crush there. Well, not only because of that, but I believe that it will love me back. It did, actually. I considered DLSU as my new second home and I always treat it as if I’m at home and yes, I do something else rather than being participative. Bad, isn’t it? xD

DLSU is like a paradise. It’s the best school I’d ever been to. It’s like a small world, just like the Philippines. People there are really accommodating, and the system is always organized. When you lost something, the thing that you lost will be found in the Lost and Found, ONLY if you misplaced in INSIDE the campus. However, the only thing that I didn’t like is that, it is structured and institutionalized. There is a flowchart, online enrollment is scheduled but always fails, etc. I think I used my mind (and my heart) while deciding for DLSU. This is my new second home, the land of my people, it protects me from… (xD laughs).

I have nothing against UST, but here’s the thing. The flooding thingy, y’know, unlike DLSU which is Christian-centered rather, it is Catholic-centered, according to die-hard fanatics of other schools. Unlike UST, DLSU’s way of making posters is always themed based on greed and white colors. I don’t know, but maybe almost everyone is there… UST is like a melting pot of cultures from different schools, that is. So, probably that’s why I chose DLSU.

So, now you know why. xD