Following my heart

The first couple of weeks of 2014 I spent thinking about these past years that changed my life.

That is, when Israel and Judaism came into my life. From nowhere and literally from every imaginable angle. (I also begun converting to Judaism but that’s another blog post.)

Why am I doing what I’m doing? The short answer: I’m following my heart.

It’s not always easy being a pro-Israel blogger in Sweden.

As an activist for Israel you easily become a target for all kinds of loons: it’s easy to give up.

I’ve received quite a few emails recently, with questions about why it isn’t possible to post comments on my website. I assure you that having open comments on a pro-Israel website in Sweden is quite impossible. You would have to hire someone to remove nasty comments 24/7.

When I opened my first blog, what feels like 200 years ago, the readers were able to post comments. They were unsurprisingly filled with hatred, anger and ‘opinions’ (AKA ‘things I’ve read in a Swedish newspaper’).

So, I said ‘goodbye’ to comments and stomach pain, and ‘hello’ to my new website, which is not a blog but just that – a website.

After all my mission is to introduce another Israel. Not to waste my time ‘discussing’ with lost cases.

I want my countrymen to discover the Israel that I love.

The diverse, welcoming, colourful and somewhat sassy Israel.

Beyond the conflicts.

Beyond the drama.

Beyond the lies and anti-Israel propaganda.

Another truth.

Then there is of course utter anti-Semites, but if it’s possible to slap some sense into them I do not know. Lost cases, probably.

Once you understand how the media works, you can’t just let it be.
The fact that the Israelis are constantly exposed to terror in the form of rockets (with the intent to kill as many Jewish children, women and men as possible), stone throwing (no bored, angry, innocent teenage kids with tiny rocks, but deadly ROCKS) and so on, and the media keeps quiet should make every Swede upset. You know, the Swede who decades ago put a halo on his head and talks endlessly about “democracy” and “fairness”.

This is apparently easily forgotten when it comes to the world’s only Jewish state.

There are no demos nor rioting in the streets when Israel is suffering from terror and misery.

That’s partly because no one knows that something happened.

And why do they not know that? Because the media won’t tell them (Hence all the fabulous, devoted pro-Israel activists).

This vile, deceitful, dishonest type of ‘journalism’ scares me.

Whether you ‘like’ Israel or not (and if you don’t, you probably never visited the country and met with its amazing citizens), one should understand that this is nothing short of brainwashing people and that’s certainly not cool.

But let’s stay positive!

I said (a cliché, I know) once that if I can get just one person’s perception of the Jewish state to change, then I am pleased. And that happened years ago, so from now on everything’s a big bonus. Since then the negative feedback (AKA hate mail) has more or less faded away, being replaced with praise. Very nice and important for a simple pro-Israel activist.

So yes, my life changed completely back in 2008, when Lady Israel stepped into my life, in those high heels and with that huge, welcoming smile on her lips.

And I will most certainly continue doing what I’m doing.

Only louder. Better. More.

You’ll find me – except on Times of Israel – also on,, Twitter and Facebook (search for my name in “pages”).

I am also involved in the fight against anti-Semitism online, through YadBYad.

By the way, I recently made another “Hebrew” video. Watch it here.

About the Author
Kim Milrell da Costa is a Pro-Israel blogger, writer, and activist from Stockholm, Sweden. However he currently resides in a small town in southern Finland. He writes about 'Everything Israel' on his website, and has worked for the World Zionist Organization's Swedish subdivision: The Zionist Federation of Sweden. He is also a news junkie and he cares too much about what's going on in the world. Constantly worried.
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