The short documentary accompanying this blog shows Israel’s multi-layered complexity. As an architect, my observations mostly look at the environment, the diversity of people, and some selected works of architecture. For many Israelis, the images may reflect “a normality – lo-normali” that they witness daily. For those learning about Israel through the media, it may offer a different point of view.
Israel’s 75th year happens while there is turmoil within and without Israel. From within, democracy is in peril. Its check and balance laws are under attack. From the outside, Israel must confront viral anti-Semitism, frequently masquerading as anti-Zionism and a conspiracy of delegitimization. The country remains subjected to two mutually contradictory narratives.