South Africa, July 2011.
May these great creatures always roam free. All creatures deserve to be free. Say No to poaching, say No to fur (other than on animals where it belongs).
After three visits to South Africa, and reading three long books on the history of South Africa, I am beginning to understand Israel a little bit better.
I am beginning to understand how difficult it is to understand.
Israel and South Africa share a great deal; a highly complex and complicated history and present, one that is nearly impossible for outsiders to fully grasp. And yet, in both situations outsiders feel they not only fully understand the situation but are willing to offer advice and pass judgment.
There is only so much you can gain from a book. There is only so much you can gain from a visit. Only with the combination of reading, studying, visiting, talking with the locals and...living with the locals, can one begin to gain any sort of understanding of a situation.
Is someone a racist or a nationalist? Is he a caring individual or a bigot? You will not be able to know right away, you will have to sit with him, talk with him, eat with him. Some things are not black and white.
Participants in our Krav Maga Tour and Train program often arrived confused. That is why we now call it "Tour and Train Israel Experience" because I have come to realize that they are truly experiencing Israel, they are gaining insight, not only into Krav Maga but into our entire world. They emerge different people.
Nothing is at it seems at first.
In South Africa I have come to learn that nothing is Black and White. There are huge historical divisions among white people. There are roots in England, the Netherlands, Germany and other European nations. There are many with roots in more than one nation. Among the "non Whites" are Africans of many nations and tribes, many of them from far away lands in Africa, not native to South Africa at all. There are people with roots in India, China. There are many with roots both black and white, Indian and Chinese.
In Israel the situation is equally complex, only ours goes back thousands of years, not hundreds.
We have an expression in Israel, "Where you stand depends on where you sit." In other words, where you stand politically depends on where you sit politically and socially. When you are on the inside, in a position of power and wealth, your politics are a reflection of that position. When you are on the outside, in a position of poverty and weakness, your attitude will reflect that position.
Kuda, from England, originally from Zimbabwe, in the Judean desert. Tour and Train June 2013. The camel is a native.
In Israel our Krav Maga guests do not live as tourists. They see the inside picture. They live with the locals and meet Jews and Arabs. They become part of our community and form life long friendships. They do not stay in hotels or resorts.
Krav Maga appears differently when you view it from the Inside rather than from the Outside.
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