Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Culture war on schoolbags

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Big displays of schoolbags and pencil cases in the malls remind us that Israeli kids will soon be heading back to school.
Not that they had a real summer vacation this year, what with the war and all.
Will the fighting, which started up again last night,  be over by September 1?
If not, parents will not be willing to send their kids back  to the many unfortified school buildings here in the South.

If you enlarge the photo you can find Hello Kitty and superheros and other foreign themes.
(Oh, and also find the arrow pointing to the mall's protected area.)
I read here that one supermarket chain started promoting book bags featuring characters from beloved old Israeli children's literature instead.
The article calls it Culture War.
Who will win, you reckon? 

Photo from Israel21c

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UPDATE Aug. 21:   http://www.timesofisrael.com/despite-rockets-schools-to-open-september-1-ministry-says/
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11 comments:

anumorchy said...

Would be nice to see Kina Nechama the flea or Cremer the cat from Meir Shalev's lovely israeli childrens books. But I guess this is not going to happen.

Dina said...

Anumorchy, yes, it would.
The article did say, with a wink, that HaKina Nechama would not be put on shampoo bottles, for obvious reasons.

Anonymous said...

What do you think about the fact that hello kitty has no mouth ? You can see little boys with kippas showing spiderman or lucky luke. This is something I just cannot understand.
Mira

Cloudia said...

This situation cannot go on indefinitely. What is occurring is an education in itself!


Stay safe, keep smiling!


Shalom from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
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William Kendall said...

Took me a bit to find the arrow, but lo and behold, there it is.

I don't recall really going for something with cartoons or other paraphenalia on it when I was a kid, getting supplies or clothing. These days if I want a backpack, I'm more concerned with the colour and durability.

Birdman said...

Hello Kitty and all the superheroes will will this war. As for the real one...

Karl Demetz said...

Children should be in school buildings absolutely safe.

VP said...

It wasn't so different when my son was a kid: only different characters!

Tom said...

Dina,
Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my granddaughter's guest post. I believe that she is out school shopping and I'm sure she will write a reply on her return. Stay safe. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Anonymous said...

Hi Dina,
I am a teacher and begin school on September 2nd. I send good wishes to all the children who will soon be returning to school. "Pencils have erasers because it's ok to make mistakes." It's fun to choose a few new things for school. I hope you are having a good day. I will pray for your safety and for peace. http://www.postcrossing.com/user/TedEBear
Molly

Kay said...

OH gracious! Hello Kitty in Israel too? KC and Tiffany both love Hello Kitty and I don't understand the fascination.