Queeruption 9 Plennum

אוגוסט 5, 2006

click the link below for the q9 timeline:

http://queerhana.org/qh/Q9TIMELINE.asp


it's allready on!

אוגוסט 3, 2006

few pix from today
Making the jum

enthusiastically

and making ther sleeping room just fine


where to go when you are here?

יולי 27, 2006

The queeruption cellphone is: 052-3725519 (From abroad: 972-52-725519).
You can call us after you arrive to Israel, you can use a public phone with a Telecard (a card with an amount of money on it to use in public phones) that you can buy in every shop. there are not a lot of public phones in Israel that take money, so it’s better to buy this telecard.
if you are being detained in the entrance for more then just two or three hours you should have the right to make a free phone call. call us and we will see how can we help.

After you arrive to Ben-Gurion Airport (and if you don’t arrive from Ben-Gurion please email us for different information) you should take the train to Tel-Aviv Merkaz (Center). the train works from 3:53am till 23:23pm and it leaves the air-port to Tel-Aviv every 20-40 minutes. you will have only 10 minutes on the train so enjoy it.

If you come before the 30th of July:
We have a place for people in the roof of the apartment in 32 Sheinkin st.
from Tel-Aviv merkaz train station take the bus no. 5 or 18 to the city center. ask the bus driver what is the closest bus stop to Sheinkin st.
if you take line 18 you should get of in the first stop on Allenby st. and walk in the in the same direction that the bus continued on till you’ll see to your left sheinkin st.
if you take no. 5 you should get off on Rotshild Blvd. next to Sheinkin st. and then turn into sheinkin st.
if you prefer not to use buses, you should take the train to “Tel-Aviv hagana” station and from there walk to Levinski st. in the direction of the central bus station and go to the left on David Zemach st. , there will be service taxis (a small bus with 10 sits) over there and you should take line 4 (”kav arba” in Hebrew) and ask to go down on Sheinkin.

If u come on the 30th of July or after:
come directly to the place of the Queeruption in Hertzel street 146.
From Tel-Aviv merkaz train station take bus number 18. Ask the driver for the first station on Salame/Shlomo street (after the bus is turning right from Haaliya street). You will get of in Salame/Shlomo street 69. Go back to the corner with Hertzel and turn right. Keep walking in Hertzel for 2-5 minutes and before you get to the next main road (Kibutz Galuyot) take the right alleyway. You got to hertzel 146. it's the Silver/Queens/Shchitut club. Welcome!!

* for more info about the time of the train go to:
http://www.israrail.org.il/english
for more info about the time of the buses in Tel-Aviv go to:
http://www.dan.co.il/english/

in case there is no train, at nights (23:23pm-3:53am), on friday evening (from 15:00) and saturday (till 21:00), you can take a private taxi from the airport to Tel-Aviv. if you find other people to join you to the taxi it should be cheaper.

it is not impossible to try and hitchhiking (lifting, thumbing, hitching or tramping) from the airport. Just look around and ask people if they are going in the direction of Tel-Aviv with a car.

Costs
Train from the airport to Tel-Aviv: 12 NIS (3$)
Buses: 5.20 NIS (1$)
Service taxis (in Tel-Aviv): 5 NIS (1$)
Private taxi from the airport to center Tel-Aviv: 100-120 NIS. (25$-30$)


Program Outline for Queeruption Tel-Aviv (August 3-13, 2006)

יולי 27, 2006

(the schedule and the contents can, and may be changed – it’s a DIY event!)

Thursday, 3rd August
Welcome / Orientation day, including guided tours around Tel Aviv-Jaffa (which will be pretty closed due to “TISH'A BE'AV” – the Jewish holiday marking the destruction of the Jewish Temple).
Evening: Night swim at the beach

Friday, 4th
Workshops and films about Israel, Palestine and about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Evening: Open party – “Godess is a DJ and everyone is a godess”.

Saturday, 5th
An introductory visit to the Separation Fence, Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Evening: Protest in Tel-Aviv against the war in Lebanon.

Sunday, 6th
Workshops and films…
The beginning of the queer basketball championship.
Maybe other political actions in Tel-Aviv (it's Hiroshima Day today)…
Evening: Palestinian Party.

Monday, 7th
Workshops and films…
(International Transgender Rights and Education Day)
Evening: The Mice show and a Drag King show.

Tuesday, 8th
Workshops and films…
Evening: The Queeruption Sex Party (on TU BE'AV – the Jewish festival of love!).

Wednesday, 9th
Workshops and films (including practical training for demonstrations in the Occupied Territories)…
The final match in the queer basketball championship (+radical cheerleaders?).
Evening: A night of fire in a natural spring in the Jerusalem area.

Thursday, 10th
Joining the demo in Jerusalem (instead of the World Pride parade)
Evening: Alcohol-free Evening?

Friday, 11th
Joining the people of Bill’in in their weekly protest against the fence.
Evening: Queerhana party in nature

Saturday, 12th
A day of conclusions and goodbyes…

Sunday, 13th
Post-Queeruption beach party


Few Updates from Tel-Aviv

יולי 23, 2006

1) first, i want to thank you laurette for your amazing work you did for this queeruption. i know i personally got a lot of energy and belief from our friendship and i'm thankful for it. you are right, the community is already exist and this gathering will only strength it. i'm so sad you won't be here but you will be here in a way…

2) i also want to tell all of you that some queeruptors are already here in israel-palestine. in the last week people came from canada, paris, amsterdam, us and the uk. before 10 days (before the attack on lebanon) our estimation was that 70-140 people will come from abroad to q9. now it's really hard to say but it still defenitely more then 50 people.

3) on thursday we had an amazing benefit party for q9. more then 700 people came and had the chance to watch a drag queen from palestine, drag king from jerusalem, punk drag, nerdy-sexy-commie-girly singing and more… we covered the place with planes and soldiers dolls. someone wrote on the mirrors: "beirut is free. gaza is free. tel-aviv is free".

4) yesterday we had the biggest demo in tel-aviv against the war in lebanon. 5,000 people marched, among them a big "black and pink block" which was beautiful. check the report and photos.

5) tonight we will have our weekly meeting of the organizing group. it's the last meeting before we are getting inside the club we rented… one of the topics for the agenda tonight is what we are doing instead of the world pride parade in al-kuds-jerusalem. if you have any ideas – you can send them to me or to the list.

6) i had my 27 birthday this week. don't forget to bring me a present when you come (; Uri.


Useful data on safety

יולי 23, 2006

MC pick wrote:

Here are some updated data about the (subjective) level of danger in the Middle East. Anyone knowing further sources, plz share.

ISRAEL
Spanish Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores recommends to citizens from the Spanish State to avoid northern strip in Israel (meaning territories close to the Lebanese border, including Tiberias and Nazareth) and areas near Gaza Strip. Both areas are defined as "high risk" ones (from a three level risk continuum: high, moderate, low). The rest of the areas of the country -they explicitly mention Jerusalem and Tel Aviv among them- are defined as "moderate" or "middle" risky. There are no "low risk" areas in Israel nowadays, according to them. They advise not to travel to Israel for tourism or any "unimportant" activity ("well -I thought- Queeruption is important!") but at the same time don't find advisable cancelling business trips or anything like that as the probabilities of risky situations are not high. They recognise that most of Israeli territory is reasonable safe. But they also warn -IMPORTANT- that controls at borders are more inflexible and harsh than usually. They mention Ben Gurion airport as the border where those differences are more noticeable, but any Israeli border officer is acting the same at all the entrances to Israel. The Spanish Government is not preparing any kind of urgent evacuation of Spanish citýzens who live in Israel (in Lebanon they did) and they announce they don't foresee anything like that in the close future.

According to the Spanish Government the West Bank and Gaza Strip are not Israel, so those territories are not included in the comments of the previous paragraph.

I also e-mailed two Spanish girls friends of mine who have been in Palestine and Israel for the last two months, as I wanted to receive a second version from someone not related directly to Queeruption. Both of them -one staying in Ramalla (West Bank), the other one in Tel Aviv- agree THEY DON'T FEEL THE SITUATION RISKY FOR THEM. One of them is even planning to travel to Haifa (northern Israel) in a few days to attend a feminist lecture. Their messages even made me think that recent e-mails in the list from Queeruptioners in Tel Aviv, compared to my friends' ones, were too alarming and wary . That's because they look after us 🙂


Topi:"can't wait to be back in tel aviv"

יולי 19, 2006

Dear all queeruptors, actual and potential,

Sorry to jump on the bandwagon, but I was so inspired by people's
responses from Tel Aviv that I felt I should give something of my
perspective about the upcoming queeruption in case it helped anyone in
considering whether to go or not.

I arrived in Tel Aviv in January and have been working with the
organising group since then in a state of perpetual surprise and
inspiration. really. Few times in my life have i felt so connected with
a community of people working so hard on something amazing and few times
have i felt so supported and cared for. Out of the idea for a safespace
during Q9 we created the t-team – a trauma team for activists in
israel-palestine (or at least the israeli side so far) and have hence
created something desperately needed that's been a great source of
personal support and learning for me. I also had the opportunity to tour
on behalf of queeruption in catalunya, spain, galicia and the basque
country and every time i showed the movie and spoke about q9 i felt proud
to be part of something so damn cool.

Right now i'm back in England and i've been talking to folks who are
thinking about not booking their flights to t.a. or cancelling them or
whatever and i feel saddened that q9 will be missing so many amazing
people because of the incredibly shitty happenings of this week. i can't
say that i personally feel any less safe about flying to tel aviv right
now than i did 6 months ago. the time i've spent in palestine made it
perfectly clear to me that the war there is perpetual and though bombs
might not be 'raining' onto 'israeli soil' every day, it's clear that the
danger lies in who you are and where you live. i don't imagine the
privilage of being in tel aviv and not beirut, gaza city, bil'in, sderot
or wherever has changed so drastically in the last few days.

I do understand how it seems from afar. right now i'm trying hard to
limit my input from the mass media and trust instead in the views of my
friends who i've found to be much much more reliable. i also understand
that it's hard to imagine planning parties and sex parties and porn
workshops when 'israel's at war'. but i have to say, from my limited
understanding, that israel always is. that's the situation when you
organise a queeruption somewhere like tel aviv. there's occupation,
there's war, there's religious fanaticism in jerusalem that offers
rewards to anyone who attacks gays during world pride. And there's also
an amazing network of people opposing all of that, constructing
something beautiful and free and respectful in its place. there are
people taking direct action and people supporting them. there are
people opening a new world through party and people breaking boundaries
with sex. there are people who worked for over year to make the best
queeruption ever.

daydreaming at my computer at work, inspired by the thoughts of friends,
i can't wait to be back in tel aviv.

topi xx