On Being Ginger in Israel

On Being Ginger in Israel
Israeli Redhead Photography Project

Yesterday, I called attention to an Israeli redhead photography project. Today, I would like to tell you the things that happened to me as a redhead in Israel:

1. I won the title of "Most Ginger" in my Birthright group.

2. A group of guys who saw me in a swimsuit said to me, "Why are you Americans so pale? Don't you have beaches in the U.S.?"

3. Another group of guys said to each other in Hebrew, "Make here go away. Where she stands, the sun stops shining."

4. A homeless man in Tel Aviv said to me, "Ooh, gingy! I like."

5. At least three people started to ask me questions in Russian. Or at least I think it was Russian.

I felt pREDjudiced against. Did anyone else have a similar experience in Israel or any other foreign country?


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  • Haven't gone there, but based on the article you cited yesterday, there must be redheads of European ancestry, but also persons from the Mediterranean and Middle East who undoubtedly are darker, and a bunch of Russian immigrants (not to mention the immigrants from Africa who obviously are much darker). My understanding is that none of the groups get along with each other.

    Maybe the question that can be implied from what you were asked is why are many redheads so pasty (Conan O'Brien admitting it, but I know some even pastier ones), and, if, like blonds, would have bad skin cancer in a place like Israel?

    The blond point brings up Pati Jinich (does a Mexican cooking show on Channel 11) constantly being asked about being a blond Mexican, including the Mexicans in one of her travel segments asking if she really is a Mexican. The answer is that some of her ancestors were Jewish immigrants from Poland, and apparently didn't marry the locals.

    Maybe getting back to redheads, there was one guy at the Kosher Korner at Garden Fresh with a red beard under a plastic mask, to whom I said, "I didn't know that dragon (of the Red Dragon Sushi) was Kosher." Despite living near a Chabad center, I don't see too many red bearded ones.

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    The Ginger Phile has had the unfortunate disposition of being a ginger since birth. She has tried various medications to cure her gingervitis, including therapies such as tantrum-throwing. Her efforts have been to no avail. Instead, she is trying to write it out, via this blog. Unfortunately, she doesn't think it will bear a soul for her. The Ginger Phile is from the exotic land of Wisconsin, where she had daily inner turmoil over whether she was a ginger or a daywalker. So far, three of three votes say daywalker. She begs to differ, as someone recently told her they would want to be with her if they were biking at night because she is so pale.

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