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5am Palestinian BDSM Sex

Updated: Mar 13, 2018


Woke up this morning at 5 am to have involuntary BDSM phone sex with Ines from Israel and five Palestinian men. Not that I have much experience with BDSM sex, or Palestinian men for that matter. But Ines, my interview partner, is pretty on it right now. “You should try him, too, he bangs your head against the wall, like, really hot!”, she yells into the phone at me, referring to one of the men in her award-winning documentary. I look down at my pjs and wonder if she knows that it’s before sunrise on my end. But other than that, everything is perfect: Ines is exactly the hero that I wished for, when I first saw her on Twitter in her pink jumper at the Berlin film festival, when everyone else wore a gala dress. She is chaotic, likeable, so fun and silly, but also profound, she can really open up a whole world behind her dating app documentary. I REALLY want her to appear in Haaretz, no matter how hard the sell is! She is my little test balloon for getting more edgy topics and people out there. Or rather: more “real” people that are not officials, politicians, or talking head-experts. English Israeli papers do not ever feature or interview normal people, it seems. On most days, there are zero articles that do not include at least one politician quote. I’m so super curious why nobody just accompanies a group of five friends to the Saturday night protests as a fly-on-the-wall-story – how I would love to hear what they have to say!! Just five normal people from different corners of the city or country, not particularly political or activist, let them talk and listen to how they see things, why they march, their daily struggles -- what a story!! I’m so curious for normal people and their little life adventures, so much more even after my January visit. Man, does nobody but me want to hear about these people that have chutzpa enough to advertise for an “exclusive, smoking Israeli fuck buddy in TLV” on Facebook under their own name – what happens next to them?? Bursting with curiosity. But for today, it's back to BDSM phone sex: “It’s metaphor”, Ines yells at me on the phone, while she also simultaneously talks with a man in Hebrew on her end. “For the conflict, of course!” And that she has never been so afraid in her life as when she filmed herself in the Westbank in a revealing orange dress and people through glass bottles at her. “Not because I am a Jew, but because I looked like a slut to them. And did you see my landscape shots from there?? Filmed them secretly on my dates - girl, I tell you!” It’s such a cool, insightful interview!! I am so glad I get to hear about her motivations, her revelations, what she experienced, all of these problems, places, and ideas that I have never heard about. I write the article there and then immediately with my laptop on my knees in my bed before it even dawns. I really hope they print it!! If they do, I am finding someone like Ines every week from now. But perhaps with a little less of that BDSM stuff.

I collect great beginnings. Beginnings of songs, of movies, of great articles and books.

This quote by Buzz Bissinger is the most beautiful beginning in my collection. It also captures perfectly what it feels like for me to research and write newspaper articles about Israelis and Israel. The short notes below describe the experiences behind my published texts. They are the fun, silly, absurd, baffled or sad real beginnings of those stories. They sketch what happens before or after I write the actual piece and send it off to the editor, and they are taken from my diary entries about rummaging up and down that little country and its people for no other reason but pure curiosity. 

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