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MK blogs: "I just stood with my arm around my grandpa"


By Mark K. Tilsen, photos and microblog posts

Posted Aug. 9, 2009

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Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing at Native American Natural Foods, is traveling in Israel and Palestine with his 82-year-old grandfather and several other members of his family as part of a peace delegation to the region. In addition to his photos, following are the microblog postings he has made since he landed in Jerusalem. We will be sharing Mark's reports throughout his journey.


Aug. 9, 2009


You know you're in a messed up place when I'm the voice of reason. (From Twitter)

Jerusalem yesterday onsite of Palestinians evicted from their home to make room for Jewish Settlers listening to stories when things got real (From Twitter)

Was in Jerusalem at Sheik Jerrah, down the road from our hotel. Came out in support of the Palestinian families who got kicked out into the street by cops, then settlers that moved into their house. We were all about observing and being in solidarity till the Hasidim were throwing rocks at kids and Grandpa just snapped. Went toe to toe with them. "You are Jews? And you throw stones at children on the Sabbath?" (From Facebook)

The settlers pointed at the sky. "HE is not with you!" "You are not Jewish!" "You are Hitler" I just stood with my arm around my grandpa kinda smiling. One of em screamed at me, "You are going to hell!" I responded, "I will see you there my friend." roll credits. (From Facebook)

I went swimming in Mediterranean and spent the day getting sun burnt with my relatives. ;) (From Twitter)


Aug. 8, 2009


Going to tel aviv tonight, just had a nice pasta dinner after witnessing the wailing wall (From Facebook)

In Jerusalem right now. There's some Lakotas and Natives from the Bay back in the West Bank. Do I go back and kick it with them and get tons more photos/ stories or stay in Jerusalem and work from here? Literally torn on this! What should a guy to do??? What say you all? (From Facebook)


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Aug. 5, 2009


LARGE PHOTO AT TOP: Curls flying, a young Palestinian girl twirls and laughs for the camera (From Facebook) For photo: CLICK HERE

SMALL PHOTO AT TOP LEFT: This dude was in Bethlehem as part of the 7,000 + PA Security Forces in town for Fatah's first Conference in 20 years! Fatah is so messed up reminds me of tribal council (From Facebook) For photo: CLICK HERE

Sorry for being out of the twitter loop. Lots of Net access in Palestine just no down time for it right now :P going to Haifa in 1 hour (From Twitter)

In Palestine and my heart is breaking for the people here. So like home. I ask, "How do you cultivate an unconquered spirit?" (From Twitter)

Okay, the dude in the refugee camp who had a nicer house than me? I got over that. The business in Jenin that has a bigger warehouse and distribution to whole foods? shit. palestinians need to be sending my rez donations and standing in solidarity with us. haha kidding, kinda (From Facebook)


Aug. 1, 2009


Smoking nargila in Ramallah at Stars and Bucks Cafe which is like a Palestinian spin off. Like it here. Family is safe and the trip is awesome. (From Facebook)

Sunrise in Ramallah. No soldiers will let me take pictures of them. I am not human rights activist. I am a gun fetishist! Lol (From Twitter)

LoL Big lakota jew walking around jerusalm hitting up the hasids who dont make fire on Shabbos, "Got a light" lol it was funny (From Twitter)

Went to the Old City of Jerusalem, grandpa Tilsen is holding up fine. Just made some tobacco ties for the homes we will be staying in. (From Twitter)

I am loving it! Jerusalem is like another planet and Ramallah is like an Arab Brookyln on the edge of the desert. (From Twitter)


July 31, 2009


Going into Ramallah in a few hours. I hope the food is good. :) (From Facebook)

I'm going into Ramallah today. Need to find a place to wash clothes, and eat a falafel. (From Twitter)

Never heard anyone use "Shabbot Shalom" as a pick up line before tonight. Gotta love Jerusalem. You stay classy Israel (From Twitter)

Trying to find a light for my cigar in a orthodox neighborhood after sun on shabbot = impossible. Walked 5 blocks to find someone who smokes (From Twitter)

Moments away from Shabbot and the call to prayer here in Jerusalem (From Twitter)

"I don't roll on Shabbos!" (From Facebook)


July 30, 2009


Fact: more people die getting hit by buses than by suicide bombers. the drivers are nuts over here. (From Facebook)

Bout to head out into Jerusalem, see you all later! (From Twitter)

It's sunrise in Jerusalem and I'm on a roof top soaking it in. not to brag or nothing, lol :p (From Twitter)


For more info:


To see MK's slideshow from his first update: MK blogs: "Big Lakota Jew walking around Jerusalem"

To see MK's photos from his second update: MK blogs: "How do you cultivate an unconquered spirit?"

To see his Tanka Talk Video Blog filmed before the trip: A little scared, a little excited: MK heads to Israel

To follow Mark K. on Twitter: @TankaBar




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