Filed under: Cultural Differences
It is truly the exception that proves the rule.
I have experienced many instances of Israelis cutting in front of me in line, owning the sidewalk, pushing me to get on the bus first; every cliche of the “pushy Israeli,” I have seen.
Israelis will not jaywalk. (OK, very rarely will they. People who do are probably olim like me.) One theory is that cops used to ticket people for jaywalking. I don’t know the reason behind this phenomenon, but it can be 2:00 a.m., no cars on the road, the street could be so deserted that dogs’ll be screwing in it, but an Israeli will just be politely standing there, minding his/her own business, doing his/her best imitation of a Brit, waiting for the light to change.
I secretly love this, b/c it is the one area where I can play an old familiar role: the pushy, I’ve-got-somewhere-I-need-to-be, hipster, don’t-fuck-with-me, a-car-wouldn’t-DARE-hit-me New Yorker. You see, I have news for you: in many ways Tel Avivians out-New York NY’ers. It’s weird, but similar to how San Francisco is gayer than New York, well [*blasphemy alert!*] Tel Aviv is kinda tougher than NY.
[*all people are individuals and behave independently; in this post, I generalize, but it is meant light-heartedly and does not come from an ugly place]
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