Meditation On An Israeli Flag

My new piece in Haaretz, a continuation of my Barcelona series, explores why I find the Israeli flag at once so attractive and repulsive. Here is an excerpt:

I have always been suspicious and even afraid of flags. Perhaps it has something to do with growing up in more than one country, but all too often flags have seemed to me to be tied to the worst aspects of tribalism and mob mentality. I had even once declared to my girlfriend that I would never date a girl who owns a flag, any flag. She replied with raised eyebrows that she in fact owns one, whereby I quickly changed the topic of conversation.

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