GREAT IS­RAELI BU­REAU­CRACY

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

An Amer­i­can im­mi­grant files a po­lice re­port af­ter hav­ing her back­pack stolen in a Jerusalem restau­rant : “I got there pre­pared to wait for an hour or three and then to be ‘pro­cessed’ by a bored and un­friendly clerk. In truth, I waited for five min­utes. In the wait­ing area were big posters, list­ing the rights of crime vic­tims in He­brew, Ara­bic, English, and Rus­sian. The wo­man who took my com­plaint was cour­te­ous and thor­ough. At one point an­other of­fi­cer came in and in­ter­rupted, and she ac­tu­ally told him ‘you are go­ing to have to wait un­til I fin­ish fill­ing out a re­port for this lady here’. When I said ‘wow, that’s good ser­vice’, the other of­fi­cer — the one be­ing re­buffed — smiled and said ‘we like to give good ser­vice here’. What coun­try am I in, again?!? I also think it should be noted that ev­ery­one who hears that my pass­ports were stolen has the same re­ac­tion. First, they ex­press dis­may be­cause stolen pass­ports can be used by ter­ror­ist groups. Then they say: ‘Oh, get­ting a new Is­raeli one won’t be a prob­lem, be­cause the Min­istry of the In­te­rior is pretty ef­fi­cient. But you lost your Amer­i­can one? Oh, man. That means a trip to the Amer­i­can con­sulate. That sucks. I’m so sorry.’ The times, they are a’changin’.” chayyeis­arah.blogspot. com

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