Young Israeli keen to educate on his country
ISRAEL is not constantly at war and Judaism is not just a religion.
These are just two of the common misconceptions Micha Megged wants to teach the people of the Granite Belt about.
The 21-year-old is in Australia for a working holiday but along the way is hoping to educate locals about Israeli culture, Judaism and Hebrew.
“I thought, why not offer myself as someone who can talk about the Israeli experience and the Jewish experience but the main idea was to teach my main language,” he said.
“The whole idea came when I met a police officer, he stopped me for just a random check and when he heard I was from Israel he got excited and asked me questions.
“He’d been there a few times, then I realised here in Stanthorpe there is a demand for that kind of thing.”
Mr Megged was born in Israel and lived in Jerusalem for the past three years. He lived most of his childhood in a small town but he said it was very different to Stanthorpe.
“Here everything is so spread out,” he said.
“It was a really small town in size as well.
“Because Israel is a small country, the town was near everything, 20 minutes from a big city. Here it’s like the middle of nowhere.”
He said most Australians he encountered knew very little about Israel.
“A lot people either say ‘I thought you were in war right now’ or they say ‘You must be really good in money’,” he said.
“Well no, most of the people are just regular people.”
It hasn’t been all good in Mr Megged’s time here.
“They hear I’m from Israel and they’ll have a lot to say about that, negative things,” he said.
“I actually met that on Facebook more than I have on the street. Some people started accusing me of killing people and people think I’m responsible for those things.”
Mr Megged hoped through educating people they would have a better understanding of the country.
“I find when people are willing to listen they understand the situation is complex and there’s no one solution,” he said.
❝ Some people started accusing me of killing people ...
— Micha Megged
AWARENESS: Micha Megged wears a shirt that says “Standing together” in Hebrew and Arabic.