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My Local Pharmacy, My Fantasy Israel

10 Apr

I have a soft spot in my heart for Pharmacies, a major reason being that my father used to own one in Tehran for more than 10 years (until 1988 in Kooy-e Nasr Neighbourhood, on the  corner of Forouzanfar and 9th street).

I used to help out after school and during the holidays. He constantly had Voice of Israel Persian, BBC Persian and Voice of America Persian on his radio transistor in the store room every single evening blaring out news and analysis of the day’s events. And he wonders why I didn’t follow his footsteps!

But there is something very special about my local “SuperPharm” on the corner of Dizengoff and Gordon street in Tel Aviv.

Its like the microcosm of the Israel I dream about: its well organized, friendly but most important of all, its inclusive.

In my local branch you will find numerous Arab Israelis working as pharmacists, there is a deaf girl who works in the store room, Russian ladies in the make up section and there is a transgender person who serves at the check out counter. This is in addition to a range of Israelis from European and Middle Eastern heritages working in different positions.

Its so amazing to go there.

If Theodore Herzl had been alive, he would have wanted to shop there, just to see his version of Zionism in action, one which according to Israel’s declaration of independence:

“Will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

And what would he have bought at my local pharmacy?

Well I leave it up to you….tell me what you think…