The Big Felafel

An Israeli Errand…Not Just a Stop at the Dry Cleaners!

The Israeli lifestyle often involves lots of errands. Unlike the errands most of us are used to: dry cleaning, grocery shopping, post office and the bank in Israel you can add bureaucratic government offices to your list.

A typical stop at your local health office, municipality or tax authority means you are stuck in lines without ropes, rude tellers and paper work you can’t understand. Sometimes you might even get stuck with a bill!

But for me, last Thursday at the Television Tax Authority was so much more than that! I can’t even put it into words luckily I had my video camera with me and taped the eventful errand!


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  1. * Rachel says:

    it’s good to have a video camera handy for all contingencies; well done.

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 1 month ago
  2. * Ari says:

    I actually thought that was hysterical. Why didn’t they just kick the door down?

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 1 month ago
  3. * hadas says:

    love it totally!! I have been out of Israel on a sabbatical and very much miss scenes “only in Israel” like these. When I went to the TV tax authority to tell them I was now rid of my TV and former address, they told me I still may well be charged TV tax!

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 1 month ago
  4. * Molly says:

    I also just found out that they no longer accept letters saying you don’t own a television, because they, “don’t believe people don’t own televisions.” Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!! This country!

    | Reply Posted 15 years ago
  5. * hadas says:

    to molly; they also told me that I may have to pay tv tax even while not is Israel since when I come back I will have a tv again (can anyone live without a tv when even bedouins have them?)…even so, the head guy there was very kind to me

    | Reply Posted 15 years ago
  6. * Sergo says:

    Yep, the bureaucracy in Israel is awful: after sending documents to Misrad Ha-Shidur and being non-resident for more then three years I am still getting requests to pay Agrat Televisia (TV Tax) for all this time.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 8 months ago

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