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Eric Weiss: "In my childhood I realized that there is no one who will push me forward, except myself" Israel today


The years in the shadow of financial distress ("When I was 12, execution knocked on our door"), the complex relationship with God, and the love-hate relationship with social networks. Journalist Arik Weiss talks about the shaky experience he had during the riots in Lod, about a food project for the needy that he initiated, and about the fulfillment of the dream - to correct injustices and injustice

When was the last time you fulfilled a dream?

"When I received the 'All Inclusive' program, four months ago. There is something repetitive with which you can create change. Sivan Cohen the goddess started it, and changed the issue of water corporations in Israel. And when you deal with the issue and dress on it, you succeed. "My dream was to give back to them, to the strong, and I got a very important platform, to tell the 'why', to reveal the interests behind the stories and get a daily program that deals with just that. I love it."

When was the last time you were angry?

"This week, when I received an angry response from the Ministry of Transportation that smeared us. We did an article about another child who died in a scooter accident, and I was driven by the Ministry of Transportation's response, 'We do what can be done.' The speed of the electric scooter will be more than 25 km / h, and can reach 100 km / h - which makes the scooter a killing tool, and the Ministry of Transport does not close these places and does not check the accidents in which people were injured or killed. Doctors I talk to "They say there is no data collection. You could say that everyone travels like crazy, but there is a body here that is supposed to deal with the issue and not deal with it, and children die. It makes me angry, and in general, I get very upset."

When was the last time you prayed?

"I prayed with full intention in the last moments of my mother, Anna, in 2016. She was in Shaare Zedek Hospital and she did not call again.

She contracted Alzheimer's at a young age and died at the age of 60 or so, and in the last few moments I have been praying that the music she hears reaches her.

I played her spiritual, Buddhist music.

I cried there as I waited for the nurses to turn to her, after she had already passed away.

I approached them, and they did not really address me.

It was a difficult moment.

I cried there and at her funeral.

"I have a complex relationship with God. I grew up in a completely secular home, my parents immigrated from the USSR in the 1970s, but I discovered that we also have hard-core ultra-Orthodox in the family, from Bnei Brak."

When was the last time you encountered injustice? 

"Seven minutes ago. This is a story I was exposed to in a project I am trying to promote in the program. A person got into debt with a company that gave him a loan and sold his debt to another body, to a large company that inflates debts, and from 40,000 shekels the debt grew to 80,000 shekels. Him how to pay it.

"There are hundreds of thousands of people who are in financial trouble and debt, people have found themselves in a very problematic bank score since the credit data reform, and then they are closed to the bank, they have no credit and they can not go into deficit. These people are completely transparent, and my next project is to go on The head of this reform, of which people are almost unaware.

"We are becoming America - those who have no money, crushing it. And that is exactly what this reform has done - instead of doing good with the majority, it has knocked out the minority. It is something I am trying to push into the public agenda.

"I was always annoyed by injustice and injustice, because I saw it with my own eyes. I grew up in a troubled neighborhood, and we got financially entangled. My father was injured in the reserve, and his business, publishing books, ran into difficulties. My mother just got sick, and when I was 12 the executioner knocked on our door. I saw what happens when the system locks in on someone and does not let go, and that's what I see my whole career, and today that's what motivates me. "

When was the last time your heart broke?

"The story of Jonathan Halo broke my heart (Halo was charged with the murder of Yaron Eileen, a released prisoner who sexually assaulted him; Shaz).

We were the first in News 10 to say 'let's take care of this, let's believe his story'.

By the time we got into the picture he was a murder suspect, and then I got a call from his lawyer saying he had been raped.

When I met Halo I saw a frightened and terrified person.

He was a punching bag

All his life, and the man he murdered was a man who sat in jail for sexual harassment and rape.

I live for stories like that, that's what motivates me.

The strong have those who will protect them, I am here for the weak.

"When Jonathan committed suicide it crushed me. His story started to produce some protest movement, there was movement around him and he had an amazing lawyer.

It was the kind of event that we almost managed to produce something here.

We polo-up about it, and I accompanied this story from a distance.

He was given a shortened sentence, and I felt he was given a chance, but the system did not deal with him - neither in prison nor in the little time he was out, and he collapsed.

I felt a kind of failure.

Maybe more could have been done.

I had a feeling of missing out. "

When was the last time you thought about your childhood?

"This month, when I emptied boxes from my parents' house and came across my certificate from school.

She was not very good, I was a student not something.

My childhood was fine until things started to get complicated.

We used to play on the street, but it was a troubled neighborhood, with drug addicts on the streets.

My parents were intellectuals who did not understand where they had come from.

My father, George, was an architect in St. Petersburg, and suddenly, when they immigrated to Israel and got stuck in Neve Yaakov, they did not understand where they were coming from.

When my parents got into financial trouble, I found myself from a young age working in two jobs.

"When people hear where I am from, they are surprised. They assume that I am a Galatznik, a creamy boy from Ramat Hasharon.

Sometimes I tell and sometimes I don't, sometimes I nod in silence so they can move on.

Like any immigrant child, I was a little ashamed of my parents.

It took me a while to realize that I should not be ashamed of it, that it was part of who I was and it built me.

I'm not mad at my childhood, she gave me a lot of tools and an understanding that there is no one to push you forward.

If a person wants to produce something, he has to produce it himself. "

When was the last time you were very scared?

"Journalists have a feeling that if they come to work, they are protected. When you walk around with a photographer, you feel protected even if you are in Ramallah in the middle of the night. The last time I felt that way was in the riots in Lod. Of stones.

Two Molotov cocktails exploded near my leg, and only in retrospect did I realize what had happened there.

I was without a helmet, and I did not understand at all what happened, I just shouted at the photographer to take a picture.

Everything could easily have ended differently, but you do not think about it, but in retrospect.

"The events in Lod were a shaky experience for me, as a journalist who believes in the coexistence and good of people. I found myself in a place where everything collapsed, burnt vehicles on the right and left and residents who have no one to protect them. "Since then, and it's very sad. I was really sad to see the residents there."

When was the last time you spent time with family?

"About two months ago we went to Thailand and it was great. We celebrated a late bat mitzvah for my two daughters, Noam and Ofri, who have a year apart. I have two teenagers, and in Thailand we rediscovered how wonderful, profound and funny the girls are - and all it took was for them not to have Agreements, societies, classes and studies, and that we will not work all the time.

"The girls constantly teach me life lessons, I learn a lot from them, and also from my wife, Hadar. She coordinates a committee of applications for refugees in the Immigration Authority. We first met at the age of 17, when we worked in the same Jerusalem cafe. , She was my roommate.

The first night we signed the contract, we went out, and since then we have stopped being partners. "

When was the last time you adopted an animal?

"Years ago we adopted Moise the dog. He's 15 in a minute, and he's more of a rug than a dog. He's having a hard time, he has back pain and has difficulty moving. I found him on the street, in the garden near Sheinkin. "She was mad at me because she did not want a dog, but she got used to it and today everyone is dying for it. There are a lot of dogs out there looking for a home. Adopt dogs!"

When was the last time you were proud?

"A month ago I did a tour of the Carmel market as part of an article, and sat with Homeless on a bench. I told him that he has the option to eat for free in the market. If you are hungry and have no way to pay, you point to the sticker and get a dose. I sat with this homeless man and told him about the venture, and he was a bastard. Wrinkle in the world, you kick yourself.

"This story started when I was with my daughter in a pompous cafe in State Square. The place was blown up, then a homeless man came in, took a sandwich and left. The place worker started screaming at him, chased him and asked for the sandwich back - and the homeless man returned. He wants to eat, I bought and brought it to him.

"Today, in the program, we strive for this venture to reach the whole country. If everyone contributes something small, it will help. I believe that the person is good by nature, and just need to be given the opportunity."

When was the last time you surfed social media?

"Today, and I have a love-hate relationship with this thing. For a long time I was content with Twitter, because it's a journalistic tool and it's also informative, but it's not really significant if you want to get things out. So recently I had to go back to Facebook and Instagram, and it's exhausting You have to constantly reinvent yourself to increase the audience. But once you increase the audience stories come, and the amount of injustice that comes to me is insane. A quarter of the program is from people who contact us. Every journalist must be on social media, also as a tool, and the program page Very active and strong. "

When was the last time you checked the current account?

"When I had to figure out how to deal with the trip to Thailand. I'm not too interested in money, otherwise I would have done something different in life. I'm ambivalent about money. I have a lot of friends who ran away to high tech and make a lot of money and I do not know how happy they are in life. Impressions are gained in a fluid, global, diffused way.

"Childhood has left a scratch on me, and I'm afraid they'll come out of execution, because whoever grows up like that will not forget. It stings you all the time, worry about tomorrow and save, and it's not easy. Everything is crisp, and you see how fast everything can collapse. But today we are fine. "

When was the last time you watched reality?

"I took my daughter to the opening event of 'Big Brother' and she was very happy. I sat on the side and read a book, so they laughed at me. I do not particularly like reality. I like to watch docu, there are lots of wonderful stories out there, stories that blow your mind and annoying stories. "And if there are good series then it also works for me."

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When did you first go out to work?

"I was not a good student and I did not have a matriculation. At some point I realized that if I needed out-of-pocket money I had to work, and I have been selling jewelry in Cat Square since the age of 13. Since then I have rolled into any kind of job you can imagine. Holes in the ears and nose.I have been through a lot of work over the years, and have always worked in two jobs.Today, when I look at my daughters, who have only recently started

Leaving the house alone for a train ride, and thinking about the fact that at their age I had been working all night - it seemed strange to me.

But it was a different time, and I needed my own money, because my parents did not have to give it to me.

After the army I took myself in hand and studied at the Open University.

I graduated with a degree in social sciences and humanities with honors, because it was important for me to have a degree. "

Eric Weiss: 44 years old, journalist, lecturer and TV presenter.

Married and father of two.

Resident of Mazkeret Batya.

He began his career at the local newspaper "Kol Ha'ir" and was a reporter for Maariv.

He later joined News 10. Served as an investigative reporter for News 13 magazine, and a guest presenter.

He currently presents the "All Inclusive" program on Channel 13, and is a lecturer at Tel Aviv University

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Source: israelhayom

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