National Geographic discovers the ugly Israeli

Well, as this site is all about Israel, warts and all, it’s about time you met the ugly side of Israel. In fact, the ugly Israeli. And yes, the ugly Israeli even has a name – the Arse (yes, pronounce it as you know how) or Arsim (plural). Hopefully you won’t get to meet too many on your trip to the Holy Land, but they do pop up almost everywhere.

If you’re particularly lucky and get to visit South Tel Aviv, or downtown in any of the big and small cities, you may well encounter them in groups. Watch out for their white vests and chunky gold jewellery, Middle Eastern music pumping out of car stereos, cigarettes behind ears, and, if you get really close and you’re still not sure, check out their little baby finger’s fingernail. If it’s monstrously long and pointy, you have yourself an Arse. They’re usually harmless enough though the music they play should be subject to some kind of health warning…

Even the National Geographic has documented the phenomena that is the Arse. The following video should give you a greater understanding of the Arse and his environment*.

* Of course, the video is tongue-in-cheek, I believe made by Israeli comedians, just can’t recall who…


  1. Liza R

    February 23, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Seriously! What’s the deal with the fingernail?! Blech…

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  3. Carol Feldman

    June 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    No video shows up? Do you have an outside link for it?

    • Ashley

      June 30, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Carol, I updated the link, should work OK now. It’s an old post and the YouTube embed code for some of these posts has changed…

      • Ashamed

        March 19, 2017 at 11:58 pm

        Hi there.

        An anonymous tip from inside (sadly for me – and sorry for that):
        The current location is:
        watch from 0:20 and on…
        Hebrew search: “המופע של נאור ציון – הערס”.
        English search (uncompleted version): “Naor Zion – Israeli Arsawat”.
        (A great pick, by the way!)

        Now you know – so be careful out there!!!

  4. Maggie

    January 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Usually like Igoogled Israel stuff. What is this hateful rascist bullshit. Shame on you!! Fucking horrific.

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