Unexpected support for Israel in rural Kyrgyzstan


Check out these young Kyrgyz horsemen sporting an Israeli flag as they prance about their yard. They’re in a village in the middle of nowhere.

Kyrgyzstan is a Muslim country, if a fairly moderate one. It’s hard to imagine there is much support for Israel there, or that the little boys know what the flag they are toting represents.

It’s much easier to imagine how they got the flag. Israelis are vastly overrepresented in the backpacker population. I understand this is largely because when they finish their military service they are given a lump sum payment from the government. One of them probably left a flag behind for the local kids. We just gave skittles. Much less divisive.

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