Milking Israelis for What They’re Worth

Jerusalem Post Magazine, Dec. 8, 2017

Look how dirty it is,” LiAmi Lawrence remarked as we took a plastic cart at the Shufersal “Sheli” on Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv. “The don’t even bother cleaning them.” Residue from who-knows-what lined the bottom of the faded red basket-on-wheels, foreboding an unpleasant trip to his local Shufersal, which Lawrence always dreads. This immigrant of three years from Los Angeles joined me for an informal price survey of supermarket staples to understand how grocery prices and, by extension, the cost of living, have become disproportionately high in Israel compared to other Western countries.

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