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Jerusalem, Israel

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About PMSmess

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The Alternative Jerusalemite

Ever since I was little, I wanted to be an author. I remember being around 7 years old and writing stories about my cat on my old Hebrew typewriter.
In college, every person was their own individual with clothes, lifestyle and beliefs that were their own. It was through this environment that I learned about the alternative lifestyle of feminism, riot grrrl, handmade art and DIY, and I wanted in.
In 2005, I graduated from university with a degree in journalism. That same year, I spent four months in Jerusalem interning at the Jerusalem Post. I fell in love with the bohemian lifestyle of Jerusalem, the street performers, the art festivals, and the magical nightlife the city had to offer. But being unable to find a journalism job, I started getting more interested in self-publishing, and in 2007, I published the first issue of my first zine – Fallopian Falafel. I wanted this zine to reflect upon various feminist issues within Israel and also introduce the riot grrrl culture to the people of Jerusalem. I got many contributions from Israel and from around the world. I loved reading opinion pieces and seeing artwork by women from different backgrounds come together in a single issue. I also wrote my own pieces, personal accounts, articles about people and organizations in Jerusalem – the Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center, the Jerusalem Open House (a LGBT organization), breast cancer organizations, etc.
My purpose with Fallopian Falafel was to give women a chance to express themselves about issues that affect them. It was also important for me to get my stories and opinions out there, to improve my psycho-emotional state by being vocal about my experiences and owning them through my byline. It was especially powerful through issue 10 of Fallopian Falafel about sexual violence, which I sold in order to donate the profits to the Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center.
All 16 issues of Fallopian Falafel are witty, cheeky, profound, empowering, inspiring, touching, and all around awesome, reflecting the awesomeness of the contributors as well as the readers!
All issues (except for number 13) were laid out by computer programs. But once I tried DIY, scissors and glue production, I realized how much more challenging yet amazing the DIY style of cut-and-paste is. This was how I decided to start a zine that would be solely DIY, my perzine, Purple Myrtle Squeegy, or PMS.
PMS is a perzine about my experiences being an alternative writer, zinester, riot grrrl, metalhead living in a city that is considered by most to be nothing more than a religious city, full of priests, rabbis, and imams, and perhaps the occasional camel or two.
I write about things that I like – music, feminism, activism, the metal community, the punk community, my love for DIY, art, writing, books, horror, travel, snail mail, feminist literature, spirituality, and more.
In 2012, I took part in a riot grrrl band we called Mistress Distress. We wrote and composed a few songs and recorded an EP in a space of a couple of days. This EP is given out for free with a purchase of a Fallopian Falafel care package or a PMS care package!
I also participated in the International Zine Month activities, including the 24-Hour Zine Thing. Some of the PMS issues were made during those 24 hours.
I gave out some of my productions during feminist events such as JRCC fundraisers and Slutwalk Jerusalem, as well as in LGBT events including Jerusalem Pride. I strongly and actively support these movements
Throughout all the years that I produced zines, until today, with every issue that I released and every art work I produced, my love for DIY would deepen, and my inspiration for further zine production increased exponentially.
I opened this store with the purpose of spreading the love for DIY, feminism and riot grrrl, and hope that readers will be receptive to it as we may share a common love for handmade crafts, DIY, activism, and an alternative lifestyle.
I am also open to trades. You can contact me directly through this website.
Happy shopping!

Article about me and Fallopian Falafel in Missy Magazine (German):

Article about me and Fallopian Falafel in Haaretz (English):

Interview with me at Grrrl Zine Network:

Interview with me at Jerusalemite:,-zine-queen

Shop members

  • Hadass

    Owner, Creator

    Born in Northern Israel in 1982. Lived in Montreal, Canada, and studied journalism. Moved back to Israel in 2006 and started writing zines in 2007. Currently lives in Jerusalem with her husband and her dog.

Production partners

  • Nyxia Grey

    Salem, MA

    Nyxia is a librarian, zinester, activist, musician, tattooed badass and a good friend of mine. We produced two split zines together so far and tabled together at the Boston Zine Fest in 2015.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 16, 2020
Welcome all Riot Grrrls, Boiz, non-binary punk rockers and DIYers! Are you looking for a remedy for PMS? Or are you reveling in the beautiful mess that is the magic of DIY? Check out Purple Myrtle Squeegy - A PMS Perzine! And are you hungry for some Fallopian Falafels? Have you missed the zine and come to get some back issues? Find these spicy zines here! Plus more DIY art and stuff. Do you want hummus with that?

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I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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I gladly accept returns and exchanges, but I don't accept cancellations. Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs.
In case of orders lost in the mail, I will gladly send you a replacement item free of charge. Contact me if you have any questions, issues or special requests regarding your order.
I accept Paypal. Payment must be transferred via Paypal within seven days of the purchase date.
I also accept trades. Contact me for a request!
Items will be shipped once the payment has been made (no later than two weeks following receipt of payment).
I ship all items via registered mail. Tracking number is provided to the customer once the shipment has been made.
I ship from Israel to all over the world, except for some countries in the Middle East which Israel Post does not ship to.
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I totally accept trades! In fact, I prefer trades. So hit me up if it pleases and sparkles and we'll trade some awesomeness!