Haaretz, Jun 28, 2017

The Passover holiday in front of the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's Old City, Thursday, April 13, 2017.

The veneration of the Western Wall always struck me as a weird form of idolatry.

Haaretz, Jun 29, 2017

Absurd and obscene: Silent on the occupation, US Jews howl about their own victimhood: Israeli Border Policeman at the Western Wall. 25 February

 

It is obscene that on the fiftieth anniversary of the occupation, as a quarter of a million West Bank Palestinians were denied entry to Jerusalem to pray and to celebrate during Ramadan, and as Palestinians in Gaza observed their fast and celebrations in the dark, with barely enough clean drinking water or electricity to survive, American Jewish leaders are upset that they can't just drop in for a visit and close a backroom deal with the prime minister.

June the 23rd, 2017

The Report on Antisemitism in Italy in 2016 (Rapporto sull’antisemitismo in Italia nel 2016), published by CDEC's Observatory on Antisemitism makes for sobering and disturbing reading – obviously, for its description of the persistence of anti-Jewish prejudice in Italy, but also for its own prejudice and negative generalisations with regard to those critical of the State of Israel and the political ideology of Zionism, with particular reference to the political tactics of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). Guilt by association, characterising the beliefs and acts of an entire group by those of a few individuals, denying and/or playing down discrimination and persecution – these are the very things that CDEC and the Observatory on Antisemitism should be fighting, rather than condoning and
promoting.

28 giugno 2017

Gent. dott. Santoro, nella sua trasmissione di giovedì 22 giugno molti dei suoi ospiti si sono scandalizzati quando un giovane di origine marocchina, presente fra il pubblico in studio, ha affermato che quello in atto da anni contro i palestinesi è un genocidio. Forse il giovane ha usato un termine improprio anche se la definizione di “genocidio”, coniata dalle Nazioni Unite nel ’48, gli darebbe ragione. Tuttavia non ci interessa in questo momento soffermarci a polemizzare su un termine quanto, purtroppo, riaccendere la sua attenzione, e quella del suo pubblico, su quanto sta succedendo ancora una volta a Gaza, preda di una gravissima crisi provocata dal taglio di energia da parte di Israele, suo maggiore erogatore.

Haaretz, May 31, 2017

 

Suddenly, my left arm was wrenched behind me, wrist twisted, and pushed so high that my fingers were above my left shoulder blade. My hat came off and I screamed in pain. As a veteran of a combat unit, I am familiar with pain. But I could not tell if my shoulder was still in its socket or if my arm was breaking.