Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Artist: Tom Janssen
( I do not think that the second cartoon is entirely fair, the British have proven to be the most, if not the only truly, reliable ally of the Americans. Besides, if the Americans are sinking in the Iraqi swamp, their own government bears much of the responsibility for that, probably more than the government of Mr Blair ).
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
- As much fun as it is to criticize Israel's police force, we tend to forget that our country's policemen and -women often work under basically impossible conditions, fighting crime and terror simultaneously. Since 9/11 that goes for police officers all over the globe, but here the threats are more real than anywhere else in the - or let's say the Western - world, and they occur on a daily basis. Today that fact was proven once again. Kudos to the men and women in the navy blue uniforms.
- Although I think that the A-word is often misused and has lost much of its meaning and power because of that misuse and abuse, I agree with almost every word that Noah Klieger wrote in this op-ed article on Ynet: "Are the attacks on synagogues and community intuitions, desecration of cemeteries and assault of orthodox Jews an expression of 'anti-Zionism'? Was the murder of a young Jew wearing a skullcap and the attempted 'lynch' of another (both in France) carried out in 'opposition to Israel's policies'? Last month, half of Ukraine's population announced that there are 'too many Jews in their country' and that 'their numbers should be minimized'. Is this also anti-Zionism?".
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
- One embarrassing episode of France's wartime and post-war history ( which is not the same as historiography ) has ended with the death of Maurice Papon.
- Robert Adler, an American-Jewish engineer and inventor who escaped from the likes of Papon before the war and who has changed or influenced the lives of virtually all of us, passed away. He was three years younger than the aforementioned French war criminal.
- It has been a successful year for Israeli films. An anonymous ( AK? ) commentator writes about Joseph Cedar's award "He must have made one hell of an anti-Israel movie". I doubt that. Few if any of the Israeli movies that are successful abroad are anti-Israel. On the contrary, they often paint a very realistic, human picture of the reality that we live here, and help outsiders to get a slightly better understanding of that reality, and of the problems, fears and difficult choices that we face on an almost daily basis. Such movies are a much better and effective hasbara effort than the empty, often defensive soundbites of most official spokesmen and -women, and they serve our cause many times better than the futile attempts by rightwing feedbackers to 'prove' that the whole world is against us, and that the world in general and Arabs in particular only understand one language. Awards such as those won by Israeli filmmakers in Berlin are rather proof of the exact opposite, I believe.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The previous article is published today in the Dutch ( or rather Frisian ) daily Friesch Dagblad. It deals with the same subject as this excellent cartoon by Joep Bertrams, who works for the daily Het Parool.