Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
PS: Please notice the scared faces of Dutch PM Jan Peter Balkenende in the first and of Mr Balkenende and his Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen in the second cartoon.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Hag Purim Sameah!
This beautiful picture, by Mayer Kirshenblatt, I found here. You can find the text of the Megillat Esther ( Esther scroll ) here in English, with commentary. ( Hier in het Nederlands ). For more information about the holiday click here.
PS: To my Christian readers: Happy Easter! Muslims celebrate Milad an-Nabi, the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, on Friday. If my sources are correct this is the first time in history that Purim, Good Friday and the Mawlid fall on the very same day.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Readers of this blog know that I have reservations about using the A-word, particularly when Israel or 'the' conflict is involved. This time, since as far as I am aware there was no specific event or incident that might have given cause for this portrayal of the US Democratic Party primaries by the very talented Dutch cartoonist Jos Collignon, I cannot think of anything but antisemitism that prompted Mr Collignon to make this drawing for the Dutch daily De Volkskrant. Thanks to Wouter Brasse for drawing my attention to this unsavory cartoon. Wouter and Ratna Pelle are two of a small and dwindling number of Dutch leftists who are willing to try and understand the Palestinian/Arab-Israeli conflict from a perspective that is not automatically anti-Israel. You will often find them explaining and defending Israel in Dutch newspapers and on Dutch websites. Theirs is an important but often not very thankful job, I appreciate their work and their efforts very much.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
- Yohai Lifshitz, 18, of Jerusalem
- Yehonatan Yitzhak Alder, 16, of Shilo
- Yonadav Haim Hirshfeld, 19, of Kochav Hashahar
- Neria Cohen, 15, of Jerusalem
- Roy Rot, 18, of Elkana
- Segev Peniel Avihail, 15, of Neveh Daniel
- Avraham David Mozes, 16, of Efrat
- Maharta Tronoh, 26, of Ashdod
May their memory be a blessing. May all the victims who still remain in hospital - three of them in critical condition - have a speedy and full recovery.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
( PVV = Partij voor de Vrijheid, Vrijheidsbeeld = Statue of Liberty )