Wednesday, April 30, 2008
( Cartoon gevonden op foksuk.nl )
Als pseudo-republikein ( als het aan mij lag zou het koninklijke huis alleen ceremoniele functies mogen vervullen, elke mogelijke politieke inbreng van HM & Co. zou moeten worden voorkomen, maar ik heb verder niets tegen - of met - hen, en heb geen zin of puf om actief republikein te worden, het is ook teveel een ver-van-mijn-bed-show ) wens ik iedereen in Nederland een fijne koninginnedag toe. In Nederland hield ik me altijd verre van het feestgewoel, in Israel hoef ik niets van dat alles te ontvluchten. Hier is het heerlijk weer overigens, en bij jullie?
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
( picture by Israel Talby, found here )
Since one of the names for Passover is the Festival of Freedom - because we celebrate the liberation from Egyptian slavery - and most Jews all over the world celebrate this holiday with their families and loved ones, at tonight's Seder all of us should remember Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser, and Eldad Regev, three Israeli soldiers who were kidnapped by Hamas and Hizbollah, and whose families and loved ones have been waiting for almost two years for their safe return home. This is the second Seder which their families will celebrate without them.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
PS: I just found out more about the concert, and contacted someone who might be able to get us tickets. Here are the details in English.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Joep Bertram's view on the (re)election of Silvio Berlusconi. He is considered to be a staunch supporter of Israel, but I believe it is sad and worrying that Israel partly depends on such supporters these days. The fact that Israel can - generally speaking - count on less support among socialist and social-democratic parties in Europe than among more rightwing political parties on the continent says as much about Israel's policies and its position today as about the post 9/11 changes in what once was my natural political home base. I still consider the European and Israeli social-democracy as my political home base, but it is not a natural and obvious choice for me anymore. In Israeli politics many of my views have become more leftwing than they used to be ( I would seriously consider voting Meretz, although I cannot stand the political infighting that characterizes that party, not unlike other parties ), while when I follow politics and elections in Europe I find myself often agreeing less and less with the positions of the social-democratic parties. If I were Italian I do not know which of the two candidates I would have voted for. Berlusconi is a crook in more than one way, and let's not forget that much of the European rightwing 'support' for Israel comes from people who simply hate ( and fear ) Muslims more than Jews, but at the same time many of the forces that oppose Berlusconi are the same ones who love to demonize Israel and to rub shoulders with Israel's worst enemies.