Tuesday, October 18, 2011
It appears that Gilad Shalit is now in Egyptian hands, which means that his years of captivity are finally over. There is a blessing in Hebrew that is appropriate here: SheHeheyanu. Just remember that only a few decades ago 'in Egyptian hands' was not exactly a synonym for 'safe' or 'free' if you happened to be an Israeli. But neither let us forget that at least two Israelis are still in Egyptian hands, in a less positive sense of that phrase. One of them is a Bedouin man whom we have hardly heard about since he was imprisoned on espionage charges more than ten years ago. I must honestly admit that only yesterday I heard about his case. Yossi Melman, of Haaretz, is one of the few journalists who has written about him. His name is Ouda Tarabin. As Mr Melman wrote two years ago, if only that poor man's name had been Ido Tamir. Let's hope that both Ouda Tarabin and Ilan Grapel will somehow benefit from the Gilad Shalit circus, and that both men will be back in Israel soon. Amen.
Posted by Bert at 8:18 AM