Turning Three

By Ari Bussel

Starting Year Four, that is quite an achievement. Unexpectedly it has arrived. I had not noticed it before, but it coincides directly with the Jewish New Year. So we celebrate.

Over time we were delisted at some locations while others were added. Our readership grew, and depending on extraneous events, like waves our words spread and then contracted, almost with predictable regularity.

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Silence

By Ari Bussel

“Our people will continue their popular peaceful resistance to the Israeli occupation and its settlement and apartheid policies and its construction of the racist annexation Wall, and they receive support for their resistance, which is consistent with international humanitarian law and international conventions and has the support of peace activists from Israel and around the world, reflecting an impressive, inspiring and courageous example of the strength of this defenseless people, armed only with their dreams, courage, hope and slogans in the face of bullets, tanks, tear gas and bulldozers.” Palestinian President Abbas before the UN, September 23, 2011

Resounding silence. Astonishment. Bewilderment. We are frozen in a very bad dream that becomes worse with every passing image. Trapped.

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Only if We Truly Believe

By Norma Zager

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” Tori Amos

Ari asked me to write a Postcard uplifting and positive despite the plight of the Jewish condition. One that addresses the highly destructive, volatile animosity between factions in the Jewish community, and attempts to find solutions.

Rarely have I faced such a monumental task.

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Prophecy was Given for Fools

By Ari Bussel

Prophecy, it is said, was given to fools. Allow me then to amuse myself looking at the coming weeks.

The usage of the phrase “9/11” refers in our collective minds to the September 11th, 2001, attacks on the United States. The Twin Towers reduced to shambles in an avalanche of dust particles, a section of an outer ring of the Pentagon on fire and Flight 93 disintegrated into fragments, the memory of American heroes.

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Lessons of the Past, Failures of the Present

By Ari Bussel

When there is an accelerated progression of events, a responsible party is expected to be ready for anything that may come next.

Let us take the case of the Israeli embassy in Cairo, Egypt, as an example. Israel and Egypt have maintained a peace for the last thirty-two years. Some may have described it as a cold peace, but it allowed Israel to redeploy its assets with a concentration on the northern front with Syria and Lebanon. There was no need to maintain a deterrent protective force of several divisions in the south.

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Abuse Excuse on Steroids with Fish and Chips

By Norma Zager

“Why did they kill little Bobby Franks? Not for money, not for spite, not for hate. They killed him as they might kill a spider or a fly, for the experience. They killed him because they were made that way. Because somewhere in the infinite processes that go to the making up of the boy or the man something slipped, and those unfortunate lads sit here hated, despised, outcasts, with the community shouting for their blood.” Clarence Darrow at the Leopold and Loeb trial.

Well thank you Clarence Darrow.

Your highly creative abuse-excuse defense ploy to save the lives of two cold-blooded murderers in 1924 has come full circle, and now justifies the most heinous of crimes against decent people in our modern and quite careworn civilization.

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For God Goes with You to War

By Ari Bussel

“When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and you see a horse and a chariot, a people much more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them, for the Lord, your God, is with you, He who brought you from the Land of Egypt.

“And as you get near to the war, the priest will approach and talk to the people. And he shall say to them: Hear O, Israel, you are getting near today to war upon your enemies. Your heart should not soften. Do not worry and do not hasten and do not affright from them.

“BECAUSE THE LORD YOUR GOD IS HE WHO WALKS WITH YOU. TO FIGHT FOR YOU WITH YOUR ENEMIES, TO SAVE YOU.” Deuteronomy 20:1-4

Israelis are a strange bunch. At the moment, they seem confused, bewildered, otherwise smartly occupied.

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