Friday, November 21, 2003

What is France coming to?

Worried about a surge in anti-Semitic attacks, France's chief rabbi has cautioned Jewish men against wearing yarmulkes in public, suggesting they wear baseball caps instead. After a weekend arson attack on a Jewish school, Rabbi Joseph Sitruk urged young men to be extra cautious, saying they could become targets of violence if they wear the yarmulke, or skullcap. "I ask young Jews to be alert, to avoid walking alone, to avoid wearing the yarmulke in the street or in the subway and consequently becoming targets for potential assailants," Sitruk told Radio J this weekend.

But surely this isn't France we are talking about! I mean, they aren't anti-Semitic.

The article continues:
The violence seemed to be waning recently. But on Saturday, arsonists attacked a private Jewish school in the Paris suburb of Gagny. There were no injuries, but the building was gutted. On Tuesday, the Paris office of the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism said it received a letter containing a bullet and a note reading "Jews get out, the next (bullet) won't come through the mail."

Here is the entire article.
"I Want To Love You,
Pretty Young Thing,
You Need Some Lovin' "

Lyrics from a Michael Jackson song that should have warned us about his motives.

It's really too bad that he has become an absolute freak monster because once upon a time, even after he turned white, he was an amazing artist who truly was "the King of Pop". Now, I only think of him as a freak of nature with a face that if stared at too long will turn you to stone.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Bumper stickers in Berkeley

I am going to start writing down the crazy bumper stickers I see on cars here in Berkeley. Some of the annoying yet popular ones are:

-Attack Iraq NO
-Stop US funds to Israel
-End Israeli Apartheid
-Impeach Bush
-Not my president

But none compare to the hilarious one I read today:

No warts on my Yak!

Hilarious and random...

Finals in two weeks. But you want to know what keeps me going? Want to hear the secret? I am going to Israel after finals are over! If you could only see the smile that is plastered on my face (it would probably scare you so maybe it's a good thing you can't see it).

I am actually going on Birthright on a trip through Israel. If they tell me when we are going, I will be able to finally switch my return ticket so that I can stay a little longer to see family. I haven't been to Israel in 2 years. I miss my family so much. When I was there last, the big news of the week was the ship that came from Iran with all the weapons.. the Karin A?

Thankfully, no bombings happened while I was there. I think it was shortly after the Dolphinarium bombing. I still remember walking down the Tiyelet (Boardwalk) past the little memorial set up in remembrance of those who were murdered in that explosion. As my mother and I walked by on our way to the Shuk haPishpishim (the flea market) in Jafo, we saw an elderly man arrive to the site, take out a framed picture, set up a little cassette player that played some music that I didn't recognize, take out a prayer book and begin praying. My heart broke to watch this. You could see the sadness in his eyes. Sadness isn't the right word. It goes much deeper than that. This person that he was mourning was either his child or his grandchild.

My mother and I continued walking to allow this man to mourn in peace, but we both were silent and even though we did not know the deceased, I felt a connection to this man, to his despair, and I could not stop myself from crying for his loss.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

about the article

After posting the article on anti-semitism (see next entry), I noticed that other bloggers have also posted it! I am glad to see that my thinking is in line with theirs since I respect and value their blogs!
Article on Anti-Semitism

Read this article about anti-Semitism entitled On Hating the Jews. It is a long article yet I found to be worth reading. It appeared to me that the writer was trying to find some kind of theme to connect all the anti-Semitic events through history but then admits that it is impossible to do so. He offers a lot of historical points to validate his argument.

Here is just a taste of the article:

Indeed, finding a single cause would seem too daunting a task--the incidence of anti-Semitism is too frequent, the time span too broad, the locales too numerous, the circumstances too varied. No doubt that is why some scholars have come to regard every outbreak as essentially unique, denying that a straight line can be drawn from the anti-Semitism of the ancient world to that of today. Whether it is the attack on the Jews of Alexandria in the year 38 or the ones that took place 200 years earlier in ancient Jerusalem, whether it is the Dreyfus affair in 1890s France or Kristallnacht in late-1930s Germany--each incident is seen as the outcome of a distinctive mix of political, social, economic, cultural and religious forces that preclude the possibility of a deeper or recurring cause.

Monday, November 17, 2003


Arnold is now the Governor!

Arnold was sworn in today as the 38th governor of California. He gave a moving speech. I will post it on here later...can't really write now since I am in lab and should be doing work :)
Attacks in Turkey

I have been dreading writing this weekend because I knew I would have to address what happened in Turkey. What can I say other than, if you don't know what I am talking about, you haven't been listening to the news this weekend. Twin bombings at two different Synagogues in Turkey. Killed something like 20 people and wounded another 300 or so.

I have nothing else to say on the matter right now.

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