Archive for June, 2009

Riots in Jerusalem on Saturday! No, not between Jews and Arabs, but only amongst Jews. And the reason for them was the opening of the parking lot belonging to a shopping center on the Sabbath, only the parking space, none of the shops were opened. The mayor of Jerusalem tried to solve the Saturday parking problem of the city, when many visitors arrive without finding parking space for their cars, often leaving them in forbidden and/or dangerous places like traffic islands, pavements etc. where they cause danger and even prevent access to houses, even preventing emergency vehicles from passing.

But the ultra-religious Jews objected to this, although the shopping mall was not in their residential area and began violent demonstrations, throwing stones and other objects. Protesters tried to forcibly block cars from entering the parking lot, but were dispersed by police. Hundreds of others prayed near the lot. About 80 people were wounded, some seriously, also 6 policemen and 40 protesters were arrested. In some cases the police dispersed the rioters with water cannons. The Jerusalem Municipality said that the opening of the lot solved the parking problem in the city on the Sabbath. “The mayor is obligated to maintain the public’s safety and this concern is what guides him,” the mayor’s office said.”The police must now be concerned with public order”. But I wonder what will happen there next Saturday.

 

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With the economic situation not improving so much, many people are left without jobs and have difficulty in maintaining a decent standard of living. There are many organizations trying to help these people, and now that school summer vacation has begun, there are new voluntary ones setting up day camps for children of needy families. They are also looking for more volunteers, not only for the day camps, but also for medical help, dentists and such.

Last week I attended a musical show at the Haifa theatre (hebrew songs from the 60ties and 70ties) and at the end, after the applause, one of the singers got up on the stage and asked the audience to contribute money for helping the poor. At all the exits were theatre attendants holding metal boxes for contributions, and I noticed that not even one theatre-goer left without putting some money in a box. That made me feel good. I’m told that now after all performances, the audience is asked for contributions.

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All of you in America have surely heard about the shooting incident in the Holocaust Museum in Washington D,C. last week, This news came as quite a shock to us in Israel, and much was said about it in our news programs, about our regret that anti-semitism had risen so strongly and so fast again all over the free world. We hear rhat James Von Brunn has been an outspoken racist for many years, but for an 88 year old man to go so far as shooting openly at Jews, had surely not been expected.

I was also shocked when I read what a certainlawyer E.S. had to say about this. he is most famous for defending people accused of racism and is listed by Southern Poverty Law center as an anti-semite. He attempted to explain Von Brunn’s actions by saying, I quote: “Why did Von Brunn choose to unload at the national Holocaust Museum? Because it is an edifice to one of the most stupendous lies of modern times, paid for and maintained by taxpayers dollars, that’s why,” he said. The Holocaust is a stuendous lie !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So how come that all my relatives perished in Nazi concentration camps?

 

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Today I’m beginning with what can be considered a rather minor item, but I find it of interest because the person concerned in what I’m going to write about, Dudu Topaz, is a famous entertainer and interviewer in Israel, who after many years of being seen on the screen, suddenly found himself without work, with many younger people taking his place. Dudu Topaz has been seen on TV for so long, that his name has become a household word, but for the last year or so, his programs have slowly been taken off the media. Topaz evidently got very frustrated and hired a number of men to assault some media executives who had rejected his ideas for TV programs, and it is believed he also planned an attack on a newspaper editor who had turned down Topaz’s idea for a column and also actors and such who he believes have taken his place. He has now been arrested and confessed, but his lawyers say that his mental state has not been good lately, also after spending a night in jail he tried to commit suicide by injecting himself with an overdose of insulin which he had with him as he suffers from diebetes.

So why do I write about this? because so many of Dudu’s friends have spoken up for him, trying to explain his actions, and it seems that many of them, mostly actors, singers and such are in the “same boat” as he. Getting older, they have difficulty in finding work and can understand Dudu’s frustration, although they say they wouldn’t go so far as getting people beaten up. I presume it’s more or less the same all over the world – the young people taking their place – that’s the natural order of things, isn’t it?

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