Archive for July, 2009
I’ll begin today with a subject I mentioned last week, namely the starved 3 year old boy by an ultra-religious mother. the boy is doing well physically and yesterday left hospital for a so far unknown destination, and the mother is under house arrest in her home, but will probably come to trial. Her religious sect are of course behind her, but this last Sabbath they only demonstrated again because of the open parking lot. With that they won’t give up so easily.
Yesterday we heard that the first victim of Swine Flue in Israel died. There have been about a thousand cases of this disease during the the last month or so, but this is the first death – hopefully the last one. Evidently the number of Swine Flue patients all over the world are increasing steadily.
Ever since the war in Gaza, different world and UN organizations have been blaming Israel for the number of civilians killed then, a number which by the way, has been greatly exaggerated, and even last week, again another group connected to the UNO began investigating the same subject. So I have decided to copy out part of an interview between a British television reporter and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu. Even those who are not particularly sympathetic to him, should get some satisfaction from this interview, which took place after our retaliation against Hamas’ constant shelling of Israel.
The interviewer asked him,”How come so many more Palestinians have been killed in this conflict than Israelis?” (A nasty question if ever there was one). Natanyhua,”Are you sure that you want to start asking in that direction?” Interviewer,”Why not?” And here is Natanyhu’s answer.
Today I’ll begin with sports, or more precisely with tennis. And that is because Israel made it to the quarter-finals in the international Davis Cup, in games against Russia. Our first team consisting of Harel Levi and Dudi Sela won 2-0 with superb performances in the opening singles matches on Friday, and Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich finished the job off on Saturday, with a 3-0 victory over Russia. Until then Israel had only once reached the last eight, 22 years ago when we lost to India in New Delhi. So with our news usually not being on the good side, this is something incredible to mention.
And now back to the usual – on Saturday there were again demonstrations by the ultra-religious in Jerusalem, against the opening of the parking lot on the Sabbath, with one man even clinging to the underside of a bus, endangering himself. They intend to continue this rioting, as does Jeruslaem’s mayor intend to keep the parking lot open – I wonder who will be the first to give in.
Just like last Saturday, there were again violent demonstrations by the ultra-religious in Jerusalem because of the opening on the Sabbath of the parking lot next to the shopping mall. The police had their hands full keeping order, and this will probably continue every week, as their Rabbis say they will do everything they can to stop this desecrating of our Holy Day. Throwing stones on Sabbath is evidently not considered desecration by them! The mayor of Jerusalem in the meanwhile intends to keep the parking lot open.
But this was not the only event in and near Jerusalem on Saturday. There were also riots in the Arab “Silwan” district, in which Jews had no part. According to reports, children from rival families got into a brawl on Friday night. The scuffle resumed on Saturday night, with gun-toting family members exchanging shots. One man was killed by bullets and another was hurt after he was run over by a car. All this was of course caused by family feuds, as sometimes happens amongst the Arab population.