From the depths to the heights

Last night was the start of Yom HaZikaron (Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism), marked with national and local ceremonies, and an 8pm siren. The memory of the 22,993 fallen soldiers and victims of terror was also marked at 11 am this morning – with a two minute siren.

It is, as you would expect, a sad, serious, introspective occasion. There are a lot of tears shed. And tonight, as one day ends and another starts, the whole country will switch from the depths of despair to the heights of joy as Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day) begins. Israel is 64 years old and it will be having lots of birthday parties.

This switch in emotions takes some getting used to. Even now, almost three years into our aliyah, it seems strange. It may only be a practical example of the truism that life goes on, but it must be so hard for those who have lost loved ones. My heart goes out to them. I just pray that this time next year the ledger is still at 22,993.


[Another from the You Couldn’t Make It Up department. A big tip of the hat and vote of thanks to CiF Watch.]

Q: What is the capital of England?

A: London.

Q: What is the capital of France?

A: Paris.

Q: What is the capital of Israel?

A: That depends.

Eh? Surely everyone knows the capital of Israel is Jerusalem? Well, not quite everyone.

Here is an entry in the Guardian‘s Corrections and clarifications section:

The caption on a photograph featuring passengers on a tram in Jerusalem observing a two-minute silence for Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust, wrongly referred to the city as the Israeli capital. The Guardian style guide states: “Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel; Tel Aviv is” (Eyewitness, 20 April, page 24).

It’s worthy repeating to highlight this nonsense:

The Guardian style guide states: “Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel; Tel Aviv is”

The Guardian style guide? Since when was that the arbiter of capital cities? Who the hell do these people think they are? What planet are they on? What right do they have to tell us what our capital is? If I were on Mastermind, The Weakest Link, or any other quiz program, would they accept Tel Aviv as an answer to the question about Israel’s capital because the Guardian style guide says it is so? It is absolutely barmy. It’s George Orwell’s 1984 in full flow, adapted for the anti-zionist phrase book.

Do read the post by AKUS at CiF Watch for a more polite, but equally scathing comment.

The only good thing about this nonsense – apart from the entertainment value – is that it exposes the warped mindset of Israel’s political foes in the British liberal (or sofa socialist) establishment. People holding this view really do need their head examined and a dose of reality administered. Quickly.

Blinkers and earplugs

[A big tip of the hat to Elder of Ziyon for the following.]

The following story is from Israel Hayom:

BBC debate can’t secure Muslim cleric to face off with Rabbi Lau

The Doha Debates – a Qatar-based free speech forum for discussing issues facing the region – invites former chief rabbi and current Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau to participate in panel alongside representatives of other faiths • Lau: They are always talking about dialogue, but they don’t really mean it.

Yehuda Shlezinger

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Yom HaShoah

Tonight is Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day in Israel. I wanted to mark it by posting something sombre, poignant, and meaningful – or any one of these three. But, after watching the broadcast of the national memorial from Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and the few, short stories of the survivors (and some who did not survive) I have nothing left inside of me. How must those who experienced the Holocaust, who lived through it, feel?

There are some times when it is appropriate only to say nothing.