You won’t believe it…. my computer decided to take a holiday… on top of all my other work, so therefore this short break.
However, I took this unforeseen break to travel around a bit, I have spoken to many people, in the rocket ravaged South, freaked out Tel Avivians and skittish Northerners (every now and again, rockets fall over Northern communities as well).
These conversations have shook me profoundly. I have spoken with Jewish refuges from Arab countries, who cannot forget the enormous betrayal on behalf of the international community to have turned a very cold back on their rights, I have spoken with senior citizens who now fear traveling to Europe for fear of being physically attacked, still traumatized by the hatred they suffered in their young years. My neighbor, for crying out loud, was asking about traveling to Norway now; he said he always had dreamt of visiting the Lofoten Islands, the breathtakingly beautiful archipelago in Northern Norway. After enthusiastically showing pictures and explaining how to get to the most beautiful and authentic spots, he stopped me dead in my track telling me he was in no hurry to go to be abused by violent “anti-Israelis” (I think Norway urgently must perform some hasbara here in Israel..). My soft spoken osteopath growled through gritted teeth how he despised the British for their unparalleled cheek to try to school Israel on morals (pointing out that famous monument of pillage and rape, the British Museum, before asking rhetorically just how many Iraqi children were killed in the Brits many endeavors in that country, adding even more rhetorically, whatever is left of that country. On the topic of Norway, he merely stated; where is Norway? Who cares? (more Norwegian hasbara required).
In the coming days I will sum of the essence of these conversations, and contrast them with the rubbish that has been published in Norwegian media during these last 48 days.
But first there is the irritating topic of reformatting and sorting out my little “puter”.