Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Japan’s earthquake and tsunami ‏2011, hope and solace, ‘Dust in the wind’ revised

Trapped in our own horrific troubles we Israelis did not lose site of the fact that more horrendous things are taking place at the other side of the Asian continent. It is hard to find words of solace and hope for the people of Japan in this crisis that does not seems to end. But as human beings we feel the needs to do or say something, the helplessness of others is ours as well.

This is the best I could do. Since seen one the most technological societies today collapses in face of such powerful forces of nature makes us all feel like dust in the wind – a scary feeling – I took the lyrics of Kansas’ famous song “Dust in the wind” and changed them in way that I think fits this unfolding tragedy. It is cumbersome, but not too difficult to understand, I hope.

I close my eyes
Only for a moment and the nightmare’s not gone
All our dreams
Fell before our eyes so unexpectedly

Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

Same old song
Powerful surge of water from an angry sea
All we do
Crumbles to the ground, though we wish not to see

(Aa aa aa)
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Oh oh oh

We hang on
Nothing last forever but hope and solidarity
Since all our money won’t a better minute buy

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
(All we are is dust in the wind)

Dust in the wind
(Everything is dust in the wind)
Everything is dust in the wind

Now we stand, falling to our knees, we rise again
Hand in hand, slowly forwards through these dreadful days

(Dust in the wind)
Dust we are
Dust we maybe tomorrow, but today we stand
Stand through the wind
(Dust in the wind)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A misleading BBC report about Israel’s concerns over Egypt, by Rupert Wingfield-Hayes

There is nothing new about MSM making erroneous pieces about Israel, and the BBC is no exception.

In this report from February the 28th, by Rupert Wingfield-Hayes the BBC correspondent in Jerusalem, there are two glaring errors.

The closing statement that Mubarak kept Egyptians hatred of Israel from been expressed is flat out wrong. In fact, as this ADL denunciation from November 7th 2000 shows, attacking Israel was one of the few freedoms Egyptian press did had, including blatant anti-Semitism.

He also omitted the fact that the reasons for Egypt's cooperation with Israel over the blockade of Hamas in the Gaza Strip has more to do with Egypt’s relationships with Hamas, than its relationships with Israel. As Khaled Abu Toameh specified in this article from the Jerusalem Post of January 2010: The inability to get Hamas to compromise over the Schalit deal, the failure to reconcile with Fatah, and concerns that it had threatened the Mubarak’s regime.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Eurovision 1976, nostalgia and patriotism, Emor Shalom

This is not exactly nostalgia for me since I don’t recall the Eurovision of 76, but it is a nice song and nice glimpse into a different area. So here they are, the old Israeli female trio ‘Shockolad Menta Mastik,’ Yardena Arazi, Ruti Holtzman, and Lea Lupatin, in Emor Shalom.