02 May 2008

Hey, they are not celebrating our Independence Day!

With the same inevitability as increase in terrorist attacks and rocket scientists' activity toward Jewish and Israeli holidays, the so called Jewish anti-Zionists get restless during the period. The phenomenon usually manifests in a joint letter, published in a sympathetic newspaper. And in UK you can hardly get a more sympathetic one than The Guardian, of course.

This time the wretches couldn't even wait for the Holocaust Remembrance day to be over.

In May, Jewish organisations will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. This is understandable in the context of centuries of persecution culminating in the Holocaust. Nevertheless, we are Jews who will not be celebrating.
And then the usual tripe, half-truths, distortions, etc. And the usual list of signatures with painfully familiar names. The democratic nature of the list is touching - professors, writers, thieves, rabbis, you name it.

There is one thing I would like to understand better: why should a person declare with such pomposity and publicity that he/she doesn't celebrate this or another holiday? I mean, if I decide not to celebrate, for example, St. Patrick's day (rest assured I shall not do so, it's just for illustration) - should I get a space in a Turkish (to use another example) newspaper to announce this decision to the world?

There is another issue unclear to me: who asked these people to celebrate? As far as I know, Olmert is too busy these days, what with all these investigations and stuff, and his ministers are too busy watching him - not to miss the moment he stumbles or blinks first.

And the last, but not the least: who cares? As far as I, and the other 99.9% of Israeli citizens are concerned, this whole list could collectively kiss our collective rosy posterior.

And it is only of respect to the place where this post will appear that I refrain from posting a certain picture I have in mind. This one.

Cross-posted on Yourish.com.