Yesterday safta Reuma received a certificat from bituach leumi stating she is 100 years old.
In fact she is probably some years older. But back in Sanaa they didn’t issue birth certificates, a 100 years ago. So when her passport was issued it was decided that she was born on 1.1.1910.
She has six children, 24 grandchildren and 15 grandchildren, so far. (Actually she had more children: two children were kidnapped in Israel and part of the kidnapped Yemenite children; one child was killed by a British soldier, because he felt like; one was killed by a snake; and one or two died in Yemen.)
She came to Israel before there was Israel as a state, by foot from Yemen.
“Such a move requires the approval of the Arab League.”
The game between Argentina and Germany had been on Shabat so that I could not see. But the Little General did let me know about what happened and she was enthusiastic about it. When I saw it on Sunday morning I could understand. Yesterday the Little General was outraged. She mentioned several times, how she is hating Spain now. And added “beetzem, I hate the Israelis who are with Spain.”
I haven’t been to Germany for some time, so I can only rely on what is going on their by reading the news and by talking to friends, but in recent years international football tournaments have revitalized a public form of German nationalism which you would not have see some years ago by ordinary people.
In the German team there a quite a few Germans with a migration background. This feds up far right nationalists (Nazis) who thing that this is a bad development and which makes them turn away from the national football team. On the other hand also immigrants cheer the team and express nationalism, waving flags etc. This (nationalism) however feds up leftists and causes tensions.
Die Welt Online reported about an incident in Berlin Neukoelln – a district with a high percentage of immigrants from Turkey or the Middle East. The Muhammad family – they have an Arab background – has put a big German flag on their building. Since than they are being harassed by left wing Germans. Somebody tried to burn the flag, somebody broke in the building and cut it of, later a mob of black dressed men appeared and threatened them. Now they – the members of the Muhammad family – stand guard at night to protect the flag.
Apparently these left wing hooligans can’t cope with the fact, that some Arabs behave just like many of the other average German Biedermann, that they just want to be some average German Biedermann. If “the Arab” is not Hezbollah or Hamas and hitchhikes some planes they dislike him.
“Mondial” that’s the Hebrew word for the World Cup. And while this World Cup is going on I get the impression Israelis favor Germany to some extend; traditionally Israelis support Holland. I watched the Germany-Ghana game at a beach in Tel Aviv, public viewing. And it seemed that everybody wanted Germany to win.
The Little General for sure is a supporter of Germany. Yesterday she sent me updates about the goals while I was sitting in the Yeshiva. And lately the Little General reasoned which of the teams are worth of sympathy. Brazil was out fast, since Brazil built up friendship with Iran lately. Argentina is not popular in her ranking, don’t know why. England, well, England. The English killed an uncle of her when he was a baby, in the 40s, a British soldier took him threw him on the ground; so, no, England is out. Spain, no no, “they are all anti-Semites”, till today. But what about Germany, wasn’t there anything? Sometimes I get the impression, that Israelis feel sorry for Germans; sometimes I have the impression that Israelis feel sorry for the Germans, because the Germans have this terrible past.
Islamists have the understanding that the West is attacking the Muslims, by cultural means. It was always on their agenda to push back Western developments. What makes them most furious is, when Muslims “become like Westerners”, i.e. when they life a modern life and celebrate individual liberties. They do not care about American porn, since America is immoral for them anyway. In contrast Arab Pop musics makes them furious. So, if you want to support liberal Arab society and make a sign against Islamism, all you have to do is listen to Arab Pop Music.
(of course Coca Cola is also perceived as part of a war waged by the West)
This actually was a headline in German news magazine Focus in 2006: “Israel droht mit Selbstverteidigung”
The little general felt uncomfortable this morning. “The whole world hates us, the whole world are anti-Semites.” I did not know what she was talking about. But then I heard it on the radio too. Several died when Israeli forces took control over some ships aiding for Gaza. The little general ordered me to check what German media is reporting, are they biased, do they report accurate? Well, some are, few do. Mostly they just copied and pasted agency reports. And the foreign minister had the urge to make a statement about proportionality before it was even clear what happened. He did that when even the Israeli media was not clear about what was happened.
Back home after a long day in university (4 hours) I saw the footage of the Israeli forces, showing a mob that tried to lynch Israeli soldiers (or how should I call it when 5 to 10 people beat a person lying on the ground with iron rods?). By the way: what where these rods doing there in the first place? On the ship of “peace/humanitarian/human rights activists”?
The little general did not stop to see the news report. On 4 of 5 Israeli public channels, non-stop. I had enough. I was rebuked, that this is important and that the world needs to know, that this was not Israel’s fault. I insisted that this is what people want to hear and that the truth will not convince them.
Eventually I watched “The Fugitive”. 1993’s blockbuster. And Dr. Kimble still made it. Everybody thought he was guilty and he was sentenced to death. But there were some that did care about the truth and in the end the truth came out of the darkness in which it hides and the one everybody blamed for murder was proven innocent, chaf mipesha.
Hamas itself is suggesting their man was not killed by the Mossad but rather by one of their Arab enemies: