‘This year, the Hebrew New Year and the Hijra (Muslim) New Year coincide exactly on exactly the same date. This is an opportunity to wish us all a good year…’

I’m translating this NEW YEAR message by עומדים ביחד نقف معًا [“We Stand Together”] because it feels good to know this, I am glad to see this, & even if I’m in another country, I extend my wishes with theirs, although my hopes go further, for  equality and partnership for Jews and Arabs in all of Palestine.

This year, the Hebrew New Year and the Hijra (Muslim) New Year coincide exactly on exactly the same date. This is an opportunity to wish us all a good year, a year of peace, a year of equality and partnership for Jews and Arabs in Israel, a year in which we’ll build a just society in this country, where people can live in dignity, earn a living in dignity, grow old in dignity.

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“I’m emotionally autistic…” (lines I just found from April 2012) [Collating Smatterings of Memoirings (6)]

Suddenly, the other day, I found this file. I’d already given up on finding more smatterings of memoirings on my hard disk (it turns out I haven’t done all that much memoiring), and suddenly this showed up. I’ve read it a couple of times now, and I think it adds some info & does a little more than that. It’s in lines (of “verse”), a form I often like to write in. Is it poetry? Maybe, it depends on how you define “poetry”. Is it good poetry? Maybe, & maybe some of it is & some of it isn’t. I don’t know if it matters. It’s another picture of me (as this brief intro is too). Was I planning to continue the story from where it breaks off? Possibly, I don’t remember. Will I take that point as the starting point for a sequel? Possibly… Oh, & I’ve also added two links to two previous memoirings…

 

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I’m emotionally autistic, & like a hermit, she tells me,
& it’s probably, given my history, post-traumatic,
how I don’t keep up contact with friends past or present,
might not initiate contact with my sons if she didn’t
don’t wake up one morning thinking
maybe I’ll do this or that with a grandchild
(she no longer mentions how not open I am with her
or not interested enough in her… she’s no longer frustrated
about that as she long was…& I can see it & feel it, & know it’s true,
(though I think it’s also arche- and stereo-
typically heterosexual-masculine)
& am grateful for this light she has given me.
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Though i’m glad when they come or when we’re where they are,
& gladly talk with them & do things with & for them when they want to,
i only rarely spontaneously imagine something to initiate with them,
& even more rarely will myself to.

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& only yesterday I was thinking displacement,
my so-many displacements since I was three,
not easily forming attachments or making friends
& when I did & then left them because we moved again
or because I’d broken with them,
hardly ever keeping up contact or even remembering them,
an early strategy for living with separation
ever since we left my loving grandmother in Warsaw
as the German bombs were falling.

yes, she said, & not having much contact with my parents before that,
both too busy with each other & their business & their socializing
(& I can’t even remember the carer I know I had all those first years of my life.

& yes the need was there, & I think I found in the youth movement a lifebuoy,
& again in later years, in the hippie times,
found a way to gather with some people around me,
& again in the Inyan, with only a couple of friends, true,
but visions of a global comradeship…

& I now think maybe it’s the autism
even more basically than the displacements
that affects also my feelings of not really belonging
to any one place, one country, one culture,
as if what I adopt & am adopted by I cannot adopt fully
as evidently I cannot fully commit emotionally
(which I stress, because where it matters practically I can and do)
not feeling fully Australian though Australia’s my home,
for more than a decade this third time around.

the first time I came with my mother when I was 10,
we arrived in Melbourne, Jewish refugees from Shanghai
I was by then no longer in any way Polish,
& from the time in Shanghai when I knew we were Australia-bound
I actually refused to speak to my mother in Polish
so that she could learn English quicker
(& have not spoken or felt Polish since, though I still remember
quite a few words, some opening lines of songs,
as of the national anthem, Jescze Polska nie zginęła,
“Poland is not yet lost”, well – it’s long lost to me).
I of course never thought of myself as Chinese, how could I have,
& the only group identity I accepted then was my being Jewish,
& though there was nothing of Judaism as a religion or of Jewish culture
in my parents’ lives, they had sent me to a Jewish school in Shanghai,
& my father spent the last year of his life
dying in the Shanghai Jewish Hospital,
as all the skin peeled painfully off his flesh
until he was swathed in bandages head to toes
with only his mouth & eyes & nostrils visible…
& died there on Yom Kippur (while I, 9, was praying
in the synagogue, because, yes, I tell the story elsewhere,
he also introduced me to the synagogue
after my parents found my rosary with its golden crucifix)
& was buried at the Shanghai Jewish Cemetery

& we lived in Elwood, St. Kilda, then again Elwood, St.Kilda,
then deep in South Caulfield for several years,
until at 23, after about a decade of membership & involvement,
belonging, to Zionist youth movements,
not one, but three, moving in dialectical leaps from right to left,
from the right-wing, militaristic Betar
(“The Jordan has two banks. This one is ours, & the other is too!”),
to the moderately socialistic Habonim
to the Marxist revolutionary-socialist Hashomer Hatzair,
including a year and a half of preparation for kibbutz living
on the Hebrew Training Farm some miles from Mooroopna
& some years of organizing and group-leading in the movement,
I boarded a ship bound for Genoa, hitchhiked for a few months
around Europe & then took ship to Haifa
to join a kibbutz in the Negev that the movement
had selected for the first Australian contingent
of which we two were the last, to join the kibbutz
because that was the ideal I then believed in & wanted to work for
more than to join the comrades who had arrived there before me
or rather fusing all these in the need to belong…
but almost three years later I no longer believed in that
& left the kibbutz, but not Israel, still feeling more Jewish than anything else,
and also thinking here’s a place where I don’t have to think about being Jewish,
I just am & so’s almost everybody else…
& all those years in Israel I couldn’t feel fully Israeli either,
I’d sometimes think of myself as Australian, but also felt I wasn’t….

the second time, I came with my wife of 16 months, also to Melbourne,
mainly to be near my mother, she wasn’t well…

Stop being silent . להפסיק לשתוק

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The center of the Gaza Strip and the Israeli “envelope”, showing the relative population densities. מרכז רצועת עזה והעוטף להמחשת הצפיפות

תרגום שלי לפוסט של בר חפץ שהופיע אתמול בפייסבוק, + המקור העברי, מיד אחרי האנגלית

My translation of a post in Hebrew by Bar Heffetz, which was shared yesterday on  Facebook by Sol Salbe, with the Hebrew original immediately following the English:

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ANTI-ZIONISM / IS NOT / ANTI-SEMITISM (7), + a gallery of 6 previous memes

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Some different colors, some different fonts.

This is version 7. Below is a gallery of 6 previous versions, 2 published (1 & 2) & 4 not (tap or click on thumbnail to enlarge).

Hoping others will share the message, I think it’s urgent. Yesterday I wrote:

I posted this meme a couple of days ago using a “Stencil” typeface, & wrote:

Enough of the bald-faced Big Lie the pro-Zionists are pushing!
If anything’s increasing anti-Semitism in the world it’s the Zionist state’s crimes of commission & omission.
The post received very few likes, shares or responses. Since I think it’s important & urgent to spread this message, I’m trying different fonts & some color this time. Readers are also invited to suggest fonts, layouts, wordings of their own. IMHO, the difference between anti-Zionism & anti-Semitism need to be reaffirmed again & again, especially now, with the increasing conflation of the two by powerful pro-Zionist interests.
& see:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-york-senator-tells-floor-anti-zionism-a-form-of-anti-semitism/
http://www.france24.com/en/20170717-france-macron-zionism-antisemitism-netanyahu-israel-vichy-holocaust
& also many other pages on https://www.google.com.au/search?q=ANTI-ZIONISM+ANTI-SEMITISM&oq=ANTI-ZIONISM+ANTI-SEMITISM&aqs=chrome..69i57j0j69i60l2.2959j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

ANTI-ZIONISM / IS NOT / ANTI-SEMITISM (2)

I posted this meme a couple of days ago using a “Stencil” typeface, & wrote:
Enough of the bald-faced Big Lie the pro-Zionists are pushing!
If anything’s increasing anti-Semitism in the world it’s the Zionist state’s crimes of commission & omission.

 The post received very few likes, shares or responses. Since I think it’s important & urgent to spread this message, I’m trying different fonts & some color this time. Readers are also invited to suggest fonts, layouts, wordings of their own. IMHO, the difference between anti-Zionism & anti-Semitism need to be reaffirmed again & again, especially now, with the increasing conflation of the two by powerful pro-Zionist interests.

& see:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-york-senator-tells-floor-anti-zionism-a-form-of-anti-semitism/
http://www.france24.com/en/20170717-france-macron-zionism-antisemitism-netanyahu-israel-vichy-holocaust

& also many other pages on
https://www.google.com.au/search?q=ANTI-ZIONISM+IS+ANTI-SEMITISM&oq=ANTI-ZIONISM+IS+ANTI-SEMITISM&aqs=chrome..69i57.22681j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

antizionism isnot meme3

ANTI-ZIONISM / IS NOT / ANTI-SEMITISM

antizionism isnot meme2

Enough of the bald-faced Big Lie the pro-Zionists are pushing!
If anything’s increasing anti-Semitism in the world it’s the Zionist state’s crimes of commission & omission.

for / the good of all /& for / the goodness in all

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(& check out the Categories & Tags I’ve listed below)

What this came from: while (in bed before sleep) remembering two of a set of four lines I learned from an erstwhile mentor, E.J. Gold (via his books) & during an early period in this bed in this room in the hills outside Mullum (we moved here in 2002) & used to repeat before sleep: “For the sake of all beings everywhere”, & “To relieve the suffering of the Absolute”, these lines came.

& what do I know? well, while I can’t say I believe that silently sending one’s good-willing energy “out there” can make a difference, as some people say prayers can, I also can’t say I believe that it can’t — & it certainly can’t do any harm. & it makes me feel good… & that’s good too…