A wish for 2017 أمنية ل משאלה ל


With thanks to the good souls who responded to my requests for improvements to my Hebrew translation of my original English post & for an Arabic translation, & also to those who liked or commented … I hope many more will share this wish & will express it one way or another…


& maybe it’s easier to read in black & white & 3 highlights:


THE MONARCH IS NO FOOL, & HE IS SOLIDLY BACKED BY THE EMPIRE– three sentences (with numerous parentheses)


He is no fool (though many of his opponents think he is & deride him publicly accordingly), the four-times elected (presently in his third time in a row) monarch (surely the correct word, “a sole and absolute ruler of a state or nation”, which by now for all practical purposes I’d say he is) of the Zionist State (I prefer not to use the name this state has in my opinion usurped & has no real right to, because it has for millennia been the Hebrew name for all Jewry in the world, most of whom live outside & are not represented by that state), Mr Rightson Godgiven (this is a fair Englishing of his Hebrew name; look up Yahu).

In many ways, he’s a genius, & has proved himself to be a superb manipulator not only within the Zionist State (where he has securely established an administration whose functionaries do his bidding, where the taxes of citizens pay for the subsidizing of settlers in the occupied “West Bank” while the health, welfare, educational; cultural & social needs of the citizens within the State proper are ignored, where activities against his policies & practices are suppressed &/or punished, where an indoctrinated &/or terrified populace is continually conned into not feeling compassion or objecting to the continuing brutality of the continuous occupation & the continuing non-acknowledgment of the Nakba that has been ongoing for almost 70 years, & of the Zionist State’s responsibility for it, where everything that a humane observer would excoriate & rage about is allowed to continue through the power of fear &/or the Big Lie of “the nation-state of the Jewish people”, to the extent that most of the populace don’t even feel complicity in the crimes against humanity their state is continuously committing) but also in the international arena, as his latest triumph in getting Egypt to withdraw its resolution from the Security Council agenda yesterday.

Except that here (as in numerous previous ventures & interventions by him outside of & on behalf of the Zionist State) he mightn’t have succeeded had there not been powerful interests who do not want to see the Zionist State’s power in Palestine & in the Middle East weakened, not because they favor or love or even care for Zionism as such (though having more “white” Jews there might seem better to & for them than having it all inhabited by “black” Arabs), but because there is more profit & power for them if things continue as they are. As monarch of the Zionist State he has solid backing from the “Western” global neo-liberal Empire…

In my 81st year … [still] imagining a better world …


This meme stems from a meditation after I posted two other memes today on Facebook. The first two were of quotations:

Both were triggered by posts shared by friends. Yesterday Rip Van Hippy shared a recent article about Elon Musk proposing the idea of a universal basic income (although without suggestions about how this could be achieved):

What Musk said reminded me of Marx’s words, which already inspired me when I was in my late teens — & while googling for the quotation in English I found heaps of articles going back to January 2015 saying that the idea has been spreading in & from Silicon Valley for some time… But see also

& the second was triggered by Rachel Elior’s post today,  as I explained in my note.

(& for anyone who has read this far, & who may also have noticed the change of venue i’m posting from: I’m in John Flynn Hospital for some tests, since yesterday, probably until Tuesday — nothing to worry about, just a couple of things to maybe find out…)

כשאין בעברית-ישראלית מילים למילים המדייקות יותר

נסיוני לתרגם הקדמה קצרה וקולעת באנגלית ששיתפתי (עם הדגשות שלי) אתמול – לחצו על התמונה כדי להגדיל

My attempt to translate a short & incisive intro in English that I shared (with my emphases) yesterday . A complex task: I note here – & ask what it says about Israeli-Hebrew – that there are no words in it for ‘colonist’ or ‘colonised’ – click on the pic to enlarge.