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There is something ironic about seeing that video of Danish protesters, unarmed and non-violent getting absolutely smashed silly by riot police and then juxtaposing that footage with the same ugly use of force against illegal Jewish settlers, – breaking secular rule of law- in the Gush Katif, and Amona incidents, a near pogrom. Of course, the contexts are different, the depth of convictions are comparable, the relation to the Bible, Torah and the “end of days” is ostensibly absent, but nonetheless, the corollary of state power against those it is supposed to protect, at least in a veritable democracy remains unsettling. The questioning of the nation state, and its legitimacy is also open to interpretation.

---On May 21, Colonel Bird, Commandant of Belsen Camp, gave the order for the last hut at Belsen Concentration Camp to be burned. A rifle salute was fired in honor of the dead, the British flag was run up at the same moment as a flame-thrower set fire to the last hut. A German flag and portrait of Hitler went up in flames inside the hut in June of 1945. (AP Photo/British Official Photo) Read more: http://www.histomil.com/viewtopic.php?f=95&t=3918&start=1560#ixzz1sUJRGTbs---

the lyrics to Hatikva:

As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart,

With eyes turned toward the East, looking toward Zion,

Then our hope – the two-thousand-year-old hope – will not be lost:

To be a free people in our land,

The land of Zion and Jerusalem. ….the lyric to be a “free people” is part of the ambiguity behind the flag. To be free in this meaning is to be devoid of religion, to be free from Jewish tradition, to be free to create a new man and woman, but you have to be free, liberated to something, and that something has proven to be often enough unsavory and fleeting. There is validity to that view that says Zionism is a catastrophe and that it has to be totally transformed.

--- News World news Middle East Live Gilad Shalit: 'I hope this deal promotes peace' Binyamin Netanyahu welcomes Gilad Shalit Gilad Shalit hugs his father Noam, with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to their left, after Shalit's release today. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images 6.31am: The final preparations are taking place for the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in return for the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in an exchange deal struck between Israel and Hamas. The first phase of the swap began before dawn with 96 inmates moved to the Ofer prison in the West Bank, according to a spokeman for Israel's prison service. The swap is going ahead despite much contention from families of Israelis killed by some of the Palestinian prisoners. On Monday the Israeli supreme court turned down an appeal for a 48-hour delay from the families of victims of attacks.---Read More:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/oct/18/gilad-shalit-release-palestinians-live

And does Holocaust Remembrance Day mean in all this? Gilad Shalit was released for over 1,000 prisoners, dangerous, pathological murderers for the most part imbued with the purity of evil in its most ugly design. Already, there have been a surprising number who have been re-arrested and are back behind bars for planning additional violence. Death without remorse. All this, by a prime minister who wrote a book claiming that he would never negotiate with terrorists.A “transaction” that de-legitimizes the state far worse than idiot anarchists on bicycles in the West Bank. It is also an “exchange” contrary apparently, to the rule of the Torah.  It is normal that Shalit’s father Noam wants his son back, but a precedent has been set that bodes unfavorably; genocide is an accumulation of hundreds even thousands of poor decisions. It was said by Branch Rickey that luck is the residue of opportunity and design, and the opposite can also be true.

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Sinai. 1967. Cornell Capa. Unstage photos by Robert Capa's brother. I prefer Cornell's work in Israel to that of Robert which was in some measure propaganda though the work was magnificent. Cornell seems to tap into a more spiritual side of the Jewish people. Image:http://www.magnumphotos.com/image/C.aspx?VP3=TranslateURL&OriginalURLForRewriting=image/PAR114693.html

And what does Holocaust remembrance day mean in all this? That the army, hiring in some cases foreign mercenaries and training the worst goons in Israeli society from the criminal areas, the Marseille’s of Israel, beat Jewish loyalists, real Maccabees, and leveled their homes, their heads, their pride and their dignity. The whole thing stinks, and is eerily reminiscent of the Eichmann trial in 1961 when he told the Israeli court he was only following orders; the same line of defense for those held accountable for the expulsion of Jews, like Eichmanns rather vacuous assertion that “he was only looking for a little firm footing for the jews” the displaced settlers are not installed anywhere and are wandering and errant Hebes in their own country.

Raphael. St. George and the Dragon. Read More:http://gardenofpraise.com/art33.htm

Its a question of time before thousands and thousands of  Bar-Kohba and Bar-Kochba-ettes arise and take over what is truly theirs and the mission to bring light into the world and will throw the crap into a deep pit, and unlike St.George and the dragon, they ain’t comin’ out. Ever.

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