[lit-ideas] Re: doubly disturbing headline of the day

  • From: Judy Evans <judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 03:19:17 +0000

This is a reply to all the posters to this thread.

When I read Paul's post I rather agreed with him. But then I read the Guardian 
piece (url repeated here

http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1361755,00.html )

I quote

Yoram Kaniuk, author of a book about a Jewish violinist forced to play for a 
concentration camp commander, wrote in Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper that the 
soldiers responsible should be put on trial "not for abusing Arabs but for 
disgracing the Holocaust".

"Of all the terrible things done at the roadblocks, this story is one which 
negates the very possibility of the existence of Israel as a Jewish state. If 
[the military] does not put these soldiers on trial we will have no moral right 
to speak of ourselves as a state that rose from the Holocaust," he wrote.

"If we allow Jewish soldiers to put an Arab violinist at a roadblock and laugh 
at him, we have succeeded in arriving at the lowest moral point possible. Our 
entire existence in this Arab region was justified, and is still justified, by 
our suffering; by Jewish violinists in the camps." 

I think that speaks for itself.

 Judy Evans, Cardiff, UK   

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