A NIGHT OF CONTRASTS~~~~~BOTH SIDES OF THE WALL ON A SATURDAY NIGHT

Oh well…. I guess I will be called an anti-Semite for pointing the truth out to you…surely won’t be the first time… and definitely not the last. But… there is no way in hell that I will keep these feelings to myself… they must be heard and something must be done about the situation… it cannot continue… or we won’t…simple as that!

Last night Jews throughout Israel celebrated the end of the Holiday season. There was, as we say in Yiddish…Tantzen in der gassen… Dancing in the streets.
As should be! Celebrating the Law, the Torah…. The Book that teaches us to love, to be compassionate, to treat all as we would ourselves. Truly a Book worth celebrating…
Here are a few photos from last nights celebrations… you can feel the joy of these people …

BUT…. on the other side of the wall, on the same night… every Judeo-Christian ethic known to man was violated. Instead of celebrating, these people were mourning. Burying loved ones murdered by those that should have been celebrating life and love. Instead they were practicing death and hatred…you can feel the pain of these people…


Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of some of those killed by Israeli missile strike


Palestinians inspecting a destroyed car after an IAF air strike in Gaza on Saturday. (Reuters)


funeral of child


Israeli attacks cause overnight carnage in Gaza Strip;
seven dead, dozens injured

In my youth… one of our favourite campfire songs was this one written by Pete Seeger. It’s so sad that not everybody loves Saturday night these days…. but here’s hoping that they will… one day real soon!

Everybody Loves Saturday Night

Everybody Loves Saturday Night

Everybody Loves Saturday Night
Ev’rybody loves Saturday night.
Ev’rybody loves saturday night.
Ev’rybody, ev’rybody, ev’rybody. ev’rybody,
Ev’rybody loves Saturday night.

(Nigeria:)
Bobo waro fero Satodeh,
Bobo waro fero satodeh,
Bobowaro, bobowaro, bobowaro, bobowaro,
Bobowaro fero Satodeh.

(France:)
Tout le monde aime Samedi soir.

(China:)
Ren ten si huan li pai lu.

(Russia:)
Vsiem nravitsa sabbota vietcheram.

(Czechoslovakia:)
Razhdi ma rad sabotu vietcher.

(Spanish:)
A todos les gusta la noche del Sabado.

(Yiddish:)
Jeder eyne hot lieb Shabas ba nacht.

(Italian:)
Tutti ama Sabato sera.

(German:)
Eider man hat dem Samstag abend.

(Portugese:)
Todas gostan dos Sabados noite.

(Danish:)
Alle elsker Lordag asften.

(Norwegian:)
Alle elsker Lordag kveld.

8 Comments

  1. Ben Heine said,

    October 15, 2006 at 13:16

    Terrible contrast, Steve. Thanks for giving it more impact.

  2. servant said,

    October 15, 2006 at 13:44

    Wow! You have been working hard. Thank you. Your fans appreciate it.

    What a wonderful holiday celebration. People become their most real during the high holidays.

    I have similar ambiguities around the X-Mas holiday here in the U.S., thinking of all the commandments that have been broken to bring us these commercial messages – and all the Native Americans who know what it really means to be a Christian.

    I have been worried about posting Latuff on Ressentiment for a long time, because, as I discussed with Ben Heine and David Baldinger, who were labeled anti-Semites for participating in the Iran Cartoon contest, some of Latuff’s images invoke Nazi symbols, which is deeply offensive to people who do not have the background to understand them in context. In dealing with my own racism – we all have it even if we are not aware of it – I’ve gone back and forth between assigning responsibility for the Holocaust in Palestine to Israel and assigning it to “complicit” Jews who don’t say anything about it.

    Where I am on safe ground I think is that I am just as critical of Christians who fail to meet the commitments that they have made to God. But, of course, with religion it is so easy to be literal and think of “kingdoms” as symbols for governments. But in the spiritual sense – how can the kingdom of God be devided by any means? We are all God’s children, and we live in a single world – the only world there is forever and ever – with our brothers and sisters.

    Peace to you, Steve.
    Servant

    P.S. Thanks for your comments in my blog. I always appreciate the prompt to come see what my brother in Israel is working on.

  3. DesertPeace said,

    October 15, 2006 at 14:21

    Thanks Ben…. terrible contrast, but UNFORTUNATELY terribly true… Only WE can change that!

  4. DesertPeace said,

    October 15, 2006 at 14:23

    Good to see you Servant…
    I understand what you mean about the nazi symbols… I avoid them as well… they do hurt people.
    I appreciate your sentiments from a Christian perspective… we are all basically the same… that is the point to dwell on.
    Peace to you too Brother!

  5. Behemoth101 said,

    October 15, 2006 at 23:22

    Curious how there is no Arabic version of Everybody Loves Saturday Night! Probably because Havdalah signifies the end-marker for Israeli ceasefires!

  6. DesertPeace said,

    October 15, 2006 at 23:25

    Good point Behemoth…. I never thought of that.

  7. I love Munich said,

    November 20, 2006 at 22:40

    GREAT post Steve!! I wish the people would understand that only a few km away people suffer like hell and bury their dead – while the others sing and dance ……..what a nightmare!
    Steve – just for the records … in German “Everybody loves Saturday night” should correctly say “Jeder liebt Samstag Nacht”!

    You’re really GREAT Steve – thanks so much for highlighting these terrible differences … it MUST change and people MUST wake up, there is no other choice!

  8. DesertPeace said,

    November 20, 2006 at 22:46

    Thanks Karin… always good to hear from you.


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