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April 4th, 2002
05:36 pm


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A Letter to a Friend by Melamed
Ariana Melamed, Israeli journalist and intellectual, has published a column in ynet (Hebrew) called "A Letter to a Friend". When ygurvitz told me about it this morning, I reeled. Melamed is certainly aware of the gravity of this allusion, and her using it evinces just how bleak things look to her, as they do to me. I was mortified at the possibility this allusion suggests -- that not-too-many years from now, people will read this letter and shake their heads at the folly and evil that has taken place between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean, and was the context of this echo of Camus' famous letter, as they do today at the original.

This brings home, certainly not for the first time, but in a literary context now, the intolerable injustice inherent in this senseless conflict and terrifying display of the reign of the fanatic few over the sane minority, as enabled by the indifferent and shallow vast majority.

I am more oppressed by The Situation every day. I truly don't know what to do, though.

Current Mood: depressed
Current Music: Leonard Cohen -- Famous Blue Raincoat

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Date:April 4th, 2002 04:39 pm (UTC)
Alas, the strong urge to present the situation as exactly parallel on both sides turns Melamed's piece into a rather weak and insincere kind of thing.
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