Asaf Bartov (ijon) wrote,
Asaf Bartov

  • Mood:
  • Music:

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.

  • Shah of Shahs / Ryszard Kapuściński

    Exactly 38 years ago, Khomeini returned to Iran from his exile in France, and set in motion the Islamic Revolution of Iran. A little over a year…

  • On Immigrants

    Speaking of immigrants, Sir Ian McKellen would like to offer this passage, from the Elizabethan play Sir Thomas More: GEORGE. Marry, the removing…

  • Goodreads is fun; Dickens; Mortimer

    I've been pretty indifferent to most of the recent social-network sites, but I'm really enjoying I'm a pretty busy reader, with a…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment