It is one of the greatest ironies of history, and of life in general; that the capture of Jerusalem by israel in the Six Day War was almost exclusively effected by dyed-in-the-wool Zionist military commanders, socialist atheists for the most part, profound secularists with disinterest, even disdain towards Talmudic teachings and religious practices; something to be discarded as relics of the old Diaspora Jews , and perhaps the culprit of the Shoah. Jerusalem was perceived in near materialist perspective only or perhaps as social capital within the larger context of Jewish distinction and world status.
The white doves flutter
From the roofs
Where stones did utter
That these pale pigeons
Have been armed.
They are not thrifty
With their stones.
This is the manner
Doves take flight:
The sky a banner
Blue and white. (54-69) Greeting on this Day
Klein refers to the Jerusalem riots of August 1929, triggered by a dispute over the Wailing Wall, at that time a Holy Muslim property, the Buraq, the third most sacred shrine in Islam . Muslim notables and worshippers objected to certain Jewish observances at the Wall. A crowd of young Jewish men “staged a hitherto unprecedented procession through the streets of Jerusalem to the foot of the Wailing Wall. There they raised the Jewish flag and sang the Zionist anthem–Hatikvah–against the specific instructions of the (British) High Commissioner” . Muslims held a counter-demonstration, and bloodshed followed. The religious dispute, as Klein knew,…Read More:http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/SCL/bin/get.cgi?directory=vol16_2/&filename=Lemm.htm
But, the acto f unifying Jerusalem seems to have complex and far reaching consequences which are beyond human comprehension. An invisible chain; the ideology of Zionism is clearly deeply flawed, ridiculous and even absurd, yet their actions seem instrumental in a conception of history that is non-linear and is played out in a drama we dimly recognize….
( see link)….Israel’s Jerusalem Mayor plans to establish a new Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem, according to news reports Tuesday.Around 200 new homes are planned for the area, which lies between Abu Dis and Jabal al-Mukkabir, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.The settlement, referred to as Kidmat Zion, will be built on land purchased by Irving Moskowitz, a Florida businessman and patron of Jewish settlers….
Moskowitz also bought the landmark Shepherd Hotel in Sheik Jarrah, whose historic Palestinian owners — the Husseini family — lost a legal case to recognize their title to the property on Monday.
According to Haaretz, Mayor Nir Barakat took the settlement plans to three council members of the leftist Meretz party, and they threatened to withdraw from the coalition if he implements the plan.
The settlement “will split East Jerusalem in two and destroy any chance of dividing the city and of reaching a peace agreement,” Council member Meir Margalit said, according to the report.Read More:http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=473526
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem,
may my right hand forget its cunning.
May my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth,
if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
( from A.M. Klein) The Haggadah is the great moral and political promise in Jewish history: deliverance from oppression, the destruction of the enemy, the return to Zion. The poem’s final section, “The Still Small Voice,” concludes,
And those assembled at the table dream
Of small schemes that an April wind doth scheme,
And cry from out the sleep assailing them:
Jerusalem, next year! Next year, Jerusalem!