Tag Archives: denis goldberg

tumbling dice: rocking the casbah

In the disapora, the absence of political sovereignty presented some opportunities for self-improvement, it was never regarded as an end in itself. Much like the Old Country proverb about dying, it was more of a tradition than a good deed. … Continue reading

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warsaw remembered

When Denis Goldberg was released from a South African prison for his role with Nelson Mandela and the ANC, he was, in a complicated arrangement, sent to Israel. It did not last long. Although part of his condition of release … Continue reading

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the drum that thunders

Maybe there is some intelligent thinking behind the fact Jews establish identity through matrilineality. Maybe rabbi Akiba saw through the fantasy of ethnic purity, the sham of the blood line and well as understanding that inbreeding, albeit producing some interesting … Continue reading

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rivonia and MLK

Not a utopian, but not a negationist either, neither a nihilist. Rather, an unwillingness to be absorbed into the system neither a ¬†desire to be an agent or manger of the system. When Obama rebuked Harry Belafonte by saying, “when … Continue reading

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turning the page

Imagine, the history of the nation hinged on an art book. One of the most dangerous anti-apartheid activists was arrested while reading an art book? What book? Until we find out, we can only speculate, that either it was a … Continue reading

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if i forget thee

Lebensraum!A policy based on expansion, usurpation, of the living space of the other to make way for a growing race. Like the Third Reich, the basic intention of Israeli policy. By any other name it is ethnic cleansing. A resettling. … Continue reading

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the one after 193

Not something from the back of a cereal box. A real country. Or some neutered and coiffed Bantustan experiment with nifty uniforms and fan-far parades. Real borders and a real economy. Or a box within a box and the welfare … Continue reading

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telling stories about our neighbors

Its an axiom today, that the “story” is not to be trusted, a forewarning of the dangers to be risked of buying into a “good story” . The¬† storyteller is a pejorative term, tenuously linked to the tradition of the … Continue reading

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storyteller: the way they were….

From a Rick Salutin piece that appeared in the Toronto Star. I am barely old enough to remember this comedy duo written about by the author but I remember sensing their spirit, vulnerability, insecurity, defiance and basic goodness that made … Continue reading

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a million bash: erasing the debt

A million people march on september 3 to demand social justice in Israel. Well a bit less than half presented themselves. A lot of folks equivalent to about 20 million in Washington. The two state solution is actually justice and … Continue reading

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