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May 16, 2007

Bridge Dividing Needed: Palestinians Need Not Apply

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Readers who visit Hyscience often have seen us post Ofra Haza's videos before, usually on days of particularly violent days in the Middle East. Ofra was a popular Israeli singer, actress and international recording artist, and has been said to have bridged the divide between Israel and Arab countries. She died unexpectedly on February 23, 2000, and has been called the greatest singer in the last century.

Today is, of course, just another day of violence in the ME, and Iraq isn't the only place you find it. As usual, we need look no further than the Palestinian Territories, because the Palestinians have proven themselves time and again to be one of the most ideologically violent people on the planet, not only unable to get along peacefully with their Israeli neighbor, but unable to even get along with one another. Today is no different - with fighting between Hamas and Fatah having once again resumed in the Gaza Strip in the worse violence since February, when the two factions formed a unity government. Even the top Palestinian security official has quit in exasperation.

So in honor (sic) of the "occasion," it seems like a good time to have up another Ofra Haza video; here the great Ofra Haza sings "Middle East" at Rome Olympic Stadium in 1993 (as we've posted before, note that this song about terrorism in the ME was sung 14 years ago - long before the U.S. went into Iraq).

In my Promised Land
In the Middle East
What will we do about terrorism?
In my Promised Land
In the Middle East
What can we do about fanaticism?
You and I on parallel lines
You and I, we are the key
Dreams are not enough
To lead and guide us
To peace
In the Middle East

.. Flare lights, flowers, mothers, fathers,
Homeland, green fields and tears
Borders, rivers, desert, Dead Sea
We are the key
Flare lights, flowers, mothers, fathers,
Homeland, green fields and tears
Borders, rivers, desert, Dead Sea
When can we meet?

Here is Ofra Haza singing Kaddish - the Jewish mourner's prayer:

For salvation, Kaddish,
For redemption, Kaddish,
For forgiveness, Kaddish,
For health, Kaddish,
For all the wars victims, Kaddish,
For all the holocaust victims, Kaddish

If only she and many others like her were still with us today. We need a lot more bridge-dividing between Israel and the Arab countries, and in the case of the not-ever-going-to-be-ready-for-nationhood Palestinians, the Palestinians themselves.

Other related news:
EU urges end to Palestinian violence
Rising toll of Palestinian violence
Gulf states urge Palestinian factions to stop violence
Increased Infighting Among Palestinian Armed Groups Put Agencies on Alert

More Ofra Haza here and here.

Posted by Abdul at May 16, 2007 9:23 AM

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