Events around date of publication of this item.
|Thu, 25 Dec 1997|
|end of 33rd Zionist Congress, in Jerusalem|
|Tue, 23 Dec 1997|
|start of 33rd Zionist Congress, in Jerusalem|
| Dec 1997|
|Jewish terrorists tried to toss a pig's head into the Haram Al-Sharif |
|Mon, 6 Oct 1997|
|Ciechanover commission appointed to investigate bungled Mossad attempt to murder Khaled Meshal |
|Wed, 1 Oct 1997|
|Israel releases Sheikh Ahmed Yassin|
|Thu, 25 Sep 1997|
|Bungled Israeli attempt to poison Khaled Meshal in Amman|
|Fri, 19 Sep 1997|
|Nelson Mandela accepts honourary doctorate from Ben Gurion University|
|Thu, 4 Sep 1997|
|Suicide bombing on Ben Yehuda in Jerusalem|
|Tue, 12 Aug 1997|
|Israeli army major kills British tourist and wounds his girlfriend|
|Sun, 3 Aug 1997|
| Palestinian shepherd murdered by Jewish gunman near settlement of Carmel south Hebron Hills |
: Acrid MemoryBy
: Sami Shalom-Chetrit Ammiel Alcalay
(translator) Date of issue
: 1996Commentary Abstract
At the train station a rabid crowd
Doles out yellow ribbons and flags
asking passersby to pledge their blessings
and give thanks to the boys coming home.
As for me, I put down:
miserable, pitiful souls.
And a stinging memory comes back.
Driving through the streets of a strange city at full tilt
(the streets there weren't at all unfamiliar to us),
an old Arab stood by the side of the main road waving his cane
(now I think: that old man's grandfather once must have stood
by the side of that very road and waved that very cane).
We stopped to find the meaning of his wave.
The old man bent toward me (in his eyes I saw that he didn't get the essence of human adulation,the quality of victory or failiure), and spit a yellow
glob of saliva in my face before turning back on his way.
And on that day, I was purified.
If only for a fleeting moment was I purified.