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"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 868, September 29, 2017: As Jews celebrate the new year , the IDF puts Palestinians on lockdown

Publication date : 2017-09-29

Not the vision of the wolf and the lamb, not the peace of a cease-fire, but rather as in the heart when the excitement is over and you can talk only about a great weariness. ..A little rest for the wounds who speaks of healing? And the howl of the orphans is passed from one generation to the next, as in a relay race.

Yehuda Amicha

By the time I write this, Israel will have already placed a full military closure on the Palestinian territories ahead of Yom Kippur. East Jerusalem will be completely shuttered. Millions of people will be imprisoned in their homes so we Jews can speak with God.

As Jews celebrate the new year, the IDF puts Palestinians on lockdown

Not the peace of a cease-fire, not even the vision of the wolf and the lamb, but rather as in the heart when the excitement is over and you can talk only about a great weariness. ..A little rest for the wounds who speaks of healing? And the howl of the orphans is passed from one generation to the next, as in a relay race.

Yehuda Amicha

By the time I write this, Israel will have already placed a full military closure on the Palestinian territories ahead of Yom Kippur. East Jerusalem will be completely shuttered. Millions of people will be imprisoned in their homes so we Jews can speak with God.

What value does such prayer have if it necessitates such a violent injustice, one that erases the Other from our field of vision? Palestinians in Bethlehem are preparing for days of military closure. No Palestinian will be able to enter or leave the West Bank. Not for work. Not to visit family. Not even to see a doctor. Meanwhile, Jewish Israelis will continue to have the same freedom of movement throughout the West Bank that they enjoy every other day.

If one were to place Jewish holidays on a continuum ranging from those between oneself and fellow man, i.e. those grounded in our surroundings, and those between man and God, Yom Kippur would be at the very edge of the latter end of the scale. It is the day most clearly intended to gather for dialogue with oneself and with God. That is where Amichai’s poem draws its power, and the reason I love it so, even on this day, or perhaps especially on this day, it doesn’t cease seeing those people around us, the Other, in this case the Arab shop owner in Jerusalem’s Old City. His conversation with the Other, his ability to see the Other at all, winds up taking the place of prayer on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.

Adapted from Orly Noy, +972 Magazine info@972mag.com via mail178.atl121.mcsv.net

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