Saturday, 10 March 2007

Independent Jewish Voices and Friday night dinner

We went to my in-laws’ house for Shabbat dinner this week, where we had a good chicken noodle soup with vegetables, tofu and slight spicing; some very salty barbecue style chicken ribs, and some well-done roast lamb with a sauce. We had a big bottle of hefty South Australian Cab Sauv to drink, and I was up all night because of the salt and wine. I knew that this would happen as I took seconds of wine and chicken ribs.

I enjoyed the night, and Friday nights are always about catching up and eating a lot. When we do them, we worry greatly about the food style and quality, but that’s possibly the young generation for you. I grew up with approximately 10 years of half a grapefruit, brilliant roast chicken, and apple crumble, and it is still the dinner that I would ask for on my last day on death row (maybe not the grapefruit).

This is not a political blog, and I don’t want it to be – I get extremely upset and angry about things that I can do little or anything about; and I need to protect my own mental health. I will make exceptions when I feel my own personal identity is assaulted politically, in which case I will get angry, but will keep it brief. There has recently been a petition put out in Australia by a movement called Independent Australian Jewish Voices (IAJV), which I signed. It basically argues that the rights of Palestinians need to be taken into account in any peace settlement. To this, Jews and, even more disturbingly, non-Jews from the far right have targeted, as a group, those who have signed it. There have been insinuations that the people are no longer Jewish; that they are self hating Jews and traitors; and that they are in favour of Genocide. I don’t want to link to any of these places, however they can be found from the IAJV media page – the Andrew Bolt link is particularly instructive. Politically, I am happy for people to say anything, however I believe that it is disgusting for people to deny anyone their heritage. There is no time in my life when I feel more proudly Jewish that I am with extended family on Friday night. No-one should take that away from any Jewish person in a political manoeuvre.

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