Zelda Harris
Zelda Harris
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Living in worrying times!

In the fast forward world in which we live it is only epidemics like the current one which can affect every single human being as far as we know and hit the headlines, at least for a time.They become  dominant in our minds and ultimately affect the way we live our lives, while precautions are being put intoplace.

Today on the radio I heard Dr  Ben Ishai from RAMBAM Hospital in Haifa whom I met many years ago during visits of British journalists, who came to Israel with specific agendas.

We called him Buki and maybe even the staff in Rambam still do. Apart from being a great Doctor he is also an expert on disease and at the time I met him it was his Aids research which most interested him.Today it would be Corona.

I was extremely fortunate to have an excellent Boss in England at The British Israel Public Affairs Centre.Her name is Jane Biran, she now lives in Jerusalem.

Through her innovative programme which started at the beginning of the first Lebanon War, hundreds of  prominent media people were brought to this country.

It would be hard today to take foreign journalists around our country. They will not be swayed by a meeting with Bibi or indeed any of todays prominent political voices. Yes, they would look for the controversial and soon find that noone will give honest answers.

The one issue that eats at me today,is the violence in our society.

Motti Lerner has written a play entitled”I was there” its about the last assult we made on Gaza.Known here as TSUK EYTAN.Its about a soldier, the father of a small child who cannot live with himself after the horrors he witnessed and was party to.Maybe this is why so many men are frustrated or shell shocked as it used to be called.

Every day it seems either a wife or a neighour or even a child is the victim of outrage sometimes ending in death.

Is it easier for trained soldiers to kill? I would have thought that they would actually have higher moral values. Perhaps I am naive?

Theres no question that there is a rise in violence which is instigated by one group against another.Also against law inforcement agencies in some situations by those whom should be grateful to them.

Except for gang wars in the early days before World War Two in which some Jewish gangsters were involved, there were no Jewish murderers in the UK.

When a young man called Danny Raven was surprised  by his inlaws while attempting to plunder their cash vault and shot them both,the whole Jewish community was in shock. Tables were set up in every area where there was a prominent Jewish community, to ask that he not be given the death sentence.

We don’t get petitions signed? Why because theres no death sentence for these crimes?

Or because they have been superceded by more important issues like where one stands politically. If you dare have socialistic values if you honour freedom of speech, if you want liberal laws,humane relationships,pulling ones weight for the good of all, you have a Sysyphic task.  Have we just become, on one hand hedonistic? Or just weary?

Lets hope that the result of the Elections will ensure a radical change.  If not where will we head?.

We all love this land or maybe its better to say, we all chose to live here or were born here.

We do not want to live elsewhere, where we can be anonymous and have no real loyalties. Where we can enjoy the benefits, but stay on the sidelines when it comes to politics.

So for those who are staying, its up to us all and especially the educators and spiritual leaders who can sway minds. We have a wonderful country. My family abroad are saying WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU when they hear how we are dealing with the pandemic. I reply,thanks to our superb people in the field, not the politicians themselves. Thank goodness some of the women in different parties are speaking out and their platforms are growing.

Good Luck to all who vote, that is the idea of Democracy. Our leaders should be: OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE!


Shabbat Shalom!

About the Author
Zelda Harris first came to Israel 1949, aged 18. After living through the hardships of the nascent state, she returned to England in 1966. She was a founding member of the Women's Campaign for Soviet Jewry. In 1978, she returned with her family to Israel and has been active in various spheres of Israeli Society since. Together with the late Chaim Herzog, she founded CCC for Electoral Reform, was the Director of BIPAC in Israel, and a co-founder of Metuna, the Organisation for Road Safety, which received the Speaker of Knesset Quality of Life Award for saving lives on the roads and prevention of serious injury. She is now a peace activist, blogger for Times of Israel and is writing her life story.
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