Albert Russo
"Art is but a moment of happiness, it is like a lightning of bliss cleaving the never-ending horrors of our world."


Letter to an Italian friend, after having sent me this link from an antizionist Israeli:

«Dear friend,

Yes there are many’ truths’ and many ‘lies’ about Israel, and I don’t always agree with what some Jews say or think.  Actually, did you know that they were ‘antisemitic Jews’?  Take Karl Marx, Noam Chomsky, the great contemporary linguist, and that professor at Tel Aviv University, called Sand, who wrote a book saying that the Jewish people is a total fabrication. He is a total fabrication; where does the Bible come from, where does Hebrew come from, and Jesus, the Jewish rabbi – yes he was a rabbi – I have read maybe 20 books on Jesus, and have about 15 different Bibles of all Christian faiths and the Jewish original, of course, since it is the first and major one (3/4 of every Christian Bible is Jewish, only 1/4 is the New Testament)?

See my new comments here below: another ‘truth’, or another ‘lie’, depending on whether you want to believe me or not.  Yes, there are many ‘truths’ and many ‘lies’ on both sides. Did you know that 1 million Jews were expelled from the Arab countries in 1954, starting with Nasser’s expulsions, without a cent, after having lived there for centuries, even longer than the Arabs themselves, who had invaded the area? Did you know that the 10 million Copts (Christians) were in Egypt long before the Arabs, but they now suffer from discrimination, have their churches burnt down, and are fleeing the country by the thousands – I know one family who has settled here in France and who doesn’t want to return to their fatherland ever. Same thing with the Berbers, discriminated against in North Africa, and all the Christians in the Middle East. The only country there where Christians prosper is … Israel, that is one truth I saw with my own eyes.  Why don’t the European media, which I believe is terribly antisemitic,  say these things?

I have many friends in that case, coming from Egypt, North Africa and the Middle East, who were expelled with only their clothes on.  And why doesn’t Europe cry over their Christian brethern who are suffering and  are tortured (if not killed), and instead always accuse Israel of everything?  It’s not only the Palestinians – they never accepted the UN’s share of the country in 1947, now they want it, after so many wars – who lost some of their land, and some of them were, yes chased away by the Jews, when Israel declared independence . The five (5) surrounding Arab countries told them to leave the place and that after having thrown the Jews into the sea they could return.  Unfortunately for them, the little armed 600,000 Jews, many of whom had just escaped the nazi concentration camps, refused to suffer another holocaust!  The truth is: the Palestinians, the Arabs and the Muslims in general want the destruction of Israel, but Israel fights for its survival with their higher technology and their intelligence, for they refuse to be destroyed again, as they were in rotten antisemitic Europe – the continent that invented that malady – and have to defend themselves!

Look at the geography: Israel is smaller than Belgium or Maryland in the US, and look at the millions of square kilometers the Arabs and other Muslims have! So is there no place for 8 million Israelis – 1,5 of whom are Arab Israelis, who for nothing in the world would like to live in an Arab country, since only in Israel have they got freedom of expression and don’t go to jail or worse for demanding their rights or even for insulting ministers.

I will repeat what you will read in my poem below: Many Muslims have the culture of death,  destruction and revenge: see how many thousands of people they kill among themselves, from Pakistan to Mali and Nigeria, not mentioning Irak, Syria et al, destroying each other’s mosques, raping women and kidnapping little girls to turn them into slaves (like Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria – ‘Boko Haram’, which means ‘destroy Western culture’.  Whereas the Jews have the culture of life.  Oriana Fallaci, the great Italian reporter of the Middle East, who once was so pro-Palestinian, realized how wrong she was and wrote books, with the ‘truth ‘about Jews and Israel.

Of course, the ‘gauche caviar’ of Europe, including in Italy, treated her as a racist.

Who’s the racist, tell me, those macho Muslims who, wearing the most up-to-date clothes,shorts and Adidas sandals, force their women to wear the veil and the niqab, and who repudiate those poor girls who get raped (sometimes by their own relatives) from their families, instead of protecting them … and who kill homosexuals, when there are so many homos in the Arab countries, hypocrits that they are!!!

I’ve had enough of antisemites – and even more so if it comes from some Jews themselves -, it is the same viral sickness as homophobia or racism.  It will always exist in every country of the world, from the most developed to the lesser ones, specially where Muslims live.

Now tell me, dear friend, where do you stand in all of this? I wonder, since you sent me the link with no comment. You are free to tell me your truth.»

PS: Let the world know how ‘moral’ the Israeli army is, in spite of all the lies the media in the West, not to mention in the Muslim countries, say. Which army anywhere on this planet, after having suffered 12 years of constant bombing from Hamas (the terrorist organization which rules over Gaza), terrorizing one million Israelis day and night, sends flyers over the enemy asking the population to evacuate their lodgings from where the rockets are launched, so that they won’t be killed?  Who is the murderer here?  While the Hamas, on the contrary, tells its population to remain in their homes. This is to show how little the Hamas values the lives of its people – they love showing journalists poor civilians covered with blood, badly wounded or killed – for those images can only revolt the onlookers.  They prefer death to life.  It’s like an honor to them.

«Look world, how Israelis are bloodthirsty!,”  they claim.   In the meantime, they count their martyrs, for that is how they interpret Islam.  Better to have martyrs than to confess their heinous methods – heinous towards their own, children, women and old people, whom they render defenseless, since, once again, they order them NOT to leave their abodes, when the Israelis give them time to find safety elsewhere.

The BBC has admitted that several of the photos of wounded and dead children the Hamas showed journalists, were in reality taken in Syria, Irak and Afghanistan.  So much for lies and myths.  Do you believe Israelis or ‘normal’ Jews don’t feel sad to see such pictures, including myself?  Poor people, shot in the crossfire!  No innocent civilians deserve such a terrible fate!  But again, why then does the Hamas tell the population not to leave their homes, knowing full well that, since many rockets are shot from the cellar of these very same homes, the Israeli army cannot but destroy them, in order to stop the constant firing and the threat to 3,5 million Israeli citizens?»




by Albert Russo



When Palestinians

kidnap and kill Israeli teenagers

they sing, dance and rejoice

and call the murderers heroes


When Israelis

kill young Palestinians

the nation feels guilty, not proud

and the perpetrators

have to pay for their crimes


Remember 9/11 in Manhattan?

the Arab street screamed with glee

Oh to kill 3000 people in the heart of America!

Did it matter that all religions were represented?

What a fantastic feat did those 

Western-educated Saudis accomplish!


When Israel wiped out

all the Jewish colonies in Gaza

instead of a gesture of reconciliation

the response was rockets, thousands of them,

launched in southern Israel,

and that has been going on for twelve years,

aiming at one million Israeli civilians

day in and day out, traumatising the population


What other country in this world

welcomes in its hospitals, free of charge

civilian enemies with serious health problems

those include Palestinian babies

from Gaza and the West Bank, 

Syrian soldiers badly wounded,

Syria being an awoved enemy of Israel,

as well as patients from all the other 

Arab countries who still have not recognized



On the 15th of July Israel accepted a truce

but the Hamas refused it 

and continued for six hours

to launch rockets towards Israel

aiming this time at 3,5 millions civilians,

including Tel Avivians and Jerusalemites,

thanks to their former Iranian allies

So, who wants to continue the war

and cares so little about its population?  


When Pope Francis prayed at the Security fence

did he know that thanks to it, 

terrorism had almost disappeared in Israel?

you ought to pray for Pope Francis

so that he understands that one cannot compare

the Berlin Wall and the Security fence.


Are people the same all over the world?


Some swear by death, destruction and martyrs

others sanctify life and innovation 

for the good of humanity, 

yet some in the world: the negationists

 and the intellectually blind,

see what they want to see, 

always treating Israel as the agressor.

About the Author
Albert Russo who has published worldwide over 85 books of poetry, fiction and essays (35) and photography (50), in both English and French, his two mother tongues, and sometimes in Italian, (Italian being his 'paternal' tongue) - he also speaks Spanish and German and still has notions of Swahili -, is the recipient of many awards,such as The New York Poetry Forum and Amelia (CA) Awards, The American Society of Writers Fiction Award, The British Diversity Short Story Award, The AZsacra International Poetry Award (Taj Mahal Review - US$ 500), the Books & Authors Award, several Writer’s Digest poetry and fiction Awards (winner and finalist), aquillrelle Awards, the Prix Colette and the Prix de la Liberté, among others. His work has been translated into about 15 languages in 25 countries, on the five continents. He has co-published Gaytude with Adam Donaldson Powell, which won Best Gay Book in the USA. Albert Russo’s major books are the AFRICAN QUATUOR (AQ), his memoir CALL ME CHAMELEON (CMC), his humorous ZAPINETTE Series (Zapy), GOSH ZAPINETTE, the first ever series of global Jewish humor, his books of stories and of poetry encompassing 40 years of writing, entitled: THE CROWDED WORLD OF SOLITUDE, vol. 1 -CWS1 (the stories and essays) and THE CROWDED WORLD OF SOLITUDE, vol. 2 (the poems) CWS2 + the two big books dedicated to his beloved mother Sarah Russo (SR) + about 50 books of photos. His definitive biography penned by the Norwegian African-American writer, poet and artist Adam Donaldson Powell, UNDER THE SHIRTTAILS OF ALBERT RUSSO was released by l’Aleph (November 2017), Wisehouse Publishing. A humanist with roots in Central, Southern Africa, and the Mediterranean, he has been acclaimed by James Baldwin, Edmund White, Martin Tucker, Douglas Parmee of Oxford University, Joseph Kessel, Pierre Emmanuel, both of the Académie Française, among many other literary authorities, as well as by his African peers, Chinua Achebe among them. Albert Russo was also a member of the 1996 jury for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature which often leads to the Nobel Prize of Literature. Latest Prize: Best 2013 Unicef Short Story award in defense of childhood worldwide, for Revenge by proxy / Vengeance par procuration.  His 50-odd books of photography have garnered awards in the USA, UK, Russia, France, etc. Some of his work has been exhibited in the Louvre Museum, at the Espace Pierre Cardin, both in Paris, in Times Square, New York, at the Museum of Photography in Lausanne, Switzerland, in Art Berlin, in Tokyo, in Moscow, etc. The former Mayor of the Big Apple, Mr Bloomberg, has lauded his two photo books on Paris and New York. Some of his novels and memoirs have also been filmed in English, with videos 90 and 100 minutes long. Latest award: I have just received the following award. "Dear Albert, It is with great pleasure to announce that you have been selected as a Book Excellence Award Finalist for the following book: 'GOSH ZAPINETTE! the first ever series of global humor’ (770 pages). There were hundreds of entries from around the world and 'GOSH ZAPINETTE! the first ever series of global humor' was selected for its high-quality writing, design and market appeal. Congratulations. The Book Excellence Award Committee.” The Book Excellence Awards Advantage. More than just an awards competition, the Book Excellence Awards provides authors and publishers with extended support and resources on topics such as publishing, marketing, writing, publicity and social media. The Book Excellence Awards is a smart investment on your publishing journey and the results and benefits will last a lifetime! Literary website: - "Art is but a moment of happiness, it is like a lightning of bliss cleaving the never-ending horrors of our world." Albert Russo “Inspiration is like delicious food that your taste buds remember, or a perfume you have long forgotten and whose whiff suddenly brushes your nostrils again, giving you pangs of nostalgia.” Albert Russo