Zelda Harris
Five on the 100 aliyah from UK list!

Paranoia or bloody mindlessness?

Who are we and what do we want? These Corona days have turned me into a strange old lady. I thought I was doing really well but isolation, not God Forbid because of contact with a carrier but simply no place to go, is getting to me. Almost all the activities I have indulged in during the past years are now out of bounds. At last our local community centre has partially re opened and so once more I can dance in the studio which is well marked out, to allow for distancing.

Dancing has saved my sanity for a few years now. After the death of my wonderful husband Leon to whom I was married for 60 years, I had no choice than to accept living alone.  Dance  allowed me to escape from emotional burden, and feel physical elation.

These Corona weeks have been particularly difficult since I also let a room in my apartment through Airbnb . I do miss my frequent guests who come from all over the world to visit our very special country and more recently to Assouta hospital for medical treatment. There’s no doubt there’s a kind of magic here which exists nowhere else. There’s fusion and  yet extreme contrasts, but also a dynamism which these days is hard to explain,but exists nevertheless.

Has Corona  taught us anything? Will we be better for the experience?Municipal and Medical services have been at everyones disposal and educators have made their contribution on line so that all students will fall in line.

The election results  and the new overblown bursting- at- the- seams, Government are bemusing to say the least. If only in monetary terms they are an embarrassment and a shambles.

The looming annexation is also not going to be cheap. In more than one way.

What do the settlers want? To live in peace or behind barbed wire?

No authorized persons allowed? Or Arab /Palestinian workers who will build our houses etc..welcomed as long as they pay a fee for admission?

What status will Palestinians have. Is it clear to anyone? Is it a continuation of living on a land which belonged(if anyone actually owns it?) to their forefathers?

Will they have passports so they can travel overseas? In any case everyone has to fly from Ben Gurion airport or not?

Some people in Israel have visited the territories many times. We have friends there.  Ironically friends from both sides. Its a dichotomy really we cannot meet up with either side socially in any framework?

Something is awry?

Something sinister,inhuman and pathetic. Basically every human being wants to live in peace and security.The Welsh and the Irish and the Scottish and the Mancunians and those from Yorkshire all fought each other, hated each others guts but eventually decided that the land was for sharing.

So they have allegiance to the Queen and their own flags and anthem.

Why can’t we do the same?

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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