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

Twisted European minds, disunited nations

2000 years of antisemitism on the continent that invented the worst kind – go back to the ancient Romans, to the first Christian kingdoms, to the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, to the Russian and East European pogroms, then, finally, to the monstrous nazi holocaust – are imprinted in Europe’s DNA, whether its peoples are still believers (in Christianity) or have become agnostic like me or even atheistic, whether they hail from the extreme left or from the extreme right, or even if they claim to be ‘liberals’ and belong to the ‘green’ party – the latter two behave the same way in the USA and on many of its university campuses.  Thank goodness, the majority of Indians, Chinese, Buddhists, Hindus, animistic, and Christian Africans (including the 10 million Copts of Egypt) admire Israel and Jews in general, and they are the future of our planet. There still is a good number of Europeans, North and South Americans, as well as Australians and New Zealanders who are not antisemitic.  Like the righteous who have saved Jews during WWII, risking their lives.

But in Europe, where I have lived 50 years when you belong to the far left, you are automatically anti-Israel and pro-Palestine, whatever the historical facts (which they rewrite according to their rigid dogmas).  Strangely enough, many of the European Muslims, whose families and friends in their countries of origin, the Maghreb, Turkey, – which I have visited several times and in which I was welcomed and treated gently – Egypt, Malaysia or Indonesia, to name but a few, are peaceful folks -, become very radicalized and often furiously antisemitic – they tend to simulate the Jewish hatred of their Christian predecessors, assimilating all their inane superstitions (Jews killing Christian and Muslim babies and using their blood to make matzo!!!!, Jews ruling the world, not mentioning the infamous ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ which was a hoax rewritten by a Russian antisemite and which sells like hot cakes all over the Muslim world). 

I feel I should remind the amnesiacs that in 1947 the Arabs refused the United Nation’s partition of the land which now comprises Israel and the two Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank and that five Arab countries attacked the nascent Jewish State in 1948, with the aim of destroying it completely, an act which the Iranian regime still wants to carry out nowadays. 

Which country in the world, wouldn’t go to war under the threat of annihilation?  The Arabs of a future Palestine missed dozens of opportunities of making peace with Israel – if you open the geography books of Palestinian pupils, in place of Israel there is an Arab country that stretches from the Mediterranean to the Jordan river, and Jews are called either dogs or pigs, who should be thrown into the sea -, so Israel is occupying them, which, I believe is a long-lasting and negative situation, but one which a nation (as tiny as Maryland and smaller than Belgium) had no other alternative, lest it is destroyed by the surrounding Arab countries, most of which are still at war with it.  I definitely do not approve of the way this Israeli government behaves, adding new settlements in the West Bank, but I do approve of Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules over Gaza, and which for fifteen years has continued to launch rockets towards Israel. 

We would now need two Mandelas, one Israeli and one Palestinian, to make peace, creating a non-belligerent country alongside the Jewish State.  Those who claim that Israel is an apartheid country are liars and in very bad faith.  Just come to this land and see for yourself: all those peoples of different colors and creeds, sitting together, eating in the same places, and going to the same shows.  Actually, I claim that Tel Aviv is the most tolerant, most welcoming, most gay-friendly city in the world, and I have lived in large metropolises such as Milan, Brussels, New York, and Paris, the latter, where I have resided for the past 36 years, has lost its freedom of speech, everything being so politically correct that you are called a racist if you mention facts using their true names.  For instance: you are allowed to say: « you are Islamophobic », but not « some people hate whites », « European slave traders », but not « Arab slave traders » here you are being Islamophobic.  I, as a writer, suffocate in such a place.

As you know, there are Euro-Palestinian associations, Israel-apartheid week, Al-Quds day (meaning Jerusalem day, when Jerusalem is the main sacred city for Jews and only Islam’s third, which, by the way, is never mentioned in the Quran; it was initiated by Ayatollah Khomeini, that extremist whom the French leftists had hailed as the … liberator of the new Iran …

How about creating a Euro-Kurdish association, when millions of Kurds are ill-treated or persecuted in Turkey, Syria, Irak, etc.?  Don’t they deserve to have their own nation?  And a Euro-Saharaoui association?  When Morocco is persecuting the people of Western Sahara which it has colonized after the Spanish left that territory.  And a Euro-Coptic association, to defend the ten million Copts (the Christians who were there centuries before the Arab invasion) against the Shariah law.  And the Euro-Berber association, to defend the original population of the Maghreb countries, who live nowadays like second-class citizens under the Arab majority.  And the Euro- Defenders of Peace between the Muslims, where thousands of Shia and Sunni are murdering each other year after year.  And Euro-Arab solidarity, to prevent bloody dictators like Assad from murdering his own people, 300,000 have already been killed.  And a Euro-Christian association, to prevent the original Christian minorities of the Near East to be slaughtered by Muslim extremists.

My oh my, the list of new and vital associations would be never-ending, if one considers that people have equal rights all over the world and not point an accusing finger solely at Israel. 

Just attend one day at the UN Head Quarters in New York and see how many crimes that are much more serious in both atrocity and numbers are ignored.

Mr. Ban Ki Moon, are you still in the moon???  Come back to earth, man, and start acting a little more responsibly, for otherwise you will be remembered as the man who keeps smiling while the horrors of this world keep being committed.

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