Trump, Sharia, Millet – טראמפ, שריעה, מילט

English after Hebrew…

הלילה פירסם דונלד טראמפ את תכניתו למלחמה בטרור, שאשכרה נשמעת די הגיונית. טראמפ מתכוון למנוע כניסה לארצות הברית לאנשים שלא עומדים במבחנים האידיאולוגיים הבאים:

* תומכי ארגוני טרור;

*מי שמאמין בקנאות ובשנאה;

* מי שאינו מאמין בחוקת ארה"ב;

* מי שתומך בחוקי השריעה;

* מי שלא סביר להניח ש"ישגשג בארה"ב";

* ומי שלא יאמץ את ערכיה של ארה"ב.

סך הכל לטראמפ יש בעיות בחמש קטגוריות מתוך השש. האם הוא 'משגשג בארצות הברית'? זה עניין של נקודת זמן נתונה. טראמפ הוא שיאן פשיטות הרגל בארצות הברית בשלושים השנה האחרונות. אבל עכשיו הוא באיזה סוג של פיק ברכבת ההרים הזו, כך ש'משגשג' זה כנראה עניין יחסי.

 האם הוא תומך בערכיה של ארצות הברית? ודאי לא באלו המתבטאים בשירה של אמה לזרוס "הקולוסוס החדש", החקוק על פסל החירות –

Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door! 

ספק עד כמה לזרוס עצמה הייתה עומדת בתנאיו של טרמפ להגירה. הדונלד טראמפים של אמצע המאה ה-19  לא הסתכלו בעין אוהדת על גלי ההגירה ממזרח אירופה, שכללו גם כמות אדירה של יהודים (שהצילה אותם מהשואה ויצרה את הנוכחות הבולטת של יהודים בציבוריות האמריקאית החיונית כל כך לקיומה של מדינת ישראל) ועקרונית היו מעדיפים להשאיר אותם קצת בחוץ. מה שמוביל אותנו ישירות לשלושת התנאים הראשונים – תמיכה בטרור, קנאות ושנאה ודחיית חוקת ארצות הברית. אלו תנאים מוזרים ממי שזוכה לברכתם של שני אירגונים העומדים בתנאים אלו באופן מזהיר – המפלגה הנאצית האמריקאית ואירגון הקו קלוקס קלאן.

מה שמשאיר לנו את השריעה. השריעה היא ההלכה המוסלמית. כל מוסלמי המתפלל חמש פעמים ביום, מעיד על אמונתו באללה, תורם לצדקה, מבצע את מצוות החאג'וצם ברמד'אן, תומך ב'חוקי השריעה'. אבל כמו שיטות משפט דתיות אחרות, כמו ההלכה, המדובר במערכת חוקים סבוכה, ובהקשר הפוליטי גם נותנת מרשם לניהול יחידה פוליטית ששונה במשהו מזה שטראמפ, או החוקה האמריקאית, היו תומכים בו. כך, למשל, אוסרת השריעה (וגם ההלכה) על תשלום ריבית, המנוע של השיטה הקפיטליסטית האמריקאית.

ועם כל זאת, יש מדינה אחת קטנה במזרח התיכון, בה נהוגים חוקי השריעה לגבי אזרחיה הרבה מעבר למתבקש מקיום בסיסי של מצוות הדת. ודווקא בפן מאוד בעייתי של מערכת חוקית זו, מערכת דיני המשפחה של השריעה – אלו הפטריארכליים, הדורשים אפוטרופסות לאישה מבוגרת, או מבדילים בין גברים ונשים בזכות הירושה. זו כמובן מדינת ישראל, שבשיטה הנהוגה בה בדיני משפחה מונהגת השריעה כפי שהיא מפורשת על פי האסכולה המשפטית החאנפית, כדין האישי – הנכפה על ידי המדינה – של חלק ניכר מאזרחיה. במובן זה כל אזרח ישראלי התומך בהמשך שיטת המילט 'תומך בשריעה'.

נראה שהקמפיין של טראמפ קצת כושל בארצות הברית. לא נורא, פיגוע גדול אחד והוא על הסוס שוב, עם שנאת זרים ומוסלמים. ככה זה עובד, אצלנו לפחות. אצלנו הוא לא צריך לחכות. הציבור שלנו קונה כבר שנים את ביבי, רק בגלל שהוא משדר את אותו סוג של גזענות זחוחה. ובאמת התבשרנו אתמול שטראמפ פתח את הקמפיין הישראלי שלו בקניון במודיעין.  שיהיה בסבבה. רוב הבוחרים האמריקאים היהודים שאני מכיר שחיים כאן בארץ ושומרים על זכות הבחירה דווקא משדרים איזה סוג של סלידה מהולה בפחד מהאיש, אבל אם מחפשים מצבור של מוחות חלולים לשטוף בגזענות עבור רווח פוליטי, בלי לשפוט לחומרה יותר מדי את תושבי מודיעין, ואת אלו מביניהם שהם אזרחים אמריקאים, הייתי אומר שהקניון שם הוא מקום טוב להתחיל בו כמו כל מקום אחר בארצנו.

משהו אישי קטן – אבלה את השבועיים האחרונים של ספטמבר בארצות הברית. טיול לפני גיוס של אלמוג. זמן לא רע לביקור ראשון (הייתם מאמינים? בן חמישים עוד מעט) ממש לפני הבחירות. אולי אכתוב משם קצת יותר. בימים האחרונים אני כותב כאן הרבה פחות בגלל עומס של עניינים ועומס החום, והבלוג ירד לשיאים שליליים של צפייה. מהסיבה הזו גם לא יינתן ממתק. שניים שלושה פוסטים אחרונים זכו למספרים מדאיגים ברמה השלילית של קוראים, ואני מאמין שהעוקבים אחרי בטוויטר ובפייסבוק פשוט חשבו שאני משתף שיר בגלל המנגנון הלא חכם של פירסום בוורדפרס שמקשר ליוטיוב במקום לפוסט הזה. בקיצקיצור – היו שלום. ותחזיקו מעמד בימים המשונים האמורים להגיע אחרי נובמבר.

Tonight Donald Trump has published his plan to fight terrorism, which actually sounds quite logical. Trump intends to prevent entry to the United States of people who match the following ideological criteria:

* Supporters of terrorist groups;

* Supporters biggotry and hatred;

* Those who do not believe in the United States Constitution;

* Those who  believe Sharia law should supplant American law;

* Those Who are not likely to flosurish in the United States ";

*  Those who do not accept the values of the United States.

It seems Trump himself may have problems in five categories out of six. Did he "flourish in the United States?" It's all a matter of a given point in time. Trump is the record holder of bankruptcies in the United States in the last thirty years. But now he is in some kind of peak point on this roller coaster, so 'flourishing', is probably a matter of perspective.

Does he accept the values of the United States? Certainly not those expressed in Emma Lazarus's poem "The New Colossus" inscribed on the Statue of Liberty –

Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door! 

I Doubt if Lazarus herself would comply with the Trump conditions of immigration. The Donald Trumps of the mid-19th century did not look favorably on immigration from Eastern Europe, which also included a vast amount of Jews (thus saved from the Holocaust and created the prominence of Jews in the US public sphere so essential for the existence of the State of Israel) and in principle they would prefer to leave them outside. Which leads us directly to the first three conditions – support for terrorism, fanaticism and hatred and rejection of the Constitution of the United States. These are strange conditions for a candidate who managed to win the endorsement of the Nazi party of the United states and the Grand wizard of the KKK. But hey, we have one more condition – no one would blame Trump for following the Sharia.

Sharia is Islamic religious law. Every Muslim who prays five times a day, testifies as to his faith in Allah, makes charitable contributions, thrives to visit Mekka (Haj), and fasts on the holy month of Rammadan – follows Sharia laws. But like other religious legal systems, such as Hallakha, the Jewish law, it is a complex and rich system of religious code that can be implemented in all aspects of life, and the Sharia's political context also gives prescription to manage political affairs in a somewhat different manner than Trump or the US Constitution would prescribe. Thus, for example, the Sharia (and Hallakha) forbid the payment of interest, which is the engine of the American economic system.

Nevertheless, there is one small country in the Middle East, in which Sharia law is enforced way beyond enabling Muslim citizens to practice the basics of their religion. And actually in a very troublesome aspect of its legal system, family law, to its full patriachal aspects- requiring male guardianship of any adult woman or differentiating between men and women regarding the right of inheritance. This is of course the State of Israel, implying the Sharia (in the way of the Hannafi legal school) as part of its millet system. Sharia is thus the personal law of all Israeli Muslim citizens, enforced in all matters of personal status. In this sense, every Israeli citizen supporting the current system of family law – the Ottoman millet system, actually endorses Sharia.

Trump's campaign seems a bit lagging behind in the US. Never mind, one big terrorist attack and he is riding high again on a wave of  xenophobia and hatred of Muslims. This is how it works, at least for us. In Israel he has no need to wait. Our public votes Bibi for decades, just because he conveys the same kind of smug racism. Indeed we were told yesterday that Trump opened his Israeli campaign in a Modiin mall, hoping to get votes of US citizens living in Israel, apparantly some 200,000 eligible voters.  Most US citizens living in Israel I know speak of Trump in a kind of revulsion mixed with fear, but if one looks for a stash of hollow brains to wash with racism for political gains, not disregarding the good people of Modiin I would say the mall there is a as good a place to start as any other in our country.

Redemption (English version)

English translation of this morning's post – תרגום לאנגלית של הפוסט מהבוקר

Trump's election as president of the United States came as no surprise to Israeli government officials. It has been clear for months that the Trump phenomenon is unstoppable, and as early as June Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs has instructed her office staff to prepare an action plan for the day after. When published, this plan has been criticized as it circled around the idea of awarding the newly elect president with a model of the third temple built upon the Temple Mount, with a neon sign be placed at the forefront of the building advertising the Hotel Trump built to entertain the pilgrims.
The first few days were surprisingly unalarming. The inauguration speech in January 2017 was remarkably mild, and spoke of unity and world peace. In his first Shabbat in office the president went to a synagogue, accompanied by his daughter Ivanka who is married to a Jew, and was photographed with a large skullcap on his head, shaking hands with the community rabbi. Things started to crumble when a deal was exposed, in which Iran was allowed a free hand anywhere in the Middle East if it would allow non-Muslim ethnic minorities alcohol consumption, and give exclusive import rights to the brand 'Trump Vodka'. When Netanyahu tried to convince Congress to vote against the deal, Trump announced that he was 'persona non grata' and prohibited his entry into the United States.
The main problem has been his domestic policy. When the NY Times exposed recordings in which he spoke about 'fucking Bleeding heart Jewish Liberals' in the context of the resistance movement that secretly harbored Islamic prayer, and hid Hispanics and Muslims that have been marked for deportation, it was clear that despite the Trump family context, the president is not afraid of harsh statements against the Jews. When members of the cell responsible for strategic explosions in the wall being built between the US and Mexico were arrested , and it turned out that the center of the underground is a Jewish Conservative synagogue in the town of Ford's Meadows near Houston, Texas, many realized that the writing is on the wall.
Woody Allen was the first to exercise his right under the Law of Return. He settled in Kibbutz Lotan in the Arava, and was actually the first Israeli citizen who won an Oscar for his remake or  the classic 'Daliah and the sailors' filmed entirely in the kibbutz' goat pen, using one Thirty-five mm. shoulder camera, considered as a model of style and the swan song of the celebrated director. Bob Dylan's absorption in Kibbutz Beth-Alpha was not long in coming. His  album, 'Alpha and Beta', heavily influenced by Mizrahi music and including Mawalim by Eyal Golan failed miserably in the world, although two songs were able to enter the playlist of Galgalatz. These two led to the largest influx of immigrants who arrived in Israel since the nineties.
American immigrant absorption was much easier than that of the Soviet immigrants in the nineties. The Immigrants were mainly well to do, some Hebrew speakers, many of them returning residents. Trump's third year as president has already seen two and a half million Jewish citizens who had left the United States, mor than half of whom arrived in Israel.
The threat that if the 'reformed Judaism law' will not pass in the Kennesset the religious parties will exit the coalition has been effective. Not only were the Mikveh ritual baths returned to the  exclusive control of the Chief Rabbinate, and the unisex prayer area in the western wall canceled, there were also more sundry prohibitions like the humiliating prohibition to address reformed clergy as rabbis and reformed houses of worship as synagogues.  An appeal against the Prohibition of tefillin for women was pending in the Supreme Court when the trial of Anat Hoffman ensued. The fact that she used to attend court wrapped in a prayer shawl and phylacteries only inflamed the spirits, and the relatively moderate sentencing – six-month suspended sentence and a fine of ten thousand NIS, did not help to calm down. The fact that the Reform community in Israel has numbered one million people by that time, has not really been absorbed the decision makers in the Likud party.
When Bernie Sanders joined Meretz, everyone said it was a gimmick. But polls began to show the profound demographic change and changing patterns among Israeli voters. The union with the Israeli Labor Party was not long in coming. Sanders appointed Shelly Yechimovich as his deputy and his future successor. Indeed, the two shared similar socialist rhetoric. The new founded party was called "redemption". When Sanders was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for peace due to his heroic escape from the detention camp at Guantanamo and his opposition to tyrant Trump, about three months before the election, it was a real PR boom, even when the battle between three Israeli F-35's and the joint Iranian-Russian-American air force over Syrian airspace got its own big headlines in Israeli media.
On his first day as prime minister Sanders has canceled the millet system, arguing that it is archaic and not democratic. A Peace Conference was initiated by the leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the other moderate Arab countries. But the warm embrace Sanders gave Abbas signaled the true political direction. Sanders' speech at the conference is considered Israel's Gettysburg Address and a sign of a new era. With the overthrow of Trump by Congress because of his entanglement in the 'Putin Gate' affair, the two hundred billion dollars bribe paid for turning a blind eye to the occupation of Belgium by Russia, it was possible to start evaluating the tectonic movements in world affairs between 2017 and 2020. The warm handshake between President Hillary Clinton who finally won the 2020 elections, and prime minister Sanders showed that although the wounds were deep, healing was on its way.

Let's follow Canada

Since this post deals with international subjects I have decided to translate it.

Good riddance Stephen Harper. It's a kind of Netanyahu, just more embarrassing, Harper ruled Canada since 2006, and finally Canadian citizens saw fit to get rid of him. It can really happen!. In 2014, I was at a seminar with a Canadian Professor Whose name I will  not reveal, and after a few beers he started complaining Stephen Harper, and I thought that as the Israeli proverb goes – a common trouble is a fools' solace. Anyway he's out. His replacement Justin Trudeau seems like a nice enough guy.Canadians take great pride in the fact that half their ministers are women. We have three women out of 21 (seventh), but what sucks is that not less than five ministers (Prime Minister, Minister of Communications, Minister of Regional Cooperation, Foreign Minister, Minister of Economy) are called Benjamin Netanyahu.

So there is a Canadian woman on Facebook named Alana Phillips who is very proud of her government and she wrote down a kind of list of ministers and how special they are.  I came to compare. So I will take the Phillips', and compare to our government. I will give points according to the list (in the case of a tie there will be no distribution points) and see what happens.

Phillips – we have a Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Israel – We have a minister for the protection of the environment. A political appointment, not really an MK. Former CEO of Bezeq communications services, an economist by training. It is not clear what's his connection to environmental issues. He has no real track record in green issues. What's his standing regarding climate change? What is Israel's position on the subject? Unclear. We continue to burn fossil fuels like crazy, and the debate on the outline of the gas settlement is on how much tychoon Yitzchak Tshuva can rob us, not what the best clean source of energy might be. Canada: 1. Israel: 0.

Phillips – we have a minister of immigration, citizenship and refugees. Israel – Come on … we have internment camps for refugees and the dispute between the Supreme Court and the Knesset is how long a refugee should stay in jail without trial. Canada: 2 Israel 0.

Phillips – our Prime Minister is a science fiction geek. Israel – I'm not sure what Netanyahu's cultural preferences are. Some of his actions do seem outlandish. I'm not sure what can lead to a point in this round. Declare a draw.

Phillips – Our health minister is really Doctor. Israel – Finally we have a Minister of Health! But this achievement does not hide the embarrassing fact that the minister finally appointed is an ultraorthodox politician With no medical expertise who only knows how to move money around and oppose the construction of parking lots in hospitals where archaeological digs have uncovered some ancient bones. Canada – Israel 3 – 0.

Phillips – our minister of family, children and social development is a poverty economist. I do not know what a poverty economist is. The closest ministry here may be the ministry of economy. It used to be manned by bribe taking Der'i. Today it is neo-liberal Netanyahu. We have some poverty economists in the Knesset. Yossi Yona perhaps could be taken as such despite not being an economist. Or Eli Elalouf. For some reason, neither of them serves in the government. Canada – Israel 4 – 0.

Phillips – our science minister is indeed a scientist! Israel – The minister of Science is Ofir Akunis. He holds a BA in Political Science. Indeed a science, but not the kind that the Ministry of Science practices. In comparison, Canadian Minister Kirsty Duncan is a medical geographer, has a doctorate in geography, investigating the reasons for the geographical spread of epidemics. Incidentally, the closest thing we had in government to a scientist is Benny Begin, who was Minister without Portfolio, pushed aside and resigned. Canada – Israel 5 – 0.

Phillips – Our Minister of the status of women is indeed a woman! Israel – Ms. Gila Gamliel is the minister of social equality, somehow dealing with the equality of women. Barely a tie.

Phillips – Our minister is a  veterans is quadriplegic, shot in a drive by shooting. Israel – minister of veterans? Disabled Minister? What?  Have we here disabled persons? Or wars? Canada – Israel 6 – 0.

Phillips – Minister of Employment and Labor Development here is a geologist. Israel – Our minister of Labour and Social Affairs is an electronics technician. Who takes? I also declared a draw here.

Phillips – Our Minister for Democratic Institutions is a Muslim refugee. Israel – Minister for Democratic Institutions? A minister being a refugee? A Muslim minister? What are we, Canada? Canada – Israel 7 – 0.

Phillips – Our sport and people with disabilities minister is a paralympic athlete. Israel – Our Sports Minister is Miri Regev. Nothing to do with sport. We have no minister to people with disabilities. I think another point to Canada. Canada – Israel 8 – 0.

Phillips – our defense minister is a war hero, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a police officer. Israel – Defense Minister is former General Moshe Ya'alon. No doubt of his  valor. I also declare a draw here. By the way, you should peek and see who is the defense minister of Canada. He's soooo cool. We'll never have one here.

Phillips – Our Minister of Transport is an astronaut! Israel – no astronauts here. but Israel Katz must have a driving license. It is also declared a draw.

Phillips – half of our ministers are women. Israel – seventh of our ministers are Women. In fact, Netanyahu has more offices than those deposited by women. Canada – Israel 9 – 0.

Philllips. Half of our ministers are men. The other side of the same coin. Does not count in the score. (Almost tempted a chauvinist statement – who is really a man in our government?).

Phillips – Two of our ministers are members of "First Nations". Our equivalent (barely) is Arab minorities. We do not have any in government. Canada – Israel 10 – 0.

Phillips – Three of our ministers were born outside of Canada. Israel – I have not checked it out. I counted four quite easily – Elkin, Shalom, Der'i and Azoulay. So here's the first point to Israel. Hurrah! Canada – 10. Israel – 1.

Phillips – Two of our ministers are Sikhs. Israel – We have no Sikkim in government or outside of it. So even though Sikhs are cool with hats and mustaches, I do not see an advantage with their presence in the Israeli government. Tie.

Phillips – at least one of our ministers is a Muslim. Israel – none of our ministers is a Muslim. The percentage of Muslims in Canada is 3.2%. in Israel about 16.5%. Another point to Canada. Canada – Israel 11 – 1.

Phillips – at least two of our ministers are atheists. Israel – no sane politician in Israel would declare that he is an atheist. They have no problem to declare a range of extreme fundamentalist beliefs. On the other hand I do not think there is a contention between atheism and being smarter or more talented than others, so I do not see any advantage in their presence in the government. Except for some nice statement about the diversity of thought. It would be a draw, but barely.

Phillips – One of the ministers is fighting breast cancer. Israel – The health of our ministers is the best-kept secret, and our Prime Minister was taken for medical treatment in the cabin of a bread truck. Moreover, as the number of women in government increases, so does the chance of a having one fighting breast cancer. Anyway, I see no reason to give here a score. Except for applauding Canadians for their government's transparency and openness

Philips – one of our ministers is in a wheelchair. Israel – not one. As far as I know. But this matter has already been discussed, has it not?

Phillips – one of our ministers is blind. Israel – Well … tempted to say that all our ministers appear to be blind. But I do not laugh about such things. I wish we had ministers who have disabilities themselves and can feel empathy and sensitivity and understanding of the needs from first. Canada – Israel 12 – 1.

Philips – one of the ministers is openly gay. Israel – our government is full of homophobes. Canada – Israel 13 – 1.

Philips – one of our ministers is red headed. Israel –  What does it matter? Declare a draw. (After publishing the Hebrew version of this post I was told that Canadians have strong cultural bias against red heads, This may seem very weird here, but we have tons of irational biases ourselves so despite this fact I will not give any points here)

Phillips – one of the ministers has a twirly mustache. Israel – We have several with mustaches and beards. Although Naoodif Baines' is really impressive, I'm not sure how he would fare on a one on one against Litzmann, for example. So we closed a draw here, too.

The result is of course 13: 1 in favor of Canada.

So here is the greatest thing to come out of Canada singing of Israel's PM and government:

Human chain on route 805

My greatest fear was the weather, but I feared for nothing. Perhaps the increased presence of clergy (I have counted a Humanist Rabbi, A Reform Rabbi, A conservative Rabbi  several sheikhs and several priests) convinced the Almighty to give us legendary weather. Pleasant autumn breeze without a drop of rain. Our prayers were answered.
In more ways than one. We were there a couple of hundred people, over half of us Jewish and half Arab, half men and half women. Toddlers, elemantary school children from the bi-lingual 'Galil' school, came with their mothers, the wise and elderly came wearing  djellabias and kefiya (or a glowing vest, like me) at the peak of the evening a skimmer floated overhead and photographed the line holding hands for hundreds of feet (well, there was a small break on the entrance road to the military base where we were not allowed to stand. ).

Misgav presence was very respectable. Of course there were the familiar faces, but also many others. The message was humane, not political. Sakhnin has also sent a very distinguished group of religious leaders and elders of the city.
At one point the priest spoke to the press of peace and neighbourly love, and then took the microphone, thanked for the honor and said –
"I am honored to be here and stand hand in hand alongside religious leaders, sheikhs, priests, the honorable Abuna. Religion does not separate us. It unites us. It commands us to love our neighbors. I love my neighbors. I support them during these difficult times and I am strenghtened by them. Together we will make Misgav and Sakhnin, the entire Galilee, a space free of racism and violence. The Galilee will lead the way for the entire State of Israel. "

The truth is that most of the rally just walked around with a megaphone and asked the people off the road. I was dressed with a glowing  vest, and enjoyed the great pleasure of holding a megaphone and being able to tell people what to do.
Many people who passed by beeped in solidarity. That was our main gain. People know they are not alone. Not every man for himself, trying to fend off the hatred by himself. Misgavites locked within their fenced compounds and yellow gates, Arabs by their inner walls, not going in or out. Anyone who beeped knew we were a now united in a space of cooperation, of peace, of brotherhood.
Here is a picture, quite from the beginning of the rally. I am hidden in the back. In the front is peace leader Dina David. Next to me Is Dr. Gazal Abu-Ria, an educator I came to know and respect.

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The dimmed sound in the background is the eccho of the Othman guns from the siege of Tiberias, in the year of wonders, 1745, when Palestinians and Jews fought side by side. Not for the last time. I swear by Daher's memory.
I wanted to end the rally with a convergence and possibly a speech from the organizers,  but Abu Ali said it was getting dark and a bit risky in terms of traffic, and the main message has passed. I agreed with him. I went with a megaphone and thanked everyone for coming. I explained that this is only the first activity. There will be a lot more to come. Highway 805 connects rather than separates us.
If we were to gather in the end I might have been tepmted to sing, and try to sweep the croud. But maybe it was good that it didn't happen, because I'm not a singer. But Arik Lavie is.

English, English, English!

In light of recent events, I have decided to renew an old tradition. and translate a post  into English for the sake of those readers, Facebook friends and other acquaintances who do not speak Hebrew fluently. I have chosen a post stating the D'aherist position most clearly,  regarding the so-called "third intifada", and surprise surprise – Daher's great contemporary,  Kant, also has a say. The following was originally published on October 9 and edited and cut just a little.

Yesterday I have posted a Facebook post that reads –

"Good morning Third Intifada!. Today, like all Israeli citizens, I'll go to work without knowing whether during the day I will not come up against a terrorist with a knife like in Petah Tikva and Kiryat Gat, or stumble upon nationalist Arab riots like in Jaffa and Lod, on my way to and from work which necessarily passes through Arab villages. I have no confidence in the ability of the failed leaderships of both  peoples to resolve the situation. I have no confidence that the security forces are wise enough to calm the situation rather than escalate it. I have confidence in myself and what I can do. In the face of hatred, I can spread some love. Rather than boycott Arab businesses, as I am urged to do by nationalist friends, I will buy in an Arab shop, I will call an Arab friend and ask him how he is. I will repulse all hatred. If enough people set off to their daily work with this this feeling, the story can come to a different ending."

Well. it was pretty calm within a hundred meters of me until I went back home at around seven in the evening. Then a Knifeman in Afula tried to kill a soldier very close to my office. Afula's finest were not fast enough to lynch him, because the guys who neutralised the knifeman at first had a good measure of common sense and responsibility, but it's not for lack of trying. Afula, you know. Tradition is tradition. But no hateful energy goes to waste in Afula, and the lynch mob went on to hit a TV crue for an Israeli channel covering the event, using an Arab broadcaster, and some of the crue were hospitalized.

Since childhood I have witnessed  several rounds of race riots in Afula. The last time was a year and a half ago, after the murder of local girl Shelly Dadon (rest in peace). The restaurant that the rioters in this Sodom of the valley have sieged in those riots, demanding the surrender of two random Arabs who found refuge in it, is a minute's walk from my office, and I eat lunch there at least once a week (Real good root salad. With salmon. Really!).

I think the next few days are going to be a riot. literally. Friday morning. I believe the police will be busy with what happens when Arabs leave the mosques in Nazareth and that is a good time for a lynch mob to hunt Arabs in Afula's main streets, as LEHAVA people did yesterday in Jerusalem, and so did other race gangs in Netanya. If you are an Arab reading this – If you get hit in Arlosoroff street just cut one street to the right. The street parallel to the synagogue. HaKnesset 3 street. Come and you will get a glass of water, and I'll drive you wherever you need. In one of the previous rounds, in 1985, after the murder of two teachers in Gilboa, I worked in a grocery store, and when Arabs were beaten in the streets, two Arabs came terribly frightened and my boss hid them behind the dairy refrigerator . I do not have a  dairy fridge. But I have a hoe stick that I carry with me.I'll protect you with my body.

This is the personal decision Intifada. Both sides have no organized leadership. The pathetic group of thugs who spoke yesterday on TV were posing as the government of the state of Israel, its prime minister, the commander of its army, the commissioner of its police. They have no control over what happens. You and I do. At any given moment we have to decide. Join a lynch mob? Take to the streets to stab a Jew? beat an Arab? Throw a stone at a policeman? Post a hateful post to Facebook? If more people will decide not to do these things rather than deciding to do them, the good ones will win. The good ones is anyone who wants to live and let others live, not to kill and kill others.

Currently the good ones are a minority. And that is why personal decision is often not Kantian and moral in nature but mere survivalist. Get to Afula through Kafr Manda or Sakhnin? flip a coin. Deal with whatever comes out. The same option is also on the way back. If I do make it home there is a peace vigil in Carmiel at noon, organized by 'Women Make Peace' and 'Social Justice – Keshet Karmiel'. And guess what – their profile picture for the event on Facebook shows me domonstrating last August in the Zuk Eytan war. I look tired and weary as that I have just came back from the seminar in the Czech Republic and Radagast beer stil flowed in my veins. Next to me is Naama, and real movie star Mohammed Bakri. Maybe they will come today? Worth checking.

So have a great day. Don't get stabbed. Don't stab anyone else.  And remember – Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never merely as a means to an end, but always at the same time as an end.