The 2nd half of the Shlomo Sand debacle passed without incident at Stallet – in fact at the end of the panel discussion, it was announced that there would be no questions or comments from the floor.
They were lucky, because I had arrived, fully prepared to talk – “But I’ll know my songs well before I start singin’ – and I knew exactly what I was going to say. I noticed a couple of security agents – could spot them from a mile away – one of them in a dark suit and suitably necktied was sitting on guard, sitting by the door to the front of the stage and he kept glancing in my direction. I glanced back. I wanted to walk over to him and assure him that I am not a terrorist and that the fire or fireworks that I was thinking about, would be entirely verbal - not even hostile – but verbal and clothed in human decency, some history and logic ….. However that did not come to pass. No questions or comments from the floor, thank you and goodnight, the compere said , and that was that.
I didn’t like Shlomo Sand at all. Shlomo, named after King Solomon the wise. But what an enormous difference between the two.
Hamelech, has nothing to do with Ham – Hamelech means king as in Shlomo Hamelech
This Shlomo , vain, a little arrogant, simplistic, yet pompous and full of himself, he should not expect a fellow intelligent being to believe in all the spurious things he said that night – and the codswallop that he has been spewing elsewhere. As usual he was asked “Why did you write the book?” As usual, well at least this time, he gave the same answer that he had given the night before. He must have got used to the question, and to spouting his ritual answer. One of the many controversial things that he said was that “Israel cannot be changed from inside.”
What the hell he means by that, he will have to elaborate, before it’s too late.
The old hypocrite also expressed his fear – that the Arab majority in the Galilee could revolt against Israeli authority. N. B: The Galilee is just south of the Israel- Lebanon border.
This leaves the rest of us concerned not only about them operating as a fifth column but also about the sanctity and status of the Tombs of the Patriarchs, the Cave of Machpelah
And about our grandmother Rachel’s tomb
Otherwise, the panel comprised a quite youthful handful - the aforementioned Shlomo Sand, Ulf Carmesund, Stefan Mendel Enk and Dror Feiler.
I was in a pretty good mood when I arrived at Stallet. Met Sheldon Litt with whom I chatted a bit – about old times, old friends. Introduced him to my new acquaintance, the lawyer from Estonia – and left them to their own devices – was treated to some strawberry pie by another Jewish friend who said that he hadn’t seem me at Yom Kippur – at out little orthodox synagogue – told him that I had been somewhere else. He was joined by Feiler. I saw Sand hanging around the table, greeted neither. Why should I? Sat next to my new friend from Indonesia.
Dror Feiler & his ponytail turned out to be a quite likeable person, that is if you subtract his historical connection with the Freedom Flotilla and earlier on his work of art depicting Snow White sailing on a sea of blood – after all he’s paid his dues, done his military service in the Israeli army, for which he should be commended. He’s now eligible to sing the line that goes
“I’ve been in the army
I’ve worked on a farm
And all I’ve got to show
Is the muscle in my arm.”
Stefan Mendel Enk I found very likeable, although I was a little irritated by his saying that Israel does not have much bearing/ is not crucial to his sense of Jewish identity. He would have said a little more about that, if given enough time, I’m sure.
Anyway, his statement got me thinking about Barbara Spectre’s talk in Jerusalem, to be found at the bottom of this link, on the subject of:
“The Importance of the Land of Israel for a Jew” by Barbara Spectre. (pdf-file) Address delivered to the Swedish Theological Institute, Jerusalem:
And also very likeable - reason-able, down to earth & impressive, was Ulf Carmesund who apparently has been doing some work at the Theological Institute in Jerusalem - in which case he must have come under the influence of Göran Larsson there.
I left the premises (Stallet) in the company of the guy who was going to interview Shlomo Sand the following day, for their magazine, Voltaire, which is available
Before parting company somewhere near the Östermalmstorg Station, I asked him why no questions or comments had been welcomed from the floor, where had the democratic principle of freedom of speech taken wings and flown to?
He said that they had received intelligence that some trouble makers were going to turn up to cause some havoc…..
I’m now on my way to the Bromma Cemetery to say hello to my dearly beloved sister-in-law , my wife’s older sister Åsa Kilbom ( Emeritus Profesor of Medicine) who passed away exactly five years ago…..
On the agenda: