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O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion

I’ve been simply appalling about not marking birthdays of late.  But I cannot possibly neglect this one.

 

The happiest of 60th birthdays to the State of Israel, and happy returns of the day until the end of time.

Now and forever.

 

For six decades, your vibrant, squabbling, healthy democracy has been at once an inspiration and a shame to your neighbours – and detractors.  You have defended yourselves with honour against foes who trample upon the laws of war.  Even in the face of dire military necessity, you have been humane and have remained a free and fundamentally civilian society; and a multicultural one, even as the more ‘moderate’ of your neighbours and enemies have sought to make their own lands ‘free of Jews’.  You have ever defended not yourself only, but the basic ideals of civilised humanity, even as you have been and are attacked by those whom you are helping to defend. 

 

Truly you have been a light unto the nations.  May it ever be so.  And – of course – may the Lord bless thee and keep thee, the Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

 

Happy birthday.
 

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shezan From: shezan Date: May 9th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
How very true - and how increasingly rare coming from Britain...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 11th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sadly, yes.

It is now commonplace to hear, in response to the mildest demurral from an attack upon the State of Israel or upon the Jewish people, 'Oh, I didn't realise you are Jewish', as if no one save a Jew cd possibly dissent from the increasing anti-Semitic orthodoxy.

Mind, I have my response to hand in these instances....
shezan From: shezan Date: May 13th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sadly, yes.

Mind, I have my response to hand in these instances....

"I do not have that honour?" or another one?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 13th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Rem acu and All That.

The former, as a rule.
fpb From: fpb Date: May 9th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Amen. HalleluJah!
shezan From: shezan Date: May 15th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
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