Thursday, May 8, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Yom huledet sameach, Israel!

Today, in the Jewish calendar, is the 60th anniversary of the birth of the modern Jewish state of Israel. It is a very happy day in Israel, immediately following Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day. It is a very happy day, as well, for Jews the world over who think that the state of Israel should exist.

Did anybody else find it strange that, on Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut, the New York Times should be airing this video? Israel's treatment of its own Arab citizens is troubling in many respects, and the Times' video is nuanced and, as far as I can tell, not inaccurate. But wouldn't it be outrageous if the Times covered the Fourth of July with, say, a story about our shabby treatment of the Native Americans, or the history of our government's indifference to the intimidation of non-white voters? Isn't that exactly what's going on here? For everything a season, guys.

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