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    "For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness go forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns." - Isaiah 62:1 Elie Wiesel's ad, titled "For Jerusalem", was obviously meant to evoke the famous verse of Isaiah quoted above. The irony is that Isaiah was considering a "righteous" Jerusalem, for which he would not remain silent. But this is not the situation today, and Isaiah would have remained silent today by his own criterion. Only in recent days did we hear about a case of corruption unequal in the history of the State, which might end up with former PM Olmert sent to jail. Sarid brings another case of non-righteousness, Sheikh Jarrah. Arab refugees of 1948 who were given a dwelling in a formerly Jewish house of East Jerusalem, were ordered to be evicted by a court order. The court follows Israeli law, but Israeli law is different for Jews and Arabs (even Arab citizens). Jews can return to their former propert, but Arabs who did not stay on their property in 1948 lost their right to it.. "Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them." - Isaiah 1:23

    from the article: For Jerusalem, a response to Elie Wiesel
    First published 02:30 18.04.10 | Last updated 09:07 18.04.10
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