Category Archives: Poland

Palestinians Modern “Jews”

I am of Russian and Polish Jewish heritage. My father in Russia could not go to many cities like Moscow for an education and my mother was raised in Poland where Jewish college students sat in the back of the room.  In America, Jews could not live in certain areas of cities, only a certain number could attend private colleges and many occupations either did not hire or had “Jewish quotas.” I understand the meaning of denying people the right to travel where they desire, to occupy their own land without fear of it being seized and the right to sit on a bus and be treated just like anyone else.

Unfortunately, there are people in the state of Israel who call themselves, “Jews.” Frankly, I am baffled why they term themselves Jews when their behavior is that of bigots who denied Jews equal rights. Oh, I forgot. Palestinians are “terrorists” who insist on sitting on a bus just like Jews. Oh, I forgot when Christian Americans believed Jews were gangsters, con artists, and cheated one and all. Who would want such people living in a decent God fearing Christian neighborhood? Let’s segregate these animals into a nice ghetto.

A group of Palestinian and Jewish Freedom Riders boarded a bus for Jerusalem that ordinarily only carries Bigots from the West Bank. Jewish settlers can ride the bus, but  Palestinians need permits. Jewish settlers can go anywhere they damn please because they are JEWS– or it it because they are CHRISTIANS! the police removed Freedom Riders because Israeli Jews can not stand the odor or those filthy Palestinians. As one Palestinian said: “we’re part of the common human history of struggling for freedom.”

Gee, those Palestinians remind me of Jews I knew from my childhood  who resented being segregated. But, that was then, and now we have people in Israel who pose at being JEWS!

Soul Of Israel-Where Is It?

Sygmunt Bauman, a noted Jewish philosopher and Sociologist, has created a furor over an article he wrote for a Polish publication, Politika. He takes Israel leaders to task for “taking advantage of the Holocaust to legitimize unconscionable actions. Israel politicians are terrified of peace because without war and without general mobilization they don’t know how to live.” In other words, would the current administration of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be in office if no longer able to curry favor with West Bank settlers or frighten the average citizen with warnings about terrorists?

Netanyahu and Lieberman and the entire crowd of old men with anger and fear in their hearts only thrive in an environment of terror. Thousands of Israelis want decent housing, but so much money is spent on military forces and building homes for settlers that less and less is left for the remaining population.

We Americans lived in this atmosphere of fear for fifty years during the Cold War and thousands of our young men died because leaders could always send fear into the hearts of people by tales of Vietnamese sailing to the shores of California or Soviet bombers blasting away.

ON PEASANT WISDOM

I am the child of peasants, neither of whom had any education and most probably neither read ten books in life. What they knew came from life. Following are examples of their peasant wisdom

Giving coffee to children stunts their growth.

Drink tea if you have a cold.

Eat chicken soup if you have any illness.

Food falls on floor, eat it, germs are good for you.

Eat, Eat, Eat, you are thin.

Eat today, who knows about tomorrow.

Always expect the worst in life, then you will not be surprised.

Work, work, work.

Do it now. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.

If someone leaves a penny, take it.

ON PEASANT WISDOM

I am the child of a peasant woman who came from Poland and a peasant man who came from Russia. Neither read ten books in their life and neither had education. Here is their wisdom of life.

A girl should marry a man who can provide for her.

Walk, walk, walk, it is good for you.

Life is difficult (schverer)

Tomatoes and mushrooms can kill you.

Just wait, the Cossacks will come for you.

You are eight, time to work.

If you got the box on your shoulder, you can’t drop it.

America is the place over the rainbow.

American children waste time with this baseball.

Don’t work like me, get an education.

“America is a place where a man can say what he wishes.”

America, America, the golden land.

Tall Jesus By Small People

Headquarters: Heaven

Jesus Christ to secretary–please send following message.

To the residents of Swiebodzin, place called Poland, planet Earth:

“I read with interest your desire to construct a 36 metre high statute of me in your town. I gather it is on a 16 metre hill and my likeness will have a crown of thorns. First of all, where did you ever get the idea that I enjoy having Earth folk construct small or giant statutes of me? I don’t recall expressing any such thoughts in any communication I had with those on planet Earth. I am also amazed that you folk build these buildings in which some old men mumble words about me. I gather these men are simply looking for some honest work and therefore they enter the building, bow to statutes of me and recite what they term to be prayers. Again, I do not recall asking anyone to construct such places or have a bunch of old men express these prayers to me.
Second, I am a simple person of God. We prefer if all money or goods be used to feed the poor, aid the sick, and make people happy. I gather from my informants that all too many people become so bored in the churches, they never hear my words. I am certain you could use the money and time spent on this statute for more productive purposes –how about feeding the poor?
Third, have you Earth folk ever considered why I have not returned to planet Earth? Frankly, you life forms are rather unusual, given your propensity to fight and hate and uncover new reasons why someone is to be disliked. Frankly, two minutes of observing and listening to Fox News in America is sufficient reason for me never again to return to planet Earth.

Please do me a favor. No statute. How about dividing the money among the poor of Poland?

God bless one and all.”

Your old buddy from yesteryear, Jesus Christ.

Official No Pride In Pride Parade In Warsaw

The heavily Catholic Poland was the scene of gays and lesbians marching 15,000 strong through the streets of Warsaw as men hugged and kissed one another to the shock of many local inhabitants. The demonstration was the climax of a two week EuroPride series of events which allow gays and lesbians to openly express love to the world. There were movie festivals, parties, parades and debates all over Europe as gays felt the need to express their pride in being who they wish to be. Poland has been among the most hostile areas toward homosexuals and the mayor Warsaw made certain she was away on a vacation in order to avoid bestowing any sanction on the parade or festival events. City Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz made clear his views by noting: “no one can force us to support, promote or sponsor their parade.” Jaroslaw Kaczynski, brother of the former president who died in an air crash, was even more pointed in his comments. “The affirmation of homosexuality will lead to the downfall of civilization.”

The bad news is a large majority of Poles oppose rights for gays and lesbians. The good news is the figure is now two-thirds hostile which is much less than the three – fourths it used to be.

Death Is Not Proud In Poland

The story begins in a plane from Poland flying to Russia in order to finally put to rest a World War II tragedy in which dictator Joseph Stalin ordered the murder of over 20,000 Polish prisoners. Something went wrong on the plane and it crashed killing over ninety people including the president of Poland. His twin brother, Jaroslaw Kaczynski attempted to become the new president but lost to liberal Bronislalw Komorowski in a run off election. The Kaczynski brothers have been notorious for blocking enactment of liberal legislation and their opposition to the European Union and its mission. Fortunately, the people of Poland responded and elected Komorowski who intends to modernize Poland and make its economy more liberal in function.

Naturally, the twin believes his brother was a martyr to something. Why is it that anyone who dies in an accident or is murdered automatically inherits the title of “martyr?” Actually, there is some evidence the president went into the cockpit and pestered the pilot which may or may not have influenced the outcome of a crash.

Time To End Mission In Afghanistan?

We soon will reach the ninth anniversary of the initial invasion of Afghanistan by American forces in the fall of 2001, and the war goes on and on. The original US forces were aided by Afghan warlords and they assumed once the Taliban were gone, it was time for them to play at the game of power and loot. Poland has 2,500 troops fighting in Afghanistan as part of NATO forces, but its prime minister is beginning to pose questions as to the duration of this seemingly endless fight. PM Donald Trusk told the nation, “Poland is not in a position to break NATO solidarity…. but we are sufficiently involved in ‘afghanistan to take advantage of the right to discuss ending the mission as soon as possible.” Seventeen Polish men have died in that Asian land, and he believes it is time to either know how and when to win or to as gracefully as possible, end the mission.

There came a moment when the American government and people in the seventies realized the Vietnam mission had to come to a conclusion and US troops had to return home. We left over 50,000 dead in Vietnam, and so far, 1,000 have died in Afghanistan. Since there is no end in sight, the time has come to declare victory for what we did and get the hell out of Afghanistan.

Belarus Cracks Down On Polish Minority

Sixty five years have passed since the end of World War II and nearly twenty since the disintegration of the USSR, but the legacy of past actions and decisions continues impacting people who live in nations that once were part of the old Soviet Union. No where is this more evident than the country of Belarus which is ruled by a Soviet style dictator, Alexander Lukashenko and his fist is made of iron. During post WWII changes in territory and boundaries a large Polish group became trapped in Belarus and when the Soviet Union collapsed they became a minority in a country run by a man who brooked no opposition.

Lukashenko has initiated a crackdown on the Union of Poles which represents many of the 400,000 Polish people who are treated as second class citizens. Poland has warned Luakshenko it will block European Union aid to his country if discrimination continues against Poles in his nation and the EU has also made clear it will block funds.

The past looms large in the lives of so many people in eastern Europe, but, probably no more intensely than for Poles in Belarus.

Sweden, A Modern Melting Pot?

In my youth back in the 1930s and 1940s, if someone said the word, Sweden, thoughts of tall blond haired men and women entered my mind. That was true, to some extent that is, about fifty years ago, but the modern nation of Sweden increasingly has become a mixture of people from every part of the world. Over the past fifty years, the number of foreigners residing in Sweden has gone from 4% of the population to nearly 20% and that figure will continue to rise in the coming years. However, the largest non-Swedish group is compose of people from neighboring Finland, but there are also a contingent from Iraq of over 140,000. The Swedish experience is simply a manifestation of modern migrations which allow people from non-European lands to wind up in northern climes.

One can only wonder if the 140,000 Iraqis really wanted to live in Sweden or has the chaos of Iraq led Iraqi migrant to go to those nations having open doors for refugees from violence?