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Thursday, September 7, 2006

It Would be Funny if it Weren't so Sad...

You really need a sense of humor to live in Israel. You know that there is a rally in Kikar Rabin [Tel Aviv] on 8:45 PM Saturday night -- to call for a committee of inquiry about the mishandling of the war.

It now turns out that Eliad Shraga, [link in Hebrew] the red-haired lawyer who runs the "Movement for Quality Government", has suddenly invited -- guess who? OLMERT!! -- to speak at the rally, which is sort of like inviting someone from the Chevra Kadisha [Burial Society] to speak at a conference for cancer patients.

Shraga has indicated that in a democracy, Olmert is entitled to speak. Well of course he is -- and similarly, it is the democratic privilege of anyone who is going to the rally, to just slip a whistle into his pocket so that s/he can exercise her or his freedom of expression while Olmert speaks (if he actually does).

So please -- BRING A WHISTLE. If you don't have one, bring a cooking pot and a big spoon.

PS - The Israeli Broadcasting Authority was forced [after being taken to the "Supreme Court"] to allow the organizers of the rally to publicize it on Israeli Radio, now there's a real democracy for ya!

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