Megan's Head

A place where Megan gets off her head.

Month: May 2011 (Page 2 of 4)

Before and After. Heartbreak.

Before our hearts were broken on Friday evening I made fresh tomato soup.

After our hearts were broken I kept seeing the empty red pot.

Our beloved Anni cat was killed on Friday night, run over in our road. We are bereft.

Moira’s back

There’s new stuff for Moira to worry about today.

Election results

A unique take on election results with Monnie.

Just in time for Elections

I’m back home from Jozi, and I got that feeling again.

Transition time

It is strangely, eerily quiet this Sunday afternoon, after the hustle and bustle of this week and weekend in Jozi. I came up to do some work and then visit with friends and family and am making my way home tomorrow morning.

I love coming up to Jozi for an energy injection. It really is different from Cape Town. But when I’m here I long for home; sea, mountains and my animals.

I am getting ready for a crazy week of work, catching up, voting, writing, preparation, admin, pre-prod, and my brain is full of stuff; except for funny stuff! I have not been able to think of one silly improv monologue the entire time I have been here. I wonder what that’s about?

Ugly trouble in the Holy Land

I’ve started getting email invites to the Limmud Conference 2011. Last year I was “the alternative voice” and I presented a talk (to which 10 people came). I have not been invited to participate this year and it comes as no surprise. The bald reality is that my kind of thinking, while occasionally seen as necessary in order to prove the existence of the lunatic fringe, is not welcome or encouraged. And I cannot tell you how depressed this makes me.

I am not in a good way about South African Jewry at the moment. Two debates have made me shudder with revulsion, one of them being the hooha about UJ severing ties with Ben Gurion University. The response by South African Jews has been beyond any rational thought.

I am forced to acknowledge that while I believe in human rights, most Jews who support the Israeli government do not. I am forced to realise that the huge majority (probably 90%) of South African Jews have paranoid, anti-Muslim feeling. I am forced to understand that it is an absolute reality that most South African Jews are conservative, Apartheid-style apologists. And lastly, I am confronted with the horrifying reality that there are many of them and terribly few like me.

I think what gets me the most is the assumption by other South African Jews that I should share their opinions, narrow minded bigotry and self righteous excuses. What gets me is that there is the assumption that Jews should stick together and support the Israeli government (no different from the ideology that instructed all whites to support the Nats under Apartheid).

The saddest thing is, in contrast, that there are many, many Israelis, in Israel and abroad, who absolutely do not support the current government and its racist policies; who are vocal and active in their dissent, powerful in their arguments and dedicated to doing right. But here on the Southern tip of Africa, that pro-government, Zionistic, paranoid, aggressive, militant, anti Palestine/Arab/Muslim mentality is the most common and pervasive. And it freaks me out.

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