Tuesday, June 1, 2010


When you have been in the media world as long as I you cannot avoid having worked with Jewish people – many of whom have become and remain good friends.

One such was Peter who sadly passed away last year. I still have some of his paintings to remember him by and some of his sage words.

Peter was a young man as World War II approached, he was German and of course Jewish. His family sent him to Africa to escape the Nazis – his parents perished in the holocaust.

Peter served in the British forces but proudly kept his German name, his strong Germanic accent and his Jewish faith till he died.

One sad day such as this he told me he had no time for Israel because all it had learned from the terrible events of the holocaust was hate and the worst of the Nazis’ habits. His words not mine.

He repeated that view on more than one occasion over the years.

It strikes me that Israel has few friends in the world. Nations support it out of guilt – others despise it.

Israel would have us stand in awe of its strength – for most people we stare in contempt.

Shalom to Peter’s spirit at this tragic time.

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R M said...

Triste y dura la vida de tu amigo Peter. Cuantas personas en la vida llevan el sufrimiento implícito en el alma.

Malcolm said...

Well done !!

Tony Murphy said...

have many Jewish friends.I grew up in a Jewish neighbourhood in Dublin so I am no stranger to the trials and tribulations of the jewish people.But the phrase "The oppressed become worse than their oppressors"has never rung truer.Israel has become an arragont bully spurred on by the unwavering support of the US.The word Nazi has crossed my lips in conversations on recent and past events.Palastinians are viewed and treated as sub human by Isreal.They make no distinctions ,men women and children are all equally mistreated as was seen when Israel bombed a UN school with phosperous bombs.The wall,the blockade,the ever growing Jewish settlements and the totally obvious disinterest in making peace shows that Isreal continues to say peace but carries out war and subjugation.The international community has got to take a firm stand otherwise we become complicit in the ongoing construction of the road to hell.