In Search of a Bubble

If you live in the United States, you probably heard of at least one of the Arab terrorist attacks which took place in Israel last week, because in one of the five attacks which took place last Wednesday alone, a “Palestinian” terrorist went on a murderous rampage with a knife, fatally wounding an American tourist, US Army veteran Taylor Force, aged 29, who died of his wounds shortly after, and wounding almost a dozen other innocent people, including Force’s wife, a Russian tourist and a pregnant woman.
As I say, you probably heard about the attack. If the source of your information was CNN, however, what you would have learned from the CNN headline would have been:
“American fatally stabbed in Israel terror attack that wounds 10 others”.

You perceive my drift? From the headline alone, the implication is that a terror attack carried out by Israel was responsible for the death of an American.  Not until almost halfway through the article is there any mention of the fact that the terrorist was a so-called “Palestinian” and any further mention of the wave of “Palestinian” terrorism makes a point of implying that the identity of the terrorists as “Palestinians” is in doubt, because the description is always qualified by phrases such as “Israel says”, “Israel claims”, or “Israel blames” etc.  Here, for example, we are told that “Tuesday’s incident is among a spate of terrorist attacks that Israeli authorities have blamed on Palestinians, be they from the West Bank or elsewhere.”

But that’s CNN for you. Nothing if not consistent, when it comes to anti-Israel bias.

I have mentioned before how I try to find, each day, something good to rejoice in, to take my mind off this latest wave of murderous terror which is being incited by the “Palestinian Authority”. Sometimes, I just leave the radio off and cut myself off from the world for a few hours. Often, it is the activities of my choir which enable me to detach myself from the harsh reality of the relentless war which is being waged against us and exist in a kind of bubble for a few hours, or even – if I am lucky – for an entire weekend. The weekend before last, for example, I had the good fortune to be able to participate in a choral workshop on Handel’s “Messiah” under the direction of British conductor Tim Brown, which took place at Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael, in the north of Israel. This was a wonderful opportunity to get away from it all and make glorious music with 250 singers from choirs all over Israel.

It might seem rather odd to roll up to the gates of a kibbutz and ask the guard at the entrance: “Shalom! Where can we find the Messiah?” – but it wasn’t actually necessary, as there were signposts everywhere and there was even someone at the entrance to point out the way 😉


The children from the kibbutz kindergarten, who paid us a surprise visit, certainly enjoyed watching and listening to our rehearsal, in wide-eyed wonder. Just in case the link doesn’t work, and for those of you who don’t have a Facebook account and can’t get in to see the pictures, I am reproducing the photo here:

Photo credit to Nona Vocal Arts (who organized the event) and Oliver (surname unknown).

And if we are speaking of the children of the kibbutz, who could resist a shot like this, taken outside the kibbutz dining-room?


On the afternoon of the first day of the workshop, we had a few hours to spare after the morning session, so, after checking in at our hotel, we went to the nearby Dor Beach (one of the loveliest stretches of Israel’s Mediterranean coastline), to enjoy the archaeological remains along the shore, the rocky inlets and tidal pools – and the sunset. That was after Waze let us down and sent us off first to the wrong beach, and we went hurtling over the sands in a regular family car with the qualities of a 4×4 recreational vehicle, driven like a professional rally driver, by Raul from our bass section.   😉












And then, of course, being who we are, we welcomed Queen Sabbath with “Shabbat Hamalka” , as the sun slowly sank into the sea:


We stayed overnight at the Eden Inn in Zichron Ya’acov, where we enjoyed a rich and varied buffet supper – and an equally sumptuous Shabbat morning breakfast the following day, which included such delicacies as jachnun – a traditional Yemenite Jewish dish served on Shabbat morning for breakfast – as well the more traditional Israeli breakfast.

After checkout, it was back to Ma’agan Michael for the second (and final) day of the workshop, culminating in a sold-out concert on Shabbat afternoon. The  entire concert, Messiah at Ma’agan Michael, was recorded, so you can see it for yourselves.

Enjoy our bubble 🙂










About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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4 Responses to In Search of a Bubble

    • I would have been even better pleased, had The Guardian not hastened to close the article (which was published only two two days ago!) to comments. This must surely be a record! I would have liked to reply to the many antisemites – sorry, anti-Zionists – who attacked the article’s author, claiming, for example, that this was “another attempt at labeling
      criticism of Israel as antisemitism because the other side can never successfully justify their crimes in front of a Western public.”

      Clearly, they hadn’t bothered to read what Jonathan Freedland actually wrote, because he made it quite clear where the dividing line lies.

      I would like to ask them why they call this “a pernicious article”.

      I would also have liked to ask certain anti-Zionist commenters, who hasten to declare themselves “utterly ashamed with how Palestinians are being mistreated”, what exactly do they mean when they claim to be “of Jewish background”.

  1. Katherine says:

    Yes,I agree.I did manage to leave a comment and was amazed that they closed it right after that.
    I thought you’d like to know that at least they are publishing an article like that.I have been shocked by how nasty some of the commenters are as I’d have imagined them being better educated etc than the average.But many people go there just to enjoy being nasty.There is another article today by Nick Cohen.You might be able to comment on that,
    Maybe some people have, say ,a Jewish grandparent but they were not raised as Jews.Nick Cohen was like that but now he is defining himself as Jewish.

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