The Corner

‘I Do Not Want to Be Spared’

I have a friend who says she wants to move to Israel at crunch time. She is not Jewish, just a woman with an unusual conscience. “If the bombs are going to fall on them,” she says, “I want them to fall on me too.” You may regard this as extreme, and it is. But I understand her. She has the Holocaust in mind, for one thing.

I thought of my friend this morning when reading a dispatch from Tom Gross. Evgeny Kissin, the Soviet-born pianist, is taking Israeli citizenship. He has lived in Britain for many years. He is going to receive his new passport from maybe the greatest Soviet-born Jew of all, Natan (formerly Anatoly) Sharansky.

Unlike my friend, Kissin is Jewish, but his words reminded me of her nonetheless. He has written, “When Israel’s enemies try to disrupt concerts of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra or the Jerusalem Quartet, I want them to come and make troubles at my concerts, too: because Israel’s case is my case, Israel’s enemies are my enemies, and I do not want to be spared of the troubles which Israeli musicians encounter when they represent the Jewish State beyond its borders.”

Again, that dispatch from Tom Gross (son of the great, unforgettable John).

Most Popular

PC Culture

The New, New Anti-Semitism

The old anti-Semitism was mostly, but not exclusively, a tribal prejudice expressed in America up until the mid 20th century most intensely on the right. It manifested itself from the silk-stocking country club and corporation (“gentlemen’s agreement”) to the rawer regions of the Ku Klux Klan’s lunatic ... Read More

The Left, the Wall, the Truth

Democrats and others on the left offer three reasons for their opposition to building a wall on America's southern border. 1. A wall is ineffective. 2. A wall is too expensive. 3. A wall is immoral. Each one is false, so false as to constitute lies. So, the only question is: Do Democrats and others on ... Read More