Not Sure Why…:  Because I could never explain it, but this photo lead in The Atlantic stopped me in my web surfing tracks.  I’m familiar with Bansky’s weeping Greek goddess in Gaza…

…and the controversy that followed it, but I didn't know about this kitten in the ruins and the image of that painting and these children tweaked my brain.

While I am notoriously neutral on most issues that plague Palestine and Israel, on balance I’m convinced that both sides are intermittently wrong and occasionally both sides are right.  Call me a sublime idiot but from my limited interaction with Palestinian and Israeli immigrants here in Southern California, I’m convinced that, left to their own devices and absent outside political interference, the people of Palestine and Israel could very likely find their way to some kind of reasonable, if not equitable, compromise that could lead to a viable two-state resolution.

Despite the fact that Gaza is Hell in the aftermath of the most recent chapter of the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict, I believe that the last paragraphs of this story by Alice Su contain a faint glimmer of hope.

“One night, I stood on a roof with a bride’s aunts and sisters, watching a bachelor’s party below.  The groom’s friends whooped as they carried him on their shoulders, sweating and whirling in celebration.  Behind them, the town was drenched in darkness save three spots on the horizon: the fully lit buildings across the Israeli border, the field lights on a Hamas training camp, and above it all, a full moon…‘Come back.  You won’t see the moon like this anywhere else,” one of the girls whispered to me.  ‘But not during the next war,’ she added. ‘That’s a bad time.  Come after.  We’ll be here.”

Not sure why, but I read that as a sign of determined optimism and that’s why I’m posting this recommendation to read the rest of Alice Su’s work for Atlantic.  She’s the recipient of a grant from The Pulitzer, she works out of Amman, Jordan and she’s also has been published in The Guardian, Wired and Al Jazeera, among other outlets.

Except for attributed photos and text, all content is copyrighted © 2015 JKM (an apparently ineffectual boilerplate joke?)

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Comment by Myriad on May 3, 2015 at 2:15am

Perhaps they can work it out.  (Perhaps people have been saying that in and about the Middle East since the beginning of civilization.)

Comment by Arthur James on May 3, 2015 at 3:29am


Gads... I just mentioned a Pulitzer.

I get a plastic bottle of a Pilzner.

This reminds me in the inner

desolate life of war mongers.

Athena & Greed -  Greek.

Tragedies. Foxes stir

up strife, toss stones.

refuse to look in the

Looking Glass to

see Evil Incarnation.

The Forehead  has

a mark of beastly.

The Dearth of a

Sole. Dead Folk

Walking. No a

Glow. No Cheer.

Countenance is

Dark. Mired by

Deceit. Goons.

One Day? OHO!

OY! Light gets 

to Shine a Light.

In Spotlight and

No Place to Hide.

Adders, asp bite,

and beast devour

carrion in desserts.

Payback. Inspired

a few Private Ideas.

Idea in Greek means

a Light Bulb Pop On.


Comment by koshersalaami on May 3, 2015 at 5:25am
Peoples have histories of getting along, then, as Keiko says, someone comes in and messes it up, someone seeking power.
Comment by Arthur James on May 3, 2015 at 5:41am


I saw so many dead skunks,

possums, deer, raccoons, pig,

cats, skid marks, and was glad

to make it into DC in one wreck?

Brain Reck & Not Dead as duck?

I saw many road kills. I no stop!


` later '


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Comment by Stephen Brassawe on May 3, 2015 at 6:23am

I bumped into those photos of the murals myself online and was just as impressed with them as you. Thanks for the further background, JMac.

Comment by alsoknownas on May 3, 2015 at 8:55am

I would be willing to claim ownership to this statement : "While I am notoriously neutral on most issues that plague Palestine and Israel, on balance I’m convinced that both sides are intermittently wrong and occasionally both sides are right."

Comment by Arthur James on May 3, 2015 at 9:05am


Wash Post -


Today - article -

by ` Rachel Held Evans -





pews, churches,

hipster gimmicks,

and keep the faith -


In God We Trust


How big business

made a Christian

nation - 


Alana Massey


ref", a religious

life - Jesus -

history -


Comment by M. C. Sears on May 3, 2015 at 11:29am



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