06 March 2013


There is a wonderful language - a lingua franca? - called Yiddish, which was the language of thousands of East European Jews in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Hitler and Stalin managed to destroy about 6 million of those whose main language was Yiddish, and for a while, the language survived briefly in Palestine until part of that country became Israel and the zionists wouldn't have anything to do with Yiddish because they had to build this new mythology that Israel was the biblical land of the Jews where Hebrew was the language to be spoken and Yiddish was no longer acceptable.

And so it came about that Yiddish survived in New York and Buonos Aires and a few other small enclaves around the world, but has been in decline since the 2nd world war.

I was very fortunate to have parents and grandparents whose language of communication between them was very often Yiddish, although we lived in a country where the predominant languages were English and Afrikaans.

As a consequence of this background I was in the position of learning many Yiddish expressions and phrases which are colourful, very often humorous and always very expressive. It is indeed a wonderful language and people around the world who have lost knowledge of Yiddish are so much the poorer because of that.

One word which comes to mind is "tsuzamenkeit", a literal translation of which might be something like "togetherness".

Contrast this with the South African word "apartheid", which in effect means "separateness". When Dr Hendrik Verwoerd started using the phrase in the 1950s and 1960s his political meaning was that there would be "separate but equal development" for blacks in the prescribed areas, which would be outside and away from the white areas.


The following item comes from the Antony Loewenstein blog on 5 March 2013 and tells it like it is from the zionist regime called Israel:

Israel introduces Palestinian only buses aka apartheid

The kind of news that shouldn’t surprise anybody. Apartheid has been a feature of Israeli rule in Palestine for decades. Just further evidence (via Ynet):

The Transportation Ministry announced that starting Sunday it will begin operating designated lines for Palestinians in the West Bank.

The bus lines in question are meant, according to the ministry, to transport Palestinian workers from the West Bank to central Israel. The ministry alleges that the move is meant to ease the congestion felt on bus lines used by Jews in the same areas, but several bus drivers told Ynet that Palestinians who will choose to travel on the so-called “mixed” lines, will be asked to leave them.

While officially the new lines are considered “general bus lines,” Ynet learned Saturday that their existence has been made public only in Palestinian villages in the West Bank, via flyers in Arabic urging Palestinians to arrive at Eyal crossing and use the designated lines.

The Transportation Ministry defended the plan, saying it was the result of reports and complaints saying that the buses traveling in the area were overcrowded and rife with tensions between the Jewish and Arab passengers.

A ministry source said that many complaints expressed concern that the Palestinian passengers may pose a security risk, while other complaints said that the overcrowded buses cause the drivers to skip stations.

The ministry has also gotten reports of scuffles between Jews and Arab passengers, as well as between Palestinians and drivers who refused to allow them to board their bus.

The ministry reportedly considered several alternatives before deciding to opt for designated lines – knowing that the issue of so-called “Palestinian lines” would be highly controversial.

Still, the ministry eventually decided to launch the lines, which will run from Eyal crossing – near the West Bank city of Qalqilya – to Israel.

Legally, however, there is no way to stop Palestinians from boarding “regular” lines: “We are not allowed to refuse service and we will not order anyone to get off the bus, but from what we were told, starting next week, there will be checks at the checkpoint, and Palestinians will be asked to board their own buses,” a driver with Afikim – the company that holds the routes franchise for the area – told Ynet.

The volatile nature of the decision was not lost on the driver: “Obviously, everyone will start screaming ‘apartheid’ and ‘racism’ now. This really doesn’t feel right, and maybe (the ministry) should find a different solution, but the situation right now is impossible.”

Another driver said that, “Driving a bus full of only Palestinians might turn out to be tricky. It could be unnerving and it might also create other problems. It could be a scary thing.”

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