Wednesday, August 30, 2006
  bimboim's trip to the western wall

bimboim's trip to the western wall

a mornography film

Video Description

A touching short by Mornograpy, "Bimboim's trip to the Western Wall" is a mixed-media animation film set to a score of original music, though originally presented at the Jewish Community Center in New York City as a silent film followed by a live Klezmer orchestra.
Bimboim's Trip to the Western Wall has screened in New York, and film festivals in New Jersey, Belgium, and Israel. The short was made in loving memory of the Israeli Bedouins who died at the tunnel bombing at the Philadelfi Corridor in December 2004.
after effects animation and editing- Rene Avalos, Flash animation and photography-Mor Erlich, Music before bus explosion- Lee Bams Frisari,Music after bus explosion- Tomer Tzur

Personal Message

This video is awesome!


Sunday, August 27, 2006
  Post-War Analysis
The IDF bombed a Hizballah bunker today, 2 sq KM in size, located 400 M from the border.
Talkbackers are raising all hell against Israeli intelligence being un-prepared.

Gideon Levy wrote an article on, describing how the IDF has deteriorated from a strong defence force, into the occupation army. He blaims an entire generation, "The Candle Kids" of post PM Rabin's assasination of being a bunch of whiners.

And I say, Mr Levy, the people is being regulated to maintain a satus quo.
It is impossible for a nation as a whole to develop a rebelious mindframe against its government,
unless in cases of great extremity.

Recent action in Lebanon is one:
Photo Essay of the bombing
(The war, through the lens of an award-winning photographer= photogenic, sexy truth, destruction)

Katiusha missiles on the center of Haifa's Mt. Carmel is two:
(The war, through the lens of a civilian's digital camera= not sexy, very mundane,
un-glorified bullet holes)

Recent bunker dig near the border is three:
Click to watch the video clip

The public discourse in Israel is a daily, on-going grind. In times of war there are no programs but news. It is a state of constant news. It has become easy for our generation to switch a channel and try to maintain the appearance of normality, because we are tired.

We are tired of war, so we believed for the past six years that in deed there was a peace.
Or at least, anything for the prospect of peace.

We have now learned that this is not possible. We protest.

Link to Mr Levy's article here:

Thursday, August 24, 2006
  Blog Post: Spun Reality
My friend K. is an American. She spent the better part of her 20's and early 30's in NYC.
And much like many people of her age and residence, she is also a life-long student and a democrat.

My friend K. told me last night, about 9/11: how it changed reality in the eyes of New Yorkers,
and Americans. The world became a scary place for them.

Not because of the Terrorist Threat Per-Se, the Terrorist threat is presented in news-media as something to be erradicated. Terrorists are presented as an infestation.

My friend K. is afraid, and the reason is she feels, her government - elected officials - is not able to provide her with any kind of protection nor does it aim to. The feeling of helplessness against that is overwhelming.

Recent war events on the Lebanese-Israeli border reflect an inclination to do the same on the Israeli side. It may be easy to divide and conquer, wag the dog when being remote from the battle ground. It becomes immediately transparent when the government SITS ON the battle ground.

Recent voices in Israeli news-media are re-examining PM Olmert's "take" on the war and asking: DO we really know this person? Can we trust him to lead us?

After decades of generals as politicians, he will be remembered as the first statesman that took us to war.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
  Words from Director of the Makor Gallery

Amendicons Gathering, Makor Gallery, Aug 17th, 2006.

Photograph by Caridad Sola

Amendicons project - A few words

Since the outburst of the crisis on the Israeli-Lebanese border over a month ago, we at Makor have been thinking about possible ways to respond to the situation in a manner that fulfills our role as a non-political pluralistic cultural center. This task has been a challenging one as it not only raises difficult questions regarding the essence of culture and meaning at a time of war, but also touches upon political commitment and social activism – issues that can rapidly lead to polarization.

In an effort to respond to these issues and concerns, the staff at Makor came up with the idea of creating an open format for expression and dialogue in the Makor Gallery. The initiative is an attempt to offer an open, direct, and ongoing outlet for expressions that captures various reflections about the war in real time and in real space. We were motivated to provide a forum to express the overwhelming feelings of helplessness and indifference, to encourage a multi-perspective consciousness about the conflict within a communal environment, and to create an alternative medium for communication free of the bias of mass media.

The name AMENDICONS suggests that that the diverse images – or “icons” - displayed on the wall, salon style, have in their own humble way, the potential to amend, to revise, to expand our awareness. This notion remains relevant also on an individual level as each response exhibits a process of amending - requiring each person to apply creative tools to the matter; to filter to create and to deliver a personal expression into the public sphere. It is important to emphasize that the Amendicons project is not an art exhibition but rather a display. It is not curated, nor does it carry a cohesive artistic or political statement. Rather, it is the sum of fragmented, “self curated” public responses to the crisis by artists and non artists alike. It is itself a work in process.

The Amendicons project currently includes over 100 responses of three different kinds: direct responses and expressions (text, artwork, image); documentation of street art and social activities in response to the war (graffiti, protests, propaganda signs); and an archive of “war blogs” from Israel, Lebanon and the USA. The project began 5 days into the war, and now, a month later and 5 days into the cease-fire agreement, it continues to grow and evolve.

Amendicons has been invited by Edwin Ramoran, Director of the Longwood arts project, to be displayed at the Haven Art Gallery in the Bronx during September 06, and will be featured on the Globo broadcast, the main Brazilian TV network. We are excited that this display will become mobile and will be exposed to new and varied audiences. We hope to find additional venues for the project and to eventually document it in a catalog.

The crisis in the Middle East has torn open old and new wounds. It is a reminder of our vulnerability, east and west, in the face of war and terror; a reminder of the consequences of deep rooted hatred. In that sense, the crisis is a call for us to cease-silence. I would like to believe that the Amendicons project is a step in that direction.

I would like to personally thank the Makor staff for collaborating on this project, to Jane Slotin, Director of Makor for enabling and supporting the project, to Amelia Morgan, Makor Gallery intern for assisting with installation and managing of display, to Shiri Sandler for design materials, promotion and blog (, to Leor Grady for ongoing support and promotion and to Edwin Ramoran, for inviting the project to the Haven Art Gallery.

Thank you for your participation in this project and for contributing to the dialog.

I invite you to continue to bring your voice to the Makor community, and hope to see you at the Makor Gallery in our upcoming reception on Sep 28th. More info below.

Please send the attached release form at your earliest convenience. Due Aug 22nd, 2006.

Please note that we will continue to accept new responses to Amendicons until Aug 30th.



Anat Litwin

Director of the Makor Artists-in-Residence Program & Makor Gallery/ Makor/Steinhardt Center of the 92nd Street Y

35 West 67th Street New York, NY 10023.

Tel: 212.413.8842 Fax: 212.413.8860 Email:

Tuesday, August 22, 2006
  Yossi Banai

I'm not going to attempt translating this song by Yossi Banai.
For more info about the late artist, click here

It's called "Dying for a cause"

שיר שכתב יוסי בנאי

למות למען רעיון - זה רעיון נפלא,

אבל אני עוד חי כי בראשי הוא לא עלה.

ונביאי הזעם ממשיכים פה להטיף,

דגלים וסיסמאות לא מפסיקים הם להניף .

יום אחד כשנצעד למלחמה קרובה ,

זקופי קומה ומלאים בים של גאווה,

עוד יתברר שמתנו סתם בגלל טעות קטנה,

מרעיון שכבר יצא מזמן מהאופנה.

למות למען רעיון - כן זו ממש מצווה,

אבל לאט למות, לאט ובשיבה טובה.

כי מה שאידיאל היום - מחר, כך יסתבר ,

היה טעות, ואז יצוץ פה אידיאל אחר .

חזון מולדת, גאולה, מילים שוות זהב ,

אך לא שוות את אלה שנופלים בשדה הקרב.

כי החיים ניתנו כדי לחיות טיפה

ולא לרוץ כמו אדיוט אל העולם הבא.

למות למען רעיון זה רעיון נשגב

אבל כדאי להיזהר ולא למות לשווא.

למות למען רעיון, כן זו ממש מצווה,

אבל לאט למות, לאט ובשיבה טובה.

מתי נלמד סוף סוף לחיות בלי חרב ודמים?

מתי יפסיקו כבר אבות לבכות על הבנים?

מתי נבין שלא כדאי לרדת לטמיון

בגלל גל אבנים עתיק או קבר בן מיליון ?

אך נביאי הזעם עם אש בעיניהם

קוראים לנו לקום לצעוד אחריהם

אז אם למטיפים חשוב כל כך להתפגר

שהם ילכו הראשונים - לנו לא בוער .

למות למען רעיון כן זו ממש מצווה ,
>אבל לאט למות, לאט ובשיבה טובה!

Sunday, August 20, 2006
  the result: complete mistrust

Current post-war events have surfaced at least two petitions.

The first, reported today in Maariv on-line is presented by reserved military forces
towards the Prime Minister

The second, by civilians - calling for the PM's resignation.
Reportedly, voices of hesitaion and in-experience in the government had prevented, quite delibaratly from Israel winning this war. Victory not having a clear definition of us against them, but there could have been less of a waist of human life and less procrastination.

When the high rank is hesitant, the foot soldiers feel it well - and lose trust.

  up to date sticker
current chain-mail is: up to date sticker.

"we're going to win!"

"a tie wil do!"

"it's participation that counts"


This was not a war of the people. this war was led by the politicians.
it was led by words, not strategy. one of this war's lessons was -
one can not spin a war this close to home.

These stickers show a gradual dissapointment in the public eye.

Many day-after news stories and opinions reflect mistrust of the government
and the schytzo-messaging: "the war went well" accompanied by "we've lost"

Thursday, August 17, 2006
  My Friend, Poo Two
AT night, Poo came back and read my posts. He pointed to the fact that I had misinterpreted him using news-like tactics.

Eventually, it hit me that we're both trying to gather diferent views of the topic, er fore - the same thing. However, it did take us a long while to find the right language to convey that.

Poo, I eat my hat and post your blog:

  5 minutes

in 5 minutes there will be peace in 5 minutes i will finish crossing the bridge and there will be peace i am now crossing the brooklyn bridge and when i finish there will be world peace all problems will end there will be no more war i have just finished crossing the bridge and there is peace 5 minutes ago they declared world peace there is no more war.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
What the Israeli flag means today

Israel has little to hold on to but satire.
We love laughing at ourselves.
And we love laughing at Maya Buskila.

  Trader Joe's... Auh, Union Jack's

The Star-Spangled Banner

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"The Star-Spangled Banner"

is the national anthem of the United States of America, with lyrics written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key. Key, a 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, wrote them as a poem after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, by British ships in Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812.

Set to the tune of "To Anacreon in Heaven," a popular British drinking-song, it became well-known as an American patriotic song. It was recognized for official use by the United States Navy (1889) and the White House (1916), and was made the national anthem by a Congressional resolution on 3 March 1931. Although the song has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today.

Modern history

A famous instrumental interpretation is Jimi Hendrix's guitar solo at the first Woodstock Festival. It became a late-1960s emblem. Whitney Houston's rendition at Super Bowl XXV is often considered one of the best performances of the song.

When sung in public (before major sporting events, for example), verses after the first are almost always omitted, and few Americans know their words. Isaac Asimov's short story "No Refuge Could Save" made light of this: a foreign spy was identified when it was found he knew every stanza, the joke being that no "real" American would know the whole text. It is also sometimes said humorously that the last two words of the national anthem are "PLAY BALL!" since that phrase is shouted by baseball umpires after the anthem is played before games.

Flag of the United States

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 National flag and ensign. Flag ratio: 10:19
National flag and ensign. Flag ratio: 10:19
 So-called First Navy Jack. Once credited by historians as having been used as naval jack, ca.1775–1776, but recent investigations have proven this false. Designated as the US Jack 2002-present.
So-called First Navy Jack. Once credited by historians as having been used as naval jack, ca.1775–1776, but recent investigations have proven this false. Designated as the US Jack 2002-present.
  Union Jack. Used as naval jack, 1960–2002.
Union Jack. Used as naval jack, 1960–2002.

The flag of the United States

consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars. The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states and the 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies. The United States flag is commonly called "the Stars and Stripes" or "Old Glory," with the latter nickname coined by Captain William Driver, a 19th century shipmaster.

Because of its symbolism, the starred blue canton of the U.S. national flag is called the "union." This part of the national flag also serves as a flag in its own right: the Union Jack used as a maritime flag. The Union Jack served as the naval jack for U.S. warships until 2002, when it was replaced by the First Navy Jack as part of the War on Terrorism. However, the Union Jack continues to be used as a jack by U.S. vessels outside the Navy, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA. This Union Jack should not be confused with the, perhaps better known, British Union Jack.


The new world clashes with the old, and on its path there is destruction.
This sounds as the mother of generalizations.

What images are seen on broadcast media are mostly forms of propaganda enforcing
this new world order. The order is WESTERNIZE. ADVANCE.
erasing cultural heritage.

And here I will quote my favorite, Mr Walter Bejamin. a Jew.

My wing is ready for flight,
I would like to turn back.If I stayed timeless time,
I would have little luck.
Mein Flügel ist zum Schwung bereit,
ich kehrte gern zurück,
denn blieb ich auch lebendige Zeit,
ich hätte wenig Glück.
Gerherd Scholem,
‘Gruss vom Angelus’
A Klee painting named ‘Angelus Novus’ shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such a violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.
Click here to see a screen version of
  Fairuz: words put in a beautiful voice
Ya Tair

O bird

Lyrics & Music: Rahbani Brothers

O bird flying / on the tip of the world / If you would only tell / the beloved about me / O bird.

Go ask the one who is alone / and wounded, all remedies of no avail / pained and not telling / what pains him / and in his memory recur / nights of childhood.

O bird who carries / the color of trees / in which there's nothing but boredom / and waiting / with the sun's eye I wait / on coldness of stone / the hands of reparation shake me / and I am troubled.

I beseech you by your teachers / which are equal to my days / I beseech by the thorn-rose and the wind / if you are going toward those / whom I love / and were love to erupt again / take me even for one minute / and return me.

From Fairouz; Legend and Legacy

  Words of Wisdom
My friend P is from california, of asian descent and is a male dancer.

This mixture of cultures would seem to make him extremely tolerant at sight
(sorry, poo you are my test case)

But - what seems to me as beautiful. poetic language - still strikes him as "this scary arab lady".

I would like to introduce you to to the most immediate poetic reference I have in mind:

One can not speak war and listen to Fairuz, and here you'll see why:

Fairuz is worshiped by millions worldwide. She is revered, almost as holy, in so many circles and is routinely received by kings, presidents, and illustrious dignitaries. Unlike any other artist, Fairuz holds the key to almost every city where she has performed, given to her as a symbolic gesture of appreciation and recognition. Though she never sang in the holy city, the key to Jerusalem presented to her during a private visit with her father is among her most prized possessions.

In recognizing Fairuz, which means “gem”, American poet Andrew Oerke says this of heaven’s gift to humanity:

“The land of the prophets formed a river in
your throat. You cannot help it, you were
found in a church. Fairuz, you are a cloud,
I know for I have floated in your song.
I could see the rain, at first I thought it was
tears, but it was thirst creating its own answer
in a mist of hope for the land you sing.
Your secret is that the moon constantly
melts and reconstitutes in your voice.
Your secret is the Source that populates
you with the spirit of the people.
Your curtains dance with the wind through
the flutes whose drapes are woven from
grass and under the trudge of Jesus’ feet,
and you sleep well on angels’ hair.”

  My Friend, Poo
p Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 3:11 PM
To: shiri

is everything okay with you and your family?

it's not really something to joke about... sorry.


can i ask you what you make of this?

----- Original Message -----
From: shiri
To: p
[Quoted text hidden]

shiri Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 4:38 PM
To: p

thk u, poo

this video came to me a few back,
i think its real powerful and would like to hug her.
i wish everyone saw this.

that not all arab are muslim
that not all muslim are hateful
that there are educated and tolerant people in the arab world
and this was on al-jaseera, of all places

my family is well,
i. however, am not the same.

big kiss, did not mean to pick fights.


[Quoted text hidden]
p Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 5:02 PM
To: shiri


interesting viewpoint on your take which is nice, but this video coming from israeli's also sends out another message to some no?

that the lady is pretty blunt and is basically spurting out that islam is evil, no? one might interpret this as

"we have to blow up the middle east because arabs are crazy, and here's an arab lady who says so"



----- Original Message -----

From: shiri
To: p
[Quoted text hidden]

shiri Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 5:27 PM
To: p


oops caps

first of all, there are 2 kinds of muslims, the suni and the shiyte

one stream is tollerant while the other is fanatic.

therefore, not all muslim/ arabs are evil to begin with.
or evil= hateful.

it takes a bigger charge when she rephers to jews as scientists and by that makes it a war of knowledge with backwardness.

mixing religion with politics is a sad affair, and she points to that.

viewing from my israeli eyes, i can say that i'm glad she reveals an on-going debate (within the enemy)
which shows a dis-unified arabic voice.

she is breaking the "black mass" image we see on the news.

she is a pillar of light in a sea of black.

this is why she's successful.

Arab secularist tells it like it is.

This video came to me last week from one friend. Today it came returned on a second and third round.

The war will be won with words of wisdom, and scientific knowledge.

Any attempt at hate or blind-conviction will remain unheard.

With simple testimonail, placing herself under the public eye, Wafa Sultan speaks a voice of reason from with in what is widely percieved as a host of hate and violence.

She succseeds, because she is using an academic, learned discourse while using a clear and poetic language.

Arabic, when spoken in the formal (classic) form is quite poetic. Ms Sultan shows us in a blow of the word - rather than the sword - how cultural richness carries more weight that the whole army of terror backed up by their papparazzi.

I wish her all of my best, and would like to continue persuing a similar path of re-explaining our icons to different minds.


Monday, August 14, 2006
  With sympathies to the Grossman Family

Uri Grossman, son of renowned Israeli writer David Grossman, was killed in a missile/tank hit.
He was supposed to celebrate his 21st birthday within 2 weeks.
A day earlier, his father called in a press conference together with fellow writers Amos Oz and A.B. Yehoshua to voice their call to end this war.

עדכון אחרון - 21:37 13/08/06

סמ"ר אורי גרוסמן

בן 20 ממבשרת ציון

סמ"ר אורי גרוסמן, בנו של הסופר דויד גרוסמן, נהרג מפגיעת טיל נ"ט בטנק מרכבה. בהודעה שפירסמה משפחתו נאמר: "אורי גרוסמן, נולד ב-27 באוגוסט 1985 והיה אמור לחגוג את יום הולדתו ה-21 בעוד כשבועיים. אורי למד בבית הספר הניסויי בירושלים, התגייס לחיל השריון, והגשים את שאיפתו להיות מפקד טנק. הוא עמד להשתחרר בנובמבר הקרוב, לצאת לטייל בעולם, ואחר כך ללמוד תיאטרון. ביום שישי בערב הוא שוחח בטלפון מלבנון עם ההורים ועם אחותו. הוא שמח שהתקבלה החלטה על הפסקת אש. הוא הבטיח שאת ארוחת ליל שבת הבאה יאכל בבית. אורי גרוסמן הוא בן לדויד ולמיכל גרוסמן ואח ליונתן ולרותי. היה בעל חוש הומור משגע וכשרון למשחק. היתה לו נשמה גדולה ומלאת חיים ורגש".

אורי גרוסמן נהרג יחד עם קצין ושני חיילים נוספים באזור חירבת כסיף שבגזרה המרכזית. הוא היה מפקד טנק, וצורף לצוות של מפקד הפלוגה, סרן בניה ריין מקרני שומרון, ונהרג יחד עמו.

הסופר דויד גרוסמן יצא ביום חמישי במסיבת עיתונאים בקריאה פומבית להשגת פתרון דיפלומטי ולסיום המלחמה, יחד עם הסופרים עמוס עוז וא.ב. יהושע. גרוסמן אמר כי המשך המלחמה מסכן את ישראל ומחזקת את חיזבאללה. "האינטרס של החיזבאללה הוא להעמיק את השקיעה שלנו בלבנון", אמר, "את המצב האסוני הזה אפשר למנוע ברגעים אלה ממש". הוא טען כי "מנהיגי צבא ומדינה חייבים לזהות את הרגע שבו ישיגו את מרב ההישגים עבור עמם. נדמה לי שאנחנו נמצאים כבר אחרי הרגע הזה, ומידרדרים במדרון, אבל גם למדרון יש נקודות שונות ואפשר לעצור לפני התהום".

סגור חלון

This blog is part of the AmendIcons project, taking place at the Makor gallery/ 92 Street Y New York in July-August 2006.

* {Icons designed to improve, to remove faults and errors, to alter, to enrich, to change for better}

The content in this blog is solely posted and maintained by the blog's moderator, Shiri Sandler, and is a reflection of thought.

De-Aesthetisizing a war


{Hear evil, See evil, Deflect evil}

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