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Monday, January 19, 2004

Zvi Mazel, iconoclast


Israel's ambassador to Sweden, Zvi Mazel
no doubt from the same tribe as Joe Lieberman, yes?

Jerusalem Post Opinion
As for "diplomacy," Mazel was communicating his point in the only way possible. A formal protest would merely have been "duly registered," filtered and lost in the back channels of European diplomacy. So he chose to scream. But screaming was the only option Europe now gives Israel.

Now we are told that Mazel's response was inapropriate. But what would have been the apropriate response by Israel's representative to depicting the spilt blood of its citizens by "Snow White" as a form of art? Perhaps a strongly-worded letter to the editor?

It is the great cliche of the age that art is sacrosanct. We can debate whether "Snow White and the Madness of Truth" rises to the level of art. Even if it does, art is not sacrosanct. There are values that trump art, the preservation of human life above all.

Swedish Ambassador Robert Rydberg admitted the exhibit was in "bad taste," while claiming the matter had been "blown out of proportion." It has not. If anything, the process by which Israeli lives have become cheap has not produced the outrage it deserves. The official Palestinian Authority press center even leads toward the laudatory, describing the depicted bomber as a "female resistance activist."

Israel has no business attending a conference on "Preventing Genocide" that is oblivious to the slow-motion genocide being perpetrated against Israel. We use that word deliberately, since these are not individual murders, but representative of the genocidal threats made by nations and groups against Israel that remain unimplemented only for lack of ability, not of will.
i·con·o·clast
n.
1. One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions.
2. One who destroys sacred religious images.