Impending violence in Palestine, and the greed of the super-rich

On 21 May, after eleven days of fighting, a ceasefire was brokered by Egypt.

Now, the outgoing president of Israel has organised a march ‘by far-right nationalists and pro-settler groups through occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City will go ahead next week, a decision taken a day after the event was scrapped due to security concerns’.

‘A top Hamas official, Khalil al-Hayya, had warned Israel on Monday “against letting the march approach East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound”’.

Hasn’t he done enough damage so far. As he’s about to leave office he wants to create another setting for the resurgence of hostilities and extreme violence whereby the Palestinians will suffer the most, a pathetic and desperate attempt to stay in power, no matter what the human cost. Despot Netanhayu, stay away from the Palestinians’ religious site, and to all the Israeli ‘settlers’ go back to where you came from. May Netanhayu and the ‘settlers’ experience the violence that this march will ignite, not the Palestinians.

The march is scheduled for next week. It should not be allowed. Egypt and America, where are you?

Viva Palestine!!!

I’m sure to see members of the muslim community this Sunday on my early morning walk holding Palestinian flags. I think I’ll walk with them for a while, in solidarity. Laura will be with me too.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/8/israel-to-allow-right-wing-march-through-jerusalems-old-city

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The greed of the super-wealthy.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-57383869

‘Tax details of US super-rich allegedly leaked’.

‘ProPublica, using data collected by Forbes magazine, said the wealth of the 25 richest Americans collectively jumped by $401bn from 2014 to 2018 – but they paid $13.6bn in income tax over those years’.

I won’t go into investigating or speculating as to how the super-rich became the super-rich.

Some have made philanthropic gestures of maybe a billion dollars, some less some more, a little drop in their oceans. But what about the rest of the money. How much could anybody, and their families, possibly need? Think of one billion dollars. It’s mind-boggling. How can anyone ever spend that in a lifetime? More than enough.

So I would suggest an even greater philanthropic gesture. First of all, pay all the taxes that are due, keep one billion dollars and donate the rest to worthy causes. A small step to alleviate the poverty in this world. And I hope that other very wealthy individuals and companies take note and follow suit.

They would even earn a guaranteed place in heaven.

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Two examples of what rules man and the world. Power (ego) and greed.

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From Laura, 9 June 2013. Vibe’s photograph and a post shared from Western Heart Yoga/shenworks.

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And on a totally different note, one of my photographs which was included in a digital exhibition in Athens this past weekend.

There is nothing more beautiful than nature and on this particular morning I shared the sunrise, Table Mountain Shrouded in Clouds. The magic of the quiet of a day still unlived. One of my favourite photographs.

I still hope to find a small home in a coastal forest in the Western Cape, where I will live on my own, at one with nature. The time is still not right.

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