Post subject: The Boston Bombing — The Eerily Predictable Symbolism
Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:27 am
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The Boston Bombing — The Eerily Predictable Symbolism of an Age of Terror
Yair Rosenberg, a writer at Tablet Magazine and the editor of the English-language blog of the Israeli National Archives, makes an intriguing observation about the multiple explosions at the Boston Marathon. Commenting on a photo taken by the Boston Globe’s John Tlumacki of a grey-haired runner lying in the middle of the road surrounded by Boston police officers reacting at the scene, Rosenberg draws attention to what might best be described as the uncannily predictable symbolism associated with such terror events:
Eerily, the photo above depicts first responders after the explosion, with the Israeli flag visible in the background—on Israel’s own memorial day.
The day referred to is Israel’s official Memorial Day, Yom Hazikaron, which is the shorter Hebrew term for the “Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism.” Enacted into law in 1963, the national observance had been traditionally dedicated to IDF soldiers — including those who have died in the Operation Cast Lead assault on the imprisoned population of Gaza — but has now been extended to “civilian victims of Palestinian political violence and Palestinian terrorism.”
Apart from that reminder of Israel’s perceived victimhood, the significance of the iconic image of the world’s flags fluttering in the foreground of the terror scene will not be lost on Tel Aviv and its foreign agents as they will surely tout the Boston Marathon bombing as yet another assault on the entire civilized world with a besieged, peace-seeking Jewish state bravely standing in the front lines.
By Maidhc Ó Cathail The Passionate Attachment April 16, 2013
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