I know the holidays are technically over for the year, but this just struck me, and I think it still works.
Simon and Garfunkle did a song a long time ago that I�m going to attempt to update on paper.
When I first heard it, I was blown away, and I still think it�s �heavy� to use a time-worn phrase that probably doesn�t even mean what it used to.
Anyway, to get the effect, you�ll have to imagine a lovely, harmonious version of the Christmas classic �Silent Night� playing…
Siiilent niiight. Hooly niight. Aall is caalm… Aall is briight.
And now, in the background, you need to imagine you begin to hear a newscaster intoning emotionlessly, the events of the day…
What follows, by-the-way, are real, hot off the wire.
�Israel will abide by the Gaza Strip cease-fire despite a rash of Palestinian rocket attacks,� the announcer says, barely audible. �After consulting top Cabinet colleagues Thursday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert decided that Israel�s armed forces would continue to hold fire in Gaza, even though the truce he declared with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Nov. 26 has been violated frequently by terrorist groups.�
The news announcer�s voice is slightly louder, now, beginning to overtake the music…
�Yad Vashem secretly taught a group of Jordanian educators about the Holocaust,� he says. �A member of Yad Vashem�s main school of Holocaust studies, told the media Thursday that a seminar was held at the Jerusalem museum for about a dozen Jordanian Muslim educators earlier this year.�
�The project was initiated after a chance conversation with high-ranking Jordanian officials, who didn�t reject the idea, surprising museum officials.
�They were not at all familiar with the subject of the Holocaust, an official said. They did not know its influence on Israeli society and really knew almost nothing about us.�
And now, the music is barely audible…
�In other news, Israel has approved a new settlement in the West Bank to house former Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip, officials said Tuesday, breaking a promise to the U.S. to halt home construction in the Palestinian territories,� the announcer says.
�The settlement will house 23 families who were evacuated when Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip last year, and will eventually house 100 families�
�The Israeli prime minister has signaled in recent weeks that he is ready to make broad territorial concessions to the Palestinians under a final peace settlement, but the Palestinians claim all of the West Bank, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as part of a future independent state.�
�But Gaza militants launched seven rockets into Israel on Tuesday, hitting a house in the town of Sderot and seriously wounding two people. The Islamic Jihad militant group claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Militants have launched about 60 rockets since the truce was declared, and Israeli officials have warned their patience is waning.�
And the news announcer�s voice fades out as the music fades back in…
�Sleep in heavenly peeaace, sleeeep in heavenly peace.�
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