Wednesday, August 16, 2006

On Hezbollah and Israel, according to Wim Wenders

I'd been meaning to say a mouthful about everything that's been happening in Lebanon since the war in the Middle East started, but I think Wim Wenders has said it best and far better, before all this even broke out.


Jerusalem Seen From Mount Zion

According to the Holy Scriptures,
those Jews who have the privilege
of being buried on Mount Zion
are the first ones to rise from the dead
on Resurrection Day.
If that happened in our times,
they would have to bear facing the El-Aktza Mosque
on the Temple Mount.


"The Field Of Blood", Jerusalem

The gospel according to Matthew reads:
"Judas realized that Jesus was doomed.
Overcome by remorse,
he gave back the 30 silver coins to the high priests, saying:
'I've sinned. I've betrayed an innocent man'.
They said: 'What do we care? That's your problem'.
Judas threw the silver coins into the Temple and left.
Then he went out and hung himself.
The high priest picked up the silver pieces,
but then didn't know what to do with them…
They decided to get rid of it by buying the "Potter's Field"
and use it as a burial place for the homeless.
That's how the field got called 'Murder Meadow',
A name that has stuck to this day."
Other translations call it "The Field Of Blood".
When I finally located the place,
south of the old city of Jerusalem,
it still seemed like the most haunted grounds
I had ever walked on.
Even the birds avoided it.

-- Wim Wenders, 'Picture Haiku's'

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