Simmons en Israel

Gene Simmons, el legendario miembro de Kiss volvio a su pais natal luego de 51 años, cito las mejores partes (aunque es genial toda) de la entrevista del jpost:

Simmons is still adept at the Hebrew he learned as a child and responded in a broad American accent to a question of whether he still spoke the language, “Ken, aval shachachti hatzi safa (Yes, but I’ve forgotten half the language).” …

Simmons’ rags to riches story had a particularly difficult beginning as his father, a carpenter in Tirat Carmel, was barely able to eke out a living for his wife and son. When Simmons’ Hungarian-born mother Flora left her husband and moved with the young Witz to Jackson Heights, Queens in 1960  in pursuit of the American dream, they were not far removed from the European nightmare the family had experienced in the Holocaust.

Imprisoned at Auschwitz at age 14, Flora saw her mother, grandmother and almost all of her family go the gas chambers, but it was a story that Simmons, who changed his name to Gene Klein in the US and eventually to Simmons, didn’t hear until much later.

“When I was growing up, my mother hardly ever talked to me about Nazi Germany and the concentration camps because she didn’t want to upset me, and I hardly ever asked her about it,” said Simmons. ‘But over the years, I started to learn more about it and about how my entire family was killed and how my mother saw her mother go with her grandmother to the gas chambers.

Even though he hadn’t returned to Israel until this week, Simmons has always been an ardent supporter of the country, most recently sending a televised message to a IDF soldier (and Kiss fan) wounded during the 2006 war with Hezbollah in which he called him a “hero.” Although Kiss has never appeared in Israel, Simmons dismissed other entertainers who have chosen to boycott the country as “idiots.”

“As an American, there’s no choice but to be supportive of Israel,” he said. “This is the Holy Land, and it’s no secret that everybody in America perceives Israel as it’s only real friend in the Middle East – who else are you going to rely on?”

“So when Israelis get touchy because – oops – somebody criticized them, they have to remember that Americans are used to criticizing everybody. You need to develop a tough skin and remember, it’s not what someone says, it’s what they do. Do you ever doubt that if anything threatened Israel’s existence that the US would come to its defense with all of it nuclear capabilities? I don’t.”

According to Simmons, Israel has been a source of pride for him ever since he left. “There ain’t no place like it on planet Earth. It’s astonishing that it’s still here – stronger and prouder than ever,” he said, adding that the recent upheavals in the Muslim world has filled him with hope for the future of Israeli-Arab ties.

“We went from being slaves in Egypt to actually having a peace treaty with the same people who enslaved us. And now, seeing those people rise up and want the same kinds of things that other democracies in the world have is astonishing,” he said.

“I saw a CNN interview that was so telling. The interviewer asked one of the young, well-dressed demonstrators in a Cairo street if he would like to thank anybody for the popular uprising, and he said, ‘I would like to thank Mr. Zuckerberg.’ Here’s an Egyptian Muslim thanking an American Jew for inventing Facebook!

“And I just saw in The Jerusalem Post today a photo of Moroccan women holding up the ‘F’ from Facebook as they were demonstrating. It’s amazing that Facebook, invented by a Jew, is actually helping Muslims be able to express themselves. That’s the story!”

Despues de todo Simmons no era solo un tipo que tiene la lengua larga, la tiene bastante clara.

En otros temas, Yuli Edelstein le pide a Mark Zuckerberg que saque de Facebook al grupo de odio “Third Palestinian Intifada”:

Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein sent a letter to Facebookfounder Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday asking him to make sure that a page calling for a third Palestinian Intifada be shut down.

Nearly 230,000 people have expressed support for the group since it was launched less than a month ago…

“On this Facebook page there are posted many remarks and movie clips which call for the killing of Israelis and Jews and the “liberating” of Jerusalem and of Palestine through acts of violence,” Edelstein’s letter to Zuckerberg read…

Lo mas lindo de la nota es: “The founders of the Facebook group claim that they got the idea for the page from the recent uprisings throughout the Middle East that led to the ousting of the Tunisian and Egyptian leaders and the fall of their regimes.“. Para todos estos vivos, no puedo menos que decirles que los arabes de Um El Fahm no viven como los libios, tunecinos, ni demas arabes comunes. Ellos se mueren por vivir en Israel.

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  1. Lo mejor de todo es que este hombre no solo la tiene clara cuando habla de Israel.

    He aquí una declaración en 2003, en pleno debate por la invasión de Irak:

    “I’m ashamed to be surrounded by people calling themselves liberal who are, in my opinion, spitting on the graves of brave American soldiers who gave their life to fight a war that wasn’t theirs…in a country they’ve never been to… simply to liberate the people therein”.

    Y sobre su propio lineaje, modesta, aunque patrióticamente, declaró:

    “I wasn’t born here. But I have a love for this country and its people that knows no bounds. I will forever be grateful to America for going into World War II, when it had nothing to gain, in a country that was far away… and rescued my mother from the Nazi German concentration camps. She is alive and I am alive because of America. And, if you have a problem with America, you have a problem with me”.

    Traduzco el último párrafo porque me parece brillante, me siento plenamente identificado con él y no quiero que se lo pierda aquel que no sabe inglés:

    “Yo no nací aquí. Pero tengo un amor por este país y este pueblo que no conoce límites. Yo estaré siempre agradecido a Estados Unidos por entrar en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, cuando no tenía nada que ganar, en un país que estaba muy lejos… y rescató a mi madre de un campo de concentración de la Alemania Nazi. Ella está viva y yo estoy vivo gracias a los Estados Unidos de América. Y, si tu tienes un problema con los Estados Unidos, tienes un problema conmigo”.

    No solo tiene una lengua excepcional, sino que tampoco tiene pelos en ella, a diferencia de muchos otros…

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