Not universally popular either in Israel or the general Jewish world, Miri Regev, Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sport has stunned visitors to the current Cannes Film Festival with her choice of gown.
The politically-charged ‘conceptual’ frock, designed by fellow Israeli Arik Aviad Herman, features a fabric frieze on its voluminous skirt showing contentious Jerusalem sites including the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall.
The choice was most astute, not only because next week sees celebrations for Jerusalem Day and the start of events marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War, but because the famed cinema fest is a haven for the sort radical left-wingers who love to hate the Jewish state.
And continuing a rare flow of good Israeli news, former British Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Lord Sacks has produced What Jerusalem Means to Me an eloquent, elegiac video clip proving conclusively that Jews’ historic association with the holy city far pre-dates that of Judaism’s sister monotheistic faiths.
Last, but perhaps even more important as a resource for Israel supporters is Jerusalem, One Nation’s Capital Throughout History, a 24-page online booklet, by Eli E. Hertz whose contents range from Jerusalem’s Jewish link as against Islam’s tenuous connection to the city and on to its rocky relationship with the United Nations.
© Natalie Wood (18 May 2017)