International Reaction To The Raymond Avenue Murders

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May 1, 2012 · Posted in Commentary 

Editor:

Sorry to read about the murder of 2 students in your city. Thanks for informing me. Actually, I only passed through LA twice. LA geography and crime is pretty distant.
I sure join in hoping that USA political economy and culture turn around and there’ll be less crime, drugs, guns, unemployment, vacant houses and homeless people…
Dont use new expensive cars or sit in any car or outside especially not after dark… Scary stuff.

10 years ago on the afternoon of the last Friday of the Passover which fell on March 29, 2002 I scurried into the neighborhood supermarket just 2 or 3 seconds ahead of 3 people who were killed– a young 17 year-old shopper, the guard, and a suicide bomber (from a refugee displaced locality who also was pregnant and had turned herself into a missile). I didnt hear the bomb, only a moment of silence opening on to breaking glass, a scream, and rolling cloud of smoke. My ears still ring. it was too windy to light a memorial candle by supermarket today. that kind of political violence may be more understandable than LA gang scene…

After passover week which ends Saturday night, there are 2 heavy national memorial days here. Holocaust day (on Warsaw ghetto uprising anniversary) and the memorial day before Israel Independence day. Well tomorrow Sunday 15 apr is Lincoln’s death date. An American anniversary since April 15, 1865, to quote that elegy by Whitman

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

BY WALT WHITMAN

When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d,
And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night,
I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring…

so be well, have a good healthy safe spring.
happy holiday.

-Yohanan weininger
Jerusalem

Editor

We hadn’t heard any news about this killing here. Terribly tragic. Fine piece.

–Dan Bessie
Somewhere in the French countryside

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