Matzah

12 Apr

From Foer’s Haaggadah:

“At the beginning of the first Palestinian uprising, the Israeli army built an open-air prison called Ketziot, near the border with Egypt.  The prison, which was meant to warehouse Palestinians arrested in Gaza and the West Bank, sat a few miles from Kadesh Barnea, where Moses defied God.  Moses was punished for his transgression when God denied him entrance to the Promised Land.  The prison at Ketziot held, at various times, as many as six thousand Palestinians, from the lowliest rock-throwers to the leaders of the uprising.  Three hundred or so Israeli soldiers made up the staff.  The food, for prisoners and soldiers alike, was kosher, because the Israeli army is a kosher army.  So at Passover, the prisoners ate only matzah, just as the soldiers did.  One Passover day, a leader of the prisoners, a terrorist [mmmmm…sic?] who had murdered a Jew several years earlier, summoned a soldier to the barbed-wire fence that surrounded the compound.  He explained politely, with a good deal of hesitation, that the Palestinian prisoners didn’t actually like the taste of matzah.  The soldier said, “We don’t like it either” and explained the notion of the bread of affliction.  “But we’re the afflicted!” the prisoner cried out….  The conversation went nowhere, as these sorts of conversations tend to do.  And yet the soldier learned something from the encounter.”

 

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