Vox Populi

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Jonathan Cook: Israel Repurposes Nakba Myths to Justify Today’s Massacre in Gaza

The only legitimate struggle for Palestinians, it seems, is keeping quiet, allowing their lands to be plundered and their children to be starved. Palestinians rush to the border fence with … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chana Bloch: The Messiah of Harvard Square

Every year some students would claim to be the Messiah, It was the rabbi who had to deal with them. He had jumped, years ago, from a moving boxcar on … Continue reading

March 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chana Bloch: Fortress

. Silence is a strenuous language but we have chosen it. A shut door, a shrug, stone upon stone. . The stones have a history. They were pulled from the … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chana Bloch: Death March, 1945

. “There was a muddy ditch at the side of the road where the road took a sudden turn. If I could jump —.” Five Muselmänner abreast, the trekking dead, … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chana Bloch: Potato Eaters

My grandmother never did learn to write. “Making love” was not in her lexicon; I wonder if she ever took off her clothes when her husband performed his conjugal duties. … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Translators Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld read from Open Closed Open by Yehuda Amichai

Open Closed Open by Yehuda Amichai, translated from the Hebrew by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld, won the 2001 Griffin International Poetry Prize.   Biographies Chana Bloch, is the author … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · Leave a comment