The Half-Mooned Star


My tears run freely down my cheeks,
staining the pores of my soul
and the cry from the depths of my being,
almost 6 thousand years old,
echoes in the shadows of the valley of death,
as rivers of blood flood the hearts of a world
silent and blinded by the sword of death,
slicing its way across the Levant
to crucify the Holy Land under the half mooned star.

My right to exist


You took a Jew, by all accounts a good Jew, made him your God based on our bible and our Ten Commandments then proceeded to blame us for his death to perpetuate the notion that our very existence is open to debate. Well take note that we’ve been around a long time and intend to keep it that way:

 EXISTENCE

I have lived amongst you,
all three Gemini’s and I,
six of us in all plus one,
back to before it was then
that the tablets of my soul
dissolved in your
river of blood;

I have learned to know you,
my three twins and I,
each one of us confused
in our knowledge, leaving
little to reveal of you
that shows the inside
turning out;

You dined well at my table,
you twelve men and him,
sipping the fruits of my vine
as you leaned to the left,
your right hand feeding
the crowds from my plate
through the night;

You painted a vilified vision
of me and my guests
on the wall of your dome,
crusading your version
to the east and the west,
passing over my door with the
angel of death;

You hijacked the ancient gift
that was mine to share
and I watched as I moved
from here to there leaving
behind the roots of my
family tree in your
foreign land;

I have turned my cheek from you
as I pass through your space
with my twins in tow,
my ashes scattered round
the shrubs of your land,
a beauty too modest to
earn your respect;

You closed your heart to my fears,
palms cupped round your eyes
as you recited out loud my
poem to your friends,
veiled as your own creation,
your choir singing that tune
of Halleluiah;

I have listened to your chorus
peeling my father’s tongue
through the darkest valley
in the shadow of death,
denying my passage as
I travel en route to my
rightful home;

I have existed as I am,
all my Zodiacs and I,
back to before it was then,
that the notion you assumed
yours to bestow upon me,
the inalienable right
that is mine.

The summer of 5775


It’s the middle of the night and I sit here thinking on the state of Jews and the Jewish state, ahead of Yom Kippur in the year 5775. Seems to me that the Jewish state did a great job over the summer in protecting her citizens, but the state of the Jews is fractious. It seems the summer romance is dying as the rockets cease.

Some eleven or twelve years ago I lay in bed ill reading the JC on which front page appeared a rift in the Leeds Jewish community, whilst two London communities were trying to fire their Rabbis and all this as the second Intefada was erupting in Israel, in the face of a world increasingly antagonistic to Israel. I wrote in the JC then that it pained me to see Jews fighting amongst themselves whilst the greater world was conspiring to extinguish the Jewish state. As a result my rabbi who was one the two under threat in London, braced himself and stood his ground as our teacher and our guide and he remained in office for a further decade.

I now find myself again having to write to my fellow Jews, asking what sense can be made of all this in-fighting. What is to be gained from degrading ourselves into the a image of our enemies? Why is there a need for the egos of individuals to override the good, not only of the Jewish community, but of the greater world. For, should we forget our message, our enemies will succeed in eradicating not only Israel, not only us Jews, but the very foundation of who we are as a western civilisation based in the Judeo-Christian value system.

So let us not only ask for forgiveness for our sins, but let us find it deep inside ourselves to forgive others their frailties and their transgressions. After all who are we to place judgement on others? If God can forgive and embrace, why cannot we mere mortals be in that image so the Light can shine within all of us?

The state of the Jews is dire. Replacement propaganda is thriving and denigrating our right to be a people, a nation with a state, a state that predates all others, a people no longer an orphan beholden to others for our being. As an ancient people who has faced and survived many attempts of genocide in the efforts of our enemies to eradicate us, the circle turned this summer. Once more we find ourselves under threat to the silence of a greater world, a silence backed by the ability of others to absorb delegitimisation propaganda as fact, to close their ears to the hate preachers who call for our expiration, to pretend it is not happening – again!

Our fate is in our own hands, in our ability to be cohesive, to be strong, to be single minded. Our destiny is clear and we must embrace that as one, put the pettifogging aside, dissipate our egos, refrain from judgement and join hands to make sure this summer romance will endure and blossom into a fruitful future for the Jewish state and for the state of the Jews.

Those of you with courage and with forgiveness in your hearts, please join us on this journey. We have a long way to travel.

I wish you all well over the fast. May our sins be forgiven as we forgive others.

Trafalger


we came to stand
with the lions
waving flags
as we roared
across the square
a single voice
of joined-up words
in translation:
‘Hear o Israel
The Lord our God
The Lord is One’

we came to express
with our friends
holding hands
as we cried
in that square
a single desire
of heartfelt hope
and yearning:
‘Hear o Israel
we stand as one
we stand for life’!

SDK 5th July 2002

movie-tone news


1. the movie-tone news rolls on
shining ratchet-framed prints
on my brain cells as I sleep,
flashing rapid flicks sharply
on my eyelids as I dream,
shooting silent snaps fiercely
on my midnight canvas screen

the celluloid reel goes on
flapping jagged edged snaps
in the silence of my night,
shredding jaded imprints harshly
in the pathway of my sight,
flipping slighted views falsely
in the album of my plight,

the bioscope scene stays on
flashing tattered-torn film snips
on the outlook of my choice
twisting age-old mores crudely
on the flip side of my coin
tossing natural beauty wildly
to the den of roaring lions

2. as that reel rolls on by
of the movie-tone news
violent nail-packed bombs
fire off two by two
to explode total myths
of peaceful debate
to end all the terror
to establish a state
that nobody sees
will never create
a balance of peoples
living side by side
in bliss and contentment
and mutual respect

3. in place of this deal
is a figment of hate
an excuse of those brutes
a tool to dictate
to some ignorant
masses how their
lives should be run
on this earth that we know
as solid and there
with the beauty of nature
for us all to share
in free will and free choice
to securely embrace
in the passage of time
‘till death do us part,
in a natural way.

SDK 15th January 2002

reflections


 

The album of my brain  

 

 

The album of my brain
is pasted with enlarged
negatives of thorn trees
red sand and shimmering heat.
In the tumult of my dreams
that dark room of the night
develops unfocused frames
of spot-lighted springbok
reflecting the glimmering gold
in the dusk of the dying sun;
of nature’s arid camp
unswept rugged and dusty
guarded with pride and might
crowned by the lion’s head.
The tip of my twisted tongue
saturated with salty tears
hurls me to the crashing waves
on the talcum-powdery shore
and my midnight screams
are echoed by the jackal
stalking in search of his prey.
The elasticated cells of my being
stretched to the soil of my birth
are snapped by the poisonous python,
venomous creature of the veld,
hissing his snaky serum
to destroy the private viewing
from the dark room of my night.

 

SDK 1982

© Sharon D Klaff January 1982

 

The dark room of my night 

The dark room of my night
returns with hasty warning:
a muted echo groans as
the winds of change blow
‘cross sepia-tinged hills,
silent stills of new horizons
displayed in dusty desert
dryness as torrential gales
howl, heaving that change
further east and further north
sighing in a shepherd’s morning:
the trek through time blocking
his vision, his line of sight
a camouflage of derision limited
in biblical ruse to see that cross
lit by the half mooned star,
the bearer hiding his range of view,
the very nature of his endeavour,
in sweat and blood with spiked
garlands to prick his bubbled
notion on the cycle of life, rotating
revolutions in perpetual motion
reflecting the scarlet tinged sky
in the minds eye of those
who cannot see clearly,
a smoky silkscreen rising
to hide intentions so disparate
as to defy the very nature
of hydrogenised molecules
sheathed as divine icons.
The dark room of my night
develops images of spores
in vengeful wait to alter
forever the movie-tone news
rolling on, celluloid flapping
its last frame snapping
past the end of the reel.

SDK 2001

© Sharon D Klaff 26th February 2001

 

Back room saloon


many a maiden knows that tune
slipping out of the back-room saloon:

the lute harping, fiddling the lyre,
notes strumming, mellow desire,
sighs whispering, sneaking on by
mystery lingering, veiled and so shy;

mistress of the dark, lying still,
mindful of the stark, consensual will,
never to embark, from the over the hill,
considered a mark, of sacred goodwill;

silent concealment governs all round
presiding over that back-room of town.

SDK 5th November 2001

Childhood


in childhood you learn
the expectations of men
with fantasy for them
and nothing for you
but death with a view
of their expectations

in childhood you miss
the expectations of youth
with fantasy for you
and nothing for them
but life with a view
of your expectations

SDK 16.08.01

The new Imperialism


Recently [May 2004] I met up with a non-Jewish Canadian acquaintance who is married to a Jew. They are both well-educated people of the liberal to left persuasion, holding firm views on world events involving such issues as poverty, equal opportunities and human rights. She is a particularly vocal and forthright woman with strong opinions founded in her resolve to be humanitarian. Living a modern busy life schedule my acquaintance has subscribed to the prevalent inaccurate but popular perception of Islam as the ancient religion with its Arab adherents being threatened by the usurper Jews who have occupied their ancient land of Palestine to ethnically cleanse it of Muslims and she queries the reason the Jews need a country at all, not least in the region of ancient Israel. She also takes a rigid stance against the US led Allied action in Iraq.

My acquaintance represents a microcosm of the increasing number of anti-war protesters who march the streets in the millions together with the Palestinian pro terrorist lobby as though being anti-war and pro terrorist is one and the same, displaying a total incongruity of thought processes. Coupled with this, leaders in the West who are increasingly conscious of the sensibilities of religious intolerance, have declared a war on terrorism, camouflaging the fact that the world is currently involved in a war that presents a real and present danger, not only in the Middle East, but to the demise of democracy and Western Civilisation.

For this current war is one of an imperialist totalitarian ideology utilising stealth, coupled with terrorism, as the means of achieving its goal. A war on terrorism in general is therefore illogical, allowing a loophole through which propaganda for the new imperialist threat can filter.

Prior to WWll, the general reaction among the international community was no different from what it is today. It was clear to Churchill that war was imminent, but the majority in the West regarded him as something of a maverick and tried desperately to discredit him, just as the liberal ideologues tried to do with Thatcher and Reagan and are currently doing to Bush. These interminable ideologues cloud their vision by their resolve to expound liberalism rather than enact democracy and freedom.

They relished the collapse of the Berlin wall without aforethought as to the fallout of such a speedy dramatic change in global stability. Today the world is still reeling from the effects of tearing down that wall, not least in the Middle East from where terrorism emanates to the four corners of the globe. These liberal ideologues never really understood the mechanisms of the cold war and they do not understand the workings of the current dictators. They are therefore easy prey for the mollification tactics of tyrants and demagogues.

History shows that the success of such mollification is founded in a charismatic tyrannical ideology and a handy scapegoat. Nazism and Communism were the ideological threats of the last century, replaced now by Islamic Imperialism. It is not coincidence that the Islamic leaders supported the Axis in WWll or that the USSR fostered their cause with financial aid and military training. There is a link between these three ideologies – they are all totalitarian in nature with a view to world dominance. Such ideologies benefit from a handy scapegoat as catalyst for their cause.

Throughout history, from the destruction of the Temple in 70 BCE, through the expulsion of Jews from England in 1290, to the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 and WWll in 1939, as well as the continued systematic ethnic cleansing of Jews in most Islamic states, the Jew has fulfilled the role of scapegoat most adequately. None of these movements would have gained popular support without creating a common enemy to unite their people – as always, the Jew depicted as controller: running their land, taking their jobs and squeezing them out of the benefits of their economy.

In the past the Jew served these tyrants well, being a nation without a state with nowhere to go except a certain death as the greater world gave tacit support. During the last century, after first appeasing the Nazis prior to WWll, the UK was forced to defend its own borders whilst the rest of Europe was either occupied by the Nazis, or became willing Nazi accomplices as a result of deliberate collaboration or on-going trade with the German industrial machine under the guise of being neutral. Ultimately  only once the USA became directly threatened at Pearl Harbour did they save the day for Western Civilisation and democracy.

During the ensuing decades after WWll, the US again played in the background whilst the current war germinated, backing various peace negotiations in the Middle East from afar as the Islamic nations invaded the West by stealth, covertly harnessing their scapegoat, the Jew. As the impact of each atrocity on his person or state faded with time, they pushed the boundaries in their quest to exploit him, from hijacking his airline, to killing his sportsmen and successively waging war on his reborn nation-state, culminating in the current use of the worst of all WMDs, the human bomb, a weapon based in the controlled poverty of their people, infiltrating the Jew’s suburbs and murdering his family.

However, the problem posed for the current imperialists is that this perpetual scapegoat is no longer an orphan, a nation without a state. He has a guardian in his rekindled home, a spoke in the wheel that has forced a review of the new imperialist strategy to ensure the success of its goal, a world dominated by Islam. This is borne out of the present tolerance of adverse sentiments against the Jew’s aspirations, his home and his leader allowing my Canadian acquaintance and her kin a certain smugness based in their certainty that it is simply the Jew’s yearning for and hanging on to his state (Zionism) that is the problem and not the Jew himself.

 The current imperialists have a two-pronged strategy:

  • Slow infiltration into the West as is evidenced by the increasing Muslim communities throughout Europe and the Americas, with Mosques in which Imams preach world dominance and hatred, springing up at breakneck speed in contrast to  the steady decline in formal Christianity. In this they have been almost completely  successful in achieving a high degree of conversion to Islam with terrorist cells  firmly established throughout the West and other democratic aligned nations. After ignoring the fate of the Jew for so long the West is only now beginning to realise that they have become by default almost impotent to stop such events as the Madrid rail and London underground bombings.
  •  Steady sustenance of the scapegoat by direct onslaught on the Jew utilising terrorism first by contained attacks on his person, followed by more intense attacks on his state. Having failed to eradicate the Infidel Jew or destroy the Jewish state, the last four to five years has seen a consolidation of the scapegoat in a continued drive to win support for this second prong of the strategy from the very West that has been infiltrated.

These imperialists understand well the weakness of Western democracy. They have engaged a modern technological PR machine to resurrect Nazi methodology by camouflaging their aspirations under the guise that the Jew is controller of all things, turning the spotlight back onto him as power-hungry villain. Thus world economic and political domination is put forward as the imperialist aspiration of the Jew who has infiltrated the highest levels of Western Governments and occupied Palestinian land as a first step in that direction.

In a modern world of political correctness and patronisation, these Islamic leaders are confident that they can utilise the “liberal intelligentsia” of the West to sway public opinion by drawing an analogy between the Jew and the Nazi regime that attempted to eradicate him.

What better weapon than to create in the Jew an icon of his own tormentor, the flag of Israel with the swastika emblazoned at its centre? Quite the image to win over those in the West who never really liked “those people” in their midst, now comfortable with the new nomenclature of anti-Zionism or anti-Israel that replaces the old but very same anti-Semitism! Now however, there is an added dimension to this PR machine.

A strategy has been set into motion to split the Judeo-Christian ethic, a methodology of divide and rule, to slip subliminally into the consciousness of the West just as has the notion of the ancient religion of Islam and centuries old Palestinian history with its foundation in the Holy Land preceding that of the Israelites; of Abraham being their forefather long before Mohammed lived to create his religion; of Jerusalem (the city of David) as their Holy City even though Mohammed had never been there; of the word “occupation” with its multifarious interpretations; of an acceptable world empathy for those WMDs, the human bombs wrought out of “poverty, desperation and lack of hope”.  Now we have the Jew planning not only to eradicate the Muslim from his midst, but also the Christian.

Having retained the support of Western Arabists and gained that of the Western “liberal intelligentsia”, all that remains is to convince them that the Jew not only wants to eliminate the Muslims from their midst, but the Christians as well. Listen carefully at the new vernacular that has entered the spin that rolls off the tongue of Michael Tarazi, the PLO legal advisor, an American who claims Christian Palestinian heritage, when he tells those whose ear he has engaged that like the Muslims, the Christians too are a target of the “Jew Nazi regime” that “occupies Palestine”.

And all this time these very same liberal ideologues ignore the suicidal murder and child abuse practiced by the Muslims in their schools and homes alike, training their children and next generation to hate and kill the Jew as the pig, dressing them in military garb with detonators strapped to their bodies to blow themselves up as martyrs, encouraging them to throw grenades at the Jew under the heavy silence of the UN, its Middle East proxy UNRWA, Amnesty International, ICRC and Save the Children, encouraging the production of the next generation army to continue their fight in this world war against democracy and freedom.

Having failed to obliterate the Jew, they have hijacked him in his entirety, beginning with his religion, his planes and now his history and his suffering, with the aim of eradicating his nation-state, the ultimate prize being the world domination they erroneously attribute to the Jew.

Western society has once again become impotent to envisage that following the successful harnessing of his support against the Jew, comes the onslaught on his own person, his land and his people. Churchill was elected at the eleventh hour and the US arrived in the nick of time to save themselves from Nazi domination regardless of the atrocities perpetrated on the Jew.

Today both Britain and the USA have realised that they have to act in Afghanistan and the Middle Eastern countries of Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria if they are to make any inroads into stemming what they are convinced is the cause and effect of global terror. What they do not overtly acknowledge is the greater picture of  Islamic imperialist totalitarian aspirations, founded in the very religion that preaches the demise of the infidel, Christian, Jew and Atheist alike, in its drive to create the international caliphate it craves.

This is not about the merits of the survival of Israel within secure borders, living side by side in peace with her neighbours, but one of intrinsic importance to the very survival of the West as the free democratic civilisation we all aspire to maintain.

As a by-product, it is hoped that finally the West will rid itself of the Jew as scapegoat and embrace him as an equal partner in the survival of the Judeo- Christian ethic which is the embodiment Western Civilization.

SD Klaff May 2004

Birthday message June 2011


Today is my 63rd birthday. I sit here feeling ambivalent – how to enjoy my day with my family whilst also dispelling the urgency I feel about the path the world is taking. The latter hangs heavily over my entire life, much as I suspect a person like Jabotinsky felt in the 1920’s when he foresaw the imminent dangers in Europe, but nobody would listen. Indeed he was considered paranoid, a scaremonger amongst other dismissive attitudes. His only ally was Churchill who was also disregarded by his peers in the House and the media, dismissed as a blundering fool. The world is in a perilous state once again the media, together with our ostrich Western Leaders welcoming the upheaval across Northern Africa and in the Middle East as an Arab Spring – connotations of small buds bursting out from the soil in anticipation of beautiful fields of vibrant poppies, irises and other flora. Whilst pounding Libya and encouraging the riots and chaos in these Arabic/Islamic dictatorships, they ignore the unease and riots in Spain and Greece, persisting in this stupid bankrupt venture they call European Union, feeding it pounds and dollars to bloat their ill-conceived gravy train.  Like the natural disasters that take us by surprise, they seem oblivious of the rumble beneath all of this, the basis for the upheaval, not a seasonal spring, but a tsunami waiting to engulf us all in a terrible nightmare. For what awaits us is the final revolution, the ultimate burst of the Islamic imperialist dream to install an international caliphate. I have spent my entire life trying to make sense of how a so-called civilised country like Germany could build an industrial complex under the noses of world leaders and the media that would develop into the biggest killing machine in history and I now understand how it happened. Weak, vain leaders are taken in by the hoax of propaganda, refusing to see their own hatred as a partner in this extermination. 
Last century the propaganda during the world economic crisis centred on the Jew as the culprit for all ills, the rationale being to get rid of him as a nation in totality and thus the world would be free, beautiful and prosperous. Now the propaganda centres on Israel as representative of the Jew – eradicate Israel and all will be well, the world will have an Andalusian peace that replacement history tells us was enjoyed by all under the dictatorship of the Islamic caliphate, the splendour of Spain as a multicultural dreamland run by Islamic despots. They ignore the destruction of the Bamiyan Idols in Afghanistan, the blowing up of the Twin Towers fade into hazy memory, the 7/7 tube bombings, the Madrid train explosions – the list is endless. These are placed in the background against the illogical acceptance of “flotillas” and “settlements” and “occupation” and “division of Jerusalem for all faiths” as a ruse to totally eradicate Israel as the nation-state of the Jews, the ancient homeland of the most ancient people to survive more than 4000 years of a history steeped in continued attempts at genocide of its people, whilst they accept on the streets in London, Paris, New York and more, cries of Khyber Khyber Al Yahud – the war cry of Islam recalling the destruction of the Jews of Khyber  by Mohammed – all 800 hundred of them murdered – the call for Islam again for genocide of the Jews in present times.
They ignore the Hamas charter that calls for all Jews to be sought out and eradicated, an idea taken directly from the Koran. They accuse those who dare to speak out against such calls as racist scaremongers and arrest them as they have Geert Wilders in Holland, or refuse them entry into the UK as they have Geller and Spencer, whilst they accept war cries in the name of the religion of peace. They create fear so people are cowered into silence lest they be arrested in place of the rioters and those who call for death in our streets. Western Civilisation is dying a painful death and the ultimate sentence is about to be executed whilst Cameron and his wife holiday in Spain and Obama tours the world electioneering for his own future. And it seems Merkel et al are somewhat silent at this time. As for the media – well they capitulated years ago.
This is my birthday message to those who care to listen, to those who are looking for answers: don’t be afraid; speak out; make yourself heard; stamp your feet; shout above the roof tops; take them on and insist that all our representatives remove their blinkers, wash off their bias, their hatreds and their ignorance. Rinse them out, bend their ears, nag them and pound them with letters and demands until they become pure again and hear our cry for balance, peace, survival and the eradication of evil.