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Sunday, March 27, 2011

O Say Can You See.......?

Most Yanks know the rest of the song that goes with this intro--it's the American national anthem, commemorating the sighting of the young American flag flying over Baltimore as the city is pounded by British invasion forces. The poem, later set to music, extolled the besieged for never lowering that flag in surrender.

Israel owes a debt of thanks to one of our Arab citizens for also refusing to lower the Israeli flag when threatened.

The story, found on YNet News, is that last Wednesday, the Iranian embassy in Prague organized an event at a well-known hotel in the Czech capital. Prior to the event, a senior embassy official was shocked to see an Israeli flag flying high at the head of a line of flags situated near the entrance to the hotel.

The diplomat spoke to the hotel manager and demanded that the Israeli flag be taken down, but the manager, an Arab-Israeli from Nazareth, rejected the request.

"The (Israeli) flag will remain at the front of the hotel always," the manager told the Iranian official. "If you don’t like it, you are welcome to hold the event at another hotel."

Ynet News reported that the angry Iranian diplomat had no choice but to accept the hotel's position, and the event was held as scheduled.

Kol ha k'vod, chaver! Shukran from the bottom of this citizen's heart!

[and I'd love to know which hotel you manage so I can stay there!]

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