Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Red Hand at the Oscars


Red Hand at the Oscars


Jonathan Glazer, director of the winning documentary film , Zone of Interest, made a statement, prepared in advance, that , at best, makes no sense, and at worst, makes a banality of evil by its act of equation:


the current conflict in Gaza that was difficult to decipher given the audience applause and his own mumbling. 

“… Right now, we stand here as men who refute their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation which has led to conflict for so many innocent people. Whether the victims of October — whether the victims of October the 7th in Israel or the ongoing attack on Gaza, all the victims of this dehumanization, how do we resist?” 

First of all, he would have failed the English exam at High School entry tests- because he uses what is called a “ dangling modifier”, thus:

“as men who refute their Jewishness”—do they refute their Jewishness?

“Holocaust being hijacked”—is this in addition to their refutation of their Jewishness?

Or “their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked” are together being refuted? Refuted by themselves? By “occupation”?

“Occupation”- which? The one by Egypt and Jordan preventing the establishment of a Palestinian state from 1948-1967? Or the occupation that ended in parts of the Palestinian Authority that were agreed upon in Oslo? Or the occupation that was ended in 2006, when Israel left Gaza? Or the occupation of Gaza by the Muslim-Brotherhood affiliate, Hamas.

Words must be clear. Otherwise, you can never get accepted into a top high school, let alone, an Ivy League school! A certainly not passable as The King’s English.

It turns out that the two others on the stage with him were equally flabbergasted:…


Danny Cohen, the executive producer of The Zone of Interest, has publicly repudiated the director Jonathan Glazer’s atrocious Holocaust statement at the Oscars….“I just fundamentally disagree with Jonathan on this,..”


Then, there were the red buttons worn that night:










In and of itself, it sounds lovely



But- what’s in a hand?:


In addition to the red hand being featured in the pins, Palestinian protestors have also taken to painting their hands red to advocate for a ceasefire

Such as bloody hands raised for Gaza?

Remember this?



During the lynching of the soldiers, Salha was filmed by an Italian television crew proudly showing his hands bathed in the soldiers' blood, inciting the massacre. It is impossible to separate that image from the one captured in the symbol the movie stars proudly wore this Sunday. Mark Ruffalo, Billie Eilish, Ava DuVernay, Cate Blanchett, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Bradley Cooper, America Ferrera and Ramy Youssef proudly wore the pin



·        Israeli public figures have slammed A-list celebrities at the Oscars for wearing red hand pins symbolizing support for a Gaza ceasefire by 'Artists4Ceasefire'

·        The image on the pin evokes memories of the gruesome 2000 Ramallah lynching of two Israeli men who accidentally entered Ramallah 

·        Palestinian rioters stabbed and beat the soldiers to death before ripping out their organs and posing for a photo with bloody hands in front of cheering crowd



So, what is in a hand?

The Red Hand of Ulster is a symbol used in heraldry to denote the Irish province of Ulster and the Northern Uí Néill in particular


The Red Hand is an alert to consumers that the nursing home has been cited for abuse, neglect or exploitation in the past year that led to harm of a resident in the past year ( Colorado)


Red hand dripping blood - Protest symbol - stand against violence

Will you stand with us? Merch to show and stand in solidarity with our missing murdered indigenous sisters. Suitable for raising awareness, protests and active campaigning. Missing murdered indigenous women (MMIW) awareness -


Actually, if the statement had been about the mass rape of Israeli women on Oct 7, this would have been appropriate.





SYMBOL: BLACK HAND. Symbol of Black Hand, a secret terrorist society in the early 20th century https://www.granger.com/results.asp?image=0098307


 Let’s think in a better sense, for all, of another hand,

Hamsa, five fingers of protection common to Jews and Arabs in the Middle East, the color blue, protection against evil:


The hand of the Cohen, with his blessing of “Shalom”, as used by Leonard Nemoy/AKA Spock for the alien greeting of peace. This is the hand we long for.

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