Episodes/2 (How to Sleep at Night)

by Mark Chmiel

During Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982
Diaspora moralist Elie Wiesel was of the opinion
That given the dramatic sweep of thousands of years of Jewish history
What was then taking place—
The bombing of Beirut and later
The Sabra-Shatila massacres, for instance—
Were but “episodes”

All these years later
He (and many others) might still hold that view
After the ruin in Jenin in 2002
The ghettoization of the West Bank
The imprisonment of Gaza
The bombing of Lebanon in 2006
The massacre in Gaza in 2008-2009
The slaughter in Gaza in 2014
Mere “episodes”

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