That last post about Vic Alhadeff and the Prophet Gershwin-defying Zionist narrative of Jewish history really got me thinking.
Vic was obviously in fine form with his little joke about Moses and the first ever strike.
So I'm wondering: What with the horny-handed workers (or in Craig Thomson's case, just plain horny) cacking themselves over it, did he perhaps get a little carried away, and move on to the next enthralling chapter of the narrative, namely the Conquest of Canaan?
If so, did any of the assembly stop and think, as his laugh-a-minute retelling of all that divinely-commanded, genocidal smoting of hip and thigh that was supposed to have taken place back then was in full swing, that this was NSW's Community Relations Commissioner speaking?
Not that they needed too, of course.
As the Prophet Gershwin, bless him, reminds us: The things that you're liable/ To read in the Bible/ It ain't necessarily so:
"After 40 years of wandering, the Children of Israel arrived in Canaan and took it by storm. Following the divine command, they annihilated most of the local population and forced the remainder to serve them as hewers of wood and drawers of water... This ruthless myth of settlement, [however,] described in the Book of Joshua in colorful detail as one of the earliest genocides, never actually happened. The famous conquest of Canaan was the next myth to fall apart in the skirmishes of the new archaeology." (The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand, 2009, p 119)