Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Zwi Mazel's Dream: The Madness of Truth

by Clinton Fein

Sung to the tune of Tevye's Dream from "Fiddler on the Roof"

(Zwi Mazel, Israeli Ambassador to Sweden)
"Help! Help!"

(Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister)
"Zwi, Zwi, wake up! What is it? What's the matter with you? Why are you howling like that?"

(Zwi Mazel)
"Where is she? Where is she?"

(Ariel Sharon)
"Where is who? Who are you talking about?"

(Zwi Mazel)
"Snow White, the suicide bomber. She was standing there a minute ago!"

(Ariel Sharon)
"What's the matter with you, Zwi? Hanadi Jaradat’s been dead for years! You must have been dreaming. Tell me what you dreamed, and I'll tell you what it meant."

(Zwi Mazel)
"All right – oh God I’m frightened. In the beginning I dreamt that we were having a conference on genocide without acknowledging our own deathly quagmire in the Middle East. Everybody we knew was there... Palestinians too... Suddenly, in comes Snow White, floating on a boat in a pool of blood, may she never rest in peace. Naturally, I went up to destroy her... And she said..."

(Hanadi Jaradat, Suicide Bomber)
A blessing on your head


(Ariel Sharon)
Mazeltov, mazeltov

(Zwi Mazel)
I’d rather see the artist dead!

(Doron Lurie, Curator of the Tel Aviv Museum)
Mazeltov, mazeltov
And such a lousy artist
Like no one ever saw
Former Israeli Dror Feiler

(Robert Rydberg, Swedish Ambassador to Israel)
"Destroyed the art?"

(Ariel Sharon)
A worthy deed indeed

(Doron Lurie)
Mazeltov, mazeltov

(Ariel Sharon)
More bravery is what we need.

(Doron Lurie)
Mazeltov, mazeltov

(Zwi Mazel)
We will seal the artist’s fate
Judging art can be so great
What an interpreter I make!

(Robert Rydberg)
"Destroyed! I must have heard wrong. He meant protested."

(Dror Feiler, Artist)
You did not hear wrong, Robert
He pulled the plug as sure as hell
You mean a butcher, not a diplomat
By the name of Zwi Mazel

(Gunilla Sköld Feiler, Artist)
No! You mean a censor, Dror
My dear and angry husband
Our martyred Snow White bitch
Was rightly poisoned by a witch

For such a match I prayed

(Chorus)
Mazeltov, mazeltov

(Ariel Sharon)
In Sweden it was made

(Chorus)
Mazeltov, mazeltov

(Pniniya Feiler, Artist’s Mother)
What lessons have they learnt?
Soon all the books will too be burnt
The clever artist Dror and wife
Are my pride and joy of life.

(Zwi Mazel)
"But we had tried diplomacy. We made a bargain with the Swedes."

(Adolf Hitler, Fuhrer)
Diplomacy is futile, Zwi
Take the matter under hand
You must show them, Zwi
One day this will be your land

(Robert Rydberg)
No! So we made a deal, Zwi
But Sweden has a constitution
We don’t destroy opposing views
It’s not a good solution

(Chorus)
A blessing on the art, mazeltov, mazeltov
Before it’s ripped apart, mazeltov, mazeltov
And such a dangerous piece
Representing shattered peace
The Madness of Truth

The Sadness of Youth


(Gunilla Sköld Feiler)
The Madness of Truth...

(Chorus)
Zwi! Zwi!
Look!


Who is this?
Who is this?
Who comes here?
Who? Who? Who? Who?
What woman is this
By righteous anger shaken?

(Solo Voices)
Could it be?
Sure?
Yes it could?
Why not?
Who could be mistaken?

It's the suicide bomber come from beyond the grave
It's the Palestinian mother’s darling departed daughter
Hanadi Jaradat, Hanadi Jaradat,
Hanadi Jaradat, Hanadi Jaradat, Hanadi Jaradat, Hanadi Jaradat

(Hanadi Jaradat)
Dror! Dror!
What is this about a Jew destroying my image?

(Chorus)
Yes, her image

(Hanadi Jaradat)
Would you do this to your subject and object, Hanadi Jaradat

(Chorus)
Hanadi Jaradat

(Hanadi Jaradat)
Have you no consideration for a woman's feelings

(Chorus)
Woman's feelings?

(Hanadi Jaradat)
Just allow him to obliterate the art like I did Maxim Restaurant?

(Chorus)
Maxim Restaurant

(Hanadi Jaradat)
How can you allow it, how?
How can you let him take my place?
Mirror my destruction... Overshadow my wake
And destroy... destroy... how?

(Chorus)

How can you allow Zwi Mazel To take Snow White’s place...

(Hanadi Jaradat)
Destroy...

(Chorus)
Destroy... Destroy... Destroy... How?

(Hanadi Jaradat)
Such a learned man as Sharon wouldn't let it happen

(Chorus)
Let it happen

(Hanadi Jaradat)
Tell me that it isn't true and then I wouldn't worry

(Chorus)
Wouldn't worry

(Hanadi Jaradat)
Say you won’t allow this animal to destroy your Precious Art

(Chorus)
Precious Art

(Hanadi Jaradat)
Let me tell you what would follow such a fatal act

(Chorus)
Fatal act, shh!!

(Hanadi Jaradat)
If Zwi destroys your art
I pity them all
I'll wait for three weeks
And when three weeks are up
I'll come to him by night
I'll take him by the throat
And...
This I'll give you Zwi
That I'll give you Zwi
This I'll give you Zwi
Here's my little present if your art is taken down!

(Ariel Sharon)
"It's an evil spirit! May it fall into the river; may it sink into the earth. Such a dark and horrible dream. And to think it was brought on by those artists. If Hanadi Jaradat, may she never rest in peace, took the trouble to come all the way from the other world to tell us about the art, all we can say is that it is all for the best, and it couldn't possibly be any better. Amen."

(Dror and Gunilla Sköld Feiler)
"Amen."

(Zwi Mazel)
A blessing on their heads, mazeltov, mazeltov
Just like Snow White said, mazeltov, mazeltov
We'll have no freedom of speech
So much more will we reach
Such good lessons will we teach

(Doron Lurie)
I’m still the arbiter of taste

(Ariel Sharon)
Mazeltov, mazeltov

(Robert Rydberg)
What a pity, what a waste

(Zwi Mazel)
Mazeltov, mazeltov

(Ariel Sharon)
But since Snow White’s destroyed
What‘s left to avoid?

(Zwi Mazel)
The Madness of Truth

(Both)
The Madness of Truth
The Madness of Truth
The Madness of Truth

 
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