My landlady in Strasbourg and I were watching French news this morning. The story about the Iranian President’s oh so predictable comments about Israel was being shown. She turned to me and said,
You know I was taking my daughter to school the other day and I noticed the driver was North African, to pass the time of day I asked him if he was observing Ramadan
“Yes” he said,
“How long does it go on for?”, I asked
“About 40 days.”
“That must be tough. I guess you might wish you were Jewish at least their fast is only for one day?”
“Jews are not human, he replied.
“You know”, she said to me, “he was a young man, born here in Strasbourg, the home of France’s oldest settled Jewish community, I worry for my children.”
So do I.