Last night, just as Shabbat was coming in, a white UN helicopter did its rounds just outside our guesthouse on the Lebanese border, just as it did tonight.
Before that, we went for a walk and encountered a house with
Tibetan prayer flags
and then the
which was dried up but still worth seeing. There, just by No-man's land, we encountered two students from Jerusalem who were studying with
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
one of the greatest Talmudic experts around today. They were interested in why we had made aliyah from Britain and also knew a fair bit about
Abraham ibn Ezra
especially his lesser-known mathematical and scientific leanings.
We also discussed the
British academic boycott threat against Israeli academics
I said I was sure it must be illegal. And sure enough, it is.
How this makes Britain look in the eyes of the world, I don't know, but surely any General Secretary with an ounce of intelligence would have looked into the legality of such a move well before now.
But Britain has been so full of denial in the last seven years that even this:
does not surprise anyone any more.