Posted during the jury deliberations:

I am just about to leave for the court and I wanted to leave people some questions to ponder. Mr. West, for the prosecution, at the end of the rebuttal assured the jury emphatically that there was no discrimination in this case because of the defendant’s race or religion. I am wondering how fair a statement we can consider this given the fact that Dr. Dhafir, a highly regarded person in his community, has spent the last two years in prison without bail. Has Dr. Dhafir really had the right of being held innocent until proven guilty extended to him?

Last year, in France, novels from a Jewish writer who was killed in Auschwitz were posthumously published to wide acclaim. The writer’s daughter had recently transcribed her mother’s hand written notes and found two complete novels. Both novels speak to the circumstances of the time, occupied France. One sentence from the article that I read about the books has stayed with me. The author of the article, talking about the second book says: “The second, Dolce, is a more studied and literary portrait of a small village, Bussy, at the very beginning of the occupation, and of the first tentative complicities of collaboration.”

I have thought about this sentence a lot since I read it. In particular, I’ve thought a great deal about these words. “…the first tentative complicities of collaboration”. And I ask others to consider when the first tentative complicities of collaboration began?

Was it when the Jews lost their jobs and no one spoke out? Or when they had to register and wear a Star of David, and no one spoke out? Or was it when their assets were confiscated, their properties taken from them and they were put into ghettos and no one spoke out? Or was it when they were put on the trains and transported to the camps? When?