PALESTINE: Tohuvavohu

The Hebrew phrase which is translated as "without form and void" in Genesis 1:2, is tohnvavohu. It is still highly current. Germans use it a lot these days to mean utter tarfu. In Palestine, too, it means chaos. Last week the situation in Palestine could only be described as tohuvavohu.

"Most Anxious." On Good Friday a small procession wound along the Via Dolorosa. At each station of Christ's journey to Calvary, Archbishop Arthur Hughes, Papal Internuncio at Cairo, genuflected and intoned a prayer; the crowd knelt on the cobbled street and answered. Along the route stood mildly curious Arab Tommy-gunners.


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