One of the arguments used by vile though highly professional journalist Maxim Shevchenko (I wonder why journalists like him are always popular? However, this is a subject for another posting) – in his discussion with Victor Shenderovich about the operation in Gaza sounds roughly like this:
It is just impossible that all world mass-media and all people of entire planet (non-Arabs and non-Muslims) would all at once lie (or all at once be mistaken), saying that Israel is a merciless aggressor and children murderer! It is just impossible that "entire company is marching out of step and Israel alone – in step."
Frankly speaking, the argument is rather trivial and practically zero-risk. But "zero-risk" does not mean "true". Yes, indeed, there is a nation on this planet that is always marching out of steps. It is not because they do not want to be like everyone else. It is because they cannot. There is no rational explanation to this fact, but it does not abolish the fact itself.
When entire mankind was placing numerous idols in their temples – this people point-blank refused worshiping statuettes, revering some incomprehensible, invisible and formless single God. And for being so stubborn they had by the way lots of troubles from all their civilized neighbors: Egypt, Babylon, Greece, Rome…
There passed some time, and what had been considered a common norm in civilized world before - turned out to be a primitive savagery, and all civilized nations en-mass switched over to monotheism. People that had marched out of step appeared to be right, while the others were not.
Do you think that harmony established among the nations in the world? Alas, no! One nation persistently marched out of step. You are going to laugh your head off – but it was the same nation again who had had hard times with the pagans before. And this time – all over again, the other nations accused this people of savagery, of failure to understand the tendencies of the development of modern world, of practicing disgusting rituals. And just as before, this people was beaten, slaughtered, banished, humiliated – as usually done with those who is not marching in steps.
Some more time passed, and most of nations of the world accepted the idea of pluralism and multiculturalism. It should seem logical that marching in steps must have lost its topicality, and from now on everyone is free to march as he likes.
Not completely, as appears. For some unexplainable reason, one nation, although marched out of step like others, did it however in a different way. For some reason, for any other nation it was considered completely normal to defend its independence when needed, sometimes wage wars, sometimes occupy territories in result of those wars. Although – not for this nation. In some inscrutable way, this nation appeared to be marching out of steps even in the line of those marching out of steps. For some reason, out of ten million refugees worldwide eight million do not interest anyone, but the remaining two million – interest everyone. Maybe these two million live worse then others? Quite the contrary! Exactly these very two millions receive about 75% of funds allocated by the whole world for refugees; exactly these very two millions have the highest life expectancy and living standards, and the lowest death-rate. Any other refugees in their second generation stop being refugees, acquiring the status of citizens of the state X born in the family of refugees from the state Y. But the Palestinian refugee is the inherited status. Out of today’s Palestinian refugees no more than 10% are those who indeed left of were expelled from their birth-places. But their children and grand-children for some reason continue being considered refugees. Can you name any convincing explanation to this other than they fled from the people that is marching out of steps?
There are unfortunately many conflicts in the world where tremendous numbers of lives are lost. Can you answer straight off which side you are taking in the conflict between Tutsi and Hutu, or between Croatians and Bosnians, or between Armenians and Azerbaijanis? Do you often happen to hear about those conflicts? And what about the Israeli – Palestinian conflict? Can you suggest any rational explanation to this?
It happens sometimes in this world that one country by military action occupies the territory of another country, and later annexes the occupied territory, that is - appends it to its own territory. Or finds some other way of establishing control over the occupied territory. Let’s say, just for the last half-century were occupied territories of Tibet (by China), Chad (by Libya), Somali (by Ethiopia). Did you happen to read much in the newspapers about those occupied territories? And what about those territories occupied by Israel? Can you explain this in any rational way?
You often reproach the Jews for considering themselves chosen or peculiar people. Here, I wrote a little about this peculiarity… Peculiarity, which consists in the fact that this people for more than three thousand years already has been marching out of steps. It turns out that it does happen. And for some reason, the rest of the world, while marching in steps, considers the book about the history of Jews who are out of steps the most widely read one; and call their pride all those marching out of steps Einsteins, Freuds and Maimonides’… Strange, ha?..
Original in Russian: http://lugovsa.livejournal.com/639716.html
Author's blog: http://lugovsa.net/
Published in Russian-language community: http://community.livejournal.com/nasha_pravda_il/80376.html
* A letter to CNN from Moscow: your coverage of the Gaza conflict
|To CNN International Edition|
I am an American citizen living and working in Moscow, Russia. My choice of western TV News here is limited, and I spend a fair amount of time watching the CNN International Edition. During the height of the conflict in Gaza I watched more than the usual, and became so disappointed with your unbalanced coverage, that I decided to write this letter.
If I were totally unfamiliar with the issue, by watching your channel I would have formed the opinion that Israel is a terrorist state that has no mercy for “Palestinian” women and children, and even specifically targets them. No other conclusion is possible when 90% of the coverage is devoted to pictures of destroyed houses, schools and mosques, and to funerals, without mentioning that:
· Hamas strategically places women and children in harm’s way (for your cameras)
· Hamas produces amateur weapons in residential buildings, schools and mosques
· Since Israel left Gaza, over 3000 rockets were fired at it from this Hamas-controlled territory
· Israel continues to supply Gaza with water and electricity (for free)- even during the hostilities
Israel’s point of view also makes it into your cameras, but it has no chance to register being so overwhelmed by the Arab side of the story. Is it possible to fairly report on a conflict while devoting 90% of the coverage to the sufferings of one side? Would you consider it fair and balanced today to report in great detail on the sufferings of the German people during the 1945 bombing of Berlin, with no mention of the Nazi atrocities and only a fleeting mention that the Nazis did something bad to start the war?
Your news programs are a significant factor in forming opinions around the world. Many of the people watching are open-minded and may have no prior knowledge of the issue, and it is no surprise that some of them participate in anti-Israel demonstrations, including ones with openly fascist rhetoric. These people don’t know that Israel left Gaza with infrastructure, including agriculture that could be cultivated– but Hamas is not interested in growing food, only in making bombs and rockets and shooting them at Israel. I know that because I visited Israel and talked to people – but I would never have learnt it if I relied only on your reporters for information.
I tried to understand why your coverage is so biased. Do pictures of dead people bring good ratings? Is it easier to paint Israel as the aggressor rather than Hamas? Certainly it is true in all moslem countries and most of Europe by now (thanks in part to you). My explanations seemed to be incomplete until I paid attention to the commercials between your newscasts:
· Traveling to Egypt
· Qatar Airlines
· Royal Jordanian Airlines
· Bank of Kuweit
· ORASCOM Companies
Is it a coincidence or does the fear to offend your Arab sponsors take priority over fairness and balance in reporting the truth? The answer seems obvious to me.
I hereby accuse you, CNN, of unfair reporting for the sake of your bottom line. I hold you, CNN, partially responsible for the demonstrations held around the world and for the financial support your coverage will bring to terrorists like HAMAS.
I am not a radical and I know my limitations. I cannot fight CNN, but I will make every effort to share this information with as many people as possible.
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Russian translation: http://www.sem40.ru/politics/discussion/22585/
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Take a stand!
Sign the petition against British National Union of Journalists and the University and College Union calling for boycott of Israel!
A Call For Moral Outrage Over the British Boycott
By Abraham H. Foxman
National Director of the Anti-Defamation League
This article originally appeared in The Jerusalem Post on June 13, 2007
As the British institution for academics, the University and College Union (UCU), took another step toward passage of a resolution to boycott Israeli universities - this time calling for an educational process around the country to educate faculty on why a boycott would be a good thing - the question is: What should be done about it?
For me, the example was set by Prof. Stephen Weinberg of the University of Texas, a Nobel Laureate in physics, who recently cancelled an invitation to speak at Imperial College, London, making it clear that he could not in good conscience ignore the fact that the British University system was looking to boycott Israeli academics. This most courageous individual wasn't responding to any organized call, but was acting out of a sense of moral outrage, and was doing something truly important.
I believe what we need is such moral outrage multiplied by thousands, in a variety of ways. We need not tell people how they should express their outrage but, rather, that they need to express it their way. For some, this may mean following Prof. Weinberg's path. For others, it may mean sending individual letters or signing petitions to British officials, writing letters to the editor or op-eds, joining online chats and responding to blogs, and/or supporting advertisements in American or British newspapers.
Whatever way is chosen, the moral outrage should be loud and clear.
In communities around the United States, people must not only speak out themselves but appeal to religious, political, union and cultural leaders to express their own indignation.
Is this an overreaction? After all, it could be argued that the UCU only passed resolutions demanding that the leadership educate the membership on the need to boycott Israeli academics, not an actual boycott.
But this is no time for complacency. After last year's bruising battle at the Association of University Teachers, the predecessor to the UCU, there was hope that this issue might be put to rest or that at least, if it came before the UCU, no action would be taken.
Now more damaging steps have been voted on, and other unions have vowed to follow suit.
Just days after the UCU resolutions were approved the UK's largest labor union, Unison, representing a staggering 1.3 million members, said it had scheduled a vote on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli goods and investments in Israeli pension funds. This followed on the heels of the UCU vote and a boycott resolution approved by the British National Union of Journalists, which all but abandoned the profession's mandate of objectivity to excoriate Israel's role in the 2006 war against Hizbullah in Lebanon, outrageously described as a "pre-planned attack."
We must view this process as if an oncologist has discovered a small tumor which, if not excised, will take over the organism.
Why should it stop with the UK? If it can happen there, who's to say that in other Western European countries, where anti-Israel fervor in some sections may be as strong or stronger, others will not be emboldened to replicate or outdo British initiatives?
Let's be clear: Such boycott efforts are dangerous and bigoted. Some are motivated by anti-Semitism, but even where they are not, they create a climate that legitimizes anti-Jewish activity.
At a time when Islamic extremists on Israel's northern and southern borders are calling for Israel's destruction, when Iran is daily threatening Israel and is building a nuclear bomb, such one-sided actions against the State of Israel constitute the most egregious anti-Jewish behavior in the West in many years.
One doesn't have to be a Zionist to recognize that these resolutions are one-sided, ignoring Palestinian terrorism and extremism, that they are destructive to any hope of converting the Palestinians to a peaceful approach to Israel; and that they violate all norms of academic freedom and other forms of open, democratic societies.
They are also hypocritical. Even as the British academics' union continues to maintain ties with trade unionists in Zimbabwe and Colombia and remain silent about other regimes around the world with deplorable human rights records and labor practices, it proposes severing ties with its academic brethren in Israel, a democratic state where many labor leaders have been the most outspoken and fervent advocates for dialogue with the Palestinian people and the peace process.
It is time to stand up.
Egyptian Islamic cleric is calling for another Holocaust, this time by a Muslim hands, all that with the death camps videos and photos on the background. He's praising the Holocaust, the suffering of the Jews, he's enjoying that and praising Allah.
Originally posted by http://mankala.livejournal.com/
Pierre Rehov is fighting against the inundation of pro-Hamas propaganda that floods the Internet and the mainstream media. He has created a few clips that illuminate some important aspects of the jihad against Israel.
Here is a fun one -- "How to make a Hamas hero":
And this one answers the question, Do Islamic jihadists really believe they will be given 72 virgins in Paradise?
Here is some exclusive material, cut from one of Pierre's films -- a segment filmed at an Israeli check point:
You can find all of Pierre's clips here, and his website here.Original posting: http://mankala.livejournal.com/19491.html
These words are written a short distance away from the most northern hit, so far, of the Hamas missiles, which are methodically aimed only at civilian population in Israel. You may refer to this message as "A View from the Target Zone".
For eight years, approximately 5000 rockets have been sent deliberately into Israeli population centers, by the Hamas terrorists. The rockets are extremely inaccurate. The good news is that they often hit an empty field. The bad news is that, when they do hit buildings and people, they kill, maim and destroy. It is a very ugly game of Iranian Roulette.
But the most significant fact is that the undisputed purpose of the rockets is to kill civilians in a random manner. Since they miss entire towns, they could not possibly be aimed at military or strategic targets. No claim is made by the Hamas of anything other than a deliberate attempt to kill civilians within Israel. The world knows about the rockets but rarely mentions that they are aimed only at the civilian population and at nothing else.
The Hamas consistently refers to Israel itself as "the occupied territory". It refers to any town in Israel as an "illegal settlement". Its declared aim is to destroy Israel. It has proudly endorsed, initiated and sent numerous suicide murderers into Israeli buses, supermarkets, shopping malls, weddings and other crowded places. It explicitly states that it will continue to do so. Since Israel succeeded in preventing the suicide murders by a combination of the protective wall, other defensive measures and good intelligence penetration, the missiles became the preferred way of killing Israeli civilians.
Hamas is declared to be a terrorist organization, not only by Israel, not only by the US, but also by the European Union, who is not suspected of being pro-Israeli. This is the same European Union that refuses to label the Hizbullah as a terror organization, but repeatedly and officially declares the Hamas as such. Hamas is fully funded and largely controlled by Iran, a country openly and totally committed to the destruction of Israel, while continuing to enjoy trade with much of the western world.
The Hamas media, and especially its independent TV station, carry daily children programs (including programs for kindergarten age) depicting the Jews (and not only the Israelis) as pigs, dogs, scum of the earth and creatures that must be killed. One of these program features a rabbit which eats Jews. There is plenty of documentation of these programs, including animations and programs with child presenters. Major western news media never report on this phenomenon, while some of them publish op-ed pieces by declared Hamas leaders.
The favorite hour of launching the daily Hamas rockets during the last eight years was 7:45 in the morning, but only on weekdays. Why? Because this is the time in which the streets are full of Israeli children, on their way to school. No one wants to waste rockets when no children are in the streets, during the weekend.
Eight year old children in the Israeli town of Sderot, a few miles from the Gaza border, live, since they were born, with these rockets. They know no other life. When the alarm sounds, they have exactly 15 seconds to reach an improvised cover. Eighth grade children, age 13, have never gone to school, since kindergarten, without the real threat of having a rocket hit them on the way. Their parents have never felt safe about sending their child to school. It is very difficult for anyone living in a normal safe place, to imagine what it means to send your child to school, every single day, for eight years, with the fear that he or she may never reach school because of a missile attack, aimed at killing the children. The world seems to accept this.
Israel withdrew from the Gaza strip in 2005. Not one Israeli soldier or civilian remained there. Everything was ready for the people of Gaza to start a new life and economic development. There was no blockade, border crossings were open. Instead came increased shooting of rockets into Israel, a Hamas coup, throwing Fatah Palestinians from roofs of buildings to their death and torturing their own people in their prisons. It is regrettable that Israel did not react with full force to the very first rockets after its withdrawal from Gaza, but there was always the naïve illusion that perhaps talks, discussions, verbal threats and temporary closings of the border crossings, might do the job. What Israel did not take into account was that Iran, directly or through Hizbullah, was paying the Hamas operatives, per rocket launch.
Through the elaborate system of tunnels dug by the Hamas under the Gaza-Egypt border, thousands of tons of explosives and larger and better Iranian missiles have been continuously smuggled into Gaza. The Israeli Government stupidly agreed in mid 2008, to a six-month cease fire. During the "mock cease fire", many rockets were launched into Israel by a variety of real and fictitious Palestinian organizations, with a clear Hamas sub-license, pretending that the Hamas itself is observing the cease fire.
In the meantime, the Hamas could successfully prepare for the next round. It acquired Iranian rockets that were equally inaccurate, but carried larger warheads, had a longer range and contained numerous tiny steel balls, in order to increase the civilian casualties over a larger radius. Again, the inaccuracy of the rockets guaranteed that they could only be sent into random civilian targets. But now the rocket range covered a population of close to one million Israelis and the damage is much more significant.
Larger and better rockets were now stored in mosques, schools, hospitals and normal apartment buildings. Mortars were added to the menu of shooting at Israeli civilians. Schools financed by the UN were used in order to launch mortar shells and missiles. The greenhouses left intact by the withdrawing Israelis were destroyed, their metal parts were converted to primitive rockets and their locations became favorite launching areas. Launching rockets at the Israeli population brings a much better income than growing strawberries and flowers in greenhouses.
Whenever Israel opened the border crossings to supply Gaza with basic food and fuel, the Hamas was attempting to blow up the crossing points. Providing too much food and fuel would disturb the flourishing black market totally controlled by the Hamas chiefs and their allies. It would also spoil their propaganda machine. Most supplies were transported through the tunnels from Egypt, under Hamas auspices, creating a lucrative business for the Hamas "families".
The absurd notion that Israel must supply fuel, electricity, food and medication to an outlaw region controlled by a terror organization, became a permanent mantra in the western media. Israel was supposed to provide the Hamas with raw materials for the rockets launched at its citizens, with electricity for the machinery used to produce these rockets, with food for its designers and manufacturers, and with building materials in order to construct safe bunkers for the Hamas leadership under schools and hospitals. On one hand the Hamas was claimed to have been the legitimate democratically elected government of the majority of the population and on the other hand the population, that allegedly elected these thugs, was declared innocent and suffering. The inconsistency was never pointed out.
Once the border crossing was closed, as a result of the repeated Hamas attacks, the international game of a "humanitarian crisis" was successfully played, with full cooperation of the western media. Famous incidents included photographs of poor Gaza residents with candles and (allegedly) no electricity, staged behind black curtains in full outside daylight (visible through cracks between the curtains). Most western media happily used these fake pictures and, when the lie was exposed, never mentioned it. Hamas leaders were never lacking food, fuel, electricity, luxurious private vehicles and all amenities of well to do black market profiteers.
Very few western journalists remained in Gaza, after several were kidnapped by the Hamas. Almost all reports to western media come from Palestinians, who are either sympathetic to Hamas, or afraid of it, or openly active in its ranks, or all of the above. The reader of the New York Times, or the viewer of a European TV network, never notices who provides him or her with the news. All photographs, both stills and videos, are provided by Palestinian operatives, who would stop at nothing in order to support the propaganda machine. On western TV, Hamas rockets are launched only from empty fields, never from a school or a crowded neighborhood, as it is in real life.
United Nation sources in Gaza are often quoted, condemning Israel for the "Humanitarian Crisis". But these sources are normally employees of UNRWA, the UN agency that, since 1948, makes every effort to perpetuate the "refugee" status of the great-grandchildren of the 1948 refugees. The grandparents of these "refugees" were displaced 60 years ago by a distance of a 20 minute drive and were never resettled because they were receiving free food from the UN. The UN objected vehemently to any attempt at settling the refugees, their children and grandchildren. The few real refugees, who remain alive today, and are 80 year old, were 18 year old when they were displaced. All the terrorists are third or fourth generation "refugees" held as such, courtesy of UNRWA.
These UN organizations employ, by their own admission, numerous active Hamas members. When the latter make statements on behalf of "UN sources in Gaza", the Palestinian journalists never mention to us who these "UN sources" are. The public gets the impression that these are truthful objective sources, while being fed with standard Hamas lies. Western media never disclose to us that the jobs of these people depend on perpetuating the misery of the so-called "refugees".
A Headmaster and science teacher of one of the UNRWA schools in Gaza was a leader in the rocket industry of the Islamic Jihad, a satellite terror organization in Gaza, collaborating with Hamas. The UN strongly denied the Israeli accusations that they are employing such a person, until the man was killed by Israel and was eulogized by his friends as a leader of the Islamic Jihad and a designer of rockets.
When Israeli truck drivers were bringing the humanitarian supplies to Gaza, during the period of Hamas rocket fire, they were frequently attacked by Hamas. At least one Israeli truck driver, supplying the Palestinians, was deliberately murdered. No protest was launched by the UN. But, when during the current fighting, an Arab truck driver, employed by the UN, was accidentally killed, the UN became indignant and stopped all its "humanitarian" activity in protest, to the tune of loud denunciations from all "UN sources".
The Israeli defense forces monitor every detail of this fantasyland by using airborne drones and by a very successful intelligence penetration of the Hamas ranks. They know which apartment building serves as a missile storage place, the addresses and phone numbers of Hamas leaders, which school serves as an ammunition depot, etc.
When the six-month "ceasefire" ended, in mid December, Hamas refused to continue it, launching 90 rockets into Israeli towns and villages in one day. In retrospect, this has prevented a much more dangerous future situation. Had there been an additional "ceasefire", Hamas would have acquired rockets covering all of Israel and possibly much more accurate Iranian missiles. The Iranian supply line of explosives and weapons, together with the flourishing business of smuggled goods, went through the tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border with efficiency and regularity. Had such efficiency been attempted in improving the lives of the Palestinians in Gaza, the entire Middle East would have been an entirely different place. But, coupled with the weapon smuggling, it was essential to create the charade of the "Humanitarian Crisis".
During the current operation, when the Israeli Air Force wants to blow up a house which serves as a missile storage, Israel phones every family in the house and gives them 15 minutes to evacuate. The Hamas is then sending the women and children to the roof of the building in order to prevent the Israeli aircraft from making the kill. Israel has now developed a tiny arrow-like missile which can be sent to the corner of the roof, making a loud noise and harming no one, in order to scare away the women and children on the roof, before the real bomb destroys the missile collection or the explosive storage place. Often, the women and children used by the Hamas as a human shield, escape and the house is then blown up, with a spectacular secondary explosion of the stored missiles or other war materials. On other occasions, a Hamas person gets to the roof and prevents the women and children from leaving. In those cases, the operation is not completed by the Israeli Air Force, in order to spare civilian lives, at the risk of having the rockets launched into Israel on the following day.
Never in history, has any country made such an enormous effort to avoid civilian casualties, in fighting against murderers who target only civilians and never anything else. No one in Kosovo, Serbia, Georgia or Iraq, was offered such a courtesy by the bombing and attacking powers. This fact is never mentioned by the western media.
Many of the heroic commanders of the Hamas are hiding in the central hospital of Gaza, in an elaborate network of bunkers, trusting that Israel will not attack the hospital. Hamas spokesmen issue proclamations from the maternity ward of the same hospital, knowing that Israel will not hit them there. Ironically, of all non-Israelis, the Hamas leaders are the only ones who know for sure that Israel never deliberately hurts civilians. They exploit this fact. The rest of the world buys the Hamas lies and blames Israel for hurting civilians.
Repeated claims of "humanitarian crisis" are made from the same hospital. The doctors in charge never tell us that the hiding leaders of the Hamas are using them and the patients as human shields. Whether the doctors are only scared or are deliberate accomplices, we do not know. Probably some are active Hamas members and others are justifiably scared to speak up. We never hear a word from the International Red Cross regarding the use of the hospitals as the headquarters of terror leaders.
One of the most horrible "impartial" testimonies on the humanitarian situation, in the hospital, is delivered repeatedly to the western media by a "Norwegian Doctor" serving there. The man is well known from his 2001 interviews with Norwegian TV, in which he explicitly supported and justified the 9/11 attacks. Needless to say, none of the networks who bring us the righteous doctor, mention this. He is just "A Norwegian Doctor" attending to the wounded.
Palestinian ambulances are routinely used to move terrorists around. This has also been the Palestinian practice in the West Bank during the terror wave in 2001-2002. An ambulance is an ideal method of transporting a suicide murderer across check points. In the unlucky case that the criminal is caught, there is at least a good press photograph of the ugly Israelis attacking or stopping an ambulance. It is a win-win situation. If an ambulance full of healthy Hamas terrorists and explosives is hit from the air, the pictures are even better for the western media and for Al Jazeera.
Several Hamas leaders are moving around Gaza surrounded by children, and often holding a child on their arms. There are well documented cases in which Hamas terrorists were pulling reluctant children by their ears to accompany them when they move from one building to another. None of this is mentioned by the western media.
Several Mosques, which were used as ammunition dumps, were destroyed by Israel. In every one of these cases, the air photographs showed a primary explosion, from the air missile or bomb, and a much bigger secondary explosion, from the stored missiles or other explosives in the mosque. The secondary explosion is an absolute clear proof of what was hidden at the mosque. The normal beautiful carpets in a mosque would not create a secondary explosion. Western media have these videos, but rarely show them or mention their existence.
But the same western media repeatedly show the pictures of injured or dead children, some of whom were indeed accidentally injured or killed by the Israeli attacks on military and terror targets, and some are obviously fake pictures with red paint smeared on children faces. At least in one case, the same child, obviously painted and not injured, has been paraded in front of various TV cameras by several different men, each declared to be his father by a different network.
Children and innocent civilians are, indeed, killed and injured, in spite of all the enormous precautions and efforts of the Israeli forces. This is truly tragic. But the only alternative for Israel is to sit still, absorb the thousands of missiles on its civilian population and wait for bigger, deadlier and longer range missiles to start destroying everything in Israel. Israel is offered a choice between a complete national suicide, on one hand, and an attack on the terrorists, with extraordinary measures to avoid civilian casualties, but with the knowledge that such casualties must occur when the other side is using children as human shields, storing explosives in mosques, shooting mortars from schools and hiding the perpetrators in hospitals.
Most Hamas terrorists hide in safe bunkers, leaving their families in the war zone. They are happy to fight to the last Palestinian civilian, not to the last Hamas terrorist. Women and children are moving within the battlegrounds, with Hamas snipers shooting, using them as cover. The women and children are not allowed into the limited space of the Hamas bunkers. More than once, a woman is observed carrying a suicide belt. Israeli soldiers, who are trying to help these women to move safely away from the fighting area, are at a very serious risk of a suicide murder.
When the Hamas terrorists are killed, they are counted by the "UN Sources" as civilians. That is how the "UN sources" reach the huge numbers of dead civilians they are reporting. Interestingly, Al Jazeera almost never shows dead bodies of young males, and the western media, being fed by Palestinian stringers, follow suit.
The Hamas TV ("Al Aksa TV") and Al Jazeera show, 24 hours a day, repeated video clips with loud music, showing injured bloody children, including some body parts. Some injuries are real, some are not, but the videos are shown nonstop between every two news items. The news items themselves are often lies, but that really does not matter. What do matter are the video clips, edited like commercials, brainwashing a worldwide audience and a new generation of future terror sympathizers.
A video taken several years ago in Gaza, surfaced. The video documents an accidental explosion of a Hamas truck, carrying a large number of missiles, among celebrating Palestinians somewhere in Gaza. Many were killed and injured in this accident, and the pictures were devastating. There is no Israeli involvement whatsoever, and the event happened a few years ago. European networks, including France 2, are showing it now as evidence for the current "criminal" behavior of Israel. The French channel apologized later, but the number of people who heard the apology is significantly fewer than those who saw the horrible pictures and believed the lies. In this case, at least, the hoax was delivered by the Hamas and France 2 was apparently the victim, not the perpetrator, as it definitely was in well known previous cases.
Israel opens the border crossings daily, during the fighting, in order to provide basic food ingredients and medication to the civilian population. No one can remember such a gesture in any other war in history, certainly not toward the side that attacks only civilians and repeatedly announces that its only aim is to totally annihilate its opponent. Most of the supplies are captured by the Hamas terrorists and used for their own troops and their flourishing black market, never providing them in an organized way to the population. "UN sources" claim that not enough food is transmitted.
That the Hamas murderers use these tactics, lies and methods, is not at all surprising. That the international community, with all its investigative reporters, swallows these lies so eagerly, without exposing them, is something which demands an explanation.
H. Harari (now 68), professor of Physics, served as President of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel from 1988 to 2001. He joined the Institute 1967, becoming an Associate Professor at 26, the youngest ever. He became a Full Professor (Annenberg Chair of High Energy Physics), three years later. In 1999 he was appointed an "Institute Professor". He made several major contributions to Particle Physics and, in 1975, he was the first to synthesize the full "standard model" of six quarks and six leptons in its present form.
From 1979 to 1985, he served as Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of Israel's Council for Higher Education. In the field of education, Harari served as a Dean of the Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute (1972-1978), and was a co-Founder of "Perach", a national tutoring program for underprivileged children in Israel, currently involving 30,000 university students, helping a similar number of children. The "Perach" project has been awarded the 2008 Israel Prize for contribution to the society and State.
For years we have been fed with stories about terrible situation in which Gaza inhabitants live.
Ask any ordinary German - not to mention an Arab: How does Gaza look?
And you will get full bunch of answers about barracks, tents, temporary shelters, etc... About the inhabitants living in horrible conditions of cooped and tiny housings… About children experiencing psychological trauma, and so on and so forth… And all this is an exclusive guilt of Zionist aggressor, who forbids, prevents, impedes… And that is why – the poor inhabitants of this eternal island of poverty have no other choice but struggle, etc… To make the long story short – the situation in Gaza is worse than that in the poorest African province, and the living standards are so terrible there - that the whole world must stand up against Zionists to protect the poor Gaza… This is more or less the answer you would be readily given…
Are you ready? Please, sit down if you stand, because you are going to be knocked-out now at the view of those "slums" that the Prophets named – I wonder, why? – the Palaces of Gaza…
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Translation by yu_lidiska from Russian summary (in comment by http://hanka.livejournal.com/):
In summer 2005, right after Israeli army's withdrawal, the wave of kidnapping of journalists surged in Gaza. For just a year and a half, more than 10 journalists were kidnapped, including:
August 2005: France 3 soundman Mohamed Ouathi abducted in Gaza
September 2005: Corriere della Sera journalist Lorenzo Cremonesi abducted in Gaza
March 2006: KBS journalist Yong Tae-young abducted in Gaza
August 2006: Fox News journalist Steve Centanni abducted in Gaza
August 2006: Fox News cameraman Olaf Wiig abducted in Gaza
October 2006: Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti abducted in Gaza
January 2007: Agence France-Presse photographer Jaime Razuri abducted in Gaza
March 2007: BBC correspondent Alan Johnston abducted in Gaza*
[*Verification of names spelling per http://cpj.org/2007/03/journalists-abducted-gaza-strip-200407-bbc-corresp.php - yu_lidiska]
For some of the hostages, the kidnappers demanded ransom or release of prisoners, the others were set free under no specific conditions. Some were let go after few hours, the others were kept captive several days or weeks. It was obvious that the main reason for abductions was to show to the journalists who "the boss" in Gaza is, and what will happen to them if they write / say / show things that are not to the "bosses" taste. The journalists took the hint, and when the BBC correspondent Alan Johnston was kidnapped on the 12th of March, 2007 (he was released only 4 months later) – no foreign correspondents remained in Gaza.
For almost two years any information from Gaza was coming from the Palestinian journalists either employed by or freelancing for different mass-media. By strange coincidence, during these two years, those Palestinian journalists have never ever communicated any reportage / photo / video about for instance, launching rockets over Israel from populated areas of Gaza strip, or about constructing Hamas' command bunkers in hospitals, or about armories in the mosques, or about setting on fire churches and Christian clubs, or about wrecking and ruining all Internet-café's in Gaza. Palestinian journalists knew what to expect in case of their "improper behavior": more than 50 journalists were arrested by Hamas between June 2007 and August 2008. One of them, Sawah Abu Saif - a Palestinian cameraman working for the German broadcaster ARD, was detained and tortured by Hamas' security forces in July 2008.
For these two years, no foreign journalist ever tried to settle in Gaza, although no-one formally prevented that. However, when Israeli army started the anti-terrorist operation, the situation abruptly changed. The foreign journalists suddenly felt urgent necessity to get into Gaza which was declared a closed military zone at that time. Mass-media launched a campaign accusing Israeli government in infringement of freedom of press (no such campaign was ever held when the journalists were kidnapped or arrested). The foreign press association in Israel registered a claim against Israeli government (nobody ever registered any claim to any court when the journalists were kidnapped or arrested).
Question #1: What changed? Why the journalists and the editorial officials in their respective agencies decided that it would be safe now in Gaza?
Choose the correct answer from the below options:
a) Journalists got infected with suicidal virus and completely lost their self-preservation instinct.
b) The agencies managed to equip their journalists with bulletproof magic invisibility-hats with built-in microphones and anti-kidnappers-repellent sprinkles.
c) All leaders of armed units in Gaza for the past two year finished the Institute for Noble Maidens and solemnly swore on blood to protect the journalists.
d) The journalists and their agencies knew that the moment enter Gaza they would immediately get under full control by Hamas, and having no possibility for any unbiased journalism they would be used solely as a mouthpiece for Hamas propaganda, broadcasting exclusively the information that suits Hamas. And since Hamas is the first to be interested in such propaganda, the kidnapping and arresting the journalists would be temporarily halted.
Question #2: How many newspapers (worldwide) published the information about the arrest and tortures of Sawah Abu Saif?
Choose the correct answer from the below options:
d) more than 1000
Question #3: How many newspapers (worldwide) wrote about the restriction of access to Gaza for the journalists imposed by Israeli army during the hostilities?
Choose the correct answer from the below options:
d) more than 1000
Correct answers: 1d, 2a, 3d
All video and photo materials from the Gaza conflict zone come from two sources: either from Palestinian cameramen controlled by Hamas, or from Israeli army’s cameramen: http://www.youtube.com/user/idfnadesk
Foreign press association in Israel called upon all its members (e.g. practically all mass-media) to boycotting all materials from one of these sources and not publishing them in any sort of media.
Question #1: Which one of the above two sources is the foreign press association urges to boycott?
Question #2: Is it possible to maintain the basic journalistic ethics principle of unbiased and objective coverage in the situation of such boycott?
1) Foreign press urges boycott of Israeli army footage after attack:
2) Guess for yourself
In 2008 – beginning of 2009 there were several military operations in the world, of approximately the same character and scale: Turkish army operation against Kurdish labor party, Sri Lanka army against the Tamil Tigers and Israeli army against Hamas.
Question #1: How many journalists covered the Turkish army’s operation against Kurdish labor party?
d) More than 1000
Question #2: How many journalists gave coverage for the Sri Lanka army’s operation against the Tamil Tigers?
d) More than 1000
Question #3: How many journalists covered the Israeli army’s operation against Hamas?
d) More than 1000
Correct answers: 1a, 2a, 3d
Original posting: http://riftsh.livejournal.com/91691.html
Published in Russian-language community:
Your help and presence highly and urgently needed in "The Guardian' FORUM calling for the boycott of Israeli produce.
"Why I'm boycotting Israeli produce" is a call from Joanna Blythman. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2009/jan/23/israel-food-boycott-palestinians-gaza
Please, stand up in this fight and let our voice be heard!!!
This is what I answered to her. But there is much more to be said.
Unbelievable! Incredible! The offended have become the guilty only because Joanna has a habit of watching TV without understanding what's going on! What a pity it is,Joanna, that you haven't been watching TV for eight (!) years when Israel was suffering from merciless abuse of its children and citizens, when kids were not supposed to reach kindergarten in the morning and not were supposed to reach their home back in the afternoon - and some of them really did not manage the way because they found their death on the porch of their kindergartens. Some of them remained ruined not only because they lost their home, but also because they lost their legs, hands and functioning. Where was your voice then, Joanna?! Why that did not strike your heart, your conscience, your sense of justice?! Perhaps, you did not hear that Israel had left the Gaza Strip four years ago? What would you suggest your government should have done in case your children were in constant danger 24 hours a day for eight years having no chance to live till tomorrow? Or you were not watcing TV then?! Perhaps in case you would have found a little mercy in your ill-conscious heart and raise your voice in protection of those kids, Israel would not have had to strike Hamas and put their kids in danger?! That did not occur to you? Why? Or watching TV and making a profound research on the Israel's export, you lost your ability to critically evaluate what you see? Are you not reading newspapers? Are you so naive that you believe all the Hamas lies and agree to all the manipulations they impose on your conscious ? Did you worry about Israeli kids strong enough to talk to them and try and find out the truth? Did you read what Israelis say about it all? Or the thruth of the terroristic organisation of Hamas is just enough for you? Then why do you claim you have a right to judge? Despite all the atrocity the Israelis have been working hard in the districts of Hamas fire, not sleeping one night silently and calmly with their kids studying at home, not in school, because Hamas would not let them attend schools, in order that you could eat those wonderful products, among the best in the world. Where was your consciousness and conscience then? I suggest that you really stop buying Israeli vegetables and fruit, because from now on they'll get stuck in your throat if you give yourself a little affort to think of the tears of those Israelis who went every day to work in the fields leaving their kids behind not knowing if they would find them alive in the evening. Do you know, that some of the producers of those vegetables payed with their lives for your eating their products? You, the merciless hypocrite with double standards were eating the fruit which had been grown and payed by the tears and blood of those Israelis. I will not educate you any more. Don't eat Israeli products. Just don't. You don't deserve the honour. Just remember WHO IS PITIFUL TO WICKED IS MERCILESS TO RIGHTEOUS. Educate yourself before you take a right to judge.
This article was published in the Middle East Forum (http://www.meforum.org/) in May 2008 (!), well before the events that triggered the creation of this community were even thought of. In the recent hostilities in Gaza, UNRWA proved again its actual position supporting the terrorism. (Apropos the previous posting "Stationary Terrorism" by Yulia Latynina)
"...As we look for ways to crack down on terrorism and terrorist activity, looking at UNRWA is a good start. American taxpayer dollars fund approximately one-third of UNRWA's operating budget. UNRWA provides food, medicine, economic aid, jobs, radical education, political opportunities, and even logistical assistance to Hamas and other extremist groups. UNRWA's budget, which exceeds $365 million, is funded by many nations, but the United States and other Western nations are the largest contributors."
by Asaf Romirowsky
May 19, 2008
A few days ago an Israeli air strike killed a member of a Palestinian missile team that had been firing rockets from Gaza. Now the United Nations has come out with an unusual statement of bewilderment and utter shock as the truth has come out. The dead man, Awad al-Qiq, was a U.N. employee and headmaster of a top prep school in Gaza. He was also the chief rocket-maker for Islamic Jihad.
Mr. Al-Qiq — not surprisingly, a science teacher — worked for one of the schools run by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Now that he is out of the rocket business, the employment of such a "respectable" individual by the sole U.N. agency devoted to Palestinian refugees deserves an explanation.
In a new report by the Global Research in International Affairs Center by this author and Professor Barry Rubin, "UNRWA: Refuge of Rejectionism," the case is made that this group is a major cause of the continued Arab-Israeli conflict, the incitement of a whole generation of Palestinians to terrorist violence and even the suffering of the refugees themselves.
The report's recommendation is simple and workable: UNRWA should be dissolved and its functions divided between the far more effective and depoliticized U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Since Hamas came to power in 2006, Palestinians in the new Islamic state of Gaza have been crying out for more and more UNRWA aid. Historically, UNRWA has been the main vehicle for the perpetuation of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the United Nations. Where once it was charged with resettling Palestinians, its explicit mandate in recent decades has been to maintain them in the camps where Arab states left them some 60 years ago. Education, health and limited vocational training are provided, just enough to keep Palestinians as "refugees." UNRWA is an apparatus that maintains the status quo — a huge bureaucracy with no incentive to move toward a resolution of the Palestinian refugee problem. This arrangement is ripe for abuse.
As one of the largest employers in the host countries with Palestinian refugee camps, UNRWA is staffed mainly by local Palestinians — more than 23,000 of them, with only about 100 international U.N. professionals. The pattern of hiring within the served population is unique in the U.N. system. By contrast, UNICEF (to cite one example) avoids employing locals who are also recipients of agency services, considering it a conflict of interest. UNRWA bureaucracy has created an infrastructure for Palestinian dependency. Refugees, now in their third generation, rely on the services UNRWA provides and have no incentives to plan or implement solutions that may endanger their livelihood by rendering UNRWA's services obsolete.
It was under the leadership of former UNRWA Commissioner Peter Hansen that the organization's complicity with terror was openly exposed. In a statement to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Hansen admitted: "I am sure that there are Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll " and I don't see that as a crime."
As Hamas' genocidal agenda has become impossible to cover up, UNRWA has now resorted to professions of shock and promises of "zero tolerance." For some UNRWA's affiliation with terrorism is not a detraction but an added value that shows "diversity." As Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Arab studies at Columbia University, notes, "humanitarian and charitable institutions throughout Palestine employ personnel regardless of sectarian or political affiliation and offer services on a similar basis. Thus, UNRWA, NGO-run institutions [and] public hospitals and clinics, for example, employ members of different political groups such as Fatah, the [Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine], Hamas and Islamic Jihad, without reference to their belonging to a specific group."
As we look for ways to crack down on terrorism and terrorist activity, looking at UNRWA is a good start. American taxpayer dollars fund approximately one-third of UNRWA's operating budget. UNRWA provides food, medicine, economic aid, jobs, radical education, political opportunities, and even logistical assistance to Hamas and other extremist groups. UNRWA's budget, which exceeds $365 million, is funded by many nations, but the United States and other Western nations are the largest contributors.
Cutting off UNRWA's budget would be detrimental to Hamas in Gaza, which would be forced to either provide services to Palestinians or admit it has no intention of doing so. It would also send an important message to the United Nations, which perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem and lends legitimacy to groups like Hamas through UNRWA's continued existence.
Transferring UNRWA's services to other agencies, notably the High Commission for Refugees, which has a long and productive experience, would be another important move. And lastly, actually having the Palestinian Authority take responsibility for the social services if it is to truly govern the Palestinian people would send a signal to all parties that a future state of Palestine would be prepared to live in peace with its neighbors and itself.
Asaf Romirowsky, an associate fellow at the Middle East Forum, is manager of Israel & Middle East Affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
UNRWA: Refuge Of Rejectionism, by Barry Rubin, Asaf Romirowsky, and Jonathan Spyer, May 8, 2008
A Report from the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center
Author: Yulia Latynina http://ej.ru/?a=author&id=12
Published 15 January 2009
Israeli military forces shelled the UN school building in Jebalyah. IDF forces claim that militants were firing rockets from the school adjusting territory. UNRWA spokesperson Christopher Gunness said he was "99.99% sure" that no-one was shooting from the school.
Israeli statement is at least verisimilar: the HAMAS terrorists do not just sometimes use their own women and children as a "live shield" - they simply do not fight in any other manner.
Another issue is Christopher Gunness. How could he ascertain to "99.99%" for just a couple of hours that there was no shooting from the school? Has he questioned the fighting militants? Yes, of course. And if he asked the Germans in 1941 about the existence of concentration camps – he would surely get an answer that there weren't any concentration camps.
Imagine: terrorists seize a school in Beslan. "Alfa" forces start an assault at the seized school. And at this moment human-right defenders start screaming: how can you do it, there are children in there! With pain in their eyes terrorists report to CNN journalists that there is a shortage in medicines for the children, and that there broke out a humanitarian disaster in the school. What is the difference between Beslan and HAMAS? The only difference is that monsters in Beslan took somebody else's children hostage, while HAMAS is holding hostage their own ones.
HAMAS is a unique state formation – it represents the regime of Stationary Terrorism.
Even the most worthless state performs some complex functions: the state cares about its citizens, defends their lives. The Stationary Terrorism is different – the worse its citizens live, the better it is for the ruling armed elite.
Such regimes cannot exist without support from outside: South Ossetia cannot exist without Russia, HAMAS – without Iran.
In such regimes the citizens are unemployed – and this is exactly what is required. They must have the only option of a paid job – fire Kassam-rockets at the Jews, or sit in the trenches and gun-fire at the Georgians. The citizens don't have money – and this is exactly what is required. The only income source must be jobs that are controlled by regime. For instance, smuggling weapons and drugs through the tunnels - for a "license" to dig such a tunnel HAMAS leaders charge some 10 thousand dollars.
The basis of such regime is firing at the neighbors, whom stationary terrorists themselves invariably name "the aggressors" or "the invaders". If a neighbor does not resist, the firing increases. If a neighbor fights back – what can be better! Every single victim will be called an innocent civilian. It is the best of luck for the Stationary Terrorism – when its citizens are being killed.
Where the normal state strives to decrease the level of uncontrolled violence, the Stationary Terrorism regimes encourage its growth. In fact, the armed groups of "fighters against genocide" not as much fight against the declared enemy (more often they prefer firing Kassams from a safe distance over Sderot, or bombarding the Georgian villages) - as they humiliate, destroy and suppress their own citizens. Drunken fire exchanges and armed racket are within normal range for the authorities of such regimes.
Whose position is being expressed by human rights defenders who demand cease-fire in Gaza? These are views of the international bureaucracy that is not interested in real settlement of the conflict. It is only interested in preservation of the status-quo, which allows terrorists to continue holding their own population hostage, while numerous christopher gunnesses continue utilizing the international funds to "help" the suffering population.
The concept of "human rights defense" has been lately more and more opposing the concept of "justice". "The Justice" means that a robber sits in a jail, and a terrorist is exterminated. "The Human Rights" means today defending anyone who asks defense, even if it is a thief, a murderer or a terrorist.
The "Human Rights" concept was indispensable to resist the totalitarian regimes that supposed neither law nor justice. It looks like with end of totalitarianism this concept has been exhausted. Because whoever the "human right defenders" have been defending lately - be it HAMAS or the terrorists imprisoned in Guantanamo – they are invariably choosing to defend such scoundrels who themselves are not giving a damn for the human rights.
Original publication: http://ej.ru/?a=note&id=8742
Posted in Russian-language community: http://community.livejournal.com/nasha_pravda_il/55892.html
During the last war I deleted five friends in my LJ account and discontinued membership in two communities. I stopped listening to two musicians and speaking to three acquaintances.
This time, to the best of luck, I didn't have to break friendships. And I am trying not to watch TV, in fear that somebody who I considered a decent person would blab something like "Israel's reaction is disproportional" – and then I would feel sick seeing him or her on TV screen again. Or some actor would express him- or herself in such a way that afterwards I would not be able watching a movie with this actor, thinking: ah, here he is – either an oaf or a Nazi…
An oaf because he doesn’t want to know the truth, or a Nazi – because if he is not an oaf then he does know the truth, and it would mean the same as if he signed under the HAMAS slogan exactly repeating the slogan of Hitler: “kill the Jews”.
I walk the streets of my city, looking at people. Every morning – the same route, at the same time. From home to work.
Here is an old Rabbi – I meet him every morning, I check my wristwatch upon him. He wears Yarmulke and a long white beard up to his waist. During Sukkoth he carries with him all traditional attributes in a special case, the rest of the days – it’s only Tales and Tefillin - he obviously goes either to study or to teach. We are not acquainted, but we greet each other each morning. Why not wish to each other a good day? Someone wants to kill him because he lives here.
Here is a girl, about eight years old – wheat-blond hair is done in a tidy tail, a nose slightly turned up, all in freckles. Last year she was walking together with her sister – looking very much alike, but with no freckles. This year she walks alone, maybe the other one moved to another school? Someone wants to kill her because she lives here.
Here is a father with two infants – I call them for myself an “ant family” – he drives his kids to a kindergarten riding a bike, children sitting in special seats – one in front of him on the frame, the other behind him, both infants suck baby’s dummies, and all three of them – father and the two kids – wear helmets with wire “feelers” ending with foam-plastic balls. When they ride, the balls are swinging very funny. Someone wants to kill them because they live here.
Another girl, some nine year old – she has always been late to school. I meet her at eight in the morning, and she is still far from the school, and she runs and runs, and pulls her trolley-bag behind, and small rollers are tinkling. Here is the ring coming from afar - and she runs yet faster, dark hair flies in the air, unbuttoned jacket flickers. And her also Mr. Hanyah wants to kill, although he never saw her and is unaware of her existence.
A strict lady, always wearing a skirt and jacket, garnet beads, eyeglasses, angry look, pursed lips, a typical look of an annoyed office worker although a work day is only about to begin. She is probably working at the social security service office located in our street – it would fit her look. She is also to be killed, she is also “invader”, although she was obviously born here and not invaded this land, and didn’t take it from anybody.
A father with a twelve-month baby in a stroller, they stop on their way to talk to a doggy over a fence, to chat with a stranger walking by, to look at a flying bird. The eyes blurred with hatred are looking at them through a telescopic sight.
A mother walks to a kindergarten her baby-girl who only starts walking on her own. A girl falls down and starts crying, mother squats and explains to her why it happened: no need to run too fast, lift your feet properly when you walk and you will not fall again. This baby in a funny pompon cap, who just now cried and is already laughing and hugging her mom, - she is to blame that Gaza inhabitants – for how many years already – live poorer than we do, and that they don’t want to build houses, but want to kill, and teach their children how to do it.
I walk by new houses with balconies filled with blossoming flowers, I walk by ivy-twined old houses, I pass by the green – in the desert – trees, by children playgrounds, by café’s where people sit holding morning newspaper, I pass a tableware shop and a bakery nearby – a shop owner and a baker drink coffee with cream at a folding table set just outside on a sidewalk and talk sedately.
Some Israeli aggressors who kill the children.
I take a bus. The driver is some always cheerful Ethiopian, who learned how to say “good morning” in Russian especially for me – and pronounces it with no accent. Someone wants to kill him also, he is an invader – he is to blame for the sufferings of unlucky Palestinian people, it is entirely his fault that they have neither buses nor roads, and the only thing they have in excess is hatred – and lots of weapons, everywhere, anywhere one can only imagine – weapons.
The morning train is filled with smells of coffee, oranges, fresh bread. Somebody immersed in a laptop, others drink coffee or eat sandwiches, soldiers are almost always taking a nap. Here and there cell phones ring – some answer a call silently, the others start chatting out loud. All these people are being targeted by grads, kassams, machine-guns. Only because they are Jewish, and because, already for the second time within the last 100 years they don’t want to disappear silently and unnoticed from the Earth and by that solve their own issue ultimately.
Someone wants to kill us because this job is being paid. Someone wants to kill us because we want to work – and not to fight. Someone wants to kill us because we built a garden in the desert.
Those who want to kill us are the nation that does not exist, they are citizens of a country that does not exist – they are hirelings of a new possessed fuerer - Ahmadinnejad. They have wanted to kill us – for years – just because we are different.
And those who support in this war an inexistent people of inexistent Palestine country– they also want to kill us, although we didn’t do anything wrong to them, they don’t know anything about us - and don’t want to know, and just wrinkle their nose: “again you are making fuss, will you ever calm down, will you ever die after all?!” And they are proud for whatsoever reason with their irreconcilability to aggressors – whose entire aggression is that after their difficult recover from the Holocaust they are simply trying to live, build, drink coffee in the clean streets and raise their children – without the howling sirens. They want to walk in the city and enter the buses without fear of a young zombie eager for houries, manipulated, brain-washed by the scum and set up to explode at any time.
Those people who all the time lift their hands in bewilderment: “how can you fight against such a miserable people?” – don’t push the history.
Because if they defeat us – then they will come to you, as once came to you Hitler.
Posting in Russian:
ISRAEL'S PECULIAR POSITION
By Eric Hoffer, May 26, 1968
(In 1968 the LA times ran this article, written by Eric Hoffer, a former longshoreman and non-Jewish American social philosopher. Born in 1902, Hoffer died in 1983, after writing nine books and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Although written 38 years ago, the following is as timely and applicable today as then )
The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it, Turkey threw out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese - and no one says a word about refugees.
But in the case of Israel the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab.
Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.
Other nations when they are defeated survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews. No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on.
There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Negroes are executed in Rhodesia. But when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one remonstrated with him. The Swedes, who are ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we do in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway.
The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources. Yet at this moment Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.
I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish the holocaust will be upon us. http://www.israelforum.com/board/showthread.php?t=10221
The Islamic University in Gaza, where military ammunition was stored and from which territory mortars, grenades and machine gun fire were fired, was ambushed and demolished by armed people. They set the library on fire, stole the computers, blew off the buildings. People were killed, including civilians.
a) Was this of interest for anybody outside Gaza?
b) Was there any doubt expressed the weapons were stored on the University's property?
a) Nobody had any interest in that.
b) No. Because these were FATAH militants who destroyed the University.
When the fighting was at its worst, members of the Presidential Guard, who are linked to Fatah and are responsible for protecting the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, stormed onto the Islamic University campus on Feb. 1 and remained there the next day. They said Hamas fighters were shooting from the buildings and storing weapons at the university. "The Islamic University was used as a base for Hamas gunmen," said Maher Makdad, a Fatah spokesman. "We didn't attack the university because it was a university, but because gunmen were firing from there." The Presidential Guard left a trail of destruction that included significant damage to seven buildings, totaling $10 million, according to Islamic University officials. Some of the most valuable parts of the campus were singled out for attacks. Two rocket-propelled grenades were fired into the top floor of the library, setting a blaze that gutted the computer center. Science labs with expensive equipment were also burned, as was a conference center. (New York Times, February 23, 2007
Islamic University came under attack this month, at the peak of the Fatah-Hamas clashes, which ended with nearly three dozen people dead and scores wounded. Forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stormed the university after claiming that Hamas was using its campus as a launching pad for mortar attacks. Virtually every building, save the campus mosque, was set ablaze. Thousands of books in the central library were destroyed. The student union hall was ransacked. Offices across campus were torched. (Philadelphia Inquirer, February 19, 2007
The Al-Quds University in Gaza, where military ammunition was stored and from which territory mortars, grenades and machine gun fire were fired, was ambushed and demolished by armed people. They set the library on fire, stole the computers, blew off the buildings. People were killed, including civilians.
a) Was this of interest for anybody outside Gaza?
b) Was there any doubt expressed the weapons were stored on the University's property?
a) Nobody had any interest in that.
b) No. Because these were HAMAS militants who destroyed the University.
Masked gunmen believed to be with Hamas attacked Al-Quds Open University with rocket-propelled grenades, stormed the three-story building, doused classrooms with gasoline, and set them on fire. Dozens of computers were stolen, and scores more were destroyed, university spokesman Assad Keita said. (Philadelphia Inquirer, February 19, 2007
The Islamic University in Gaza (the same one), where military ammunition was manufactured and stored was hit by an artillery.
a) Was this of interest for anybody outside Gaza?
b) Was there any doubt expressed the weapons were stored on the University's property?
a) Everybody in the World expressed their opinion on that.
b) Yes, by the same everybody from answer (a). Guess why. If you can't guess, you'll get "F" for your exam.Original post in Russian © riftsh.
Translated by leprechaun.
- Hey, you over there, Jews, lost your f... mind! They throw their home-made rockets and you use tanks, air crafts..
- What, eight years?! Yeah, I do understand you must use napalm over there for that, but, hey, there're how you name it... civilians, yeah!
- Hey, but you have your IDF, use your commandos to erase those, yeah, who mine the schools, like in the movie bang! bang! banzai! Come on, you remember that movie, what's it's name... Don't you?
- Hey, no, I dislike Arabs, those under humans. But you're occupying that Gaza, aren't you?
- Ah... no, I didn't know you drew back from there a long time ago. But still - I've seen the photos where the Nazi aims his rifle at the little Jewish boy, and then your soldier does the same thing to the Arab one. So you're fascists, you, Jews!
- What? Really? The lad was carrying a bomb and they disarmed him and sent to mom? Dunno, there was nothing written about that under the photo. Didn't they even shoot him? Let him go? Hey... They lost their f... mind, hey...
- Come on, cut the bullshit. I can't believe you warn them before the strike. And to make a three-hours break each day to let them load the food??? And they shoot for all those three hours??? Well, they do that right, yeah... I would shoot too, cause you're suckers... :)))
And there was a photo of that girl, blown off by your bombs, blood all over her. You fight kids, eh???
- A boy? The same one? On different photos? Covered with catchup? I don't give a shit, I see what I see! Do you have pics like that?
- Hell... What "Dolphi"? Ah, the disco... Come on, you, just like those Arabs f...s, only can post pitiful pics. What, I asked for that??? No, I'm not f...g convinced. Why??? Because!!!
And the most funny part is some of us keep doing this.Original post in Russian © phago_lov.
Translated by leprechaun.
Ending the West's Proxy War Against Israel
Stop funding a Palestinian youth bulge, and the fighting will stop too.
By GUNNAR HEINSOHN | From today's Wall Street Journal Europe
As the world decries Israel's attempt to defend itself from the rocket attacks coming from Gaza, consider this: When Hamas routed Fatah in Gaza in 2007, it cost nearly 350 lives and 1,000 wounded. Fatah's surrender brought only a temporary stop to the type of violence and bloodshed that are commonly seen in lands where at least 30% of the male population is in the 15-to-29 age bracket.
In such "youth bulge" countries, young men tend to eliminate each other or get killed in aggressive wars until a balance is reached between their ambitions and the number of acceptable positions available in their society. In Arab nations such as Lebanon (150,000 dead in the civil war between 1975 and 1990) or Algeria (200,000 dead in the Islamists' war against their own people between 1999 and 2006), the slaughter abated only when the fertility rates in these countries fell from seven children per woman to fewer than two. The warring stopped because no more warriors were being born.
In Gaza, however, there has been no demographic disarmament. The average woman still bears six babies. For every 1,000 men aged 40-44, there are 4,300 boys aged 0-4 years. In the U.S. the latter figure is 1,000, and in the U.K. it's only 670.
And so the killing continues. In 2005, when Israel was still an occupying force, Gaza lost more young men to gang fights and crime than in its war against the "Zionist enemy." Despite the media's obsession with the Mideast conflict, it has cost many fewer lives than the youth bulges in West Africa, Lebanon or Algeria. In the six decades since Israel's founding, "only" some 62,000 people (40,000 Arabs, 22,000 Jews) have been killed in all the Israeli-Arab wars and Palestinian terror attacks. During that same time, some 11 million Muslims have been killed in wars and terror attacks -- mostly at the hands of other Muslims.
What accounts for the Mideast conflict's relatively low body count? Hamas and their ilk certainly aim to kill as many Israelis as possible. To their indignation, the Israelis are quite good at protecting themselves. On the other hand, Israel, despite all the talk about its "disproportionate" use of force, is doing its utmost to spare civilian deaths. Even Hamas acknowledges that most of the Palestinians killed by Israeli air raids are from their own ranks. But about 10%-15% of Gaza's casualties are women and minors -- a tragedy impossible to prevent in a densely settled area in which nearly half the people are under 15 and the terrorists hide among them.
The reason for Gaza's endless youth bulge is that a large majority of its population does not have to provide for its offspring. Most babies are fed, clothed, vaccinated and educated by UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. Unlike the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, which deals with the rest of the world's refugees and aims to settle them in their respective host countries, UNRWA perpetuates the Palestinian problem by classifying as refugees not only those who originally fled their homes, but all of their descendents as well.
UNRWA is benevolently funded by the U.S. (31%) and the European Union (nearly 50%) -- only 7% of the funds come from Muslim sources. Thanks to the West's largesse, nearly the entire population of Gaza lives in a kind of lowly but regularly paid dependence. One result of this unlimited welfare is an endless population boom. Between 1950 and 2008, Gaza's population has grown from 240,000 to 1.5 million. The West basically created a new Near Eastern people in Gaza that at current trends will reach three million in 2040. Within that period, Gazans may alter the justifications and directions of their aggression but are unlikely to stop the aggression itself.
The Hamas-Fatah truce of June 2007 allowed the Islamists again to direct all their energy on attacking Israel. The West pays for food, schools, medicine and housing, while Muslim nations help out with the military hardware. Unrestrained by such necessities as having to earn a living, the young have plenty of time on their hands for digging tunnels, smuggling, assembling missiles and firing 4,500 of them at Israel since 2006. While this gruesome activity has slowed the Palestinian internecine slaughter, it forced some 250,000 Israelis into bomb shelters.
The current situation can only get worse. Israel is being pushed into a corner. Gazan teenagers have no future other than war. One rocket master killed is immediately replaced by three young men for whom a martyr's death is no less honorable than victory. Some 230,000 Gazan males, aged 15 to 29, who are available for the battlefield now, will be succeeded by 360,000 boys under 15 (45% of all Gazan males) who could be taking up arms within the coming 15 years.
As long as we continue to subsidize Gaza's extreme demographic armament, young Palestinians will likely continue killing their brothers or neighbors. And yet, despite claiming that it wants to bring peace to the region, the West continues to make the population explosion in Gaza worse every year. By generously supporting UNRWA's budget, the West assists a rate of population increase that is 10 times higher than in their own countries. Much is being said about Iran waging a proxy war against Israel by supporting Hezbollah and Hamas. One may argue that by fueling Gaza's untenable population explosion, the West unintentionally finances a war by proxy against the Jews of Israel.
If we seriously want to avoid another generation of war in Gaza, we must have the courage to tell the Gazans that they will have to start looking after their children themselves, without UNRWA's help. This would force Palestinians to focus on building an economy instead of freeing them up to wage war. Of course, every baby lured into the world by our money up to now would still have our assistance.
If we make this urgently needed reform, then by at least 2025 many boys in Gaza -- like in Algeria -- would enter puberty as only sons. They would be able to look forward to a more secure future in a less violent society.
If the West prefers calm around Gaza even before 2025, it may consider offering immigration to those young Palestinians only born because of the West's well-meant but cruelly misguided aid. In the decades to come, North America and Europe will have to take in tens of millions of immigrants anyway to slow the aging of their populations. If, say, 200,000 of them are taken from the 360,000 boys coming of age in Gaza in the next 15 years, that would be a negligible move for the big democracies but a quantum leap for peace in the Near East.
Many of Gaza's young -- like in much of the Muslim world -- dream of leaving anyway. Who would not want to get out of that strip of land but the international NGOs and social workers whose careers depend on perpetuating Gaza's misery?
Mr. Heinsohn heads the Raphael Lemkin Institute at the University of Bremen, Europe's first institute devoted to comparative genocide research.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123171179743471961.html
We – The Israeli
We – means all Israelis. Those who live abroad, those in the territories, and those in Tel Aviv. We – means the left and the right, the black and the white, those wearing bikini and those wearing the long-lap frock-coats, those wearing Yarmulkes and those bald-headed.
We do not yet fully comprehend this, but Time is a very upright gentleman. The one that always tells the truth. We have been doomed by entire world, and this is a "default" sentence. We have been sentenced to death – but we say, nuts to you!
When in 1992 I told Shmulik that applying administrative arrest to Arabs is worthless, he did not get the point, until 1994 when he was arrested under the same decree. In 1994 inhabitants of Sderot did not quite understand why we – the settlers – live in Gaza, Judea and Samaria. Now they get the point. Population of Ashkelon and Be'er Sheva in 2005 could not imagine how people can live in Sderot. Now - they understand.
And what happens in the world? The demonstrations all over – against Israel, against us. No one was giving a shit about how millions of Israelis can live in constant fear of terrorism and rockets?! But they feel sorry for the Arabs. I feel sorry for them too. If nobody understands us – then who will understand them? Poor things, they cannot say that Israelis brought down their children's mortality rate to one fifth of what is was before; that living standard in Judea and Samaria is eight times higher than that in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt. Poor things – the Israeli socialists summoned up the bandits to rule them, who now shut them up, who rob and rape, and use women and children as human barrier…
But we – the Israeli – descendants of Yaakov - Israel, - we are united. We send our children to the battle asking them to be merciful. We do not disagree when Israeli army before attacking the storages of "Grads" calls the civilians asking them to run away. We are Israelis. We do not want the blood of infants.
We are Israelis. Beyond the borders we are sentenced to death even more than in our Land. The recent events in Bombay are one of such examples. But we are not frightened although all mass-media are trying to impose the fear on us. Our children walk into the buses and shopping malls an hour after an explosion. We laugh at the "sentence by default".
'Need to put on some nice underwear. What if there will be a terrorist act, and I will be evacuated by a young soldier!' – from a dialogue of two coquettes from Kiryat Arba.
We are Israelis. Though, we ourselves do not always comprehend this entirely. Looking at Mea Shearim, at black frock-coats and swarms of kids, we have a feeling that we come from a different planet. But, we are Israelis. And our ultra-orthodox are not loafing around – they produce the most needed product in Israel. They produce literate children. Some 95% of Israelis grew up from the children of those Mea Shearim and Kiryat Sefer and townships of Russia, Poland, Yemen and Morocco. Few people know that Esterina Tartman is from Mea Shearim.
We are Israelis. We have been taught to march onto a terrorist – not to run away, not to start negotiations, rather to attack. With the firm finger on a trigger. We are not trigger-happy, although we are armed. We have the Highest Court above us, even above those who don't believe in it.
We are Israelis. And we have not been invented as was invented "the Palestinian people" in 1972 by Yuri Andropov.
We are Israelis. The children of Israel who – as entire world knows – wrestled with the Angel and conquered. Out Torah is the basis of Christianity as well as Islam, - and maybe this is one of the reasons why they sentenced us to death "by default"?
We are Israelis. We do not want to kill; we rather want to live quietly. We are even ready to help the Arabs get from their barbarian 11th century into our 21st, absolutely free of charge. Because we – are Israelis.
Our Rabbi Moshe Ben Maymun (Rambam) living in the 12th century knew things that are unknown to most of nations of the world until now. (Arabs misappropriated him, calling him Ibn Maymun, while Europeans know him by name Maymonid).
We are Israelis. From the scratch we built the country that is now among the 30 developed countries of the world. We are solvent despite constant outlay for wars. A quarter of this country is built by us – the Jews from Russia. And we are already Israelis as well.
We are Israelis – and we know how to stand up for ourselves.
It happened that we find ourselves in a situation that Poland faced in 1939, where 'the noblest were governed by the most abominable' (W. Churchill). But we have no choice! In spite of the venality of the powers-that-be we must stand firm and stay the course, despising their corruption. The life is the price. And we are paying the price. I teach the kids that they have no option of surrender. It is like in the cage with lions – fight through the end. No Israeli has an option of surrender.
We are Israelis, even those who are not Jews according to Halacha.
We are Israelis – but not it the meaning given to this word by our corrupted President when he says that Israelis defeated the Jews when they removed the Jewish settlements from Gaza. It is him – who defeated the Jew in himself to sell himself to the enemy. (An Arab doctor from Gaza blabbed out in the broadcast of Galatz radio that he is maintaining close contacts with Peres Foundation.)
We are Israelis – because we CHOOSE to live in Israel, because we are in one way or another connected to Israel or his descendants.
WE ARE ISRAELIS!
Original Russian text: http://i-navi.livejournal.com/113569.html
Am I Human?
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"Arabs are also people".
"These things are done by individual degenerates – such degenerates exist in any nation".
Are you serious?
So, those who approached the car, saw a pregnant woman with four little daughters, and in cold blood shot them point-black - those were degenerates. OK
And that sniper who looked out an eight-month-old baby in father's hands, pointed at baby's head and shot him dead – was that one from among the same degenerates, or another one?
And what about those guys, who trapped the ten-year-old boy, stabbed him with knives all over his body, and then – still alive – RAPED HIM IN THE WOUNDS…
A ten year old kid… Did you get it?..
Did you understand what I wrote? Read it again. This is from the autopsy protocol. They raped… In the bleeding wounds… A still alive… Ten-year-old child. Internalized?..
Let's go on. Were those the same degenerates as above, or were they yet other ones?
How many degenerates do they have, ha?
The one who broke into the family's house and cut with knife the kids sleeping in their cribs and beds – is he the same degenerate? Or yet another one? Okay, okay. Let's increase maximum allowable density of degenerates – in the long run, they have heaps of people there…
Yet, once again I'll interrupt myself. Did anyone… ever… saw… heard… suspected… any Israeli… doing SUCH THINGS to Arab children?... Ha? I don't hear!!!
Please, remember this. Let's move on.
The one who sat near the family with five children in Sbarro café and took with him to grave the parents and the three youngest kids – when I go to my grandfather's tomb I pass by them, all five of them, in Jerusalem cemetery – this one was also a degenerate. Got it. Okay.
"In the morning of May 9, 2001, the thirteen years old schoolboys Kobi Mandel and Yosef Yishran who lived in Tekoa settlement East from Gush-Etzion, went to look for a place for a traditional campfire, which they were going to make as all Israeli kids do, the next evening for Lag ba-Omer festivities. Palestinian murderers traced the boys and beat them to death with stones.
Beat the kids to death – long time. Slowly. Orderly. Excruciatingly. Piercingly painful. There were apparently quite a number of people there. But all, apparently, degenerates as well. Apparently yet other ones. Aha…
Whatever long I continue recollecting now, I will not enumerate more than a couple of hundreds specific cases – come on, what the human's memory can store in the end? Let's consider all that as done by degenerates.
Then, tell me. Here, all of a sudden, among you… among us… here appears a degenerate. And we have seen what he had done. How shall we act?.. Clear.
And now, tell me – why are they dancing and make fireworks? Is that they have SOME degenerates, and the rest of people are celebrating their great deeds? Then, those who are degenerates – they are not at all degenerates, aha. And please, no need to stress on this exclusiveness that much. So much HHhappinesss spark in the faces of the Arab civilians when they – civilians – learn about the unparalleled feat of their to-no-extent-degenerates who raped the kid in the stab-wounds, that it simply and immediately becomes clear.
And if this is not enough, let me ask about another thing. There, they have kind of HAMAS government. And their big-shots practice hiding behind women and children. This is a known fact, everyone sees it. If any professionally visually-impaired CNN correspondents do not see it – by mere chance of course, this is not the case with their own people – it's impossible to conceal.
And – attention! – here comes a question: WHY AFTER SEEING THIS, THOSE PEOPLE KEEP SUPPORTING THEM? Imagine just for a second that people of any western country see how a certain senator-governor being under fire hides behind babies, or pushes forward in front of him women and elderly. People see it ONE TIME. Guess how long this congressmen-superman will keep the power and wear a tie. Ha?
While a simple Arab worker still prefers
blondes HAMAS… Therefore, don't tell me they are just the same people like we are. If they are people, then we are not. "If Evtushenko is against collective farms, then I am all for them." ©
Russian original: http://community.livejournal.com/nasha_pravda_il/31610.html
It's known that our MP's and the moneybags prefer to send their close relatives overseas, or, in the worst case, to England. But the story with the terrorist nest, the so called "Palestinian Authority", is different. The following information was published in the newspapers "Yedioth Akhronoth" and "Globes" a few days ago: 3 sisters of HAMAS leader Ismail Haniyah live in... Israel
. Since all of them married to the Israeli Bedouins, they enjoy the advantages of the Israeli citizenship.Russian
Just this morning I read an article in today’s newspaper about the children of Sderot. My eyes are full of tears. Using experience gained through working in daycare centers of Sderot, Ministry of Education is now preparing psychologists who will be talking with children from Ashkelon, Ashdod and Beer-Sheva. The children will each be given a doll, “puppy-to-hug”, that they will be hugging during air raid alerts. By “comforting” the stuffed puppy, they should be able to calm down themselves. The children will be taught to hold their breath for relaxation. Together with the teachers, and at home with parents, they will sing a song “Hey, rocket, we are not afraid of you!”
Run, run, run! We’ll hide fast!
My heart is beating faster, faster, faster!
I am all trembling – doom-doom-doom-doom!
But I am not afraid - doom-doom-doom-doom!
Yesterday I was still afraid – but today I am not afraid!
The rocket fell. We shall relax.
We’ll shake our hands and breathe out “hy!”
We can now laugh, we can breathe,
It’s all behind us – let’s start playing!
I think it is just terrible. Will sirens and falling rockets become something natural and usual for our children?!!
I am trying not to curse in my journal, but G-d, where have these bitches been for 8(eight) years?
P.S.: translation by sari_shttp://community.livejournal.com/nasha_pravda_il/45441.html
1) In a controversy between people who drink alcohol and people who don't – I take the drinking side
2) I prefer the regimes that allow taking a leader into a jail over those that only suggest a solution of killing a leader.
3) I have much more sympathy to people who pray standing upright, than to those who pray in dog-fashion position
4) I prefer women wearing khaki uniforms, over those wearing black sacks.
5) I don't want people who wake up with the yells of muezzin to take over those who know how to use an alarm clock.
6) The parents who get worried about their daughter when they get to know about the child's love affairs are much more likeable to me then those parents who grasp the knife
7) Paying to divorce a wife makes more sense to me than paying to buy a wife.
8) I much better understand people who burry their killed children, rather than those who thrust their dead bodies under the TV cameras.
9) A society that releases a thousand enemy prisoners for one of its soldiers deserves more respect than a society that values its own prisoner less than one-thousands of an enemy captive
10) I want to live in a world where women and children don't get killed. And if it still happens – then let it better result in inflictions given out by military prosecutor's office, and not in sweets and candies given out by a celebrating crowd.
translation by: yu_lidiska
Since the operation in Gaza has began, the West Bank is comparatively quiet. One of the FATAH seniors in Shkhem (Nablus): "The people just want to live after years of Intifada."Ali Waked
In the light of the events in Gaza, the comparative quiet throughout the West Bank (WB) is outstanding. Although 4 were killed during that time in the WB, the ultimate thinking in the Palestinian Authority (PA) is that these are only local incidents and there's no global mobilization in the favor of Gaza citizens and sure no infrastructure for the major uprising or renewed Intifada.
The security staff, loyal to the PA president Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) where in massive presence everywhere on the major intersections, all the tension spots near the border with Israel, near the mosques, and in every location where the spark could set the fire. The youth that tried to approach Jewish settlements areas were aggressively pushed back by Palestinian police.
FATAH senior in Shkhem told YNET that except local events and permanent rallies in Ramallah, "the WB is turned off. The people here are preoccupied with economic concerns, the nationalist ideas and the occupation are not the main issues anymore. I myself didn't move a finger to participate in any rally, let alone to organize a one."
Not only the inner Palestinian schism is to blame but also "the people's wish to live after 7 or 8 years of Intifada. This is painful, this is an embarrassment to us, but this is the situation."
An independent City Hall member in one of the WB cities, tied to HAMAS, described the anger of a part of Palestinian population towards the PA very well: "The steps the PA has taken were a discouragement to join the wave of protests. They killed any attempt to demonstrate a solidarity with Gaza and to ease a bit the pressure our brothers there are under. That's right, there are hundreds of dead in Gaza and thousands of destroyed buildings, but despite that, I have a full right to say - they're those who are alive but we're the dead. Any sense of solidarity is dead within us, we're zeros, nothing. They are alive in Gaza, they have a respect there, here we're the rubbish."
He goes on. "The propaganda system of the PA, the security forces in the field, everything is sending the message - people, stay at home! The PA had all the rallies, all the protests under very strict control. The schism between the WB and Gaza has deepened, the Israeli Arabs and the Arabs all over the World are involved more seriously than the Palestinians in the WB."
And, indeed, after the Friday prayer there could be seen scattered gatherings in Jerusalem, some hundreds rallied in Kalkilia and Ramallah.
HAMAS attempt to use the was in Gaza to revive the Palestinian streets and to lead it to confrontation with Israel in order to ease the pressure on Gaza and to try to undermine the rule of Abu Mazen - failed.
A political commentator from Ramallah said: "The FATAH supporters fell that HAMAS could make use of them if they march on the street. Most of the arrested last wee, during the rally were FATAH supporters that tried to separate between HAMAS people and the PA police that tried to remove HAMAS flags. In Hebron, the HAMAS media started talking about the PA killing all the rallies. This is clearly is taken as an attempt to gain political capital on the Gaza operation."Original in Hebrew.
Russian version.German version.
The below moving and important piece, by Dr. Stuart Chesner, is for publishing, posting and forwarding.
[Please note that Dr.Chesner's school is currently directing a therapeutic retreat program for the weakest segments of the Southern population that are being bombarded by rockets - with all participants selected by the social welfare agencies in these regions. This is a voluntary venture similar to the program offered by the school, for the northern residents of Israel, during the Lebanese War two and half years ago.]
War and the Parental Instinct to Protect
Stuart Chesner, Ph.D
Founder and Headmaster Bnei Chayil High School-Jerusalem
Yesterday I buried my first student. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain felt by his parents. I also cannot imagine the pain felt by Rabbi Akiva, who buried twenty three thousand students, but as an educator and psychologist, I have been given a searing insight into the tragedy of war.
The most basic instinct possessed by humans, primates and other creatures, is protection of our children. No one with a basic sense of mental health needs to learn this. We are biologically and evolutionarily wired to protect our offspring, even at the risk of sacrificing our own lives. Hence, we see, in the regular course of parenting, parents give more to their children than to anyone. Parents sacrifice many of their own needs of basic self gratification to make sure their kids are protected from personal dangers, environmental dangers, social dangers and spiritual dangers. We go to heroic extremes in the course of daily living in order to protect and preserve those who we are entrusted to bring into the world.
War is so psychologically stressful for parents because it presents a situation in which we totally reverse and contradict the basic protection instinct of parents. Instead of us protecting our children, we send our children to protect us while we remain relatively safe in our homes. The natural parental instinct to protect is totally frustrated. The same child who we remember yesterday as having changed his diapers, is today facing people who want him dead. Our natural instinct is to protect and to do anything possible to keep our children out of danger.
Unfortunately, the Hamas are totally aware of our protective instinct. They manipulate it cruelly by using Gilad Shalit as a symbol of psychological warfare, in order to attack our parental desire to protect. They threaten to kidnap more soldiers, but not to treat them according to the international laws regarding prisoners of war, but as hostages, playing on our deeply rooted instinct to protect our children at all costs.
The result is that thousands of Israeli parents are tied in a psychological noose. Our deeply rooted instinct to protect our sons and daughters is confronted with an external reality, wherein our families, friends and neighbors are put in continuous danger of life and limb through regular rocket bombardment of civilian populations.
How are we to psychologically survive?
As humans, our evolutionary development is not limited to the individual parental protective instinct. We have also developed an evolutionary based collective protective instinct. The collective protective instinct, according to British psychoanalyst, John Bowlby, is in fact biologically and evolutionary in its basis, as is the individual protective instinct. Over the years, those members of the species who were more connected to the group had greater chances of survival and in fact were able to cope better with the dangers presented by enemies. When we cultivate the collective instinct for collective protection, we in fact, geometrically increase the likelihood that any individual in the group is also protected.
The awareness of the power of the collective protective instinct happened to be displayed dramatically in our formation as a nation. Jacob has lost his beloved son Joseph. The seemingly capricious and ruthless ruler of Egypt demands that Benjamin now also be brought down to Egypt. The thought of losing both children of Rachel is too overwhelming for Jacob. He refuses to consider it, until Judah emerges with the concept that our individual survival depends upon our collective protection. He convinces Jacob by unequivocally stating, "I will personally guarantee him. Of my own hand you can demand him. If I do not bring him back to you and stand him before you, then I will have sinned to you for all time.” It is poignant to note that Judah's statement is predicated on the fact that if he does not assume collective responsibility, each individual will die. "Send the lad with me, so we will live and not die. We as well as you , as well as you and your children."
Our enemies have always tried to dull our sense of the collective protective instinct. In times of war, this becomes easy pickings, because the collective protective instinct is in direct competition with the parental protective instinct. It is the emergence and the strengthening of our collective protective instinct that provides a chance for survival and victory in a time of war.
As my student, Nitai Stern a”h, was buried into the sacred earth of Jerusalem, his father and mother sang, "May this be an hour of mercy and acceptance before God." There was tremendous grief and tremendous pain. But beyond the trauma, we saw the strength of collective protection, of collective mission and of collective destiny. Psychological coping requires that we internalize this collective sense of destiny and purpose, even in the face of incredible personal sacrifice.
Dr. Stuart Chesner is an internationally known clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children with learning disabilities and behavioral problems. He is the founder and headmaster of Yeshivat Bney Chayil in Jerusalem. The school is currently running a therapeutic retreat program for the weakest segments of the Southern population that are being bombarded by rockets, with all participants selected by the social welfare agencies in these regions.
As Israel persists in its military efforts -- by ground, air and sea -- to protect its citizens from deadly Hamas rockets, and as protests against Israel increase around the world, the success of the abominable Hamas double war crime strategy becomes evident. The strategy is as simple as it is cynical: Provoke Israel by playing Russian roulette with its children, firing rockets at kindergartens, playgrounds and hospitals; hide behind its own civilians when firing at Israeli civilians; refuse to build bunkers for its own civilians; have TV cameras ready to transmit every image of dead Palestinians, especially children; exaggerate the number of civilians killed by including as "children" Hamas fighters who are 16 or 17 years old and as "women," female terrorists.
Hamas itself has a name for this. They call it "the CNN strategy" (this is not to criticize CNN or any other objective news source for doing its job; it is to criticize Hamas for exploiting the freedom of press which it forbids in Gaza). The CNN strategy is working because decent people all over the world are naturally sickened by images of dead and injured children. When they see such images repeatedly flashed across TV screens, they tend to react emotionally. Rather than asking why these children are dying and who is to blame for putting them in harm's way, average viewers, regardless of their political or ideological perspective, want to see the killing stopped. They blame those whose weapons directly caused the deaths, rather than those who provoked the violence by deliberately targeting civilians.
They forget the usual rules of morality and law. For example, when a murderer takes a hostage and fires from behind his human shield, and a policeman, in an effort to stop the shooting accidentally kills the hostage, the law of every country holds the hostage taker guilty of murder even though the policeman fired the fatal shot.
The same is true of the law of war. The use of human shields, in the way Hamas uses the civilian population of Gaza, is a war crime -- as is its firing of rockets at Israeli civilians. Every human shield that is killed by Israeli self-defence measures is the responsibility of Hamas, but you wouldn't know that from watching the media coverage.
The CNN strategy seems to work better, at least in some parts of the world, against Israel that it would against other nations. There is much more protest -- and fury -- directed against Israel when it inadvertently kills approximately 100 civilians in a just war of self-defence, than against Arab and Muslim nations and groups that deliberately kill far more civilians for no legitimate reason.
It isn't the nature of the victims, since more Arabs and Muslim civilians are killed every day in Africa and the Middle East by Arab and Muslim governments and groups with little or no protests. (For example, on the first day of Israel's ground attack, approximately 30 Palestinians, almost all Hamas combatants, were killed. On the same day an Islamic suicide bomber blew herself up in a mosque in Iraq, killing 40 innocent Muslims. No protests. Little media coverage.) It isn't the nature of the killings, since Israel goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid killing civilians -- if for no other reason than that it hurts its cause -- while Hamas does everything in its power to force Israel to kill Palestinian civilians by firing its missiles from densely populated civilian areas and refusing to build shelters for its civilians.
It isn't the nature of the conflict, either, because Israel is fighting a limited war of self-defence designed to protect its own civilians from rocket attacks, while most of those killed by Arabs and Muslims are killed in genocidal and tribal warfare with no legitimate aim.
The world simply doesn't seem to care when Arabs and Muslims kill large numbers of other Arabs and Muslims, but a qualitatively different standard applies when the Jewish state kills even a relatively small number of Muslims and Arabs in a war of self-defence.
The international community doesn't even seem to care when Palestinian children are killed by rocket fire -- unless it is from Israeli rockets. The day before the recent outbreak, Hamas fired an anti-personnel rocket at Israeli civilians, but the rocket fell short of its target and killed two Palestinian girls. Yet there was virtually no coverage and absolutely no protests against these "collateral" civilian deaths. Hamas refused to allow TV cameras to show these dead Palestinian children.
Nor have there been protests against the cold-blooded murders by Hamas and its supporters of dozens of Palestinian civilians who allegedly "collaborated" with Israel. Indeed, Hamas and Fatah have killed far more Palestinian civilians over the past several
years than have the Israelis, but you wouldn't know that from the media, the United Nations or protesters who focus selectively on only those deaths caused by Israeli military actions.
The protesters who filled the streets of London, Paris and San Francisco were nowhere to be seen when hundreds of Jewish children were murdered by Palestinian terrorists over the years.
Moreover, the number of civilians killed by Israel is almost always exaggerated. First, it is widely assumed that if a victim is a "child" or a "woman," he or she is necessarily a civilian. Consider the following report in Thursday's New York Times: "Hospital officials in Gaza said that of the more than 390 people killed by Israeli fighter planes since Saturday, 38 were children and 25 women." Some of these children and women were certainly civilians, but others were equally certainly combatants:
Hamas often uses 14-, 15-, 16-and 17-year-olds, as well as women, as terrorists. Israel is entitled under international law to treat these children and women as the combatants they have become. Hamas cannot, out of one side of its mouth, boast that it recruits children and women to become terrorists, and then, out of the other side of its mouth, complain when Israel takes it at its word. The media should look closely and critically at the number of claimed civilian victims before accepting self-serving and self-contradictory exaggerations.
By any objective count, the number of genuinely innocent civilians killed by the Israeli Air Force in Gaza is lower than the collateral deaths caused by any nation in a comparable situation. Hamas does everything in its power to provoke Israel into killing as many Palestinian civilians as possible, in order to generate condemnation against the Jewish state. It has gone so far as firing rockets from Palestinian schoolyards and hiding its terrorists in Palestinian maternity wards.
Lest there be any doubt about the willingness of Hamas officials to expose their families to martyrdom, remember that the Hamas terrorist leader recently killed in an Israeli air attack sent his own son to be a suicide bomber. He also refused to allow his family to leave the house, even after learning that he and his house has been placed on the a of Israeli military targets.
The reality is that the elected and de facto government of Gaza has declared war against Israel. Under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, it has committed an "armed attack" against the Jewish state. The Hamas charter calls for Israel's total destruction. Under international law, Israel is entitled to take whatever military action is necessary to repel that attack and stop the rockets.
It must seek to minimize civilian deaths consistent with the legitimate military goal, and it is doing precisely that, despite Hamas's efforts to maximize civilian deaths on both sides.
-Alan M. Dershowitz is a law professor at Harvard. His latest book is The Case Against Israel's Enemies (Wiley, 2008).
By Joseph Farah
The world is full of Israel-haters.
I don't know why. It probably has something to do with Antisemitism – and even more to do with lack of knowledge and understanding about the Middle East.
So, I thought it might be a good exercise to consider what the world would be like if Israel had never been reborn in 1948.
Let's suppose that United Nations vote to partition the Palestinian region into two – one Arab and one Jewish – went differently. Let's imagine the Soviet Union or some other nation that supported the Jewish state voted the other way. What would the Middle East be like today?What would the world be like?
Well, for starters, the blame-Israel-first crowd needs to remember that the bloodiest conflicts in the Middle East in the last 60years would still have taken place – because they had nothing to do with the state of Israel.
For instance, does anyone doubt that the Iran-Iraq war, which killed more than 1 million people and featured the widespread use of chemical weapons, would still have taken place – even without an Israel on the map?
Not even Saddam Hussein or the Ayatollah Khomeini could suggest that Jews had anything to do with that little dust-up. It was simply the latest round in fighting between ancient enemies, a turf warbetween a Sunni Muslim dictator and a Shiite Muslim dictator.
But what might have happened to nearly 1 million Jews in Arab lands who found a home in Israel after 1948? Those million refugees often left hostile Arab lands with little more than the clothes on their back. They often risked their lives to flee. Today, those Jews,if they were lucky, would still be living under the yoke of Muslim tyranny, living in "dhimmi" status. Surely many would have been murdered in the kinds of pogroms that regularly occurred in Arab and Muslim countries while they still maintained Jewish communities.
We hear so much about the "Arab refugee crisis" that was created by the 1948 war between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The highest estimates of Arabs who fled Israel during that war are put at500,000. They fled, most often, because they were instructed to do so by the Arab leaders who declared war on Israel at its very birth. Yet,nearly 60 years later, this refugee population hasn't decreased, it has increased exponentially!
Not because Israel has created any new Arab refugees. It is because the Arab nations have refused to settle the original refugees they encouraged into refugee status. They see them as critical pawns in their asymmetrical conflict with Israel.
One thing is certain. Without Israel, there would have been no Palestinian national movement. There would be no Palestinian Authority.There would be no future Palestinian state.
Because prior to the 1967 Six-Day War, when Israel conquered what we call the West Bank and East Jerusalem, there was no such movement. Even though there was no Palestinian Arab state and never had been, no one had ever promoted one. When Jordan controlled the West Bank, the so-called "Palestinians" were not agitating for a homeland.They'd never had a country of their own and apparently never wanted one. Suddenly, when Israel captured the ancient Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria, the Arabs discovered their sense of Palestinian nationalism for the first time ever.
I can also promise you that if Israel had not unified Jerusalem and declared it the eternal capital of the Jewish state, it would not be considered the third-holiest site in Islam.
How do I know this?
Because during the time that East Jerusalem was under the administration of King Hussein of Jordan, prior to June 1967, not a single Arab leader ever visited – including the king himself. It would seem that if Jerusalem had always been so important to the Muslims,their leaders would have expressed some interest in it before Israel captured the city in war.
The modern Islamic Jihad movement is thought to have been launched in earnest in 1979, when the Ayatollah Khomeini assumed power from the overthrown shah. At the time, Khomeini made clear that the real enemy – "the Great Satan," as he called it – was the United States of America, not Israel.
No one, of course, knows what might have happened or not happened if Israel had never been reborn. But it does seem clear that most of the bad things that happened in the Middle East in the last 60years would have happened anyway. Could it be that, if the Jewish state had never been, many more horrible things might have happened?
Personally, I suspect so.Original.
I'd like to write long, light as a feather, pure diary-style LJ posts similar to the stenography of the female chatter through a phone receiver - about mutton and pancakes, about St Petersburg frozen under the new snow and the Russian Museum, about movies and female gossip in the line to a public washroom, about handbags, nail polish, the Cheshire Cat, about the light- tangerine lanterns’ glow and multicolored city lights, about the house on Ligovsky Avenue with stunningly colorful windows... But the blue envelope of a new email is now flashing in the corner of my monitor, the email is from Ashdod. My friends’ posts are on my LJ screen. Everything is very good in my world, except for the crisis of course, and the snow is falling, and the light is lit, everything is good but the blue envelope in the corner of the monitor ...
My friends ache in me. Their letters and news ache. And Israel aches in my friends. The war aches, the war of «those who want to live» against «those who want to kill and die». The sense of my friends’ naked helplessness aches in me when their soldiers’ photos and the photos of mothers with little kids under an air raid are exposed to the general public, and when a well-nourished biomass (which has never heard a siren and then lived for 15 seconds afterwards) with an idle ease, talks about the right and the guilty. My friends’ desire to explain aches in me because I believe that when an explanation is needed – there is actually nothing left to explain, but it is only my belief, and their belief is different. Their sense of fatality aches in me, when after the numerous explanations and justifications, I hear the familiar: «Hello, I'm your target audience, I think you are wrong here and there…»,- and my friends have to start all over again, and again, and again… Their desire to be accepted aches in me, the desire to be understood, the desire to live and be free in their own land - their only wish, which is mentioned in their short, quite and not at all panegyric national anthem. My friends’ desperation aches in me, the desperation in front of some “values” that the “enlightened society” waves in my friends’ faces like a banner -
Dostoevsky’s « tear of a child» and the European “humanism” of miserable «innocent civilians». These questionable values turn my friends into monsters, “monsters” that can not penetrate through the wall of ignorance. The “enlightened” ones will cease singing about the “innocent kiddies” and innocent civilians only after these kiddies start shooting at them under the cheering and approving cries of the kiddies’ mommies. They will cease singing after a wounded “civilian” shoot them while they are trying to bandage his wounds. Then they will find themselves on a tiny island in the surrounding sea of hatred and a single desire that neither “enlightened” ones nor their children, or even a tiny trace of their presence remain on this earth. And then the “enlightened” ones will understand…
In this remote northern town, in the relative welfare, my friends’ anxiety aches in me, their phone calls to the loved ones, their prayers and wishes for speedy comebacks, their words ache, their tired voices, their sleepless eyes…http://community.livejournal.com/nasha_pravda_il/21006.html
In the light of the current events in our country, and the fanaticism with which the media supports the Arab cause, I'd like to tell you my story.
He was a HAMAS militant. He himself was something like 25 years old (* actually, 21 - leprechaun)
, a student, someone's son, maybe someone's lover or husband. He decided to commit a suicide on the Tel-Aviv sea shore in the middle of the group of the school students waiting for the popular disco club to open its doors. The important detail of his plan was the intention to murder as many Russian-speaking teenagers as possible. That's why he chose this particular site - a teenager’s disco club.
We came that Friday to our side job, as usual. Aged 16-17 we found a not too hard job of leaflets distribution well worth the little amount of money we were being paid. Just a week ago all of us were graduated from high-school. To go to the Dolphi Disco and celebrate was an obvious decision.
The opening was 20 minutes delayed and this caused a very large number of teenagers to gather near the entrance. As I recall the words of one wounded guy named Maxim, the terrorist approached them, dressed in an oversized leather jacket (in the middle of the Israeli summer it's very hot even at night). He asked for a lighter for his cigarette, they refused and then he said something like: "Whatever. There'll be lots of fire shortly anyway." And he kept the promise.
I was with my back to the entrance. Suddenly I felt a powerful punch to my temple and then I was flying. This flight was a short one for those who were crying, but for me it was a long, long flight. I remember that it lasted approximately 30 seconds for me. I could hear everything and even could see the light, a bright white light. Then I crashed down, but this I do not remember. I do remember waking up in the sticky, fluid mess and felt surprised that everybody is lying too. I decided that there was a gas tank explosion and that was only a shock wave, so everybody will wake up in no time.
Lena, she was lying near the entrance (we danced barefoot on the graduation night, such a happy and charming girl) and Roman was lying nearby... He looked like a fish thrown out of the sea into the beach, with a mouth ajar... No Lena and no Roman ever woke up. But I didn't know that at the moment. Actually, I knew nothing. I recall Kirill approached me and asked how I feel, I told him I'm OK but I feel an urge to smoke and he ran away.
Then I started to shake off some weird pieces of something. I later discovered it was human skin, not mine. Then I saw my purse on the ground in 12-15 feet from me. I stood up and started walking toward the purse, I wanted to pick up my cellular phone, to call my mom, but I couldn't walk more than a couple of feet because suddenly there was a sharp, deep pain in my leg. Then I went down on my four and started crawling over my friends and other people, I couldn't get why they can't wake up and just keep lying everywhere. I didn't complete my mission, because some stranger, a young man named Eli (I think so) from Jerusalem, who stood near the another disco not far from Dolphi at the moment, threw a white sheet over my body (or was that a blanket?), lifted me and carried to his car. He helped me to seat down near the SUV and left, saying he'll be back soon.
Some strange people came by, asking stupid questions, nobody was touching me. Probably, they were afraid that I'll fall down if they will touch me and never wake up.
Eli came back really soon, exactly when I started to hear an ambulance. He helped another wounded who had a leg broken and was crying aloud. On the way to the hospital I was constantly falling asleep, I wanted to sleep so badly I didn't care about anything, but Eli kept me awake by asking questions. He knew that I'm falling asleep because I lost so much blood. When we arrived at the hospital I was conscious, I could tell my name, phone numbers and names of my friends that came to the disco with me and asked the nurses to call them. I helped the nurses to change me into a gown and then they took me to the X-Ray.
The only painful part of my body was a leg, but I wasn't crying, restraining myself. Then they took me somewhere and I wanted to sleep, but the nurse was all the time talking to me, saying I can't sleep. I asked why, but he didn't tell. I saw lots of familiar faces on my way to the surgery. They all were so frightened, my school friends, but I didn't care, I WANTED TO SLEEP.
I awoke three days later. My parents were with me, for a long time, but I couldn't stay conscious long because of the morphine. After some time the nurses allowed visitors to come in, a pair each time. I can recall there were too many of those pairs. Then Ariel Sharon (then a Prime-Minister) came to see me and my neighbours. And somebody else came too, I don't remember who, because I fell asleep.
When I awoke again, I was conscious enough to take me to the Neurosurgery.
Now it's a time to count my wounds:
1. A broken leg. The metal ball broke through two bones, stopping a bit before it broke out of the other leg side.
2. A back, a pelvis - so many scars, hard to count them all. The surgeons extracted tons of nails and metal balls from my body. The bomb was full of them to kill as many people as possible. My right arm was full of metal filings, till this day (8 years have passed!) it's painfully pushing those filings out of the body.
3. It took them 9 hours to operate the main wound. It was on my head. The push to temple I felt was because a nail struck me there. Only one inch kept me away from the death. The doctors had doubts, but I prevailed, I won.
4. When I was already in the Recovery, a piece of scalp fell off the back of my head.
5. The explosion blew off an eardrum in my right ear.
1. The 1/8-inch nail is forever in my head. It can't be taken out without risking an irreversible damage to the brain or even death.
2. There's another nail above the uterus which is also too risky to remove. I don't know what could happen if I'll get pregnant, the gynaecologists can't tell anything, nobody knows whether I'm capable to deliver a child.
3. A metal ball inside the inner part of the hip. They took it out a year later, using local anaesthesia.
I spent 10 days in the Neurosurgical Department and then 2 months in the rehab. In addition to the physical wounds, around 2003 I developed a chronic post-traumatic depression which I'm fighting till these days.
That bombing murdered 19 teens, a disco club security officer and another 32-year old guy who was just passing by.
21 graves, and for what?! What have we done to them? What have we done to that Arab which chose us as his target? We didn't want to go to war, we just wanted to dance.Russian - 1 & 2
If anybody thinks that I've posted this for some f****ng rating or just for making us look miserable, that's just not true.
I just told my story. For the ones who want to know the truth. That's it. I keep writing in my LJ whatever I want to, and that means - nothing special.
Thanks for you support, I always knew even when we're apart, we willsupport each other. I felt that then and I feel that now too. Thank you so much.
To the anti-Israelis: we have listened to you all this time, always. But now you'll hear OUR voice. Even if you don't want to hear the TRUTH.Russian - http://liun.livejournal.com/362034.html
Moral Clarity in Gaza
By Charles Krauthammer
Some geopolitical conflicts are morally complicated. The Israel-Gaza war is not. It possesses a moral clarity not only rare but excruciating.
Israel is so scrupulous about civilian life that, risking the element of surprise, it contacts enemy noncombatants in advance to warn them of approaching danger. Hamas, which started this conflict with unrelenting rocket and mortar attacks on unarmed Israelis -- 6,464 launched from Gaza in the past three years -- deliberately places its weapons in and near the homes of its own people.
This has two purposes. First, counting on the moral scrupulousness of Israel, Hamas figures civilian proximity might help protect at least part of its arsenal. Second, knowing that Israelis have new precision weapons that may allow them to attack nonetheless, Hamas hopes that inevitable collateral damage -- or, if it is really fortunate, an errant Israeli bomb -- will kill large numbers of its own people for which, of course, the world will blame Israel.
For Hamas, the only thing more prized than dead Jews are dead Palestinians. The religion of Jew-murder and self-martyrdom is ubiquitous. And deeply perverse, such as the Hamas TV children's program in which an adorable live-action Palestinian Mickey Mouse is beaten to death by an Israeli (then replaced by his more militant cousin, Nahoul the Bee, who vows to continue on Mickey's path to martyrdom).
At war today in Gaza, one combatant is committed to causing the most civilian pain and suffering on both sides. The other combatant is committed to saving as many lives as possible -- also on both sides. It's a recurring theme. Israel gave similar warnings to Southern Lebanese villagers before attacking Hezbollah in the Lebanon war of 2006. The Israelis did this knowing it would lose for them the element of surprise and cost the lives of their own soldiers.
That is the asymmetry of means between Hamas and Israel. But there is equal clarity regarding the asymmetry of ends. Israel has but a single objective in Gaza -- peace: the calm, open, normal relations it offered Gaza when it withdrew in 2005. Doing something never done by the Turkish, British, Egyptian and Jordanian rulers of Palestine, the Israelis gave the Palestinians their first sovereign territory ever in Gaza.
What ensued? This is not ancient history. Did the Palestinians begin building the state that is supposedly their great national aim? No. No roads, no industry, no courts, no civil society at all. The flourishing greenhouses that Israel left behind for the Palestinians were destroyed and abandoned. Instead, Gaza's Iranian-sponsored rulers have devoted all their resources to turning it into a terror base -- importing weapons, training terrorists, building tunnels with which to kidnap Israelis on the other side. And of course firing rockets unceasingly.
The grievance? It cannot be occupation, military control or settlers. They were all removed in September 2005. There's only one grievance and Hamas is open about it. Israel's very existence.
Nor does Hamas conceal its strategy. Provoke conflict. Wait for the inevitable civilian casualties. Bring down the world's opprobrium on Israel. Force it into an untenable cease-fire -- exactly as happened in Lebanon. Then, as in Lebanon, rearm, rebuild and mobilize for the next round. Perpetual war. Since its raison d'etre is the eradication of Israel, there are only two possible outcomes: the defeat of Hamas or the extinction of Israel.
Israel's only response is to try to do what it failed to do after the Gaza withdrawal. The unpardonable strategic error of its architect, Ariel Sharon, was not the withdrawal itself but the failure to immediately establish a deterrence regime under which no violence would be tolerated after the removal of any and all Israeli presence -- the ostensible justification for previous Palestinian attacks. Instead, Israel allowed unceasing rocket fire, implicitly acquiescing to a state of active war and indiscriminate terror.
Hamas's rejection of an extension of its often-violated six-month cease-fire (during which the rockets never stopped, just were less frequent) gave Israel a rare opportunity to establish the norm it should have insisted upon three years ago: no rockets, no mortar fire, no kidnapping, no acts of war. As the U.S. government has officially stated: a sustainable and enduring cease-fire. If this fighting ends with anything less than that, Israel will have lost yet another war. The question is whether Israel still retains the nerve -- and the moral self-assurance -- to win. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/01/AR2009010101780.html?sub=new
Five men and boys were arrested for unruly behaviour during a demonstration to show support for Palestinians in Gaza in the central Dutch city of Utrecht, police said.
A police statement issued Friday said the men were detained for shouting insults, disturbing the peace and ignoring orders to disperse Thursday night
Police said about 300 men, most of Moroccan ancestry, attended the Utrecht rally. Dutch television showed a group of young men chanting "Hamas! Hamas! Jews to the gas." The chant is used by Dutch football fans who dislike Amsterdam Ajax, which is identified as a "Jewish" team by both its own supporters and opponents.
Several hundred pro-Israel supporters are staging a rally Friday in front of the Dutch parliament building in the Hague.
-------------------------------------My note: once again the Arabs in Europe unleash their true charming nature.
I like to come to the unfamiliar places in advance - for the reconnaissance. I came to the Dundas Square about an hour before the event started. In the regular circumstances you would see there street artists and "live statues". The people, passing by, throw them some change. The bagpipers were there that day, but the police was present as well as the pro-Palestinian gathering organizers. The press already surrounded the square. I asked the officer about the pro-Israeli event location and he replied that both events are supposed to be here. For the question about the boundaries of each the answer was - Yonge Street is your demarcation line and the cops are the "frontier guards".
The people started to gather on the "Palestinian" side. All of them had an "Arafat-style" kaffiyahs on the head or the neck. They put on the sidewalk two tables and started handling leaflets to the pedestrians passing by, tried to encourage them to join.Soon small trucks brought a "visual agitation" materials. Buses started to bring more and more participants. The organizers were approaching the reporters and speaking to them from time to time.
Closer to the scheduled hour on the other side of the street the pro-Israeli guys started to appear with flags and posters. More cops arrived at the scene. All of them where dressed in helmets and bullet-proof jackets. I have never seen so many cops equipped this way in Toronto before. The cops used their bikes as a fence and parked them on the both sides of the street. Eventually they closed the traffic after the mounted police arrived.
The funny part has began. The "Palestinians" were jumping, screaming and shrieking, shaking Palestinian flags and posters, dragging around sham corpses. They also tried to break through to the "Israeli" side of the street a few times, but the cops were well prepared for such a development. The "Israelis" were singing Israeli songs, the "Hatikvah" (Israeli anthem), waving flags, arguing and shouting on the "Palestinians" from time to time. An hour later, both rallies started moving opposite routes, followed by the police. The "Israelis" had a company of two police bike riders, all the other cops went with the "Palestinians". And not in vain. The witnesses and the TV later told that the "Palestinians" tried later to break into the Israeli and US consulates but the police acted swiftly and hard.
The news later showed a spectacular pro-Palestinian gathering, while donating only a few seconds of air time to the pro-Israeli one. It seems, the press does everything for Israel to lose a media war.
Some thoughts after the rally.
The "Palestinians" scheduled the event on Saturday. You can't gather to many Jews on this day, which is pretty obvious. Even those who don't go to the synagogue every Sabbath, usually spend this day with the family. May be, the decision to have the pro-Israeli rally on the same day as an opposition was a poor one.
The "Palestinians" were very organized, and, probably, a good information support too. "Israelis" had nothing of these. I, just like many others, read about the rally somewhere in the Internet.
The "Palestinian" rally looked like a properly conducted show: scansions, boyscout-style declamations, hysterical shrieks... Well, we're just incapable of such a behavior.
They had a wonderful skills on how to approach the media, the latter one is traditionally leftist in the Western World. The rallies in Toronto are common, but they have no influence whatsoever. You can just get a picture of what's going on in the media world.
And this is what's going on.France 2, a public French television station, has apologized for using fake footage of Israeli air strikes in Gaza.
The footage was actually taken in 2005 following the explosion of HAMAS rockets during a pro-HAMAS rally in the Gaza city of Jaballiah.
After reports of an UN operated school destruction in Beith Hanoon in which 30 people died, among them children, IDF stated the terrorists were lounching mortars from that school. That's a tragedy.
Then, there's a footage
from 2007. You can see there the HAMAS militants launching mortars on the Israeli territory from the yard of the very same school
at 9:00 am on Monday, when the school is full of kids
. One launcher is in front of the main entrance, the other is near the right wing. Now tell me HAMAS is not interested in as many as possible Palestinian civilian casualties, preferably children, in order to blame Israel in "committing a massacre". If the militants fire from the school full with young students, then who is the one to be blamed in their deaths??? In the Israeli South, shelled by HAMAS rockets, mortars and missiles, all the schools and kindergartens are closed, the kids are in the shelters, but the renowned WORLD PUBLIC OPINION will cowardly shout and blame Israel in "disproportionate response and killing of civilians".Here
you have the photo of the destroyed Israeli day-care facility. Thankfully, it was closed at the moment of the strike.
Israel gave foreigners a chance to leave by opening a humanitarian corridor, halting all warfare to give the humanitarian aid chance to reach Gaza, but the HAMAS keeps firing. But who cares, really?
I wonder how these "bright souls" in the media don't understand that if Israel was really having an intention to wipe out Gaza and its inhabitants, there would be only an empty, smoking crater already?! And when will the mentioned above WPO understand that for the negotiations you need TWO parties at least? How can you negotiate if the other side just keeps shooting and has no intentions to talk? And I won't even mention that normal people shouldn't talk to the terrorists, period. Original post in Russian.
Ladies and Gentleman outside Israel! Americans and Canadians! Australians and Europeans!
If you're reading this message, Israels' destiny does matter to you. Lets don't behave like the old ladies sitting on the park bench. Lets start doing something instead of the fruitless chit-chat! If you have an ability to help materially, please do not hesitate and go ahead!
For the Americans and others - secure.onefamilyfund.org/
And this - secure.e2rm.com/registrant/donate.aspx
- is for the Canadians (the difference is currency and the tax forms)Ladies and Gentleman, lets help Israel! Russian
HAMAS has no less than 15000 combatants. The number of Israeli soldiers currently in the sector of Gaza is much lower (the exact number of soldiers is not published). If so, why the two largest informational agencies provide endless pictures of Israeli soldiers and virtually no photos of HAMAS' combatants?
Searches in the photo archives of Reuters and Associated Press between December 27th and today (January 6th), using key words "Gaza militants" and "Gaza fighters" practically do not return any images of HAMAS' combatants. Exceptions are three Reuters pictures with the following titles (translated back from Russian; so might non be exact): "An injured Palestinian combatant is being transported to Soroka hospital in Israel" (Sic! - M.P.) (January 5th); "Relatives mourn by the body of a killed combatant Muhammed Aby Shair” (January 5th); and also "A wounded Palestinian policeman" (December 27th).
There are lots of images of Israeli soldiers, refugees from the Region of Gaza, Palestinians surveying their destroyed houses in Gaza, funerals of civilians in Gaza – but almost no images of HAMAS combatants.
We might observe the situation similar to the one of Lebanese war of 2006, when no pictures of Hesbolla fighters, except for the pictures of their funerals, could be found in photo archives during all 34 days of the war.
Israel does not fight with ghosts, or with Gaza Strip civilians, whose funerals have been photographed so much. However, this is the impression that HAMAS strives for.
by Yashiko Sagamori
If you are so sure that “Palestine, the country, goes back through most of recorded history”, I expect you to be able to answer a few basic questions about that country of Palestine:
* When was it founded and by whom?
* What were its borders?
* What was its capital?
* What were its major cities?
* What constituted the basis of its economy?
* What was its form of government?
* Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?
* Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?
* What was the language of the country of Palestine?
* What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine?
* What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.
* Have they left any artifacts behind?
* Do you know of a library where one could find a work of Palestinian literature produced before 1967?
* And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?
You are lamenting the “low sinking” of “once proud” nation. Please tell me, when exactly was that “nation” proud and what was it so proud of?
And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you mistakenly call “Palestinians” are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over — or thrown out of — the Arab world, if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War?
I hope you avoid the temptation to trace the modern day “Palestinians” to the Biblical Philistines: substituting etymology for history won't work here.
The truth should be obvious to everyone who wants to know it. Arab countries have never abandoned the dream of destroying Israel; they still cherish it today. Having time and again failed to achieve their evil goal with military means, they decided to fight Israel by proxy. For that purpose, they created a terrorist organization, cynically called it “Palestinian people” and installed it in Gaza, Judea, and Samaria. How else can you explain the refusal by Jordan and Egypt to unconditionally accept back the “West Bank” and Gaza, respectively?
The fact is, Arabs populating Gaza, Judea, and Samaria have much less claim to nationhood than that Indian tribe that successfully emerged in Connecticut with the purpose of starting a tax-exempt casino: at least that tribe had a constructive goal that motivated them. The so called “Palestinians” have only one motivation: the destruction of Israel, and in my book that is not sufficient to consider them a “nation” — or anything else except what they really are: a terrorist organization that will one day be dismantled.
In fact, there is only one way to achieve piece in the Middle East. Arab countries must acknowledge and accept their defeat in their war against Israel and, as the losing side should, pay Israel reparations for the more than 50 years of devastation they have visited on it. The most appropriate form of such reparations would be the removal of their terrorist organization from the land of Israel and accepting Israel's ancient sovereignty over Gaza, Judea, and Samaria.
That will mark the end of the Palestinian people. What are you saying again was its beginning?
You are absolutely correct in your understanding of the “Palestinians'” murderous motives. I am afraid however that you, along with 99% of the population of this planet have missed the beginning of WWIII (the enemy call it Jihad) quite a few years ago. The siege of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979, an event to which the latest Nobel Peace Prize winner had so miserably failed to respond, can be very well used as the day WWIII stepped out of the pages of the Koran and into the current events. I pray the United States and Israel lead the world to victory in this war. Come to think of it, there is no choice, be you a Christian, a Jew, or even, believe it or not, a Muslim.http://yashiko.middleeastfacts.com/Palestinians_eng.html
From Toronto Starhttp://www.thestar.com/news/columnist/article/562809
In defending its existence, Israel needs no advice from anybody.
It does not require the world's approval.
That will never be granted and, in any event, wouldn't minimize even an iota the intransigence of Israel's many enemies – those who lob rockets indiscriminately at civilians, delete the vilified nation from school textbooks, screech venom during public protests and demand boycotts against Israeli professors in Canadian universities....