blog: Cry, spite and laugh

It’s Jingo week here in Israel, with the spite and merriment of Independence Day pretty blatantly  rushing to relieve the pain and gloom of Memorial Day. Outside my flat, families line the seashore with kites to fly and stuff to eat. They are  –  a MASSIVE gunboat with enough firepower on its own do destroy all of Israel and most of Jordan just sailed by my window.Sorry. They are awaiting the Air Force parade – and here they come; a chunky Boeing and three sleek, menacing, wolf-grey F-16, Stars-of-David emblazoned on the underside of their wings. Them flying over my balcony is as close as me and my friends, living as we do on the “nice side of the fence“, will hopefully ever encounter these planes in action. Got nothing against the families having a nice day out in the sun and watching big machines zoom through the April air, but the whole set-up is giving me the creeps – merely by staying their course for another 2 minutes, the boys that just flew over my head could be vaporizing unarmed police cadets from miles on high before I finish typing up this post. Which I should, by the way, as time is pressing on. Without further ado, then, here are the highlights of the week: 

  • The best news of the week is that we at Causeway have finally got the go-ahead to bring TIDES over to Israel. TIDES are a fantastic Northern Irish mediation training organization that we hope will do a lot of work here in the future. You can read more on the Causeway blog.  
  • The most disconcerting development of the week is the ongoing arrests of New Profile activists. New Profile are a brilliant organization that had probably saved more lives every week than your average jingo IDF recruitment hack does in his entire career. Their method is simple – they are counseling people who wish to stay out of the army (which loses more soldiers to suicide than to conflict, mind). There’s an op-ed of mine hopefully coming up today so I’ll stop here, but you can read this news-piece about the protest being organized in the meantime 
  • The most infuriating development is that the policemen who murdered a 17-years-old Palestinian in Hebron in 2002 by throwing him off a speeding Jeep (he was clutching to the doors and begging them not to; they threw him anyway and recorded it on camera), are getting a preposterous sentence of 4.5 to 8.5 years for manslaughter. Yep. 4.5 to 8.5 years. 
  • And on a lighter note, the award for the damned silliest slogan of the New Israeli Left goes to the Tel Aviv May Day Parade Coalition. 
"Capitalism failed - now it's our turn!"

"Capitalism failed - now it's our turn!"

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  1. talknic

    Hi from Oz.

    I’ve often wondered about the effect of Israeli war planes zooming over Israeli folk as they head off on a mission. Especially during an op such as Cast Lead, where folk’d surely know what they’re about to do and the inevitable ‘collateral’ that always seems to result.

    For anyone who might feel Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is a path leading away from peace, it must be a rather grim reminder.

    Thx for the article on CiF

    Cheers

  2. naftali

    These are the people you support

    http://www.adl.org/main_Israel/hamas_attacks.htm

    Select Hamas Terrorist Attacks Against Israel

    Posted: January 24, 2006

    August 28, 2005: A suicide bombing outside the Central Bus Station in Beersheba severly injured two security guards who stopped the bomber from entering the bus station.
    January 13, 2005: Six Israelis were killed and five other civilians were wounded in a double suicide bombing at the Karni crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The two suicide bombers used a very large explosive device to blast through a defensive wall that separates the Israeli and Palestinian sides at the crossing. Following the blast, the bombers crossed into the Israeli side, carrying explosives on their bodies, which they detonated.
    August 28, 2004: Sixteen people, including a 3 year old, were killed and about 100 injured when two buses in Beersheba were attacked within minutes of each other by suicide bombers.
    June 28, 2004: A Kassam rocket fired by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip struck near a nursery school in the northern Negev town of Sderot, killing an Israeli man and a 4-year old Israeli child.
    April 17, 2004: A border policeman was killed and three others wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at the Erez Crossing in Gaza.
    March 14, 2004: Ten people were killed and 16 wounded in a double suicide bombing in the area of the Ashdod Port. Hamas and Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack.
    January 14, 2004: A female suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 20 at the Erez Crossing in the Gaza Strip. Hamas and the Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
    October 15, 2003: Three Americans were killed and one wounded at the Beit Hanoun junction in the Gaza Strip when a massive bomb demolished an armor-plated jeep in a convoy carrying U.S. diplomats and CIA personnel. Both the militant Islamic Jihad and Hamas movements denied responsibility for the attack.
    September 9, 2003: Hamas claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings, the first at an entrance to the Tzrifin army base near Rishon Lezion and the second at Café Hillel in the German colony neighborhood of Jerusalem, which killed a total of 15 people and wounded at least 80.
    August 19, 2003: Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a bus in Jerusalem killing at least 18 people and wounding nearly 100.
    August 12, 2003: Suicide bombers killed two Israelis and wounded more than a dozen people in two attacks within a half hour of each other, one at a shopping mall in the Tel Aviv suburb of Rosh Ha’ayin and the other at the entrance of the West Bank town of Ariel. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility for the Rosh Ha’ayin bombing and Hamas claimed to have carried out the Ariel attack.
    June 20, 2003: An Israeli motorist was shot dead and three of his passengers were wounded when their car was fired upon by Palestinian terrorists near Ofra, north of Ramallah. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    June 11, 2003: Sixteen people were killed and more than 80 wounded when a suicide bomber blew up a Jerusalem city bus during the afternoon rush hour. The bomber was disguised as an ultra-orthodox Jew. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    May 19, 2003: A Palestinian suicide bomber on a bicycle attacked an Israeli checkpoint on the Gaza Strip, wounding three Israeli soldiers. Hamas claimed responsibility.
    May 18, 2003: Seven people were killed and more than 20 wounded when a suicide bomber blew up a Jerusalem city bus at the start of the Israeli work week. The bomber was disguised as an ultra-orthodox Jew. Soon after, a suicide bomber carrying explosives and dressed in the garb of an ultra-orthodox Jew was stopped at a roadblock. The Palestinian detonated his explosives, killing only himself. Hamas claimed responsibility in both attacks.
    May 17, 2003: A pregnant Israeli woman and her husband were killed when a suicide bomber detonated himself next to them in a public square in Hebron. Hamas claimed responsibility.
    April 30, 2003: Three people were killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bombing at a beachfront pub in Tel Aviv. The Fatah Tanzim and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, carried out as a joint operation.
    March 7, 2003: Two Israelis were killed and five were wounded when armed terrorists infiltrated the community of Kiryat Arba and attacked during Shabbat. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    March 5, 2003: Sixteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded when a terrorist detonated a powerful bomb on a bus en route to Haifa University. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    January 5, 2003: Twenty two people were killed and about 120 wounded in a double suicide bombing near the old Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Islamic Jihad and Hamas all claimed responsibility for the attacks.
    November 21, 2002: Eleven people were killed and 47 injured when a Palestinian suicide bomber exploded on a bus filled with passengers, including schoolchildren, in the Kiryat Menahem neighborhood in Jerusalem. The bus was traveling toward the center of the city during the morning rush hour. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    October 27, 2002: Two Israeli police officers and a soldier were killed, and 20 bystanders were wounded in a suicide bombing at a gas station near the settlement of Ariel in the West Bank. The two officers and soldier were killed while trying to prevent the terrorist from detonating the bomb. Hamas and the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
    September 19, 2002: Six people were killed and 60 wounded when a terrorist detonated a bomb on one of Tel Aviv’s busiest streets, in a bus opposite the Great Synagogue. Many of the wounded were in critical or serious condition. Both Islamic Jihad and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    August 4, 2002: Nine people were killed and about 50 wounded in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus at the Meron junction in northern Israel. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    July 3, 2002: Eight people were killed and 86 injured, 14 seriously, when a bomb went off at the Frank Sinatra Cafeteria on the Hebrew University Mt. Scopus campus during the busy lunchtime rush. Israeli authorities reported that the explosive device had been planted ahead of time, with the terrorist possibly detonating it by remote control. Five Americans were among the dead. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    June 18, 2002: Nineteen people were killed and more than 70 were injured, in a suicide bombing on a bus just outside of Jerusalem. The bus, which was completely destroyed, was traveling from Gilo to Jerusalem and had many students on board. In addition to the bus, at least two other vehicles were severely damaged in the attack. Hamas claimed responsibility.
    June 8, 2002: Three Israelis, including a pregnant woman, were killed, and five were injured when an armed terrorist inflitrated the community of Carmei Tzur, south of Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsiblity for the attack.
    May 19, 2002: Three Israelis were killed and more than 50 injured in a suicide bombing at an open-air market in Netanya. A Palestinian disguised as an Israeli soldier carried out the attack. Both Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility. Two of the victims were identified as Yosef Haviv, 70 and Arkadi Wiselman, 40, both of Netanya. Wiselman, a chef at the Park Hotel, survived the Passover bombing on March 27.
    April 27, 2002: Three Palestinian gunmen disguised as Israeli Army soldiers cut through the perimeter fence of Adora, a settlement on the West Bank, and entered several homes, firing on residents in their bedrooms. Four people, including a 5-year-old girl, were killed in the attacks. Another seven were injured, including one seriously. Both Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility.
    March 31, 2002: Fourteen people were killed and more than 40 injured in a suicide bombing in Haifa, in the Matza gas station restaurant near a shopping mall. Several of the injured were in serious to critical condition. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    March 27, 2002: Twenty-two people were killed and 140 injured – 20 seriously – in a suicide bombing at the Park Hotel in the coastal city of Netanya, in the midst of the Passover holiday seder with 250 guests. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    March 19, 2002: 1st Lt. Tal Zemach, 20, of Kibbutz Hulda, was killed and three soldiers were injured when Palestinian terrorists opened fire at the paratroop training compound in the Jordan Valley. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    March 9, 2002: Eleven people were killed and 54 injured, 10 of them seriously, when a suicide bomber exploded at in a crowded cafe at the corner of Aza and Ben-Maimon streets in the Rehavia neighborhood in the center of Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    March 7, 2002: Aharon Krogliak of Beit El, Tal Kurtzweil of Bnei Brak, Asher Marcus of Jerusalem, Eran Pikar of Jerusalem, and Ariel Zana of Jerusalem, all aged 18, were killed and 23 people were injured, four seriously, when a Palestinian gunman penetrated a highschool that combines religious studies and military training in the Gush Katif settlement of Atzmona late Thursday night. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    March 5, 2002: Palestinians fired two Kassam II rockets at the city of Sderot shortly before 18:00 PM on Tuesday. One of the rockets hit a residential building, moderately wounding a 16-month-old infant. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    February 10, 2002: A drive-by terrorist shooting at the entrance to the IDF Southern Command base in Be’er Sheva killed two female soldiers and injured four others. One of the Palestinian terrorists was killed at the scene; the second, wearing an explosives belt, fled in the direction of a nearby school when he was shot and killed by a soldier and police officer. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    December 2, 2001: A suicide bombing on a No. 16 Egged bus in Haifa killed 15 people and injured about 40 people. Hamas claimed responsibility for the Haifa blast, while Hizbullah’s radio and television stations expressed support for the attacks.
    December 1, 2001: A double suicide bombing at the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall in Jerusalem at 11:30 p.m. on a Saturday night killed 11 people, aged 12-21, and injured 188 people. A car bomb exploded 20 minutes later. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

  3. Jubilation1

    Jingo week, huh?
    You really are a piece of work. Your claim on cif that you wish to improve Israel is negated by the comments you make here .

    You really give me the creeps. You know just as well as I do that if Israel stopped protecting herself we would be overrun by our kindly neighbours in a week.

    Do we make mistakes? Certainly we do. Do we make more mistakes than others? Possibly we do
    Are we unjustified in protecting ourselves?
    I think you believe we are.

    Go ahead: suppress this posting or not: you are writing for our enemies. Nobody in Israel is going to be influenced for the better by the blatant hatred and disdain you display for those who offer their lives in protection of all of us.

  4. talknic

    Jubilation1
    June 11, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Strange. Can’t Israel protect itself from it’s actual sovereign territory? It is after all, a pre-requisite of statehood. Borders and the ability to protect ’em.

    BTW as a UN Member, it also has the duty to protect any non-state entity it occupies.

    Jubilation1
    June 11, 2009 at 11:40 am
    “Notice how many of these attacks deliberately target unarmed civilians”

    Listing the unfortunate civilian victims doesn’t actually tell us the intended target.

    Listing Palestinian civilians killed by Israel doesn’t actually tell us the intended target either……. a map of all the territory Israel has illegally acquired by war outside it’s sovereignty DOES .

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