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Six More Rockets Pound Israel, Shaking Cease-Fire Resolve

There is a miserable AP headline this morning. CBC picked it up, and then it got to Google News.

Israeli aircraft strike targets in Gaza Strip
Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the area has mainly held

What garbage! Here’s a correction:

Israel Responds to Gaza Rockets
six more rockets pound Israel, shaking ceasefire resolve

Quite a bit more accurate.

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Washington Posts Publishes Offensive Language

Washington Post OffensiveThe Washington Post published my letter under an article, my letter blasting their article’s terrible headline.  They more than once wrote — including in this bold headline — “…Israel’s Gaza Offensive”.  What bastards!  In a bold headline!

I don’t like to see the English language deteriorate, especially for propaganda in the most wrong-headed direction. OK, so they put my letter right below the article, as the only comment.  But they keep the headline, and others equally obfuscating.

I just let people know that defensive artillery fire to suppress incoming attacks on cities is not an “offensive”.  A ground incursion for the same purpose might be called such, in that the enemy’s territory is physically advanced into; but defensive suppressing fire against rocket attacks already ongoing by Hamas is not “…Israel’s Gaza Offensive”.

If we do sadly see one, I hope the difference and value of correct military language will be obvious to all.

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Hot Car You Got There

Reuters man somehow got this great shot of Jabaari’s car this morning.  The buildings are not even damaged.  IDF says, “implemented on the basis of concrete intelligence and using advanced capabilities.”

Well, I guess so.
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But I don’t see much about the more than twenty other strikes Israel made overnight.  They were against long range rockets capable of reaching Tel Aviv.   They were under civilian buildings, but I suppose IDF felt they couldn’t delay longer in hopes they might be moved.   Those attacks had civilian casualties, but they say they believe they took out the vast majority of these long-range rockets (not home-made, I’ll bet our own gasoline use helped to buy them).

How much do we give Qatar each year to keep that giant air force base, or what’s the trade there?  Why do we never debate these things in the news, or during campaigns?  Why does no one care that we have a huge military base in Qatar?  Are those evil nuts also our allies, like Mubarek, doing dirty work for our rogue Bush CIA?

I’ve been reading The Death Merchant, all about the ex-CIA guy who sold Qaddafi the C4 that took out the Lockerbie plane, and used in dozens of attacks on the west.  I think he sold him 40,000 lbs of the stuff, and after some rogue decades did finally get prosecuted by feds and jailed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rocketman From Qatar

It really is too weird. I thought we owned Qatar.

I see no news on the 55+/- rockets fired into Israel at some point in the past 8 hours. All the western papers just say the Qatar guy is visiting Hamas. They used the occasion of the visit to shoot 60 rockets, and his money is made possible by the US. It’s all getting way too weird.

The BBC has a headline that says, Israel jets fire on Gaza.

Nothing in the Times.

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Stationed on the Egyptian Border

Aron Adler, IDF ReservistJust received at Jewish Jihad, and reprinted verbatim:

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Shalom,

The letter below was sent to us by our son Aron who is doing IDF reserve duty on the Egyptian border. I would humbly comment that it would be a Kiddush Hashem for the world to see this. Please feel free to pass it on to whomever you please, including to the editors of newspapers.

Thank you,
Marilyn & Josh Adler

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My name is Aron Adler. I am 25 years old, was born in Brooklyn NY, and raised in Efrat Israel. Though very busy, I don’t view my life as unusual. Most of the time, I am just another Israeli citizen. During the day I work as a paramedic in Magen David Adom, Israel’s national EMS service. At night, I’m in my first year of law school. I got married this October and am starting a new chapter of life together with my wonderful wife Shulamit.

15-20 days out of every year, I’m called up to the Israeli army to do my reserve duty. I serve as a paramedic in an IDF paratrooper unit. My squad is made up of others like me; people living normal lives who step up to serve whenever responsibility calls. The oldest in my squad is 58, a father of four girls and grandfather of two; there are two bankers, one engineer, a holistic healer, and my 24 year old commander who is still trying to figure out what to do with his life. Most of the year we are just normal people living our lives, but for 15-20 days each year we are soldiers on the front lines preparing for a war that we hope we never have to fight.

This year, our reserve unit was stationed on the border between Israel, Egypt and the Gaza Strip in an area called “Kerem Shalom.” Above and beyond the “typical” things for which we train – war, terrorism, border infiltration, etc., this year we were confronted by a new challenge. Several years ago, a trend started of African refugees crossing the Egyptian border from Sinai into Israel to seek asylum from the atrocities in Darfur. What started out as a small number of men, women and children fleeing from the machetes of the Janjaweed and violent fundamentalists to seek a better life elsewhere, turned into an organized industry of human trafficking. In return for huge sums of money, sometimes entire life savings paid to Bedouin “guides,” these refugees are promised to be transported from Sudan, Eritrea, and other African countries through Egypt and the Sinai desert, into the safe haven of Israel.

We increasingly hear horror stories of the atrocities these refugees suffer on their way to freedom. They are subject to, and victims of extortion, rape, murder, and even organ theft, their bodies left to rot in the desert. Then, if lucky, after surviving this gruesome experience whose prize is freedom, when only a barbed wire fence separates them from Israel and their goal, they must go through the final death run and try to evade the bullets of the Egyptian soldiers stationed along the border. Egypt’s soldiers are ordered to shoot to kill anyone trying to cross the border OUT of Egypt and into Israel. It’s an almost nightly event. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Good Laugh?

Hi.  I hope you get a kick out of this video:  The Bethlehem 2010 version of ‘Jingle Bells’. Read the rest of this entry »

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The USA-Egypt-Israel Arms Embargo of Gaza is Now a Music Video!

The USA-Egypt-Israel agreement regarding the weapons embargo of Gaza specifies a fifty-mile limit on naval inspections.  Israel’s recent enforcement of the weapons embargo is being portrayed as human rights abuse by The Usual Suspects, who pretend that this is an aid embargo or a travel embargo.

When the navy inspection personnel boarded one of the nine “human aid” ships from Turkey, “Peace activists” and “observers” on board the ship attacked with knives and metal pipes .  Much of the press attacked Israel for (eventually) defending themselves.   Fortunately, a video (included below) preserves what really happened.

But first, here is a music video offered as a refreshing corrective, which has the added benefit of being entertaining. Read the rest of this entry »

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