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Sunday, August 21, 2005

UN Budget

UN's choices of spending its funds, or actually the funds of world citizens paying for it have always been bizarre.
But now, there's a new addition. After funding the retirement of a Nazi officer, Kojo Annan's annual vacation, and Saddam Hussein's palaces the UN finds a budget for a new cause T-shirts, signs and coffee mugs bearing Anti-Israeli slogans:

America's newly installed ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, labeled "inappropriate and unacceptable" the United Nations Development Program financing of materials bearing the slogan "Today Gaza, Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem."

Mr. Bolton said yesterday that the UNDP had failed to explain why it funneled money to the Palestinian Authority to back the production of banners, bumper stickers, mugs, and T-shirts bearing the provocative slogan as well as UNDP logos.

Lovely. It's always good to discover that all the economical problems in Palestinian economy were solved, noone's starving anymore and the only deficit remaining is that of flags and racist slogans printed on coffee mugs, and thank god the UN can solve that problem. I wonder who got the bill for that one.
What's next on UN's budget? "Kill the Joos" signs for the next NDP protest? Maybe they'll supply the KKK with a yearly supply of wooden crosses with the UN logo stamped on them? Or how about "Jews control my country and all I got is this lousy T-shirt" shirts?

Now we know who ISMer really is...

Remember the troublesome, deluded human-speed bump supporter posting comments on this blog under the nick ISMer? Well I guess we finally know who he is. Apparently he runs this little unknown blog named "this much I can say is true" in which, despite the name, "true" things rarely get published. And so he wonders about me and my blog:
Since first witnesseing the situation in that village, I've wondered what goes through the heads of the soldiers that get sent there. Do they think about what they see? Do they wonder about what they're being ordered to do? Or, are they actually mindless automatons unable to see the humanity in the folks they're charged with the task of brutalizing?

Turns out, in this case, it's the latter.

As it turns, while my blogspot outpost offers the occasional nugget of insight from the human rights camp that regularly assists people in Bil'in against being wiped out in the name of "Greater Israel," there's a soldier just across the razor wire blogging about his own experiences in Bil'in, albeit from a more thuggish/racist standpoint. For an idea of what one of these guys is thinking, check out the blog, Only in Israel (an odd name since he seems to be working only in Palestine). I found this guy's regular updates facsinating. Referring to the natural mob mentality of inherent to Arab people, looking at fellow Israelis who oppose the occupation as "speed bumps," this guy is a good mouthpiece for the easily duped.

How nice.
I don't view fellow Israelis who oppose the occupation as "speed bumps". I view ISMers and other worshippers of St. Pancake Corrie who died defending a tunnel used for smuggling drugs, hookers and explosives (which were likely used against American diplomats) from Egypt to Israel as "human speed bumps". And hey, I have different definitions for every group of raving lunatics trying to prevent Israelis from having a secure way of life, for instance my personal nickname for "Women in Black" would be "Old, hairy dykes who can't get laid and whose only goal in life is to make soldiers miserable".
"Anarchists against the fence" would be "Pimple faced, sex-deprived, rich, spoiled suburbians".
No one in Bil'in is getting wiped out. They may be losing a few acres of agricultural land, which they're getting compensated for, and the transfer of trees from that land to any other land is offered, free of charge by the Israeli military.
People who have roads built on their lands in the US get the same treatment, they get compensated and the roads are built on their land, if that's what the government decided. That's how it works. This is much more important than a road. This saves lives.
You see, the problem isn't Bil'in, which except for a few rock throwers, wasn't involved in any serious activity. The problem is the village of Kharbatha, which is placed between Bil'in and Dir Qadis. The village of Kharbatha has exported many terrorist cells, the most famous of them would be the Jerusalem Sbarro bombing, the Jaffa street bombing and numerous shooting attacks at Israelis traveling on nearby roads. The only way to get in or out of Kharbatha is either via Bil'in or Dir Qadis, both villages are being fenced out by the Anti-terrorist barrier.
This is called "responsibility". You see, if the villagers haven't allowed terrorist to travel from their midst, if the citizens of Bil'in would do anything at all to make it clear that terrorists passing from their village is NOT fine with them, then 20+ Israelis wouldn't have died, and the fence wouldn't have been created.
The fence near Bil'in is a security need. The Palestinians had their choice, they chose not to deal with terrorism, now we have to do it, so that what happened to the Schijveschuurder family will not repeat itself again. Ever.
And the thing really sad is, that ISMer turned out to be more than just a minion of Huwaida and Adam and their braindead human speedbumps. He's their media coordinator, that what he does for living. Which, given his posts and the lack of facts in such kinda makes you think he might think of a career change, because dude, if that's the best you can do? ISM is going down.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Too much news.

The last two weeks in the army have been especially busy for me. We had the regular crap from Palestinians, with the new addition of settler protest in our checkpoints. And, because more people were in the base on standby for anything of the sort, it was also more crowded than usual, triggering more arguments and petty fights.
The satellite TV in the club was always on a news channel whether it was channel 1, 2, 10, CNN or Fox. Whenever a station went on commercials, someone just switched to another one which showed the same news over and over again.
The pictures from Gush Katif are very hard to watch, people being torn out of their houses, soldiers and policemen carrying their duties being insulted, yelled at, and have chemicals spilled on them. And even worse, an Israeli deteriorating to the level of the jihadists and carrying out acts of terrorism against innocent civilians.
I have to say, the soldiers carrying out the mission are doing it with the utmost sensitivity, determination and professional standards possible. It really is astounding to me, I have no idea whether I would be able to take so much insults without responding.
Then again, most of the settlers are behaving remarkably well, hugging the soldiers and letting them to evacuate them out of the houses they built where once there was nothing but sand.
Probably the worst thing I've seen so far is a father who coached his kids to make a show in front of a TV cameras mimicking the famous photo of the Jewish boy in the Warsaw ghetto. The comparison was appalling, and I doubt these children will get over the trauma.
But most of all the success of the disengagement proves again the strength of Israeli democracy, of our ability to make a democratic decision and carry it out no matter how big the minority objecting it is. That is the true nature of democracy.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think the Disengagement will lead to peace. Hell no, there will be more attacks, and Gaza will probably become one big terror base. But the things is, tactically, it's unwise to hold as many troops there, withdrawing from Gush Katif and Gaza shortens our defense lines, and makes it easier to carry out offensive activities instead of concentrating on defending our civilian settler population. For one thing, we can easily use artillery in Gaza now, not fearing we will hit our own civilians. Also, with the settlements and military out of the way, Abu Mazen's security forces run out of excuses not to carry their jobs. There's noone there to stop them, all they have to do is act.
Another thing the disengagement showed to the world, is the problem of evacuating settlements, I think the pictures from Gaza have shown that uprooting people out of their houses in Judea and Samaria isn't going to be easy without a peace deal, and even if such a deal is achieved, it's going to be immensely hard.
Now, there's still settlements to evacuate and I certainly hope that things will calm down, and Israel can spare some time to unite and heal the wounds in our society.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Ricky Martin's kaffiyah brings him to Israel.

It turns out that Ricky Martin was in Jordan a few days ago (all fans, please, get a life). And someone fooled him into putting a Kaffiyeh on him, with the word "Palestine" written on it, a picture of the Al Aqsa mosque and the entire map of Israel clearly marked as Palestine. Then they gave him a stand with a wooden carving marked "Palestine" again containing the map of the entire state of Israel. He had lots of pictures taken of him smiling stupidly at the camera, probably having no idea what he's holding or wearing.

Anyway, the moment he discover he did what was right, he went to the Israeli consul in NYC, appologized, and promissed to come to Israel during his next tour, oh, and he also tried to hit on him.
In an attempt to convince Mekel of his sincerity, Martin said that several of his good friends in Los Angeles are Israeli and that he had learned some Hebrew words from them.

He then turned to Mekel and said, “My dear" in Hebrew.

Mob mentality?

I've managed to read quite a lot responses to the terrorist attack carried out in Shefaram by a Kahanist lunatic. Israellycool has a nice summary of them right here.
I just noticed that many of the writers were criticizing the lynching of the terrorist and the fact he was taken cared off by the mob, and used this incident as an example of what they called "Arabic mob mentality".
I do agree some, or even most Arab cultures share a mob mentality, but I don't think it's true for Israeli arabs. In this incident, attacking the masses' response is hypocritical. The first thing I thought about the moment I heard about the public's response was this:

Some 180 friends and relatives of the Kardushov family had packed into a dance hall in the northern Israeli town of Hadera on Thursday night.

"He entered the wedding hall and started shooting towards the patio," one eyewitness said. "He started shooting at the people and then he began running."

Bottles and chairs were thrown at the attacker, who was pushed outside onto the street.

"I saw he was nervous, he couldn't reload," said the girl's father Constantine. "I quickly jumped on him. Me and my brother. I hit him, then all my relatives came, all my brothers. It was chaos."

The response was completely expectable, as the man just shot at these people's relatives. I don't think we, as Jews or Israelis have any right to criticize that response. We'd do the same, hell, we DID the same.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Lazer returns.

Lazer, the baboon look-like human speed bump wannabe who keeps turning up in all the wrong places has a made a new appearence on the protests against the anti-terrorist barrier in Bi'ilin. And this time he has a walking stick. Now why would a young, healthy (not mentally, but atleast physically) man need a stick, in a non-violent protest. Gee, I wonder what that stick was used for.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Terrorism and how society should respond.

I'm deeply ashamed today. Someone from my country, from my people, from my religion, comitted an act of terrorism. He attacked innocent civilians whose only fault was having a different religion. It's an act of terrorism no different than those comitted by the Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Fateh-Tanzim. The only good thing I can say about it is that at the very least the murderer got what was coming to him from the people he attempted to kill and their relatives.
It is my sincere home, that the Arab citizens of Israel will not do anything to shake or damage the bond between them and Israeli Jews, and that even after such a horrible act of terrorism, the citizens of Israel will be able to continue coexisting peacefully.
I'm proud of the way Israeli society handled the attack. It should be an example to any nation, people or religion dealing with terrorism coming from its midst.
Sharon, Shalom and every other minister, called it immideately an act of terrorism and denounced it. The chief of staff has called it a terrorist attack and vowed to have an investigation carried out as to how the soldier wasn't caught after going AWOL with his weapon.
The police arrested, within hours of the attacks people suspected not of aiding the attack, but of merely knowing about it and not alerting the police.
The Defense minister refused to allow the murderer to be burried in a military cemetary next to IDF soldiers who died defending this country.
The mayor of Rishon Le-Tziyon refused to allow the murderer to be burried in his town saying on Channel 2 news: "He may have not respected the law, but I do. He moved his place of residence to Tapuah and I don't have to burry him here".
This is what a society should act like when a terrorist comes from its midst. It should puke him and his likes out of itself. Let's hope this is a lesson our neighbours will learn.