Friday, July 14

A meditation for a Shabbat "lo shaket - an unquiet Sabbath"

Israeli children resting in a bomb shelter in Kiryat Shmona on Friday,
after Hezbollah resumed rocket strikes on northern communities. (AP)

Names of the kidnapped IDF soldiers:

ben Malka (Ehud Goldwasser)

Eldad ben Tova (Eldad Regev)

Gilad ben Aviva
He who blessed our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, may He bless the soldiers of Israel who stand guard on our country and the cities of our God. From Lebanon until the deserts of Egypt, from the Mediterranean Sea until the Plains of Jordan - on dry land, in the air and sea. May God afflict the enemies that rise against them before them. The Holy One, Blessed is He, should protect and save our soldiers from any misfortune or calamity, and from any sickenss or disease. May he send blessing and success in all their handiwork, destroy their enemies below them, and crown them with the crown of redemption and the crown of victory. And the verse "For God walks among you, to wage war for you with your enemies, to save you" should be fulfilled, and let us say, Amen.

Shabbat Shalom to those near and far.

TalkSPORT London radio interview UPDATE (Exclusive Podcast)

Google view of Israel and Lebanon looking southeast. Beirut is at the
bottom left next to the compass; Tel Aviv, at upper right.

Had an interesting two-way audio report with TalkSPORT London radio presenter James Wales, on what Britons are viewing as horrific scenes of the aftermath of IDF strikes against Hizbullah targets throughout much of Lebanon, and meanwhile, the mood on the Israeli street as some 700 Katyusha rockets hammer Israel's north.

Listen in here.

Let me know what you think about the exchange: Drop a comment in the box.

Geez' I wish I culd rite thiz gud

'The Jews Mourn and the Arabs Celebrate'

West Bank Blog has, as usual, an excellent post, this one an "up-close-and-personal" take on the latest events as viewed from her kitchen window, somewhere in Samaria.

Lady, I sure wish I could write this well at 0720 AM. Must be something in the water out there...

I'm unusually lucky and consider it a good day when my links work...

IDF: Humanitarian aid still reaching Gaza despite fighting (Official statement)

Karni goods and cargo terminal crossing point next to Gaza.
Click image for previous Gaza aid posts. (Photo: Dave Bender)

The IDF is admitting the following aid into Gaza, while military activity continues, and while Kassam rockets are still hitting nearby Sderot.

From Ynetnews:

Three rockets landed in Sderot and another two in open areas outside the town. One rocket landed in the Neveh Eshkol neighborhood and caused damage to several buildings. A number of people suffered from shock. The rocket hit a power line, and consequently the electricity supply to one of the neighborhoods streets was cut off."

July 13th 2006

"Despite ongoing terror attacks from Gaza aimed at the civilian population in Israel, and as part of the IDF's commitment to minimize the damage to the Palestinian population of the Gaza Strip, the following supplies were transferred today through the Erez, Karni and Nahal Oz crossings:

"Over 30 containers and 140 trucks containing: - 1080 tons of various grains - 800 tons of sugar - 140 tons of dairy products - 520 tons of flour - 420 tons of fruit - 169 tons of oil - 120 tons of salt - 160 tons of rice - 40 tons of eggs - 100 tons of meat and fish products - 7 trucks containing medicines and medical equipment - several heavy duty generators - 25,000 liters of chloride - 350,000 liters of diesel - 50,000 liters of petrol - 100 tons of cooking gas

"It is important to note that the water and electricity supply from Israel to the Gaza Strip remains uninterrupted."

Forklift transferring goods from Israeli truck to Palestinian sector at Karni terminal.

Click image for previous Gaza aid posts.
(Photo: Dave Bender)

Personal thoughts & Neighborhood Bully (Bob Dylan)

Can't sleep. Too wired, too tired. 0230 AM.

Listening to Israel's Galei Tzahal (Army Waves) Radio. There's a late night call in show, talking with residents of the north sitting in bomb shelters and security rooms, as Hizbullah gets a walloping and sends Katyushas in return.

You know that kind of "after-midnight" show: a few folks hanging out in studio (I've done many of those...) hanging out, jiving over java, spilling their hearts, along with the shoutouts to the relatives and friends; Israelis calling from overseas to keep up the spirits of those spending the night underground.

In between, the deeply anti-war station (after all, they should know...) is playing soft, folkie-type pop by Yehudit Ravitz (think Laura Nyro, or Joan Baez-ish style), a bit sad, a bit nostalgic for "simpler days."

They are talking now with a Palestinian Arab in Gaza, Foraz, age 43, who says he listens to the station 24/7, sitting in the dark without electricity (listening, I assume to a battery-powered "transistor" as it's called here) - speaking perfect Hebrew - about longing for peace as the IDF bombs overhead.

But the talk is not about politics, but rather an oddly affecting comeraderie with the announcers. Hmm. Both sides wishing for better, quieter days, and mutual blessings for better things ahead.

Well, so much for the "warlike Israeli propaganda machine."

Amd me here wondering about kids of close friends on duty; where they are serving, if they're safe and getting some shuteye while the older folks are up worrying about them.

What a country.

Dylan said it well, waaay back in - what - 1983? (geez, am I that old?) Crappy mix; poor miking on the instruments, but still...

(On this night, and nights to come, as we lay our heads to sleep there are many
who are wide-awake,
wide-eyed and tense, protecting Israel.
Remember them in your dreams and prayers)

by Bob Dylan - 1983

Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man,
His enemies say he's on their land.
They got him outnumbered about a million to one,
He got no place to escape to, no place to run.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
He's criticized and condemned for being alive.
He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thick skin,
He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land,
He's wandered the earth an exiled man.
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn,
He's always on trial for just being born.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
The bombs were meant for him.
He was supposed to feel bad.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
He's the neighborhood bully.

He got no allies to really speak of.
What he gets he must pay for, he don't get it out of love.
He buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly.
To hurt one they would weep.
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Every empire that's enslaved him is gone,
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon.
He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand,
In bed with nobody, under no one's command.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon,
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on.
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth,
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What's anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin', they say.
He just likes to cause war.
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed,
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?
Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill,
Running out the clock, time standing still,
Neighborhood bully.

(Hat tip to Cosmic X)

'Netanya residents told to prepare bomb shelters'

Netanya is to the extreme bottom right, next to the Google icon,
Lebanon to the upper left.

From Carl at Israel Matzav

Netanya residents have been told to prepare bomb shelters tonight, and all entertainment in the city was shut down as of 10:00 PM.

Netanya is about halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv.

Haifa rains and buses are stopping service as of 10:30 tonight; all summer camps in Haifa are cancelled tomorrow, and bomb shelters that have not been used in over 50 years are now being reopened in Haifa by emergency personnel.


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