Gaza-War on Facebook

Since the beginning of the attacks on Gaza my facebook wall is flooded with comments on the Israeli-Gaza-conflict.

Some are funny, some are thoughtful, some are grotesque, some are simply shocking.

For my friends who don’t have the chance to take part in this I collected the posts, pictures, videos that in my opinion reflect the best the actual discourse.

Have fun reading it and let me know what you think about it.

(Some of the posts might be in a weird english since i google-translated them from hebrew…)

 

Hahaha .. How do you have time for Facebook? You kill terrorists .. For firing missiles at me here . No time to enjoy nature .. You have to go to reserve duty!

 

That’s war, baby!

 

at least we get an alarm that tells us when the bombs will hit. people in gaza and the west bank don’t get that (privilege).

 

“It is not only is the security threat in the air. Well as other areas of life, such as health, education and welfare are not functioning so well. Somehow it seems that everything makes complete failure. No sense of security, no health system is functioning well, social services courses clutter and budgets stop somewhere along the way.
When the cannons and shells were falling, then we are quietly sitting on the side of democracy. “

 

fell asleep. would someone please surprise me and say: no one died because of bombings in Palestine today?

 

 

Over 60 years of occupation Palestine land by israelis. over 60 years of ethnic cleansing by israelis. over 60 years of killing palestinians by israelis. since 2000 over 1500 children killed by israeli forces (Amnesty International). this is not defence, this is holocaust. use your savvy! Palestinians didnt start the fire

 

Reminder to myself for the following reserves: bring earplugs …

 

In the early days of the war in the south was very hard for me to write. I have three children in the army (regular and reserve), many relatives and friends with orders eight separate them these days prayer box
Sprinkle safely and quickly and so many of our citizens are under fire it’s just impossible. So I have full solidarity with IDF operations to eliminate the terrorist infrastructure rocket for close to 13 years embittered the lives of residents of the South, especially when trying to do so while minimizing harm to the innocent.
However I turns with an inner feeling is so deep and painful that despite what we are doing is justified, is no long-term strategy and has no chance to solve the problem of the residents of the South and of the State of Israel. Perhaps even the contrary it gives a sense of action and results in a momentary satisfaction but actually is only deepens the problem and eliminates the possibility of a real solution and includes complicated and complex situation we are.
If our assumption that there is no alternative, we are taking the curse of Esau and the world will live by the sword, so we walk the right way, but then must also know and accept that will never horizon and hope for a different future. I believe there is another way.
Some years the experts have told us that Arabs can never be peace? Today we celebrate the anniversary of Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem, it Sat memorable and exciting by announcing “No more war” with all the upheavals and changes his declaration remains valid for 35 years.
Some years the experts have told us that if the Muslim Brotherhood (assassins that Sadat) come to power in Egypt, they are religious can never accept the existence of any Jewish entity in the Muslim region. And is president-elect by the brothers, now in the negotiations with the state of the Jewish people and the branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza.
So I believe that what we need to do now is get a hudna with Hamas for several years and in that time to enter negotiations accelerated for a comprehensive and just peace based on two states for two peoples with the Palestinian leadership team. But this time, unlike the past, with the support and involvement of the space Islamic for all factions. time to share your leaders Muslim community in the Middle East in general and in the Holy Land in particular, who are willing on the basis of religion, religious thought dialectically, to a just solution for both peoples, who believe the duty to respect the will of God that we were created in His image and trampling and destroying Take bloodshed the other end only violating his name in the world.
So close your eyes for a moment, imagine how such a world might look like. Now open them, the truth is that eighty percent of Israelis and Palestinians support peace and aspire to that.
God will give strength to His people God will bless his people with peace

 

 

Just made it into the bunker before the interception. The warning does not really give you much time. All day seemed like the silence of the lambs…

 

 

  • Dear Omar, a member who appreciates you personally and your activity on the social humanist, I urge you to refuse to serve in the war of Bibi and Barak. Srovc will tenfold safety of your fellow citizens of Israel. Refusal nice, do not shoot and then cry!
  • Lior, from posts earlier you fully understand that I opposed this war and I did not agree to participate. What I do (or should do, now I’m not doing anything …) these reserves is to help and save my town citizens in the event of a missile attack, an act of humanitarian completely before the event belongs to the IDF … I refuse to fight in Gaza.

 

Bibi (Nickname for Israel’s Prime minister Netanyahu) speaks, sick bag ready.

 

 

After seeing numerous posts on FB that incite violence against either civilians in Gaza or in Israel, I just want to say that you are testing my nerves and I am about a moment away from taking a sh** on your wall with a nasty comment, and the proceeding to delete you. Oh and report you comments.

For the record:

#1. The missiles falling on Israel ARE REAL! It is not an invention or a figment of imagination. Unless a few million Israelis and foreigners alike are having a collective “bad trip”, it is real. The only positive thing about it – if one can find positives about missiles flying overhead – is that people are staying low and running to shelter and therefore managing not to get injured or to lose their lives. And yes, there were Israeli children injured in the attacks too, and no, I have not seen much footage about it in the media, or anyone posting and sharing photos of them on FB. And despite missiles flying overhead, groups of Israelis came out to protest war on Gaza. Do you get it? People’s lives are being threatened and they refuse to stoop down to the filthy level of some of you warmongers. No matter which way you turn this around, it is wrong that missiles are being shot at Israeli civilians because no one deserves to be killed indiscriminately. Missiles do not target “bad people” or policy makers, nor do they target “killers”… Please, you must be capable of understanding the rest without me needing to spell it out; otherwise I am not sure why I befriended you at first place.

#2. More than half of Gazan population are children! MORE THAN HALF! It is a densely populated area that even if everyone put their best effort into hiding out, there would be grave casualties. Furthermore, in such a densely populated area, it is hard to perform a so-called “surgical strike” and therefore to avoid killing innocent people. You should not boast and scream bloody murder of “them” because the “them” you are referring to appears obscure, and without realizing you are including innocent people (or perhaps you realize it, in which case you should do some soul searching). Be an intellectual that you are and be capable of distinguishing between extremists and the rest of the 1.5 mil of people there. Can you only imagine how many people will be killed if Israel has a ground invasion of Gaza? This is nothing to be excited about, one should only cry! There is nothing victorious about war and you should stop getting off on it. Pick another fetish such as porn, it is equally stimulating. Oh, and yes, believe it or not, the current tensions probably do have something to do with occupation or the depressing status of Gaza. I know it’s shocking, but there it goes, it’s out there now, for all of you to know, so that you are no longer confused. There will be no peace without the end of the occupations. Seriously, who still has doubts about this? I thought it obvious.

#3. For you expats, you should be more conscious of yourself. Not only are you an ambassador for your country but you come here as a guest. When it all goes to sh**, you will catch a bus to Jordan or fly home and watch the rest of this from a television set. It is people here that will be left to their faiths. This is why you should get of your righteous horse and do what you were supposed to do here, which is to promote peace and development, not to create a further rift between people. If you cannot do that, perhaps you should reevaluate your motives, and if they are no longer what they were when you arrived here, then I believe it’s time to return home or go travel through Southeast Asia. Your presence is important only because you can remain untainted by group politics. If you can no longer do that, then you are useless here.

On a final note, try to think before you speak. At least for a day, like I did before writing this comment. I’m not saying that it is perfect, but slightly improved from the casual “ass-think” that I’ve witnessed on here. These are difficult issues, and if you are capable of determining your CLEAR stance on it in no time, then you probably are wrong. If you feel anything other than sadness, fear and anger that people here (Israel & Palestine) might be experiencing yet another escalation in violence, an especially if you feel a loathing of a particular group, then I suggest you meditate and try to bring yourself to a more rational emotional state. If meditation does not work for you, try a psychologist, God, or gods, or whatever else floats your boat. That is what I will do. But stop, for f*** sake, creating more tension and promoting hatred and violence.

 

I wonder if some of the rockets that are fired towards #Israel come from undercover israeli agents. The government has the abilities to do that and fear keeps them in power. So, why should they not do that?

 

 

In a rapid successions of tweets, Noam Chomsky expressed his thoughts about what is happening in Gaza right now: “It hardly takes more than a day in Gaza to begin to appreciate what it must be like to try to survive in the world’s largest open-air prison where a million and a half people, in the most densely populated area of the world, are constantly subjected to random and often savage terror and arbitrary punishment, with no purpose other than to humiliate and degrade, and with the further goal of ensuring that Palestinian hopes for a decent future will be crushed and that the overwhelming global support for a diplomatic settlement that will grant these rights will be nullified.
Gazans have been selected for particularly cruel punishment. It is almost miraculous that people can sustain such an existence.
The pattern of bombing under Cast Lead was…concentrated in the north, targeting defenseless civilians in the most densely populated areas.
Sitting in a hotel near the shore, one can hear the machine gun fire of Israeli gunboats driving fishermen out of Gaza’s territorial waters and towards shore, so that they are compelled to fish in waters that are heavily polluted because of US-Israeli refusal to allow reconstruction of the sewage and power systems that they destroyed.”

 

I hate to say but this war becomes simply boring. Missiles – missiles – missiles, bombs and horrific images, bodies of children, cliches commentators, Roni Daniel and Ehud Yaari rubbing cock front of a camera and a powerful call to enter Gaza and behind, what is this? What is this retro? What is “Accountability” here? “Grapes of Wrath”? “Defensive Shield”? Is after 2000 years of exile did not come to us more interesting wars? Where’s the creativity? Except Sirens Tel Aviv there is nothing new, and frankly – construction – it has exhausted itself. You do not move me the foam of espresso.

I warn, and I think I’m not alone on this: or invent something new, or I switch channels.

 

 

this is Gaza…

United Nations???
Humanity???
Muslims???
Arabs???
Aman ki Asha???

 

There is no cease-fire without destroying Tel Aviv

 

I’ve never done a facebook status update before (apart from one night when I was once drunkenly searching for a girl I met in a bar and accidentally put her name in my status)… but I feel compelled to now.

 I just don’t see the point in people sharing the Israeli Defence Force’s photos and status’s such as ‘This operation will bring a better tomorrow’. I just don’t believe it will… Won’t it only serve to perpetuate the ever ending cycle of terror and suffering in the Middle East? Won’t it just create even more terrorists?

 Of course Israel has the right to defend itself against the hundreds of missiles aimed at innocent civilians. Any sovereign nation in the world would do the same. But unflinching support of the government and policies of Israel misses the point…

 Rather than taking part in a Facebook/twitter propaganda war, can’t people just acknowledge how depressing this situation is?

 I say this because I love Israel! I’ve seen how the vast majority of people want peace. But in my mind, the only real route to an everlasting peace is through dialogue!

My thoughts go out to all those, on both sides of the divide, who will be sleeping in shelters tonight.

 

Another interview with Yuval Steinitz (finance minister) and I go to Berlin

 

It amazes me that most citizens accept without question any decision of the military bodies, except one: the military censor.

 

I am frightend.

 

 

“Dear Friends the people in Gaza need our voices! Tell the world what’s really happening in Gaza. Words and actions can make a difference! Let’s go:

* EYE WITNESSSE direct reports from Gaza:
– @harryfear’s live broadcast in #gaza on @Ustre
am. The sound of planes is horrible! http://ustre.am/QLL5 !
http://todayingaza.wordpress.com/
http://asecondglance.wordpress.com/
– Follow @AnonymousPress for updates on the #Gaza.

* Let’s make #ProtestForGaza to trend more on twitter!

* Find your Local Emergency Action here: http://www.peoplesassemblies.org/2012/11/emergency-global-actions-for-gaza-gazaunderattack/

* Five ways to effectively support #Gaza through Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions #StopIsrael #Israel #Palestine http://www.bdsmovement.net/2012/five-ways-to-effectively-support-gaza-through-boycotts-divestment-and-sanctions-10051 …”

 

 

 

Do not misunderstand: This is absolutely a war of choice, and this war of freedom. Important and critical article on attention deficit indicate the point -” In a situation where both prime minister and defense minister on the eve of elections, and are more interested than ever to create a security agenda, so changing one or more military concept shares
R provides an easy about the real aims of the operation.”
Political leaders of Israel and Hamas games with the lives of millions of people to achieve political goals and for diverting attention from serious problems citizens on the agenda.
This game is a political game, playing dirty, cruel game and play more: not eroded. Not play the game, and ignore the facts, and not believe the lies, nor forget the sacrifices of those killed and the Palestinians and the Israelis, and we will raise flags malicious governments.

Join us and thousands of residents / s and other organizations throughout the country and territories! Get out against the war of choice and choices

 

More comments after the attack on a bus in Tel Aviv:

 

Stupid! Stupid! Stupid fucking ultra right wing extremist government!

 

Explosion in Tel Aviv. Happy right now probably agree ceasefire

 

Sure Bibi is also related to 39 thousand killed in Syria last year and half or attack twins or make thousands of victims who were killed in Iraq in recent years kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, I could go on and knock the Facebook servers with the amount of information on those you are dreaming that one day peace with them.

 

Bibi … you are guilty ..

 

Enough, really enough! Not because I want to go home … Ceasefire Now!

 

bus explodes in Tel Aviv. Life’s peachy, thanks for asking

 

There is no solution. It will be like this forever

 

My dear Tel Avivis,

I hope you and your beloved ones are all well and that you are not getting intimidated by those palestinian savage dogs. Sanity and civilization WILL prevail for us as they always have!

Please continue going to the beach to play matkot, the restaurants, concerts, raves – all those things that make TLV the most interesting and vibrant hotspot in the Mediterranean.

My heart cries out for you and I would do anything to be in my old midnadvut right now to help Aaretz Israel and its people.

 

!!!can’t believe that you just said that!!!!yes yes please everyone continue going to the beach while the army is killing those dogs and taking care of everything!!!!!!!

 

I guess this is the model of democracy for teh whole mid east, everyoen should look up to and learn

 

If Israel can do this to a young Jewish American, imagine what Palestinians face every day
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Konstantin L. Kasakov Okay Mana…

…normally I would erase those posts but I fuckin detest censorship.

As for your comment: yes! TLV needs to stay TLV, no matter how many of those animals blow themselves up. My people has survived thousands of pogroms and the Holocaust, we are being hated and chased forever. So those bombs will not stop us on our eternal quest for repose.

As for the American kid: this is kinda what happens when you go uninvited to demonstrations. I could show you clips from about any country in the world where protestors who belong to a minority are being taken away from the demonstrating majority. Plus, wearing an Arafat scarf is outrageously provocative in Jerusalem’s Jewish neighbourhoods and the kid probably knew that. Not knowing Hebrew whilst claiming to be a legitimate part of the world Jewry doesnt exactly help either.
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Konstantin L. Kasakov Here’s a good idea for any Muslim country, like your beloved Iran, to express their democratic ambitions:


Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade 2012 – Tel Aviv, Israel hosts 14th Gay Pride Parade
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Konstantin L. Kasakov Secular, young and free Israel is this:


Israeli Rave Lifestyle (parties and raves in Tel Aviv, Eilat and Herzliya, Israel)
Israeli disco-rave lifestyle at: Summer 2011 events at Eilat; Acadia beach at He…

 

Of course TLV should stay TLV, like any other city! Do you think anyone is happy about this situation!Do you even hear yourself though talking about palestinians like that!Yes your ppl have survived Holocaust and have many great contribution to the world. No doubt about that. Why do you always have to play the Holocaust card. This is now. 21st century!stop this hatred.

 

You know what? delete the posts. I’m just sad to see that there is no difference between ppl growing up in my country with absolutely no access to free media and to teh rets of teh world, yet ppl like you who have traveled and live in “free and civilized” countries have teh same opinion! so sad to see.

 

Maybe you and any other Non-Jew has forgotten about the Holocaust, but for me and 98% of the other Jews in the world it still plays a significant role because we have to listen to the eradication fantasies of Mr Ahmadinejad and many other world leaders every day.

Plus, Palestinians were directly involved in the Holocaust and Hamas ideology is directly linked to Nazi ideology. There is no denying that. That being said, our enemy has not changed too much, his ideas have not changed too much, his methods have not changed too much.

All we want is to live in peace and go about our lives, together with about 1,7 million Arabs who are Israeli citizens. People in the Westbank are a good example that prosperity and wealth can come as soon as they lay down their weapons.

Unfortunately the people of Gaza are being held hostage by Hamas, an organization whose sole purpose is the eradication of Jews and Israel. We wont let that happen.

After the cease-fire:

 

After this shit is over, I throw the smartphone. Do not want more and Vision, Facebook, Twitter, Ainstgrm and shit. Who has Nokia with Snake delivery?

 

You may try, but you will never succeed! from Gaza Youth Breaks Out

Israel-Iran: War or no War?

Two weeks ago, my roommate received the letter.

He is expected for his reserve duty on mid  September for 5 days in the north of Israel.
In Israel, men  until the age of 42, and women until 24, have to complete up to one month of reserve duty for the military.

My roommate is worried. Normally, he is called to military reserve in spring. “Now they call me up in September, at the time it is supposed to start.”

He refers to the war with Iran. A lot is said about it lately, rumors say it will start in mid September.”

I can understand he is mad. He still has several papers for university to write, after that he wanted to take a couple days of vacations.

I do not think there is going to be a war or better, I do not know. I grew up in a country that hasn’t seen war for 67 years  and no war is expected any time soon. My friends and I, we never talk about war, war is happening somewhere else.

But here it is omnipresent. Last weekend it was worse than ever.

On Thursday a reporter of the TV- Channel tweeted that they will launch a special broadcast on the war on the following Saturday.

Rumors started to circulate: Apparently, Prime Minister Netanyahu has invited key media representatives to an unofficial press conference on Saturday night.

“This means war,” some shouted, “Here we go!”

“You don’t start a war like this”, others say.

But all of them are worried.

My roommate is mad. He has an important exam on Sunday.

“How am I supposed to focus on my studies like this?  Who knows if the exam on Sunday is even taking place? Maybe tonight I get the SMS with the secret code. Then I have to pack my things and go to this certain place where they pick up me up for the military. Then the war has started! ”

We do not know… He decides to study anyway.

On Saturday, he sits grumbling at his desk while I travel to the Dead Sea, although with no good feeling. I check my Haaretz App almost every hour.

On Saturday evening we have dinner together, Trina with pita.

“False alarm, wasn’t it?”

We are relieved.

Nevertheless, my roommate decides that we should start making thoughts about finding the closest bomb shelter to our home.

I know bomb shelters from Germany, left-overs from the 2nd World War. They are usually grey, big and made out of concrete. There is a big one in Hamburg, it hosts cool parties.

“The bomb shelter has to protect us from the rockets,” my roommate says. That is why it should be beyond the earth.

We walk past cafes where young people with retro clothes sit in front of their Apple computer.

They don’t seem so worried about finding bomb shelters.

Finally, we find a solution. The underground parking lot under Habima Square.

During normal days designed for thousand of cars of the theater visitors. It is perfect. Spacious and with several exits,  only 2 minutes from us.

Then we forget about the war for a while.

And so does the media, it seems.
The daily newspaper Israel Hayom, known as the voice of prime minister Natanyahus, which printed topics related on Iran’s nuclear program on their front page during the past weeks, now seems to find interest in other topics not related to the upcoming war. (haaretz)

Is Netanyahu trying to back out?
To reassure Israel, President Obama announced a few days ago open and covert actions against Iran, including a new  anti-missile-system in Qatar. (NY Times)

Reassuring news, but the best news reached me today.

A text message from my roommate:  “They have cancelled my reserve duty. No explanation.”
Maybe just a coincident in which one shouldn’t put too much interpretation. Both of us, we are very happy!

Krieg oder kein Krieg?

Vor zwei Wochen erhielt mein Mitbewohner den Brief.

Er wird zum 10. September für 5 Tage zu seinem Reservedienst im Norden Israels erwartet.

In Israel müssen Männer bis zu ihrem 42. Lebensjahr, Frauen bis zum 24. Lebensjahr, jährlich bis zu einem Monat Reservedienst für das Militär leisten.

Mein Mitbewohner ist besorgt. Normalerweise erwischt es ihn im Frühling. „Nun werde ich Mitte September eingezogen, genau dann, wann es losgehen soll, wie alle sagen.“ Er bezieht sich auf den Krieg mit Iran. Vieles wird darüber gesagt, man munkelt, dass es Mitte September losgehen soll.

Ich verstehe seinen Unmut, er muss noch diverse Hausarbeiten für die Universität schreiben, danach wollte er eigentlich ein paar Wochen Urlaub machen.

Ich glaube nicht, dass es einen Krieg gibt, d.h. ich weiß es nicht. Ich bin in einem Land groß geworden, dass seit 67 Jahren keinen Krieg mehr erlebt hat und auch sobald keinen erleben wird. Meine Freunde und ich, wir reden nie über Krieg, das passiert ja anderswo. Also ehrlich gesagt, ich habe keine Ahnung von Krieg.

Doch hier ist er omnipräsent. Seinen Höhepunkt fand das Kriegsgerede letztes Wochenende.

Am Donnerstag twittert eine Reporterin des Fernsehkanals Channel 10, dass es am Samstag eine Extra-Sendung zum Irankrieg geben soll.

Gerüchte schlugen um sich. Premierminister Netanyahu hat wichtige Medienvertreter zu einer inoffiziellen Pressekonferenz am Samstagabend eingeladen, hieß es.

„Das bedeutet Krieg“, schrien die einen, „jetzt geht es los.“

„So beginnt man keinen Krieg!“ ,rufen die anders.

Besorgt sind sie alle.

Mein Mitbewohner ist sauer. Er hat am Sonntag eine wichtige Klausur. „Wie soll mich so konzentrieren? Soll ich überhaupt noch dafür lernen? Wer weiß, ob sie stattfindet? Vielleicht kriege ich gleich schon eine SMS mit dem geheimen Code. Dann muss ich meine Sachen packen und mich an einem bestimmten Ort begeben, wo mich das Militär abholt. Dann ist Krieg!“

Wir wissen es nicht. Er beschließt trotzdem zu lernen. Er verbringt den Samstag grummelnd an seinem Schreibtisch. Ich fahre mit Herzklopfen zum Toten Meer, wo ich jede Stunde die Haaretz App auf Kriegsmeldungen prüfe.

Abends kochen wir zusammen, Trina mit Pita. „Falscher Alarm, was?“, grinsen wir. Wir sind ziemlich erleichtert.

Trotzdem findet mein Mitbewohner wir sollten uns langsam mal überlegen, wo der nächste Bunker ist. Unser Haus hat keinen Luftschutzraum. Bunker kenne ich aus Deutschland, sie sind groß und aus Beton. In dem Bunker in Hamburg gibt es meist coole Partys.

„Der Bunker muss uns gegen die Raketen schützen.“, sagt mein Mitbewohner. Er sollte möglichst unter der Erde sein. Wir laufen an Cafés vorbei, in denen junge Leute mit ausgefallenen Klamotten und großen Nickelbrillen vor ihren Apple sitzen. Sie machen sich keine Sorge über Bunker.

Schließlich finden wir eine Lösung. Die Tiefgarage unter dem Habima Platz. Eigentlich für die Autos eifriger Theaterbesucher gedacht, eignet sie sich perfekt. Großräumig und mit mehreren Aufgängen, nur 2 Minuten von uns. Ich muss ein bisschen Lachen: Bunkersuche, das klingt wie ein Kinderspiel.

Dann vergessen wir das Thema wieder. Und auch in den Medien wird es ruhiger.

Die Tageszeitung Israel Hayom, bekannt als Sprachrohr Natanyahus, welche in den vergangenen Wochen mit Vorliebe Artikel über die iranische Bedrohung auf ihrer Titelseite druckte, scheint seit letztem Freitag auf andere Themen, fern dem Krieg, auszuweichen. (Siehe Haaretz)

Versucht Netanyahu einen leisen Rückzieher?

Um Israel zu beruhigen hat Präsident Obama vor wenigen Tagen offene und verdeckte Maßnahmen gegen den Iran angekündigt, darunter ein neues Radarsystem in Katar zur Raketenabwehr. (Siehe NY Times)

Beruhigende Nachrichten, doch die beste Nachricht erreicht mich heute.

Eine SMS meines Mitbewohners: Sie haben meine Reservedienst gestrichen. Keine Begründung.

Vielleicht ein dummer Zufall, in den man nicht zu viel hinein interpretieren sollte. Vielleicht nur ein Strohhalm nachdem man greift, doch wir beide freuen uns sehr!

Is there going to be a war with Iran, my friends?

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“Today I had lunch with my dad and all he talked about was registering for gas masks,” my roommate tells. “That really kills me.”

“Nothing will happen,” his friend answers. „They talk about it for years, now. Every year in September they start this panic again.”

“I just want to finish my degree. Just give me one more year until I’ve finished my degree,” begs my roommate.

“We received additional proof of the fact that Iran is continuing to make accelerated progress toward achieving nuclear weapons while totally ignoring international demands,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says. And he is convinced that once Iran has a nuclear weapon it will use it against Israel.

“Israel is a cancerous tumor that will soon be finished off,” Iranian President Ahmadinejad told Anti-Israel protesters last Friday.

“While Israel can only execute a surgical operation to delay the nuclear program, the United States can take action that would threaten the regime’s stability,” tells an important statesman, who gets quoted in Haaretz as ‘The Decisionmaker’ .

Obama keeps himself covered. No attacks before the Presidential Elections in November. His opponent thinks “Iran going nuclear” would “be unacceptable”. Romney would keep all options open to prevent that from happening, whatever that means. Anyway you never know who is going to keep or break his promises after the elections on November 6th.

Can you imagine rockets falling on this beach?

Can you imagine rockets falling on this beach?

“And time is running out …. ,” a friend of mine says while driving us to the beach. “New investigations say that Iran will improve the protection of its nuclear sites until March. If that happens, the Israel Military won’t be able to attack them anymore.” He is trying to find a parking lot, not an easy task in Tel Aviv. “Israel can’t wait for the Americans to attack in maybe half-year or a year. They have to attack in autumn because soon the weather will be too cloudy for the airplanes. “

“…it means putting a matter that is vital to our survival in the hands of the United States. Israel cannot allow this to happen,” agrees the Decisionmaker in Haaretz.

“I don’t believe this shit anymore,” another friend of mine tells me while I help her buying new shoes. She is crazy about Berlin like almost everyone here and she plans on moving there.

“Life has become very pleasant in Israel,” a friend says while slurping cold coffee in one of Tel Aviv’s Hip-Places, “Netanyahu knows that. He wouldn’t dare to risk this.”

Not to mention the economic losses.

But better be prepared, the public TV Channel shows instructions on how to put on your gas mask. “Gas mask?” laughs the girl at the bar. “I don’t even know if I have one, maybe we have one left in my grandma’s basement.”

“They are not helpful anyway,” somebody throws in. “The filter just works for 5 hours.”

“It’s true,” my roommates’ friend confirms. “But listen, you just use the gas mask when you leave your shelter. The shelters are secured enough, you don’t need them in there. And they’re thought to protect against chemical weapons, not against the missiles.”

Missiles?- just two days ago rockets struck two factories in Sderot,a border town close to the Gaza Strip.

“If we attack Iran, there will be launching of missiles and rockets against the Israeli home front. Counterattacks will come from the Hamas in Gaza. They are not so well equipped, their missiles probably just hit South-Israel, it won’t be a very precise bombing. The Hezbollah in Lebanon is more experienced, I would say, they will be able to send more harmful missiles. But it gets really problematic once Syria starts to attack, although right now, no one can say, what is going on there. Different from the Hamas or the Hezbollah the Syrian attacks will be led by the military. They have professional equipment including Airplanes and rockets that can go long distances. They are able to hit Tel Aviv, too,”  explains my roommate.

“When the first missiles start to fall, I gonna buy myself popcorn and watch the spectacle on my porch,” I hear from another friend. “It is true,” a colleague from work tells me. “During the last Lebanon war people used to do this. They didn’t take it very seriously.”

“When the first missiles start to fall, which will be after the UN summit in the end of September, I take my American Passport, cross the Allenby Bridge to Jordan and then good bye, you right-winged nationalists!” This friend trains for a marathon he will run in late fall.

"About the economy... we need... ah...hmmm... I mean the government...and... aaah...like..." "Look the Iranian Threat"

“About the economy… we need… ah…hmmm… I mean the government…and… aaah…like…”
“Look the Iranian Threat”

“It is blabla”, explains my friend while we finally arrive the beach.” Netanyahu is doing propaganda to distract us from the real problems. All the social problems: high inequality, rising living cost, unemployment….. ” He’ll be off to India in the next days doing a motorcycle trip without cellphone, facebook and bad news.

“Statistically it is time for another war,” another friend of my roommate says while rubbing the heart-shaped tattoo on her arm. “I am really not an ignorant person, but I am exhausted, this is why I stopped reading the news. I recently had a break-up with my boyfriend, I need to find another job,…. It is too much. No one can bare all this!”

“It is quite easy,” says the guy who floats next to me on an inflatable mattress on the Sea of Galilee. “Maybe we have a war soon, maybe not. We can’t change it anyway.”

Interested in how to build yourself a bomb shelter? Read this Guide to Emergency Preparedness from the Home Front Command.

First impressions from the West Bank

Half a day in the West Bank isn’t enough to get a the full picture of this complex and problematic region. This matter is to much entangeld and my knowledge about history and cultur of the West Bank is too poor as that I could write a full blog article about it. I hope that I have the chance to go back and to see more and speak to more people from both sides.

So far I leave you with a few general facts and the pictures I took, which already transfer a strong message I would say.

The West Bank has its origins in the Middle Ages, with the creation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

At the 1920 the area was allocated to the British Mandate of Palestine.

Following the Second World War, the United Nations passed the Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 (II) Future Government of Palestine, which aimed to establish two states within Mandate Palestine.

The Jewish leadership accepted the proposal but the Arab Higher Committee rejected it; a civil war began immediately, and Israel was declared in 1948.

Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War this area was captured by Jordan.

In June 1967, the West Bank and East Jerusalem were captured by Israel as a result of the Six-Day War.

Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, parts of the West Bank are under full or partial control of the Palestinian Authority.

 Settlements:

Shortly after independence, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental principles of international law, accepted as binding by all civilized nations, were to be incorporated in the domestic legal system of Israel.

Nevertheless, with government permission granted, Kfar Etzion was re-established in September 1967, becoming the first civilian settlement to be built in the West Bank. During the 1970s, Israel’s Supreme Court regularly ruled that the establishment of civilian settlements by military commanders was legal on the basis that they formed part of the territorial defense network and were considered temporary measures needed for military and security purposes

The settlement Migron. Which was built in 1999 on Palestine land. The illegal outpost was ordered by the Supreme Court to be demolished last year but the settlers didn’t move until last week.

The temporary houses build by the governement, where the settlers of Migron were moved to last week.

A tennis court, zebra crossing, the settlement Biet El could be a small town in Germany. It is located in the hills north of Jerusalem and has currently a population of 5,308.  According to the NGO Peace Now, private Palestinian property makes up 96.85% of the land that Beit El is built on.

Parts of Beit El like these houses were evacuated late June. And the settlers were moved …

to this temporary houses built by the governement in the legal neighbourhoods of Beit El.

Palestine cities, mostly behind fences…

The remains of a 19th century German Christian Colony now turn into Tel Aviv’s modern heart

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An old agricultural colony from the 19th century built by a Christian Sect from Germany now experiences a revival as a commercial area.

Between cement mills, fences and tarpaulin banners one can spot a bunch of ancient houses. What looks like a huge construction site once used to be the living space of the Templer Society, a German Protestant sect, which settled down in Palestine in the late 19th century.

We enter one of the houses through an entrance with no doors. We walk into a room with high ceilings and two pillars in the middle. On the foot of one of the pillars sit two people scraping of the color with little trowels. On the capital of the pillars you see biblical inscriptions in German and Arabic which have recently been exposed by artists who are renovating the house.

  

This inconspicuous, dilapidated house has a long history to tell. Once it was the old Gemeindehaus of the Templer colony “Sarona”.

the old Gemeindehaus

the old Gemeindehaus

In 1868 members of the Pietist movement which has its roots in Baden Wüttenberg came to Palestine and founded 7 settlements, including the colony of “Sarona” which was situated in what today is the center of Tel Aviv.

The Templers believed that their movement would help rebuild the Temple in the Holy Land and promote the second coming of Christ.

In their agricultural colony they built workshops, barns and even a winery and also sold their products. German and Arabic was taught in their schools, in order to assimilate into Palestinian society. At its height, the Templer community numbered 2,200 members.

During the 3rd Reich the settlers supported the Nazis, admiring Hitler’s Regime as the newborn Germany and hoping for a strengthening of German culture all over the world. They set up local NSDAP groups and received subsidies from the Nazi government, teachers aligned with the Nazi regime took  over Templer schools.

After the outbreak of the Second World War, the British Mandate transformed the Templer settlements of Sarona, Wilhelma, Betlehem and Waldheim into internment camps where enemies such as Italians, Hungarians and Palestian-Germans, including the Templers, were held captive. At the end of the war the prisoners were deported, many of the Templers moved to Australia where one still finds Templer communities today.  Ín 2009 approximately 1000 Templers lived in Germany and Australia.

After the Israeli Independence in 1948 the old Templer Houses of Sarona were used as governmental offices – Later some of the houses were turned into offices for the Israeli military. The old Gemeindehaus of Sarona was used as a post office.

In 2008, during the widening of the Kaplan Street, 5 houses of the village were moved in a very complicated procedure, as you can see in this video:

red lines marking the cracks in the wall

red lines marking the cracks in the wall

On the wall of the old Gemeindehaus you can see red lines marking the cracks in the wall which resulted from the move.

At the beginning of the 21rst century the restoration of the Templer houses began and is scheduled to finish next year. Workshops, Schools and Gemeindehaus will be used, this time with a different intention:

This once agricultural colony is going to be a commercial area, with offices, cultural institutions and a shopping area.

a new commercial area in the heart of Tel Aviv

a new commercial area in the heart of Tel Aviv

the new Sarona

the new Sarona

Hummus in Jerusalem- Eine Erzählung

Der Muezzin singt von den Höhen des Tempelberges in die Lautsprecher über den Dächern der alten Stadt.

Itamar, der der Hitze in Wanderschuhen trotzt, arbeitet an interviewsfälschenden Journalisten.

Gibt es nicht wichtigere Themen?, nörgelt die Deutsche Zitrone bevor ich sie ausdrücke und sie bis in das besetzte Ostjerusalem spritzt, aus dem abertausend Beseelte in die Al-Aqsa pilgern.

Die Frauen gleich schwarzem Stoff mit Glitzer, manche zeigen nur Augen und Nagellack, zwischen den gelebten Gesichtern unter der Kufiya halte ich Ausschau nach Arrafat, es wäre so ein interessantes Händeschütteln geworden.

So viele Fragen, dachten sich auch die Journalisten auf der Pressekonferenz, als sie falsche Interviews mit Hollywoodgrößen erfanden.

Ich dippe die Pita verständnisvoll in den kichernden Mus, der sitzt schwer, mein Magen spannt sich auf, wenn ich jetzt explodiere, wäre ich nicht die erste.

Doch ich will die Butze des würdigen Alten, der statt Gebeten Falafel frittiert, nicht ruinieren, ich mag seinen Sohn, der so ernsthaft dem Schnottern des halbstarken Hebräers mit amerikanischer Begleitung anhört.

Gleich Basketball und dann Pool erklärt dieser Blondgefärbtem, die gigglen in ihr Iphone.

Sie sind anders, da sie keinen Kreuzfahrtsticker tragen.

Die Sticker gibt es vor der Grabeskirche, sie prügeln sich um den Eingang zur Jesusgruft und küssen mit den Cappies die Steinplatten.

Ich wäre jetzt gern im kühlen Felsendom, Itamar will zurück an den Schreibtisch, er schnalzt die Zunge über Dreiviertel unberührtem Hummus, ich lenke mit Fragen über die Sperranlagen ab.

An deren Pforte klopft ein Hunzelmütterchen und hält sich ihr Palästinensertuch ans Auge, da man Sohn und Dorf zerstört hat.

So einfach ist das nicht, sagt Itamaer, dann sind wir schon verloren in weißgesteinten Gassen, kugeln Treppen hinunter und fallen in einen Pilgerstrom, der uns unter Drücken und Fluchen durch das Damaskustor hinausschwemmt.

Wir stranden in der Bushaltestelle, wo wir uns erschöpft das schweißnasse Haar ausschütteln.

Die Bilder dazu: pictured impressions

How I almost got run over by a Moslem crowd in Jerusalem

On my way to the Temple Mountain I ran into a crowd of Moslems rushing through the Old City in Jerusalem after Friday Prayers. I seeked refuge on a little staircase where I stayed for almost 20 minutes until a nice woman offered me her arm and helped me getting out.

More impressions of my 2nd trip to Jerusalem:

https://intothepromisedland.wordpress.com/pictured-impressions/

My visit to a Supreme Court Hearing about the Demolition of a West Bank Palestinian village

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Last Monday I had the opportunity to attend a hearing of the Supreme Court about the demolition of the Palestinian village Khirbar Zanuta in the southern West Bank.

The civil administration claims that the village is build on archaeological sites.

The residents of the village have lived in the this place before the Israeli occupation which started after the 6-Days-War in 1967.

Together with the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the 27 families handed in a petition against the demolition of their village.

For further informations read the letter of the Association for Civil Rights and this Haaretz article:

Civil Administration calls for demolition of West Bank Palestinian village

Since the hearing was in Hebrew, I couldn’t understand what was spoken, but the way the attorneys presented their arguments seemed very emotional and gave the impression of a harsh dispute.

At the end of the hearing, the judges of the Supreme Court decided that the Israeli state has the responsibility to find a solution for what will happen with the residents of Khirbat Zanuta after their village got demolished.

The state has 30 days to propose a solution which will be discussed in another hearing.

Read:

Israel has 30 days to find solution for 
residents of West Bank village set for demolition
residents of the west bank village after the hearing

residents of the west bank village after the hearing