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Death in Gaza: Palestinian doctor’s daughters killed by IDF during interview

Israel announces ceasefire in Gaza

Has the ceasefire been announced?

Assaf Oron, an Israeli human-rights/anti-Occupation activist, writes:

Dr. Ezz-El-Din Abu El-Aish (I hope I am transliterating correctly) is a Palestinian gynecologist from Beit Lahiya, in the NE corner of the Gaza Strip. He works at Israel’s largest hospital, Tel Hashomer near Tel Aviv.

This impressive and peaceful man has been stranded at home during the war. Israel’s Channel 10 TV has regularly interviewed him by phone about the situation. On one occasion, a tank gun aimed at his home – and Israeli media intervention saved him.

. . . What we see in the clip is Israeli anchor Shlomi Eldar holding a cellphone with Dr. Abu El-Aish on the other side, howling with misery. A tank shell has just hit his home and immediately killed three of his children (apparently they cut off the first seconds when the shell actually hit).

(Use the player menu to turn on the subtext … . Thanks to England’s England for bringing this video to our attention.)

Democracy Now has a Palestinian Astrophysicist in US recounting how His 11-year-old son died when Israeli warplanes bombed his family’s house.

Israel announces ceasefire in Gaza

Has the ceasefire been announced?

January 17, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , | 1 Comment

Anti-aborting Krispy Kreme & the inauguration

The American Life League MySQL server choked on their “abortion donuts” news release. You cannot can now read it here, where they busted a rhetorical gusset over Krispy Kreme’s offer of a “free donut of choice” to celebrate “American’s sense of pride and freedom of choice on Inauguration Day.”

They and others twisted that donut marketeering into an allusion to “freedom of choice,” which refers to a legal right to an abortion, and by twisting created reason to take grave offense.

Thus ALL president Judy Brown could write:

The next time you stare down a conveyor belt of slow-moving, hot, sugary glazed donuts at your local Krispy Kreme you just might be supporting President-elect Barack Obama’s radical support for abortion on demand – including his sweeping promise to sign the Freedom of Choice Act as soon as he steps in the Oval Office, Jan. 20.

Understandable. It’s a big anti-abortion/pro-life week. Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry warned recently on National Public Radio that “the pro-life movement is imploding” and should begin “ratcheting up our rhetoric.” ALL et al doing their part.

President Bush did his part by proclaiming Jan. 18 Sanctity of Human Life Day. Lest anyone miss the point, his proclamation concludes, “We … encourage more of our fellow Americans to join our just and noble cause.”

The Christian Defense Coalition (CDC) is completing it’s Jan. 1-19 campaign of fasting and prayer for President-elect Obama, conducted in part because it is “deeply saddened by his policy choices concerning abortion.”

The CDC will be holding an Inauguration pro-life vigil with a series of protest signs along the parade route during the Presidential Inauguration.

The Christian Defense Coalition in New Jersey and others also have plans to demonstrate their views.

Operation Rescue has already decried as unbiblical Rick Warren’s role in the inauguration and is holding a variety of events associated with the January 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Dubbing the inauguration “P for Perverse,” Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission has recommended that we “pray that God will not rain fire and brimstone down on Washington DC,” and if our prayers are heard, it seems some pro-life forces will rise there with donutless effect to Terry’s call.

Otherwise, remember to ask your wife not to look back as you flee D.C.

January 17, 2009 Posted by | Politics, Religion | 1 Comment