Southern Religion

Israel Defense Force soul searching about Gaza

A squad leader said in the Haaretz investigation

You do not get the impression from the officers that there is any logic to it, but they won’t say anything. To write ‘death to the Arabs’ on the walls, to take family pictures and spit on them, just because you can. I think this is the main thing: To understand how much the IDF has fallen in the realm of ethics, really. It’s what I’ll remember the most.

These are horrors. Their unveiling cannot undo the slaughter of children or other crimes. Yet display on a stage of national conscience, and all that can follow from that, may yet be redemptive.

March 20, 2009 Posted by | Israel, Religion | , | 1 Comment

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