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What the UN didn’t show with their maps of Gaza

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UN Map

Last week, the UN published several maps showing the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge. The maps paint a picture of catastrophe, marking damaged buildings with red dots scattered throughout Gaza.

But those maps tell only half the story: Hamas used many of these buildings  – including houses, hospitals and schools  –  as sites to launch rockets and carry out other attacks.

In many cases, the IDF struck buildings in order to stop Hamas’ violence. This means that the red dots on the UN’s maps represent more than destruction. They show the many cases in which terrorists attacked Israel from heavily populated areas in Gaza.

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Golan Heights, Syria and Lebanon

Al Qunaytirah, Syria - smoke from Rebel artillery strike against Assad forces   Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil media

Al Qunaytirah, Syria – smoke from Rebel artillery strike against Assad forces Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil media

Yesterday I went to the Golan Heights, to the border of Syria, and also to the border of Lebanon.

From atop Mount Bental, an extinct volcano atop the Golan Heights plateau you can see the almost all of the Heights, from Mount Hermon to across the plateau into Syria.

There are IDF bases on all the high points to protect the land that Israel annexed in the Six Day war. The decision to take the Golan Heights was made on the 4th day and the they have been taken in just two days.

On the drive up there are minefields still in place, left by Syrian forces, and there are warning signs everywhere.

From the top of Mount Bental you are not far from the border, and we were looking down on Al Qunaytirah in Syria. This is an Assad regime held town, from where we were looking there is a Druze town to the left called Jubata Al Kashab, a larger town called Khan Arnabeh and on the right of Al Qunaytirah is a town called Al Qahtaniah. Those three towns are rebel held.    Read more »

Today in Sderot [VIDEO + IMAGES]

Entry to Sderot    Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Entry to Sderot Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

WARNING: This might look like a travel blog post, until you see the video.

You will hear people moaning about the children in the conflict with Gaza and you will hear them moan about civilians and the effect on them.

Yesterday I visited Sderot, a small town of 25,000 near the Gaza border. When I say near…the closest part of Sderot to Gaza is 840m.

Every bus stop – approximately 200m apart, sometimes more is actually a bomb shelter as well. Whether you make it there is another matter as I will demonstrate shortly.

As you drive around you notice that every house also has a bomb shelter attached or is integral to the apartment blocks. This is the investment the people of Sderot and the government makes to protect children and the civilian population.

There is also an Iron Dome protecting Sderot, but due to the proximity to Gaza you only get 15 seconds warning…if that.

We had just finished a visit at the Police station where they have piles of expended Hamas rockets they have collected and I was crossing the road towards the van when an alert was issued. My phone buzzed and over the loud speakers that are everywhere in Sderot came the Hebrew words for Red Alert.

I was walking towards this bus shelter where there were people waiting and IDF Captain Roni Kaplan, who I was with, grabbed me and pushed me towards the shelter. The rest of the group were a fair bit behind and they returned quickly to the shelter at the Police station.

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Bus stop and Bomb shelter, Sderot Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

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What does it feel like to be under attack?

Haaretz breaking news page

Haaretz breaking news page

I was watching television in my room, shortly before 6pm last night.

I was about to go to dinner, but a siren started sounding. At the same time a txt message arrived on my cellphone and a push message on the app I downloaded.

This is the IDF’s early warning system at work. Hamas had launched a rocket at Tel Aviv and my hotel was in the calculated landing zone.

The Iron Dome detects the speed, trajectory and makes a calculation then sends out broadcast messages to anyone within about 500m of the calculated target zone. It takes 7 seconds for this to happen.

When you can hear sirens, you are in trouble.

About the time I got up from the bed the intercom system in the hotel announced that sirens and warnings were in effect and for all guests to move to the shelter.    Read more »

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Face of the day

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Elinor Joseph The First Female Arab Combat Soldier in the IDF

Cpl. Elinor Joseph is the first female Arab combat soldier in the IDF. She is proud to serve Israel.

Elinor Joseph was born to an Arab Christian family. She identifies herself as “Arab, Christian, and Israeli.”

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Hamas using controlled demolitions to level neighborhoods: Media swallows hook, line and sinker

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Several days ago we saw footage of an apparent Israeli airstrike bombardment leveling an entire neighborhood. Wails of “genocide” and “extermination” and “war crimes” rocked the media as everyone assumed that what they were seeing was correct, and that the commentary and reporting surrounding this event was indeed factual.

Well, it’s not. And I am about to show you why. Read more »

Propaganda 103

Welcome to the third in my series of posts to help you recognise, understand and analyse  propaganda.

My disclaimer:

I am an ex High School History and English teacher. I am very motivated to learn from the lessons of history because otherwise I feel that we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. I have a special interest in how propaganda was successfully used by Hitler to demonise the Jews and when I see the same techniques being employed now I feel honour bound to point it out. That is my motivation and that is my bias.

So what exactly is propaganda?

*It is information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution or nation.

*It is also the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.
One example of an organisation that has used it is the Roman Catholic Church. In 1622 Pope Gregory XV established a committee of Cardinals whose job it was to supervise foreign missions and to train Priests for these missions. They set up a school to help them do this (College of Propaganda) for the education of Priests for foreign missions.

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Part 1: A sensible perspective on the Israel/Gaza conflict

Today kicks off my daily series of posts on the current conflict between Israel and the fenced off terrorist compound known as the Gaza Strip. There will probably be accusations of bias, but for that I make no apology. There is and always has been a clear and obvious bias by the mainstream media in favour of the terrorists, not the “Palestinians” in a general sense as they would have you believe.

The trouble with television media and now social media is the ability for not only awareness, but to manipulate the kinds of people less inclined to think rationally and react emotionally to things they are told or see paraded in front of them on television, supporting and propagating more mass hysteria and outrage against Israel every time they retaliate in defense of their people.

Let’s not forget that this did not start with the kidnapping of 3 Israeli youths. Hamas has been firing rockets into Israel on a weekly basis for several years which the Iron Dome missile defense system has been intercepting all the while the world media remains in ignorance and silence until the straw breaks the camel’s back and Israel decides to fight back. Read more »

57 seconds to death

In some cases, before bombing a home school or hospital, the Israel “Defence” force give a warning by letting of a small explosion on the roof of wherever is about to be hit (they call it “knocking on the roof”). Here is one example caught on film. A similar warning was given to a clinic for disabled people (including children) shortly after this was filmed (with predictable results.

These are not the actions of a terrorist state.  These are the actions of a state proactively defending itself.

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Hamas are so stupid they are shelling their own people now

The usual left apologists for terrorism are up in arms because Israel is currently defending themselves against ongoing Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza.

One useful idiot even claims that for every bomb Israel drops another 10 terrorists are created. Strangely he doesn’t think any terrorists are created when Hamas sends thousands of rocket strikes deep into Israeli territory.

As is usual the UN who remain silent on Hamas terrorism are now all exercised about Israel defending itself.

Their rocket arsenal is extensive and Hamas thinks nothing of firing those rockets from schools and hospitals hoping that Israel will retaliate and civilians will be killed.

Even since Operation Protective Edge began hundreds of rockets continue to rain down on Israel.

Hamas terrorists have fired more than 540 rockets at Israel since Operation Protective Edge began on Monday, July 7 – and over 830 rockets since the beginning of 2014.

Israel apparently has to endure this and is not allowed to strike back, according to the terrorist apologists. Every time Hamas launches rockets the civilian population of Israel has just 15 seconds to seek shelter.  Read more »