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Hamas kills 4 year old civilian in mortar attack

Hamas, on top of killing 18 alleged collaborators, have mortared a town in near Gaza and killed a 4 year old at a kindergarten.

A 4-year-old child was killed Friday evening after being critically wounded in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council by mortar fire during a large barrage of rocket fire from Gaza that also reached central Israel.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the fire on central Israel, saying that they had aimed for Ben Gurion International Airport. Iron Dome intercepted one rocket over Tel Aviv during the barrage.

At least 80 rockets were fired at Israel on Friday, with one landing a direct hit on synagogue in Ashdod, lightly wounding two and putting one woman in moderate condtion. Ten were treated for anxiety on the scene.

Earlier rockets fell near a preschool in Be’er Sheva, wounding a man while another landed meters from another preschool in the south, after a quiet night gave residents a much needed rest from renewed fighting which have seen a record number of rockets slam into Israel.

In the late afternoon hours, an apartment in Sderot also suffered a direct hit by a rocket from Gaza. Initial reports from the scene indicated that nobody had been injured in the attack.  

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What does it feel like to be under attack?

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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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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 ‚ÄúArab, Christian, and Israeli.‚ÄĚ

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Protecting Israel’s civilian population with the Iron Dome

Me with the Iron Dome    Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Me with the Iron Dome Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

As you may have heard Hamas has broken the ceasefire and launched rockets again at Israel.

Israel is firing back and they won’t ever stop until Hamas gives it up.

Today I went to an Iron Dome battery in the South of Israel near Ashdod. Now you might think I shouldn’t say where it is, but Israelis and media can drive up and park and watch them in operation. They have to stay back 300m, and media can get within 150m.

We were able to get a little closer but had to remain behind the launchers. Still after a few shots we were asked to go back to 150m.

Before we started we were briefed on procedures should an alert be issued. That would require us to shelter behind a small hillock on the leeside from the direction towards Gaza. The rockets in this location fly low and fast and so the hillock would cop it not us.

Fortunately this battery didn’t fire while we were there. The one near Askelon did though. The battery we were at had engaged 4 rockets during the day out of 80 fired from Hamas. Read more »

Rocket fire resumes from Gaza

I was sitting at Blue Sky restaurant atop the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv having dinner with two Israeli bloggers talking about LGBTQ issues in Israel.

As we were eating dinner Hamas launched a rocket attack.

Iron Dome started firing and I have to say it was impressive. ¬† Read more »

Masada – One down from my bucket list

Masada   Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Masada Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

As long as I can remember I have always wanted to go to Masada, and yesterday I did.

This is the first thing on my bucket list to have been completed.

When you see the Roman ramp and think about the sheer volume of rock to create that you realise just how impressive the engineering was.

Roman Ramp at Masada   Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Roman Ramp at Masada Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

But what I never knew about was the engineering of Herod’s palace on Masada and the cisterns and water system. No wonder they could hold out for months. ¬† Read more »

We’re not anti Semitic at all. We have a Jew with us.

The serial protesters/rent a mob were out in force again on Saturday, proving that they’re in no way at all anti Semitic.

And to quote Joe Carolan’s rant from the July protest, they can’t be anti Semitic because they had a (token) Jew with them. Just like “I’m not racist, I work with a black guy” or “how can I be sexist, I’m married to a woman”.

Because the people [?] led by Whaleoil and repeated by Paul Henry, and Mike Hoskings, and all the rest of the right wing scum in this country, was that we were anti Semitic. Linda where are you, where’s my good friend Linda? There she is, Linda’s a Jew for peace. Give her a cheer!

Rant starts at 1:12

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An interview with an Israeli pro-Palestinian singer

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Photo/ Anton Diaz, Our Awesome Planet

Last night prior to standing on an 11th floor balcony in TelAviv for my interview the The Nation I was at a concert and dinner. The performer was Achinoam Nini.

A pre-concert short interview was arranged and some of the media team I was with were invited in.

I was there, and recorded the audio of the “interview”.

You can judge for yourself from the audio, but my over riding impression was that this was the Israeli singer equivalent of a Robyn Malcolm or Lucy Lawless. A performer in love with the cound and fury of her own voice thinking that she added something intelligent to the debate.

The film crew from Taiwan conducted the interview…such as it was, more of rant than anything else. ¬†¬† Read more »

Auckland University goon squad defends Hamas

 

Yesterday the Auckland University goon squad were out in force¬† dribs and drabs protesting against Hamas..oh….I mean Israel. It did make me wonder though, as one of their chants were “Boycott genocide”. Juliet Moses confronted the rowdy teenagers and tried engage some sensible dialogue with their adult supervisor and enlighten them to a few facts about Hamas, only to be shouted down with petulant behaviour, abuse¬†and more chanting¬†because they didn’t like what she had to say to them. It just goes to show one thing from ‘that side’, that freedom of speech is tolerated, as long as it’s theirs.

Billy Hania the adult representing the rowdy toddlers blurted out a ¬†delusional rant which stated that all the killing was a result of the Super Fund and other companies. It has been alleged that an Israeli chemical company that the Superannuation Fund invests in is “killing people” with white phosphorus. The trouble with that is, the IDF haven’t used it since 2009 and it is only used for smokescreens because its use as a weapon is now illegal.

Even David Shearer doesn’t know what’s going on, as is evident in his comment:

Labour defence spokesman David Shearer, who worked for the UN in some of the conflict zones where white phosphorus was allegedly used, this month called for the fund to sell its Israel Chemicals stake.

“We should be divesting from that [shareholding] immediately,” he said.

“New Zealand should not be investing in any type of munitions that can be used in the way Israel is using them at the moment.

“It is absolutely unacceptable and I think most New Zealanders would agree. I don’t believe it is right.

“There are plenty of good investments in the world without having to invest in armaments.” – source

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A Maori woman stands with Israel

A fine speech by Sheree Trotter.

Sheree Trotter is the interviewer and researcher for Shadows of Shoah. She is a Maori New Zealander. On August 10 2014 a rally was held in central Auckland, NZ, to affirm Israel’s right to exist, her right to defend herself against Hamas’ aggression, and to respond to the worldwide surge of antisemitic expression. The event was attended by about 800 supporters. Sheree was invited to give a speech.

 

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