Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Instructions for keeping safe in Israel: English, Russian, Hebrew and Arabic

Lies about Israel's Ministry of Health's handling of the Coronovirus are spreading faster than .... know what.

One common trope is that instructions to insure the safety of the populace are only given out in Hebrew. 

Um.  No.

Israel Coronavirus instructions in English

Israel Coronavirus instructions in Russian
Israel Coronavirus instructions in Arabic
Israel Coronavirus instructions in Hebrew
The truth is out many languages.  You need only look.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Gaza prepares for the Coronavirus

In spite of the never-ending hostilities, aid continues to flow into Gaza, from Israel. Just last week, 206 tons of medical supplies and equipment entered Gaza.

Supplies needed to facilitate Gaza's fight against the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, including testing kits, personal protective gear, and sanitizer were also sent.

Gaza  has been sanitizing public areas and shopping centers.

Additionally, Gaza is building a 1000 bed field hospital for quarantined coronavirus patients.

Gaza coronavirus field hospital

Recognizing that viruses cross borders, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have set up a joint operations room to combat the pandemic.

Rather than applaud the regional cooperation, the usual suspects are taking this as an opportunity to bash Israel. Posting on Twitter, the self-described "journalist, writer, filmmaker" Ben Norton refuses to be inconvenienced by simple reality and instead makes the spurious claim,

"Coronavirus has now reached Gaza, which is under a totally illegal, brutal, medieval-style siege by Israel. Gaza barely has health infrastructure; it has been bombed to pieces by Israel. Every Palestinian death caused by Covid-19 is blood on Israel's hands"

Over 77,000 tons of supplies, in 2547 trucks entered Gaza last week alone.  Positively  "medieval", Ben.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Gaza refuses to practice social distancing

As of today, there are 306,677 confirmed cases of corona virus worldwide.  13,017 have died.  Health care facilities are critically understaffed, with shortages in masks, hand-sanitizer and ventilators in short supply.

And in spite of this,  Gaza has refused to practice social distancing, flaunting their refusal on social media


After two Gazans returning from Pakistan tested positive for the coronavirus, the Gaza Health  ministry began to take the pandemic seriously, deciding to close wedding halls, restaurants, cafes and lounges, and to suspend Friday prayers in the Gaza Strip until further notice.  Currently 80 travelers to Gaza are in quarantine.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Aida Touma-Sliman backtracks after Twitter slander

Aida Touma-Sliman from the Arab Joint List has accused the Israel Defense Forces of  committing an “atrocity” by spraying Palestinians “with an unknown substance” , then quickly backtracked.

On Twitter, Joint List MK Aida Touma-Sliman wrote “Another atrocity [being committed] by the occupation under the cover of the coronavirus — the IDF is spraying Palestinians at the Qalqilya checkpoint with an unknown substance. "

After Naftali Bennett corrected her, saying “These are not IDF forces. The Palestinian Authority disinfected the checkpoint,” she deleted her tweet responding, “The video I uploaded a few minutes ago was from the Palestinian side…I was misled.”

Pallywood narrowly averted.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Gaza prepares for the coronavirus

The world is preparing for the corona virus pandemic, and "open air prison" Gaza is no exception.

Teams of medical students have visited a local grocery store in the strip, distributing information and answering questions.

Photos from Gaza Meat City Facebook page
Widespread disinfecting is taking place

A mini field hospital has been set up close to the Rafah crossing where people entering Gaza from Egypt are checked. Anyone with a fever is tested.  So far, the tests have been negative.

Additionally, Israel has sent 200 kits to identify the Coronavirus to Gaza.  Kamil Abu Rokon, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) declared  "Viruses and diseases have no borders.  COGAT and the Health Ministry will continue their efforts to assist the Palestinian Authority to stop the spread of the coronavirus out of an Israeli interest and humanitarianism"


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Remembering the victims of Dalal Mughrabi

On this day in 1978, 42 years ago, Palestinian terrorists including Dalal Mughrabi, carried out the Coastal Road Massacre, killing 39 Israelis including 13 children and wounding 71 others.
On March 11, 1978, twelve members of a Palestinian terrorist cell led by Dalal Mughrabi landed on a beach north of Tel Aviv.  Armed with Kalashnikov rifles, mortars and explosives, they walked to a nearby highway, where they opened fire at passing vehicles before hijacking a bus.
The terrorists shot the passengers on the bus and fired at passing cars.
Among the victims of the terror attack (may their memories be for a blessing):
Revital (Tali) Aharonovitch (14)
Naomi Elichai (18)
Erez Alfred (5)
Yitzhak Alfred (44)
Galit Ankwa  (2)
Yitzhak (Yitzik) Ankwa (10)
Haviv Ankwa (38)
Mathilda (Mathy) Askenazy-Daniel (68)
Yehuda Basterman (32)
Rina Bushkenitch (34)
Dov Bushkenitch (36)
Liat Gal-On (6)
Shim'aon Glotman (43)
Amnon Drori (43)
Naama Hadani (5)
Ilan Hohman  (3)
Roi Hohman  (6)
Rebecca Hohman (28)
Mordechai (Moti) Zit  (9)
Josef Kheloani (66)
Malka Leibovitch-Wiess (58)
Tzyona Lozia-Cohen (32)
Abraham Lozia (37)
Otari Mansurov (37)
Yoav (Yoavi) Meshkel (6)
Tuvia Rozner (53)
Gail Rubin (40)
Meir Segal (73)
Katy (Rina) Sosensky (49)
Joseph Sosensky  (56)
Zvi (Zvika) Eshet  (46)
Omry Tel-Oren (14)
Today, Palestinian textbooks describe Dalal Mughrabi "as a central female role model for Palestinian girls". There are 5 Palestinian schools named after her.  In 2018, a textbook for Palestinian 5th graders devoted an entire chapter to her, writing
"Our Palestinian history is filled with many names of shahids (martyrs) who sacrificed their souls for the homeland, among them is the shahid Dalal Mughrabi, who in her struggle marked one of the images of opposition and bravery, and for that her memory remains forever etched in our hearts and minds," 
Read Palestinian Media Watch for more information on the glorification of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi in the Palestinian territories.
This is considered the deadliest terrorist attack in Israel's history.

 Dalal Mughrabi's handiwork

Thursday, March 5, 2020

National Geographic: Purim in Tel Aviv is a "must-do" travel event

In Israel’s cosmopolitan seaside city, Tel Aviv Street Party Rave marks the Jewish holiday with live music, dancing in the streets, and food stalls offering up local treats, such as hamantash, a stuffed cookie filled with jam, chocolate, or dates. Crafts and fashion for sale and wildly dressed locals up the party vibe.

From Tourist Israel: The Guide

The annual block party in the streets of Tel Aviv returns for Purim 2020, this time to Charles Clore Park. The city’s biggest Purim party, this year’s event will feature two music stages, stands selling clothes and accessories, seating areas, and food and drinks to buy. This is the place to experience locals and visitors from all walks of life coming together to show off their best Purim costumes. The Purim rave will will take place in Charles Clore Park on March 6 from 12:00-17:00. Entrance is free.

 Check local reports for cancellations in the event of inclement weather and/or the coronavirus.

Paul Larudee struggles for relevance: One "Democratic" state in Palestine

Paul Larudee continues to struggle for relevance. After the failure of his various high profile ventures (Flotillas, Flytillas, global marches), the poor man may be forced to return to piano tuning.

Pal Larudee in happier times
His newest venture, "One Democratic state in Palestine" flies in the face of the the Palestinians' own desires.  Less than 20% of Palestinian surveyed are interested in a democratic state where Jews and Arabs have equal rights.

The mailing address of this new "movement"  is 
One State Assembly
405 Vista Heights Rd.
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Its no a coincidence that the address of the "Assembly" is Paul's own home in the verdant hills overlooking San Francisco Bay.  This new  "organization" shares the address and the taxpayer ID number  (20-5516191 )with the Iranian born activists' other ventures, including the:

Free Palestine Movement
Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism
International Solidarity Movement
Syria Solidarity Movement
The Palestine Children's Welfare Fund

The shared goals and points of unity of Paul's affiliated organizations include the destruction of Israel, the regions only democracy, and the increasing the regional hegemony of the Iranian mullahs.

The Taxpayer ID number is registered as belonging to the  "Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees" and is listed as an "Educational" organization

The group's demands:

One state in all of Palestine
Equal rights for all
Restoration of all property to those who lost it
Return of all refugees to their homes

Ironically, the group demands of "resisting"  the expansion of a "racist, single-ethnic society.", which if realized, would thwart the Palestinian's deepest desire.

Wishing Paul as much success in this latest venture, as in all of his previous ones.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Anti-Semitism at the AIPAC protests

Last week, AIPAC held its annual policy conference in Washington DC, attended by record crowds.  Over 18,000 people attended,  with the goal of strengthening the relationship between Israel and the United States.
This year, as in the previous years, a small group of protesters gathered outside, coordinated by Abbas Hamideh of the extremist Al Awda group.

Waving a Palestinian flag, one of the protesters taunted the crowd attending the conference.
"The Holocaust will come back to you,"
"You're going to get burned if you don't give us the land!" "Hitler will come back!
Burned, all of you!"
The Puerto Rican born Hamideh beamed silently in the background.
Abbas Hamideh laughing at anti-semitic tirade. Photo from Israellycool

Later Abbas himself led chants of "Jerusalem is Arab. Haifa is Arab. Jaffa is Arab".

An additional group including Rich Siegel of "Deir Yassin Remembered” (designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group)  took some time to protest the US Holocaust Museum.

The protests featured the usual marginal characters and garden variety antisemitism.

Also seen protesting AIPAC- the  Westboro Baptist Church

And while the protests outside screamed for Israel's destruction, it was standing room only at AIPAC in such sessions as “Improving Life in Gaza: Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation” with Professor Tareq Abu Hamed of the  Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, and "Promoting Palestinian Prosperity", with the founder of  Sadara Ventures