Archive for the ‘Palestinian conflict’ Category
For the last few days I’ve been keeping a sort of diary of what is happening in Israel with the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, and sent copies to my friends abroad, and some of these were published in the Virginia News Source.
So in this blog I am not going to repeat myself, and just write the latest happenings, which are very similar to the former ones.
Yesterday and today (I’m writing at mid-day) the shooting of rockets into Israel continues, and Israeli planes are bombing selected areas in the Gaza Strip, trying not to hurt civilians, which is difficult because those “brave” Hamas members hide amongst them and fire from behind them.
Hospitals, mosques, all public buildings and densely settled civilian areas are their favorites for this.
There is talk of trying to make a truce, but so far nothing has come of it.
Today the U.N.O. President will be visiting Israel (and other places too) – maybe he will be able to do something to stop the shooting. If no missiles are fired into Israel, no Israeli planes will attack Gaza – that is certain.
Yesterday about 140 missiles were fired from Gaza, and two even hit a school in Ashkelon, causing much damage. It’s lucky children there don’t attend school these days.
Many wedding parties have been cancelled – many people together in an unprotected building could turn out to be a disaster. But the young couples do get married by a rabbi, in a private home, or rabbinate building, with only close family present.
The coming elections in Israel are hardly mentioned in the news, and neither is the continuous murderous shooting in Syria .
I hope for better news next time.
Shalom from Irene
Late this afternoon our most holy Jewish day,Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins, we ask for forgiveness for sins committed during the year, and as I am sure I already mentioned, it is also a day of fasting. Therefore today’s blog will be relatively short .
There are not many new subjects which are unknown to my readers – as most of our news programs still tell about the violent rioting in so many Muslim countries, the reason given being the video about Muhammed – there seems to be no end to this, and it was also given as a reason for a terrorist attack a few days ago in the Sinai peninsula on the Egyption-Israeli border, where a fence is being built .
The attack took place where it has not yet been completed. The attackers were killed but one of our soldiers unfortunately lost his life to them.
Maybe there will be peace talks after all.
Israel and the Palestinian authority pledged their commitment for peace after Natanyahu’s envoy, Yitzhak Molcho went to Ramallah on Saturday evening to deliver a letter on his behalf to President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).
After the meeting a statement was issued which said,”Israel and the Palestinians are committed to achieving peace and the sides hope that the exchange of letters between President Abbas and Prime Minister Natanyahu will further this goal.”
The letter from Natanyahu was in response to one Abbas had sent a month ago (which making certain conditions).
Now we’ll have to wait and see if there really will be any results though most of the people I talk to are rather pessimistic.
Today I’ll start my blog about events that happened in our neighbouring country Egypt, especially as the first one concerns the Muslim relationship with Christians.
A short time after midnight, a car exploded in front of a Coptic Christian church as worshipers emerged from a New Year’s Mass in the Egyptian city of Alexandria killing at least 21 people,and wounding dozens more. The blast came from a car parked outside the church and of course there was no immediate claim of responsibility for it, although most people blamed the terrorist organisation al-Qaida.
There have also recently been threats to attack Christians in Iraq. Many Christians are now trying to leave Muslim countries.
And again something about Egypt. Another convoy of activists,who began their journey from India and traveled through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Syria before arriving in Lebanon last week, wanted to bring material to Gaza, but this time instead of making directly for this area in order not to come into contact with the Israeli navy blockade, they docked in Egyptian Al-Arish.
This was the first attempt to reach Gaza from Asia. Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported that food, medical aid and toys (of which there is no shortage in Gaza) were allowed to remain aboard the convoy, while 10 generators donated by Iran were among cargo that was banned by the Egyptians. Officials issued permits allowing for the entry of 120 of the activists aboard the ship, while denying entry to 46 others from Iran and Jordan.
I know that the sexual harassment trial of our former president has made many headlines in the world, so I won’t go into details of his shameful behaviour, but I do want to mention Israel’s legal system, which makes no difference between people.
All, whether rich or poor, whether important or unimportant, are equal before the law. No matter how important you think you are, no matter how religious you pretend to be, no matter how many powerful friends you have, in Israel you will pay for your crimes. And that is a lesson that should be known by all.
And now for something different.Two Arab employees of the British Consulate General in Jerusalem have been charged with weapon trafficking in connection with an alleged Hammas plot to fire a missile into Jerusalem’s soccer stadium.
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said that the consulate employees aided the the plotters of the attack in obtaining guns.
The plotters are two east Jerusalem Arabs, Musa Hamada from the Sur Baher neighborhood and his friend Bassem Omeri, an Israeli citizen from Beit Safafa.
Israeli authorities said that the investigation into these two employees is unrelated to the work they do at the consulate.
Good to know they were caught before they were able to carry out their nasty deed.
Shalom from Irene