Archive for May, 2010

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Starting some years ago, a very great number of rockets shot from Gaza, fell on the town of Ashkelon, and it was  decided that there was an urgent need to construct a new reinforced emergency department in the Barzilai Hospital of that town. It was then discovered that in the area intended for this, were a number of very ancient graves, and it was at first impossible to know to what (if any) religion the people buried there belonged. The archeologists found them to be Pagans, although the ultra religious groups thought otherwise. But it was then resolved to remove the graves and transfer them to another place (which is allowed in the Jewish religion), but then the Haredim (Ultra religious) protested against this, and the building of the new safe emergency department kept being put off and off again.

Now at last it has been decided that the lives of people living in Ashkelon were more important than a number of ancient skeletons, and archeologists have begun work there in moving them, so that the building of a secure emergency department can be begun.  Israel Antiquities Authority transferred the bones exhumed from the graves near Ashkelon’s Barzilai Hospital to a Religious Affairs Ministry representative on Monday afternoon. The ancient graves were excavated on Sunday to prepare for the construction of a fortified emergency room. The bones will be transferred for burial at a secret site in order to prevent protests. 

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Yesterday I went on a short guided tour and want to write a few lines about it. We visited what was once a “British Detention Camp” for so-called illegal emigrants before the establishment of Israel in Athlit, which has been turned into a museum. These illegal emigrants were mostly concentration camp survivors looking for a new and safe home, and of course the Holy Land was the most attractive for them. This was during the British Mandate here, after the end of World War II, but these unfortunate people were mostly caught on their way to Palestine in ships (carrying twice the number of people they were meant for) before they were able to land and brought to this camp, and housed under terrible conditions, and later sent to Cyprus where England had also set up camps.
 
The people were housed in long wooden huts, with beds right next to each other. The beds were made of wooden planks, with thin straw mattresses on them, and before they were able to enter them, there was  a “selection” like in the concentration camps, “men to the right, women to the left” even brothers and sisters were seperated. But first they had to go into showers, which reminded them of the German Gas Chambers which had then been disguised as shower rooms. It is hard to imagine what these unfortunate concentration camp survivors felt like there, especially as the camp was surrounded by three layers of barbed wire, and by night there were constant patrols by the British soldiers.
 
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Two days ago I was surprised to hear an Israeli News Program begin with American instead of local Israeli news. Evidently New York police had found a car bomb in a parked vehicle Saturday evening in New York City’s Times Square. All buildings in the vicinity were evacuated and the streets were cleared of thousands of tourists. A great tragedy was prevented and evidently the Pakistan Taliban take responsibility for the car bomb. Was glad to hear that, because they so often try and blame Israel for all disasters.
 
This brings me to more foreign news, this time to the United Nations Human Rights Council allegations that Israel harvests Palestinian organs and this outlandish lie has not been removed from the UN Human Rights Council Web site, despite a request by the Geneva based non-governmental organization UN Watch that it be taken down. In a blog posted by UN Watch executive-director Hillel Neuer this week, the group said that it had complained to the UN about the posting more than a month ago, but that to date, nothing had been done about the matter. Now if any other country had been accused of such a crime (lie), it would never even have been written.
 
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