Posts Tagged ‘Current Events’

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Israel Dispatches Help, Humanitarian Aid to Myanmar (Burma)

May 7, 2008

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Following last weekend’s deadly cyclone in Myanmar, which has left at least 22,500 dead, the IsrAid organization, which sends help to foreign countries in need, will be sending to Myanmar a highly trained search-and-rescue team and a 10-member team of doctors and nurses. The teams will bring with them crucial supplies, including plastic sheeting, food, household appliances and water filters.

The Foreign Ministry will be sending an initial $100,000 aid package comprising medicine and medical equipment to Myanmar in the next few days. The emergency aid relief is a combined effort with the Jewish Joint Organization. However, Israel is planning to send additional aid to Myanmar soon.

This is not the first time Israel has offered humanitarian aid to foreign countries. Israel always offers its help after natural disasters, even though, at time, its offer is declined. Other times, such as the Tsunami several years ago, earthquakes in Turkey, the Congo, and Vietnam.

Israel also takes medical care both of foreigners, such as Iraqis, and Palestinians.

To those of you who think Israel is taking care of everyone but the Palestinians, Israel has never stopped giving humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, even in light of the terrorist attacks that constantly occur at the crossings whose sole purposes are to pass humanitarian aid into Gaza.

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Gets Me Every Time – Holocast Memorial Day

May 1, 2008

Let me preface this post by saying that I have been here for almost 7 years this time around, and I lived in Israel for 6 years as a kid. Even though I’m used to it, and even though it’s nothing new, and even though I always know it’s coming, it never fails to get me every time.

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel, a day commemorating the 6 million Jews (and 6 million others, such as gays, mentally ill, Gypsies, etc.) who were ruthlessly exterminated by the Nazis in WW2.

On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day (last night), all businesses in the country are closed. EVERYTHING. No restaurants, no movie theaters, nothing. And I think it’s great. Sure, I would’ve liked to have my ballet class last night, but the fact the entire country shuts down in memory of those who were murdered to me is amazing.

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Israeli Consessions: Palestinian City, Less Roadblocks, New Industrial Zones

March 31, 2008

Defense Minister Edud Barak met with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and presented her with a 35-page booklet of good faith concessions that Israel will make in the near future.

Among those are the building of a new Palestinian city, or several neighborhoods, near Ramallah, financed by Jordanian businessmen, which is to be inhabited by tens of thousands of Palestinians in an attempt to ease the housing shortage in the area.

Other gestures, meant to show Israel’s seriousness and commitment to peace, without harming the security of Israel’s citizens, includes the removal of the Mevo Horon outpost, in addition to another two that were already removed (these are illegal settlements).

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8 Dead, 7 Injured, No One Claims Responsibility (Yet)

March 6, 2008

It is 8 dead, there are still 7 injured. No one has actually claimed responsibility yet, though it will surely happen soon.

Several of the injured are still in surgery, one is still touch and go, the others are mostly going to be OK.

Also, it seems there was only one terrorist, not two.

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The Unknown (and unimportant, by comparison) Side

March 6, 2008

I really really really need to go to the bathroom and I’m starving. More than anything, I REALLY need to go to the bathroom, but there’s only one of each of us, so there’s no one to switch with me. I’ve been on air for the past 4 hours straight – we’ve been on longer, but it doesn’t help my poor bladder.

It reminds me of the day when Saddam Hussein was caught. We had just finished the morning news (from 6-9 am) and as we were leaving the control room, the head producer said “it looks like they caught Saddam – we’re going on air.”

We literally went back to our seats and were on air for hours – it was one of the hardest shows I had done – and at around 1, the head director of the channel came to relieve the morning director. Since TECHNICALLY it wasn’t 1 yet, I literally pulled the director into my room, showed him what was going on (“Sadam archives on 1, Udai and Kusai dead on 2, We’ve got him! on 3, Sadam beard on 4!”) and RAN to the bathroom.

Except there was so much going on that there were “traffic jams” going on in the newsroom, all of which is visible from the newscast going on live. This in itself isn’t so much of an issue – people are used to it and it gives “a feel” or action – except I had about 3 seconds to go to the bathroom, so I had to sprint and, unfortunately, my sprint was caught on live TV.

I wouldn’t’ve known this had ALL my friends called to ask me if I was OK. Too funny. (Not so much, but the more I type, the less I realize my bladder is exploding).

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Final Numbers: 7 Dead, 7 Injured, Arab-Israelis Claim Responsibility

March 6, 2008

The good news is that one less family that previously thought will be mourning their loved ones. Hopefully the injured will get well soon – hahlama mehira to all the injured.

An Arab-Israeli organization has claimed responsibility for the attack. In case you don’t know, Arab Israelis are 100% Israeli citizens who have the same rights as Israelis and vote in our elections. This would be like any faction of American citizens carrying out attacks in the US.

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Security Officials Examining Yeshiva Building

March 6, 2008

Since an explosives belt that, thankfully, did not go off (thus preventing a MUCH worse event, considering there were 80 people in the dining hall at the time) was found, security officials are going through every single room and section of the building and surrounding areas to make sure there aren’t any more explosives anywhere.

It seems that a terrorist attack very similar to this one was averted last week, also at a yeshiva.

Hamas has NOT claimed responsibility for this event. An organization that has already claimed responsibility for previous attacks has claimed responsibility, but there is so much noise in the control room, and I have so much going on (which you wouldn’t know by my typing), that I couldn’t really hear.

By the way, the emergency number in Jerusalem right now is 125523106. I’m not sure how to dial from outside the country since I;m not even sure how to dial from here either.