wildernesscat: (danny_and_daddy)
- Hello, we are calling from the Shas party. Could you please say who you are going to vote for in the elections?
- That is confidential.
- Okay, can you say who you voted for in the previous elections?
- That is confidential as well.
- Mmmm... okay. Thank you.


WTF?

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Went on an organized tour of the Old City of Jerusalem yesterday. The tour touched some the off-beat holy places, such as the Western Wall tunnels, the Temple Mount, the Abbey of Dormition, the tomb of King David, etc. After we had gone up Temple Mount and wandered around the vast paved platform, our guide shared a little story. (The place is controlled by the Waqf, and the issue of Jews going up the mountain makes them a bit queasy. Well, tough luck for them). In any case, the story goes like this: For some time, as the guide brought groups of Jewish tourists to the Temple Mount, a Waqf guard would come up to him, and tell him in a strict tone of voice: please remember that you're visiting a Muslim holy place, and are requested not to say anything that goes against Islam, is that clear? - Sure, perfectly clear, the guide would say. Then immediately, an Israeli policeman would approach the group and say: please be aware that you're on Israeli territory and are therefore allowed to speak freely on whatever subject you like, is that clear? - Perfectly clear, thank you. The same ritual would repeat day in and day out.

wildernesscat: (ilves)
Watched the whole Knights Templar 2083 manifesto thing, and of course that Anders sleazeball went too far. So the constitutive event of the war on Islam should be the murder of innocent people and children?!

However, he has a few intriguing points. Here's a cartoon I found interesting.

Multiculturalism.

Europe is indeed loosing its identity, in favor of embracing the strange and the foreign. Islam has a particular appeal to the youngsters, being the new rising force. Makes you think.

wildernesscat: (from_israel)
Some ancient historian named Hadriani Relandi visited Palestine in 1695 and wrote a detailed report about its towns and cities. I don't know Latin, so I can't tell for sure, but people in this article claim that he mostly found Jewish settlements here. Some pages of the book are even available for viewing. Doesn't help us much in the current political situation, but it sure makes you wonder how we wound up in this sad state of affairs. Someone unified a whole bunch of temps and nomads and created a "nation" out of nowhere.

http://www.faz.co.il/story?id=4457 (latin, heb)

wildernesscat: (shootdog)
http://www.goal2018.org/

Yeah, I can see thousands of people coming to Tulkarm and Gaza to watch the games. Dream on.

wildernesscat: (fpga)
Allah collects one of his people ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sPTE4_0K8E

wildernesscat: (cat_flag)
Itzhak Cohen, you're a genius: Cut the electricity to Gaza, and say that a big power transformer has been hit by a qassam missile. It will take a couple of days to repair.

wildernesscat: (from_israel)
Is it legal to display the PLO flag in Israel these days?

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wildernesscat: (vanatoomas)
I've read this article (rus) from an Estonian newspaper, where they tell us about the Language Inspection giving a hard time to a store chain whose workers don't know Estonian. Okay, I understand that Estonian is the national language, and that all government workers must know it. Fine with me. But what about the private sector? Can they force a private establishment to serve customers in a certain language (even if it's the language of that country)?

wildernesscat: (danny_and_daddy)
I wonder, suppose Olmert and Mubarak are having a meeting one-on-one. What language do they speak? English? Or do they use interpreters for simultaneous translation?

wildernesscat: (fpga)
Israel will not be the first country to introduce nuclear arms in the region. It will be second, in a 5-minutes interval.

wildernesscat: (shootdog)
Did you hear the beautiful speech that Bibi Netanyahu gave about Gandi (the late Rehavam Zeevi) having been a minister in his government? He said that he remembers Gandi as a dedicated, hard working, honest, and above all - fair in his dealings with Bibi. There's only one problem here. Gandi never took part in Bibi's government.

wildernesscat: (cat_flag)

Prof. Harsegor for President !



wildernesscat: (bwface)
Support the moderate Lebanese, such as [livejournal.com profile] cedarseed.

wildernesscat: (Default)
Geneva Convention IV, Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (12 August 1949) has some interesting info on civilians in combat situations.

On one hand:
Art. 3. In the case of armed conflict not of an international character ...

(1) Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.

To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons: (a) violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture; ...

And on the other hand:
Art. 28. The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations.

Art. 29. The Party to the conflict in whose hands protected persons may be, is responsible for the treatment accorded to them by its agents, irrespective of any individual responsibility which may be incurred.

So that means that both Parties can target areas filled with civilians, but are responsible to protect their own?

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