Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Can Israel afford any more "Goodwill" to Abbas?

By DIAA HADID, Associated Press Writer Mon Aug 18, 11:44 AM ET
JERUSALEM - Israel said Monday it will free two of its most prominent Palestinian prisoners — a militant mastermind from the 1970s and a gunman elected to parliament while behind bars — among 199 inmates to be released as a goodwill gesture to embattled Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
While the move will give an important boost to the moderate Abbas, it drew fierce criticism from some Israeli politicians, who said it could undermine attempts to free a captured Israeli soldier held in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
What has Israel gained? Is there a limit to goodwill?

Monday, August 11, 2008

It's the weapons that are the real problem

Palestinian zoo worker Wael Abu Muhammed and visitors play with an ostrich at the 'Heaven of Birds and Animals Zoo' in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008. Rafah's zoo, stocked almost entirely with smuggled animals, is a sign of Gaza's ever-expanding tunnel industry. Tunnel traders say dozens of passages snake the border and have become a mainstay of the local economy, with each passage feeding about 35 families.(AP Photo/ Adel Hana)

The problem is that they're not smuggling just exotic animals in those tunnels as this picture would have you believe.

Is this just another propaganda piece as well?

Gazans line up outside banks as cash runs out
By IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press Writer Mon Aug 11, 4:25 PM ET
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A severe cash shortage gripped the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Monday as tens of thousands of people were unable to withdraw money from banks in the poverty-stricken Palestinian territory.

Why is there more than enough money to make millionaires - literally millionaires - in the tunnelling business? What happened to the crushing gas shortage? Yet there aren't enough shekels in circulation to feed the average Arab living in Gaza. Silly question. Gaza (and Yehuda and Shomron) is run by a bunch a greedy, intransigent, blood thirsty, death-cult loving Arabs who care more about themselves and their movement than the average Arab on the street. Let the average person live in squalor, feed them an all-encompassing dose of death culture, and produce propaganda to lie, obfuscate and block the organizations and countries (Israel) that want to help them.

What happened to the crushing gas shortage? We saw cars parked in the street. Idle ambulances because they lacked gasoline. There was untold mayhem and suffering just a short while ago because the Arabs in Gaza (and thanks to the AP and other jaundiced media outlets). Oy! What will be? People were dying because there wasn't enough petrol to run the electric plants and the plastered pictures of people getting dialysis who might be in jeopardy because Israel didn't send enough gas. That was one big goose egg. A good propaganda piece by those in charge of Gaza and helped by their co-conspirators - the AP and the other new media.

Is this just another propaganda piece as well?

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Lt. Lavine is Female and Orthodox

Pikesville VFC makes history
By MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG Senior Correspondent
1st Responder Network
Story Number 073108127

By Andrea Lavine
Andrea Lavine has been elected 3rd EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Lieutenant at Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company, marking the first time a female Orthodox Jewish volunteer in Baltimore County has held such a rank.
A Pikesville woman who balances being a wife, mother of two teenage daughters, and a career as a hospital-based pediatric social worker has been elected 3rd EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Lieutenant at Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company, marking the first time a female Orthodox Jewish volunteer in Baltimore County has held such a rank.“I wanted to be an EMS provider since age seven and thought about it seriously when I was 18 but was concerned how I would balance that with my Orthodox lifestyle,” said Lt. Andrea Ziv Lavine, who in addition to being elected as a lieutenant was also named PVFC’s EMS Provider of the Year for 2007. “When I married I remained interested but ignorant of my options.” As Lavine embarked on her career she met a volunteer, educated herself about the options, and decided to apply – after her husband completed his PhD.Lavine said the 1970s television show Emergency! played a significant role in her decision to become a volunteer EMS provider. “Ever since watching that show I wanted to be the one to be there in the moment of crisis to help people through,” she said.Lavine, who is in her 30s, officially joined PVFC in June 2005 and has been riding Medic 325 ever since. “I’m grateful for the opportunities I have had over the past three years and for the learning experiences that have enriched my life.”Being an Orthodox female in a firehouse – somewhat of an unusual place to find a mother who wears a skirt over her pants and covers her hair – hasn’t been an issue for Lavine. “I think my acceptance of others has helped with their acceptance of me,” she said. “I had to prove myself as a provider and a productive member of the company to be accepted.”In 2007, Lavine answered more than 130 calls as a volunteer, and responded on 20 more as one of the company’s part-time paid medical staff. Her 15-year-old daughter is also involved with the fire service, having earlier this year joined the Fire Brigade Pipes and Drums of Greater Baltimore, a bagpipe and drum band comprised of firefighters and family members of firefighters from the Baltimore metropolitan area (including two husband-and-wife pairs from PVFC). Next year when she turns 16, she plans to join PVFC as a Junior member. In addition to Lavine, PVFC’s roster includes a number of other Orthodox Jewish members, and a significant number of recent recruits to the company have been Orthodox. Lavine and her family attend Suburban Orthodox Toras Chaim Congregation.PVFC’s ambulance, staffed with volunteer personnel, averages about 1,800 calls per year. In addition to funds raised through community donations, the unit receives significant financial support from Save-A-Heart and Covenant Guild.