The Day In Israel: Wednesday Aug 18th, 2010

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Following yesterday’s mortar fire that injured two soldiers, the IDF did what it normally does in such situations.

Strike smuggling tunnels and/or terrorist infrastructure.

Hamas training camp
AP

In Response to Mortar Fire Causing Injuries to IDF Soldiers, IAF Targets Smuggling Tunnels, Weapons Manufacturing Site and Terror Tunnel in Gaza Strip

The Israel Air Force struck a weapons manufacturing site in the central Gaza Strip, two weapons-smuggling tunnels and a terror tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip overnight.

The attack is in response to the mortar shells that were fired at Israel, hitting the Eshkol Regional Council communities, during the past 24 hours, causing light injuries to two IDF soldiers.

More than 115 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israeli territory since the beginning of 2010, and over 420 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel since the end of operation Cast Lead.

The IDF remains committed to protecting the citizens of Israel and will continue to act against terror. The IDF holds Hamas solely responsible for terror emanating from the Gaza Strip.

Interestingly enough, the palestinian Ma’an news has not (yet) reported it.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

5:04PM: Who’d have thought the IDF Band would one day play music from Fiddler on the Roof in Red, Square, Moscow.

4:54PM: Question: What do Kermit the Frog and Tel Aviv have in common?

Answer: They are both green.

4:36PM: Here is some fun for the whole family: the opportunity to help name the new Canadian ship to Gaza (hat tip: Blazing Catfur).

Well, the old spoil-sports took down all of our pithy suggestions for the dinghy that Ali Mallah, our old friend Kevin “the Liar” Neish and rabble.ca.’s Kim Elliott want to send to Gaza. The new list is all committee approved before it gets to their website and hasn’t grown since we had our fun with them.

But..they are using a twitter application called backtype that allows them to keep track every time their site is mentioned. So if you have a twitter account just suggest a name and add this URL (http://canadaboatgaza.org/cms/sites/cbg/en/suggest-name.aspx)  to the tweet, and they’ll get to see your idea.

I’ve already contributed The Sea Hitler and The Mavi Masturbaters to what I’m sure will be an amusing new selection.

2:18PM: Good riddance.

Amin al-Hindi, a planner of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre and one of the founders of the Palestinian security services, died at a hospital in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Tuesday at the age of 70.

Ata Khairy, the Palestinian envoy to Jordan, said al-Hindi died of cancer of the liver and pancreas.

Khairy says al-Hindi slipped into a coma after he underwent surgery in Jordan last week.

I wonder how long it will be before we hear the accusations that Israel killed him.

1:00PM: Interview on the Israeli woman Facebook fiasco. Note the “objectivity” of the interviewer.

12:35PM: Quote of the day:

“I won’t play in films that come out against the State, and there have been quite a few of those recently.”

– Famous Israeli actor Chaim Topol (Tevye from Fiddle on the Roof)

12:18PM: The PA is accusing us of staging the Turkish embassy standoff!

According to the PA, the attack on the Turkish embassy is a stunt carried out by the Israeli security mechanisms. “We are certain that the depth of the connection between the Palestinian people and the Turkish people is deeper and stronger than an absurd action planned by the Shin Bet and carried out by a known collaborator.”

Good peace partners are so hard to find.

11:30AM: Park51, the self-called “official Twitter account” of the Ground Zero mosque project, has caused a small outcry by slamming Ha’aretz on Twitter (after the latter incorrectly reported that plans for the controversial Islamic prayer center were being abandoned) as follows:

On a side note, if Haaretz likes publishing fables, perhaps they could go back to the Yiddish ones with parables #welikethosebetter

After some called this tweet “anti-semitic,” Park51 removed it from its Twitter page, although the permalink is obviously still available. They also issued an apology and then tried to explain it away:

No I meant Haaretz and I meant it as a joke as my cousin’s mother used to tell us Yiddish stories as kids (she’s Jewish)

Ahh yes, some of my best cousins’ mothers are Jewish….

7:36AM: Introducing another of our latest weapons: The Flying Capacitor of Death.TM

What they don’t yet know is it can also travel in time.

7:22AM: Hamas explained.

7:18AM: IDF soldiers explain their abuse of palestinians during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

7:16AM: Introducing our latest weapon: Zionist Turnstile of Death.TM

A 10-month old child sustained a hand fracture and bruising on Monday after his arm got caught in a checkpoint turnstile as it continued to rotate, the infant’s mother said.

Shirin Qasrawi told Ma’an her son Mu’min was taken to the Al-Maqaseed Hospital in East Jerusalem for treatment after he tried to cross the 300 checkpoint, also known as the Rachel’s Tomb checkpoint, between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The family was en route from Halhul in Hebron for prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The child sustained bruises and cuts to the face after repeatedly slamming into the iron bars, Qasrawi said. “As I attempted to get the baby out of the carousel, he was crying and his hand was fractured. The soldiers saw the carousel rotating with the baby inside, but they waited until he fainted and fell to the ground,” she added.

An Israeli ambulance arrived at the checkpoint and transferred the child to hospital for treatment.

Notice our interesting tactic: don’t help the baby until he really needs the hospital, and then transfer him to there at our expense. It’s so illogical, it’s brilliant!

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