Sunday, April 13, 2008


"Suddenly I find that I've totally binned that ‘good guy, bad guy' thing I had in my head less than 24 hours ago."

Radio Netherlands Worldwide is asking the question - what does daily life look like in Israel and the Palestinian territory?

The station's website says two editors of its Arabic desk, will separately be travelling through the region in the coming weeks. Their trips coincide with the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel and what the Palestinians call "the naqba" (which means the catastrophe caused to them when they joined with five Arab armies in a failed attempt to massacre the Jewish population in the region).

The edited translation of the original Dutch report by Nicolien den Boer's account of her first day FIVE HOURS AT TEL AVIV AIRPORT is interesting. I'm surprised that she was surprised at what she found.

And from This Ongoing War Blog:

"Pnina Eisenman's mother Noa Alon and her five year old daughter Gal were murdered in the bombing of a Jerusalem bus stop at the French Hill Junction a few minutes drive from our home in 2002. Her tragedy is recounted in an online video here.

"In 1972, three Japanese terrorists attacked the airport we now call
Ben Gurion. Wikipedia says that 'Because airport security was focused on the possibility of a Palestinian attack, the use of Japanese terrorists took the guards by surprise, and their commitment to a suicide mission simplified the planning. Kozo Okamoto, Tsuyoshi Okudaira, and Yasuyuki Yasuda had been trained in Baalbek, Lebanon.' No further terror attacks against any Israeli airport have succeeded since then."

Thanks also to DAILY ALERT

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