Oznia, a blog of Israel things

~If Israeli PR Wizards Were Hip-Hop Artists by ozniablog
January 29, 2009, 11:22 am
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The Israeli politcal satire show Eretz Nehederet (think The Daily Show in Hebrew) has released a song detailing (and/or mocking) the Israeli government’s PR campaing in support of the war in Gaza.  I’m curious to hear what people think.


~The war spills to facebook by aklionsky
January 28, 2009, 6:09 am
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War is absurd. But never has it been more absurd than today, than the war that enveloped Gaza and Israel, and their supporters worldwide, for over twenty days. Because this war has spilled into the lives of everyone who owns a TV, who listens to the radio, who has access to the internet. 

This war has called on reservists from the Internet Armies to donate their Facebook statuses, to post videos, to delve deeply into charters and and pamphlets, to enter debates on Youtube. Essentially, this war has incited pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian sentiments among the millions of people who use social networking sites, like Facebook, to share their concerns and opinions.

When I searched “Operation Cast Lead” in facebook, I got 53 group results, ranging from “We oppose Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Palestine!!!” to “Support Israel’s ‘Cast Lead’ operation to stop Palestinian Hamas terrorism.” The groups have sprung up, and every discussion board has intense debates. Israel-supporters join pro-Palestinian groups, and vice-versa, to try to diminish the effect that the group’s “sincere” members have in the discussion boards and wall-posts. 

The groups are everywhere, and not just in America. Facebook is used as a political outlet the world-round, as documented by the New York Times last week. Samantha Shapiro focuses on the use of Facebook in Egypt to create civic participation in politics, and on the diversity of grassroots Facebook groups that have resulted from the current conflict. In Egypt, where so much of the public media and activism is regulated, political participants have focused their efforts in an unregulated medium: Facebook. Via Facebook, they have been able to organize a variety of groups from the basic ones calling for an end to the war in Gaza, to ones criticizing President Hosni Mubarak’s response (or lack thereof) on behalf of the Palestinians living in Gaza.
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~Waltz With Bashir Up For The Oscar by ozniablog
January 24, 2009, 10:41 pm
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The highly acclaimed Israeli animated feature “Waltz With Bashir” has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category.  To help do education about the movie’s difficult subject matter (the 1982 war in Lebanon and Sabre and Shitla), the Jewish Agency in partnership is Makom has put out a great movie guide that can be found here

~Israel’s Civil War by joshman91
January 14, 2009, 4:34 pm
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As I was taking part in my daily reading of the Jerusalem Post the other day, I came by a very troubling article titled “Habayit Hayehudi assails National Union for ‘desecrating religious Zionism.'” For those who are unaware, the National Union is a coalition of far-right wing knesset parties. The base of this political faction mainly involves West Bank and former Gaza settlers. This extremist movement gained ground after the withdrawal from Gaza in 2005. More gas was thrown on the fire when, most recently, settlers were removed from certain segments of the West Bank. As many read in the newspapers, that only resulted in attacks on IDF soldiers and Arab civilians. This movement’s up and coming stars are referred to as the “hilltop youth.”

In the article I was reading, MK Zevulun Orlev referred to the hilltop youth stating that “those who throw rocks at soldiers, and those who refuse IDF orders are not a part of religious Zionism.”

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~War, Even for the Right Reasons, Is Wrong by zionismlives
January 13, 2009, 3:09 pm
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This is going to be more of a controversial post. Bear with me. And, keep in mind, I love Israel with all my heart. It just needs to be put in its place every now and again, especially with so many Jews spewing blind, pro-Israel propaganda these days.

I will not deny the suffering of Southern Israel. And I do not believe the world should deny it either, although it does on a daily basis. The physical damage the daily rockets, that now endanger over one million lives, inflict is nothing compared to the mental damage they inflict. I just saw a report that said more than 75% of children in Sderot and surrounding areas suffer from various forms of trauma.

However, I am fundamentally against any full out war, especially one that has caused 920 deaths—43% of them, according to CNN, civilians. That is just short of 400 innocent Palestinian men, women, and children that have died so far. Yes, we must be amazed at the precision of the IDF’s campaign in making the other 57% of the casualties Hamas. But, that previous number is still astounding, and makes the costs of this War too much. Israel has claimed that a much higher percentage of the deaths are Hamas—an obvious discrepancy that comes from different meanings of the term “civilian.” To Israel, anyone that is in some way related to Hamas is considered a militant. That means all the people working in the government and all the people working for the social branch of Hamas are considered militants. A secretary in a government office and a social worker should never be considered militants. Israel sends flyers and makes calls to the civilians that there is going to be a bombing, but, where do the civilians go when their movement is greatly restricted by IDF ground troops and the simple fact that none of them can leave the country? In addition, Israel has made a few mistakes about civilians.

The example of the Samouni family is a good one. They were living in a Hamas-controlled area, and were told by the IDF to move themselves into one house for their safety. That night, the building was shelled, killing 30 members of the family. The wounded were not able to be helped for days even though IDF soldiers and tanks were just 50 meters from the building, because the army said it was too dangerous for aid workers to enter the scene. (The article about the incedent)

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~Hamas breaking Int’l Law by ronshapiro
January 12, 2009, 7:27 am
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For anyone questioning Israel’s actions against Hamas’s continual rocket fire (6,500 at the moment, and growing)… watch this.

~Magnifying Glass – Pallywood by ronshapiro
January 11, 2009, 6:37 am
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It is no doubt that Israel’s war is against the media.  Israel always wants to protect its PR, because it is the one country in the entire world under the most scrutiny of the bigest magnifying glass.  This “magnifying glass” which blows stories out of proportion is the reason why Hamas gains sympathy from the Western World.

When Hamas uses its people as human shields, it forces Israel to fight back, which leads to its condemnation.  For example, Hamas fired rockets from a UN school, and then when Israel fired back, Hamas shielded itself with civilians.  They spun the story to make Israel look like villains, exploding a school full of civilians.

The group that Israel is fighting is western media-viewers, that try to sympathize for Palestinians.  They support the “humanitarian-crisis” because they’ve seen video’s of crises.  Hamas then takes this money, filters it back towards its terrorist activities, and even blocks humanitarian aid from its citizens.  Currently, humanitarian aid in some areas of Gaza is being halted because the warehouses are FULL.  Hamas doesn’t even allow the food, medicine, and blood units to get to its civilians.  It even turns patients away from hospitals as part of its propoganda against Israel.

Posted below is a segment on how some of these videos of “humanitarian crises” are generally fake and made up.  It is definitely worth watching.

What Israel needs the most, is a media program that shows the humanitarian crisis that HAMAS IS CAUSING. Segments on popular TV shows that examine the wonders of the IDF, combined with the terror that Hamas causes, would show the Western World that Israel is truly the one that is looking for peace. Debates that are planned for pro-Palestinian arguments to fail or show the truth in Gaza would also explain what is truly going on in the region.