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The article that follows was published on a blog called Harry’s Place. But at least for now it is unavailable as a result of a denial-of-service attack probably launched by anti-Israel hackers. I am presenting it here in full. I encourage other bloggers interested in the truth to copy it and do the same. Note: the associated photo and video are linked to the site under attack and so are not available. I’ve replaced them with similar illustrations.
Alan A, November 25th 2012, 7:30 pm
On the 14th of November, the son of BBC video editor Jihad Masharawi died. Here is his account of what happened:
Interviewer: “Our condolences, Jihad. Tell me what happened with you.”
JM: “Shrapnel hit our house.”
JM: “Yes. My sister-in-law was killed along with my son and my brother and my other son were wounded [the brother has since died — ed.].
Interviewer: “In which area?”
JM: “In al Zeitoun.”
Zeitoun is a district of Gaza which hosted Iranian Fajr 5 missile sites, ready for launching into Israel. Here is a photograph of one such site:
It is, as you can see, situated within a civilian area.
As you can see by looking at aerial photographs of the Gaza Strip, the area contains a large amount of open and agricultural land. It would be entirely possible for Hamas and its allies to store their missiles in and fire them from somewhere other than residential and civilian areas: near mosques, hospitals, playgrounds, football fields, and private homes. However, they choose instead to situate them in locations where they know that, if they are hit by even the most precise of surgical airstrikes, the secondary explosions will quite possibly cause destruction and death in their area.
I’ve posted below a short video which shows what happens when Israel hits an ammunition cache. These are precisely the consequences that Hamas intends. It is often said that this tactic amounts to sheltering behind skirts and prams as it seeks to kill Israeli civilians. I think that’s precisely what it is.
Who killed Jihad Masharawi’s son?
There are a number of possibilities.
First of all, Israel deliberately launched a missile at a civilian house, intending to kill him and his family. That, as the Elder of Ziyon observes, is unlikely:
The idea that Israel, which managed to kill less than one civilian for every 30 airstrikes in Gaza, targeted the house of a low-level BBC employee during the initial wave of attacks – while he wasn’t home – is simply not believable. Unless you are convinced, ab initio, of Israel’s monstrous nature, there are other explanations that fit the incident far better.
However, that still allows for the possibility that an Israeli missile went astray, or that the attack on the house was intentional, but resulted from mistaken information. That certainly could have happened.
Nevertheless, there are two other possibilities which should be considered. The first is that Hamas or its allies launched a missile at Israel, but that it fell short and hit Jihad Masharawi’s house. That, quite possibly, is the cause of death of Mahmoud Sadallah, whose body was displayed to the world’s media, to be kissed by the Egyptian Prime Minister. Although it was widely claimed in the press that this child died in an Israeli strike, none appears to have taken place at the time of his death. By contrast, estimates of the percentage of the Hamas rockets which fall short and fall within Gaza range from between 15% and 40%. Damage to homes in Gaza by missiles is particularly perilous, because a large number of homes have propane gas heaters, and domestic generators. A missile or shrapnel hit can cause a secondary explosion. In any event, the Elder of Ziyon notes, the Daily Mirror has now removed the news item which most prominently covered the story, but has not announced its reason for doing so, or considered the matter further.
The final possibility is that the shrapnel which hit Jihad Masharawi’s house resulted from an explosion or a secondary explosion on one of the weapons caches and launching sites near his home.
Which theory is correct? We can’t know for sure: at least not yet. Perhaps there will be an investigation in which facts will become apparent. Israel knows where it launched attacks. It may have intelligence which shows the sites of misfired Hamas etc. rockets. Their proximity to Jihad Masharawi’s house could be ascertained.
Who is morally responsible for the deaths of civilians, where despite not being targeted, they die when Hamas shoots wonky rockets which fall short, or when Israeli missiles ignite weapons caches that are intended to be fired at Israeli cities? I can guarantee you that there are many who take the view that even in these circumstances, Israel and Israel alone should be held accountable.
As BBC Watch has pointed out, as far as the BBC and it’s correspondent Jon Donnison are concerned, there is only one possibility: that for some reason Israel fired a missile into Jihad Masharawi’s house. This is how he puts it:
Despite the evidence pointing towards an Israeli air-strike, some have suggested it might have been a misfired Hamas rocket. But at that time, so soon after the launch of Israel’s operation, Israel’s military says mortars had been launched from Gaza, but very few rockets. Mortar fire would not cause the fireball that appears to have engulfed Jihad’s house. Others say that the damage was not consistent with powerful Israeli attacks, but the BBC visited other bomb sites this week with very similar fire damage, where Israel acknowledged carrying out what it called “surgical strikes”. Like at Jihad’s house, there was very little structural damage, but the victims were brought out with massive and fatal burns.
As BBC Watch points out, there is no basis for Donnison’s conviction that an Israeli airstrike hit Jihad Masharawi’s house. Donnison provides observations based upon what he believes to be similar patterns of fire damage. However, the pictures show merely a hole in a building and a fire, which may have been caused by an Israeli airstrike or by any of the other possibilities canvassed above, including one of the ‘very few’ rocket strikes which Donnison discounts. There’s no discussion, either, of the evidence of Jihad Masharawi that ’shrapnel’ – not a rocket – hit his house. That is at odds with Donnison’s belief that the attack looked like the aftermath of an Israel “surgical strike” with a missile. In any event, I don’t know whether an exploding Israeli missile would have left identifiable fragments, but certainly none have been produced.
With limited data, Donnison can’t be sure: but it is very clear what he thinks.
As well as expressing near-certainty that an Israeli strike killed Omar Masharawi, Our Own Correspondent also contained a graphic description of the state of his body and the natural and terrible agony of his father. I think that, having been told the horrific story of how Israel launched a missile into a BBC employee’s house, killing his son, and having heard about the impact of that missile on a tiny child’s face, most people would be unprepared to discuss the possibility that the death had resulted from some other chain of events.
If Israel deliberately launched a missile into a civilian’s house, it should be condemned. If Israel did so, believing that the house was in fact occupied by a military target, then the BBC ought to investigate how it came to make such a terrible mistake. If Omar Masharawi died as a result of a misfired Palestinian rocket or mortar, then that should also be investigated and condemned. Were he to have died following an Israeli strike of a Fajr5 rocket site in Zeitoun, then that should at least be reported. The BBC should ask Hamas why it put a Fajr5 launching site in the middle of a civilian area. It could ask Israel the same question: and its answer would be that it knew that these rockets were being prepared for launch at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
I expect that some effort will now be put into trying to find out precisely what happened. If Israel’s culpability is ascertained, that too will be reported and Israel is likely to express regret, which will be regarded as insincere by most partisans of the Palestinian cause. If further evidence of Hamas culpability emerges then, from past experience, that is likely not to be reported at all. Hamas will express no sorrow, because it does not in fact regret the deaths of Palestinian civilians, and because it knows that it will never be pressed on its siting of missiles and caches within civilian neighbourhoods. In arguments on the internet, and at public meetings, we will be told that Israel should not have responded to missile attacks at all, which are in fact incapable of doing any harm, and in any case deserve them because of the supposed ‘occupied’ nature of Gaza.
As Norm observes:
[F]or a wide swathe of left-liberal and ‘anti-imperialist’ opinion there is now no way Israel can conduct itself from which it will earn moral credit. It is irredeemably tainted in its origin. Conversely, and in the same quarter, there is nothing that Hamas or other representatives of the Palestinian people can do, no wrong or outrage they can commit, which will not be morally ‘cleaned up’ by the perception that these representatives are supposedly the pure vehicle of a struggle against injustice.
One of the reasons for this opinion is that much of the media prominently report the deaths of children when they can be attributed to Israel but, as the Daily Mirror’s quiet de-publishing of its story illustrates, have very little to say when the facts shift and the story becomes less certain.
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The Baltimore Jewish Community and The Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater Present a ‘Welcome Home!’ Carnival Extravaganza on Sunday, November 25th.
From The Chesed Fund — Nov. 19, 2012
Baltimore’s The Chesed Fund/Project Ezra and Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater will be presenting an exciting free children’s carnival on Sunday, November 25th. The Young Israel is led by Rabbi Eliezer Feuer, who has continually provided comfort to his congregants throughout the Superstorm ordeal. Accomplished community organizer Mrs. Marla Lewis of The Chesed Fund will direct the event.
Frank Storch, founder of The Chesed Fund, reflected, “We worked closely with the Bayswater community after Hurricane Sandy devastated them. We transported emergency generators, gas cans, and lanterns. But now, this fantastic community, especially the children, need a break. We intend to bring them some good, cheerful fun!” Toys, games, prizes, entertainment, and delicious food will be brought in to delight the children.
The ‘Welcome Home!’ Carnival promises to be a wonderful opportunity for parents to spend quality, relaxed time with their kids – an experience that has been in short supply since Hurricane Sandy hit their town in Far Rockaway, New York. There will be jugglers, magicians, clowns, face painting, a moon bounce, and live music. Kids will nosh on popcorn, hot dogs, hot pretzels, and cotton candy. It will truly be a day to treasure.
Rabbi Feuer added, “On behalf of my community of Bayswater and Far Rockaway, I want to thank Frank Storch and his family and the Baltimore Jewish community for caring about us and reaching out to us in New York. This is a great opportunity for our community to have a fresh start.”
A bus full of Bais Yaakov and Bnos Yisroel school girls will travel from Baltimore to help run the carnival. Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim Talmudical Academy of Baltimore Middle School is collecting Chanukah gifts for the children. Talmudical Academy staff will also be traveling to Far Rockaway to assist with the Carnival.
Dougie’s BBQ & Grill of Pikesville will be sending kosher meals on the bus for the volunteers and Goldberg’s New York Kosher Bagels of Pikesville will be providing them breakfast on their way. Jonathan Ely of Traveling Tykes of Lakewood, NJ and Jonathan Glass of NYFF Events are generously supplying the Carnival booths, food, and other enchanting Carnival attractions.
The Free ‘Welcome Home’ Carnival is a celebration open to the community, many of whom have been affected in one way or another. Rabbi Feuer stated, “For the most part, our power is back on; we have food and gas again.” He continued,” Now, we’re in rebuilding mode and we’re full speed ahead with crews on the ground. At least 75 families in our community are still displaced. We want to see them fully restored and we want to replace the belongings they’ve lost. It’s a monumental task but the care and kindness shown to us makes us even stronger.”
The Chesed Fund has yet more plans for Bayswater; they will soon be bringing engineers to the Bayswater community to assess the rebuilding needs. Also on the agenda this week is a donation of a 4-wheel drive, 15 passenger van by Baltimore Shomrim, and Frank and Danielle Storch. Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater will be able to use it for their community transportation and safety and security needs. Shomrim leaders Ronnie Rosenbluth and Danny Harris headed up this noteworthy project.
Storch added with a touch of humor, “We will continue to pull together to make some magic happen. The free Carnival is a day for the Bayswater kids to shine. I’m also proud of our Baltimore students, who have been so eager to be involved in this chesed.”
The ‘Welcome Home’ Free Carnival will take place from 11am-4pm, this Sunday, Nov. 25th, at Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater, 2716 Healy Ave., Bayswater, NY 11691.
To make a donation toward their relief efforts, please make check payable and mail to Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater, with notation of Relief Efforts.
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Carnival Contact: Marla Lewis 443-604-1462 or email@example.comJewish Press Staff
New York City
CANDLE LIGHTING TIME
November 23, 2012 – 9 Kislev 5773
4:12 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sabbath Ends: 5:21 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Weekly Reading: Va’yetze
Weekly Haftara: Va’yivrach Yaakov (Ashkenazim – Hosea
12:13-14:10; Sephardim commence earlier from 11:7-14:10)
Daf Yomi: Shabbos 51
Mishna Yomit: Sotah 3:7-8
Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 158:1-3
Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Mechirah chap. 10-12
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 5:56 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:19 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Latest updates for Tuesday, November 20, 2012
8:25 PM A female driver was shot near the Husan bypass near Beitar Ilit in a drive-by shooting. Medical forces are treating her on site, but she is in serious condition. The woman is from Tzur Hadassah.
8:00 PM Permitted for release: Reserve soldier killed by mortar fire in Eshkol region.
7:51 PM Netivot and S’de Negev now under rocket fire.
7:45PM A total of 8 rockets were fired at Be’er Sheva. 3 were shot down by the Iron Dome system.
7:33 PM Four rockets fall in Be’er Sheva. Sirens in Be’er Tuvia, Ashkelon, Kiryat Melachi. One rocket falls in built up area, no injuries.
7:32 PM Senior Israeli sources deny that there is any agreement on a cease fire.
7:30 PM: 2 Al-Aqsa TV journalists were killed in Gaza air strike. (Ma’an)
6:34 PM: The family that was trapped under their building in Rishon were in a bomb shelter. 2 lightly injured.
6:14 PM: Several victims of panic attacks, and a few feared trapped under a collapsed building in Rishon L’Tzion that was hit by a rocket.
6:12 PM: Sirens in Rishon L’Tzion. Earlier, one man was seriously injured from a rocket that fell on a home in Ashkelon and 7 were hospitalized with light injuries after 7 rockets fell on two different locations in Ashdod.
4:58 PM: 6 Arabs accused of spying for Israel executed today.
4:50 PM: After distributing warning leaflets to Gazans to leave the neighborhood north and south of Gaza City, the IDF has launched a massive attack on Hamas assets. Several Arabs are reported dead. In the last 2 hours, the IAF has demolished 30 smuggling tunnels, eliminated 3 launch teams and hit 3 seniors terrorists and 2 weapons carrying vehicles.
3:35 PM: Iron Dome intercepted 3 rockets over Ashdod.
3:34 PM: 5 hurt lightly from rocket in Eshkol.
2:42 PM: IDF heavy artillery is bombarding Gaza, targeting the launch sites that have been attacking Israeli population centers since early morning.
2:31 PM: Arab killed in new IAF air strike on Gaza City.
2:36 PM: 1 critically injured from 3 mortar shells in an Eshkol kibbutz.
2:32 PM: The Armor officer who was injured from mortar fire died in Be’er Sheva hospital.
2:24 PM: Israel police say rocket fired at Jerusalem landed in open area, no injuries reported.
2:19 PM: 2 Rockets hit a Christian Arab village in Gush Etzion, two injured. Correction: No rocket fell in Efrat.
2:02 PM: Direct hit at a home in RC Eshkol. Several injuries reported. EMT on its way.
1:53 PM: Palestinians report launch team killed in Gaza.
1:48 PM: Direct hit at a factory in RC Sdot Negev. No one hurt.
13:37 PM: Young Arab injured during clashes with IDF forces at Huwwara checkpoint near Shchem (Ma’an).
13:25 PM: Clashes between IDF forces and Arabs during Hebron funeral of Arab who was shot and killed after attacking Israeli soldiers on Monday.
12:32 PM: Hamas fired rockets at a Gaza crossing today, limiting the amount of goods entering. Only 24 out of a scheduled 120 trucks entered the city. Crossing is now closed.
12:31 PM: Rocket falls in a backyard in Sderot.
12:09 PM: The man injured in RC Eshkol was an Armor officer in his 40s. A shrapnel hit his chest. He was removed to the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.
11:24 AM: A volley of rockets fall on Regional Council Eshkol outside the Gaza Strip.
10:39 AM: 2 interceptions over Ashdod.
10:24 AM: Iron Dome intercepted 2 rockets over Be’er Sheva.
10:16 AM: A man was seriously injured from a Gaza rocket at the Regional Council Eshkol. He is being sedated and recusitated and will be flown to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.
8:58 AM: Iron Dome intercepted 2 rockets over Ashdod
8:57 AM: A volley of 16 rockets hit Be’er Sheva. severe damage to a bus and a home.
7:57 AM: Sirens in Beer Sheva. 2 rocket were intercepted over the city.
6:55 AM: Overnight, the IDF continued to attack about 100 terrorist targets, including underground launchers, terror tunnels and weapons stores, inflicting great damage on these assets. More attacks on buildings belonging to several senior offiocers of terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, which served as command centers. Additionally, a north Gaza bank used to transfer terrorist funds was attacked. About 10 tunnels serving as shelters for Hamas seniors were attacked. Israel’s Navy fired at targets on the shoreline of the central Gaza Strip, hitting its targets accurately, following months of Intelligence gathering and analysis. Also, during the night artillery shots were fired at suspected points in the Gaza Strip.
06:25 AM: IDF says Five rockets fired at Israel since midnight. Iron Dome intercepted two of the five.
06:18 AM: Airstrikes targeting Khan Younis. (Ma’an)
06:14 AM: A Ma’an reporter says Israeli aircraft bombing east of Khan Younis. (Ma’an)
06:04 AM: Update: The area targeted in Sheikh Zayed city (03:31) is confirmed to be a security site. (Ma’an)
05:30 AM: A house is severely damaged after airstrikes in Beit Lahiya, but there are no reports of injuries. (Ma’an)
05:10 AM: More explosions reported. (Ma’an)
04:25 AM: Explosion reported in Beit Lahiya. (Ma’an)
04:06 AM: Explosion reported in Gaza City. (Ma’an)
3:00 AM: The Cabinet of 9 meeting over the continued operation has ended, no information released. Israeli officials refused Tuesday to disclose details of the talks underway with Egypt, and stressed that the IDF continues to prepare for a ground operation as long as the fire from Gaza continues.
family during a funeral in Gaza City Nov. 19, 2012. Nine members
of the family, including four children, were killed in an airstrike
on their house, medics said. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)