Lots of people collect things. Sea shells, coins, you name it. We even reported on the Palestinian terrorist (freed by Israel in exchange for “peace”) who complained bitterly how hard it was to keep up his stamp collection while in prison for murder.
Me, I like to collect anecdotes about everyone’s favorite (or most despised) Apartheid State. Care to have a look?
Not bad, eh? But I see that my most recent acquisition was six months ago. I don’t care how busy I’ve been, a man who ignores his hobbies turns his back on the lovely details of life. Thank you, John Kerry, for reminding me of the windsurfing of my private life.
Here’s a new item on how Israel practices apartheid:
“Everyone wondered where I came from,” explains Pvt. Menusa Ben Israel, an IDF soldier from the African Israelite Hebrew community in Dimona. “They thought I was born outside of Israel, but I was born in this country and grew up here.”
Pvt. Menusa Ben Israel always knew she would join the IDF at age 18. Like most soldiers, she missed being away from home during basic training, and she gradually adjusted to life in the Israeli military. About four months ago, she enlisted in the army. Today she serves as a military police officer in southern Israel.
One of Menusa’s brothers recently finished his IDF service, and another serves as a combat soldier in the IDF’s Golani Brigade. Her father, Ben Ami Ben Israel, serves as the leader of her community in southern Israel. The cultural group was founded in Chicago, and in the 1960s, its members immigrated to Israel and settled in the city of Dimona.
Until today, the community celebrates its journey to Israel as a defining moment in its history. “We celebrate both Jewish holidays and community holidays,” Menusa explains of the group’s traditions. “We observe Passover in our own kind of way by marking our ‘exodus’ from the United States. For us, the holiday represents our own journey to Israel.”
I can’t help but compare her outcome as a happy, proud Israeli with a couple of less fortunate black girls back on the mean streets of Chicago, Hadiya Pendleton (my beloved) and the Goofus to Hadiya’s Gallant, Gakirah Barnes. I’d say the Apartheid State has been a lot kinder to young black women than the state of Illinois.
Here’s another bauble I’m proud to display:
Last night, a tragedy nearly happened to a Palestinian family from the village of Beitin–their youngest daughter, a month-old baby, began to choke while playing with her ??sister. Her troubled mother ran to the checkpoint seeking help, and an IDF officer from the division noticed the panicking mother with the choking infant in her arms. The officer immediatly called the nearest IDF doctor. Within a few minutes, Sec. Lt. Ben Tzanani and his team were at the scene and saved the baby’s life.
The doctor continued: “The division head quarters recieved many phone calls from the villagers of Beitin, who expressed their gratitude. In medical issues there is no difference between Palestinians and Jews.
That’s not what I hear.
A month-old baby is a human being, and so we are obligated to save her life. There were many incidents when young Palestinians who were hurling rocks or shooting at soldiers received medical care from us.
Let’s not carried away, doc.
A related story:
Magen David Adom warned IDF Medical Corps soldiers in Judea and Samaria that a serious accident had occurred on a road in the region early Tuesday morning. The accident took place near the town of Efrat between a private vehicle and a Palestinian minibus. In less than five minutes, Cpt. Karin Yamin and three paramedics arrived on the scene. All of the minibus’ passengers required medical care.
When she arrived at the scene, Cpt. Karin Yamin had to act quickly to take care of the twenty Palestinians wounded in the crash. The IDF Medical Corps team in Judea and Samaria is regularly in contact with the Palestinian Red Crescent. In this case, IDF soldiers were the first to respond, and quickly afterwards, the Red Crescent arrived and transferred the wounded to ambulances.
“For the soldiers in my unit, saving lives is a priority. Whether the patients are Israeli, Palestinian, Christian or Druze, we take care of them all in the same way. We also provide equipment to Red Crescent ambulances, especially when we see that they lack medical equipment,” Cpt. Karin said. “It’s important for me to emphasize that cooperation between the IDF and the Palestinian Authority goes in both directions.” She added that the Palestinians treated this morning were very satisfied with the care they received.
I would hope so!
Here’s a piece we seem to have have missed last summer:
It’s Ramadan and Second Lieutenant Ravit Dotan is extremely busy. As a civilian coordination officer, she has one job: to do her very best to serve the people who pass through the Bethlehem crossing.
One of the things 2nd Lt. Dotan loves about the job is knowing she is helping people fulfill their religious duties by approving their border crossing permits.
She also enjoys speaking with the people passing through on a personal level, learning their stories and speaking their native language.
“It’s satisfying to be able to help people cross the border so they can go to pray in Jerusalem and practice their faith,” she says.
I might point out to the lovely (she is) Lt. Dotan that that’s more than Jews can do, at least on the Temple Mount.
BTW, the IDF offers this helpful app to demonstrate the level of threat Israelis face, just from Gaza.
If they could promise just to hit Hyannis, maybe…no, that would be wrong. Forget I mentioned it.
Room for one more? You won’t read it anywhere else, I promise:
A car accident in the Jordan Valley injured four Palestinians Saturday, including a two-year-old infant who suffered moderate injuries. Rescuers from the IDF’s 669 Airborne Rescue and Evacuation Unit evacuated the infant and two severely injured passengers to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital by helicopter.
According to Lt. Gershoni, the IDF medical forces responded in an exemplary manner. “This military force would have been able to carry out the same evacuation in any car accident,” she stressed. “They were on their feet early in the morning, and continued to provide professional care throughout the whole day. We treat everyone, regardless of any differences, whether they are Israeli or Palestinian civilians.”
Yeah, yeah, we get it. But does John Kerry? I can’t wait for his next declaration on the nefarious ingredients in Passover matzohs. We’ll be ready.