21 February 2009

Israel intercepts massive Palestinian arms shipment

NABLUS, GAZA STRIP (AP)—Israeli troops patrolling the border of the Gaza Strip breathed a sigh of relief Monday as state-of-the-art Israeli customs-searching equipment intercepted a large shipment of rocks bound for Palestinian youth demonstrators.

It is believed that the shipment came from a rogue Soviet republic willing to sell rocks to the highest bidder on the international arms market.

The value of the shipment—250 crates filled with rocks, pebbles and gravel—is estimated in the neighborhood of 800 million dinar (about $6)...

Israeli officials vowed to track down the supplier of the weapons. "Whatever secret underground rock smugglers have been outfitting the Palestinians, we will find them," Israeli Defense Minister Avi Birkot said. "Rocks like these could really hurt someone."

According to munitions expert James Wolk, if thrown with enough force and accuracy, the seized rocks "could create permanent scuff marks in an Israeli tank, and possibly even make a small dent."

One blogs the topic of Israel and Gaza with some degree of trepidation, since it's so easy to offend people. So, let me make it transparently clear that the above photo and text come from The Onion (and for those who live under rocks themselves, The Onion is a humor publication).

War is not funny, and I would be among the last ever to make fun of the suffering (by the soldiers and the public) on both sides when countries engage in the typically fruitless endeavor of war. I encountered this today and decided to blog it NOT to make fun of Israel, NOT to make fun of Palestine, but to note the DATE on which this was written: November 5, 1996.

1996. Thirteen years ago. Think about it...

1 comment:

  1. We’ve been reading your blog, and have been taking an interest in your posts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. My name is Raymond Ratti. I am representing a peace forum to be held at the United Nations and the Millennium Plaza Hotel in New York City, called “Moving Forward: A Renewed Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Forum”. On behalf of our organization, I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend. The forum will be hosted by the United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) from April 1st-4th, 2009.

    Please visit our website at www.new-approach.webs.com for details.

    The purpose of this conference is to bring experts in the field, the media, professors, researchers and students together to discuss plausible proposals that address the social, educational and economic challenges that will be associated with a stable post-conflict context.

    On Thursday April 2nd, at 7:00pm we will award the Middle East Peace Award at our gala dinner, which will be a black tie event.


    Raymond Ratti Fernando Atristain

    Co- Chair Co-Chair


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