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The Times of Israel publishes a column advocating genocide of Palestinians

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It was already implicit, but now it’s explicit. Here’s the column (in PDF format because the newspaper decided to remove the column from their site).

Salon has a story on the op-ed column.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 August 2014 at 11:22 am

Posted in Mideast Conflict

How Israel defends itself: Deliberately shooting a 10-year-old girl

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And not a human-shield situation: just a young girl, walking along, shot to death. Chris McGreal writes in The Guardian:

An Israeli army officer who repeatedly shot a 13-year-old Palestinian girl in Gaza dismissed a warning from another soldier that she was a child by saying he would have killed her even if she was three years old.

The officer, identified by the army only as Captain R, was charged this week with illegal use of his weapon, conduct unbecoming an officer and other relatively minor infractions after emptying all 10 bullets from his gun’s magazine into Iman al-Hams when she walked into a “security area” on the edge of Rafah refugee camp last month.

A tape recording of radio exchanges between soldiers involved in the incident, played on Israeli television, contradicts the army’s account of the events and appears to show that the captain shot the girl in cold blood.

The official account claimed that Iman was shot as she walked towards an army post with her schoolbag because soldiers feared she was carrying a bomb.

But the tape recording of the radio conversation between soldiers at the scene reveals that, from the beginning, she was identified as a child and at no point was a bomb spoken about nor was she described as a threat. Iman was also at least 100 yards from any soldier.

Instead, the tape shows that the soldiers swiftly identified her as a “girl of about 10” who was “scared to death”.

The tape also reveals that the soldiers said Iman was headed eastwards, away from the army post and back into the refugee camp, when she was shot.

At that point, Captain R took the unusual decision to leave the post in pursuit of the girl. He shot her dead and then “confirmed the kill” by emptying his magazine into her body.

The tape recording is of a three-way conversation between the army watchtower, the army post’s operations room and the captain, who was a company commander.

The soldier in the watchtower radioed his colleagues after he saw Iman: “It’s a little girl. She’s running defensively eastward.”

Operations room: “Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?”

Watchtower: “A girl of about 10, she’s behind the embankment, scared to death.”

A few minutes later, Iman is shot in the leg from one of the army posts.

The watchtower: “I think that one of the positions took her out.”

The company commander then moves in as Iman lies wounded and helpless.

Captain R: “I and another soldier … are going in a little nearer, forward, to confirm the kill … Receive a situation report. We fired and killed her … I also confirmed the kill. Over.”

Witnesses described how the captain shot Iman twice in the head, walked away, turned back and fired a stream of bullets into her body. Doctors at Rafah’s hospital said she had been shot at least 17 times.

On the tape, the company commander then “clarifies” why he killed Iman: “This is commander. Anything that’s mobile, that moves in the zone, even if it’s a three-year-old, needs to be killed. Over.”

The army’s original account of the killing said that the soldiers only identified Iman as a child after she was first shot. But the tape shows that they were aware just how young the small, slight girl was before any shots were fired.

The case came to light after soldiers under the command of Captain R went to an Israeli newspaper to accuse the army of covering up the circumstances of the killing.

A subsequent investigation by the officer responsible for the Gaza strip, Major General Dan Harel, concluded that the captain had “not acted unethically”.

However, the military police launched an investigation, which resulted in charges against the unit commander. . .

Continue reading.

I recall a scene in Schindler’s List showing much the same sort of action, but with Jews as the victims instead of the perpetrators.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 August 2014 at 8:07 am

Posted in Mideast Conflict

Very fine shave with Schick Krona, plus lather experiment

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SOTD 1 August 2014

Very nice shave today. After using yesterday’s brush with the striped handle, I decide to go with another relatively small knot, my Simpson Emperor 2 Best. And I experimented with the lather: on the first pass, I did my usual wet-brush method: take the fully wet brush and, holding the tub on its side over the sink, brush the soap briskly and firmly until the bubbles being formed are microscopic, then move brush to beard and work up the later.

For the second pass I used the dry-brush method: I rinsed the brush out thoroughly, gave it a couple of good shakes, then brushed the soap briskly and firmly until the brush seemed amply loaded. I then brushed my palm briskly, adding driblets of water as needed.

The two lathers were comparable, though the palm-lathering one had a slight edge—but at the cost of more trouble. I think with this soap I’ll continue using the wet-brush, build lather on the beard method.

The shave went quite well: the Schick Krona held a Feather blade, and I got a very nice result with no nicks or burns. I received a request from Australia to revisit the balms (it’s winter there), so this morning I used Three Butters, a very nice and inexpensive balm.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 August 2014 at 8:01 am

Posted in Shaving

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