Name that city: If you were to believe the main news coverage, you would probably assume that this is a picture of a city in Lebanon. But this kid is looking for shrapnel from the Hezbullah rocket that destroyed his house in Haifa. Confused? It could be because many news agencies have adopted a strong anti-Israel bias in their reporting, selectively showing some images over others, using apologist language when referring to terrorists, selectively using passive voice when describing Hezbullah acts, etc. How many start their stories with a straight citation of the facts that led up to this war? For example:
- Hezbullah forces came across the border on 13 July, killing eight soldiers and kidnapping two: Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.
- While we were still scrambling to send a rescue mission in, Hezbullah started firing ketushas at northern communities. The first areas hit were mostly Nahariya, Akko, and Kiryat Shemona, but within 24 hours, virtually the entire north was under fire, including my home in Karmiel.
- We started air strikes to try to take out the launch sites, and then sent in ground troops. You can argue tactics and strategies, but no one can possibly argue that we didn’t have an absolute right to protect our country from attack.
Does anyone remember that we haven’t had a single soldier in Lebanon since 2000, and that the UN resolution calling for the disarming of Hezbullah was never carried out by Lebanon? Does anyone remember that we were in Lebanon before for the exact same reason: that rockets were being launched at our residents in the north? I think I need some chocolate…
Can’t stop the game: FIBA Europe joins UEFA in banning games in Israel. This means our home games won’t be at home, which gives the other teams quite an advantage. FIBA is the governing basketball organization for Europe, while UEFA is for football (that’s soccer, not American football). Maccabi Haifa lost their game against Liverpool, but instead of the humiliating shellacking that everyone expected, Maccabi held it to an honorable 2-1 loss. Meanwhile, Betar Jerusalem’s loss to Dinamo Bucharest was disappointing, but football, while being our national passion, isn’t really our strength (witness our disappointing non-presence at Mondial (World Cup) for so many rounds. What we shine at is basketball, surprisingly, where we have dominated the different European leagues for years. The FIBA decision will certainly not help either Maccabi Tel Aviv or the national team.
Jumping for joy: Staying in the sports vein, Alex Averbukh retains the European title in men’s pole vault last week at the European Championships. On a nasty wet course, Averbukh’s 5.70 was good enough for gold, which he won for the first time at last year’s championship in Munich (where the irony was lost on none). Meanwhile, Gill and I get our workout by screaming at the insanely ridiculous number of commercials last night during Rokdim im kohavim (Dancing with Stars). Out of morbid curiousity, I crunched the numbers and discovered that in the first 36 minutes of program time, there was actually less than four minutes of dancing. The rest was blah-blah, promos, and a record-breaking string of commercials. Skip the show and watch the clips online.
A productive and safe day to all!