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Israeli human rights org demands public inquiry into the Qana bombing

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Ha’aretz  reports:

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel Tuesday urged Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to establish a state commission of inquiry into the killing of dozens of civilians in an Israeli air strike in the village of Qana in southern Lebanon.

It now appears that the military had no information on rockets launched from the site of the building, or the presence there of Hezbollah men at the time.

The IDF had said after the deadly air-strike that many rockets had eben launched from Qana. However, it changed its version on Monday.

The site was included in an IAF plan to strike at several buildings in proximity to a previous launching site. Similar strikes were practiced in the past. But there were no rocket launches from Qana on the day of the strike.

So, it seems that flatening the general area from which rockets have been fired is SOP. I suppose its a projection of the common procedure in the west bank and Gaza. Maybe about time someone asked some questions here?

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Written by yishaym

August 1, 2006 at 11:20 am

Posted in Israel, Lebanon, war

The cult of Mejaderah

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Shahar from Tel -Aviv writes on the SaveLebanon Speak Out blog:

I am feeling for you, dear Lebanese neighbors, since I know exactly what you are going threw..Beacuse I’m going threw the same, here and now, in Israel, just like you do.

I am not a politician, and this is the first time for me to write to you. I would like to tell you that I was a student until not long ago, lucky to study in France on a student exchange program..meeting there many Lebanese who became to be my best friends over there.. and I guess I know why..Beacuse we had more in common then with any other nationality..having same Falafel (still urging where is there origin whether in Israel or Lebanon) eating same Labaneh and thinking in the same way about many things and issues..

So, for Shahar and others, here’s a recipe for Mejaderah. A favourite among Lebanese, Palestinians and Israelis. May we share food and not sorrows.



The more common recipe uses rice. Bulgur can be substituted for rice, with the exact same procedure.

  1. Fry the lentils in oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously, until the first beans show signs of scorching.
  2. Add salt, baharat, cumin, ground cardamon.
  3. Add 2 cups water and cover. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed by the lentils.
  4. Fry the rice in oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously, until the grains change colour.
  5. Add salt, black or white pepper, and ground cardamon.
  6. Add 2 cups water and cover. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer. After 5 minutes turn the heat off, and leave standing for another 10 minutes.
  7. Cut the onion into thin strips (1/2cm x 4cm).
  8. Fry the onion in mixed olive oil until crisp and translucent.
  9. Mix lentils and rice, top with the fried onion.

(Originaly posted on Wikibooks Cookbook)
Please – feel free to comment / critisize / elighten me. I’m sure I have a lot to learn – in the kitchen and out.

And by the way, I think the Speak Out team would like to recieve more Israeli contributions.

Written by yishaym

August 1, 2006 at 2:18 am

Posted in food, Israel, Lebanon, peace

Support Amir Pasteur

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Capt. (Res.) Amir Pasteur (32) an infantry officer and student at Tel Aviv University, has been sentenced to 28 days in military prison for refusal to take part in the current Lebanon campaign.

You can send letters of support to Amir Pasteur:
Captain Amir Pasteur
Military Prison No. 6
Military Postal Code 01860, IDF

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Written by yishaym

August 1, 2006 at 1:29 am

Posted in Uncategorized