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CNN Video on Gaza Situation June 27, 2006

Posted by Sobek in News.

CNN has a video report on the Gaza situation.  A few points:

1.  CNN has a reporter interviewing the kidnappers.  He doesn’t seem the least bit uncomfortable about the fact that he’s speaking with a man who is threatening to butcher a 20-year-old kid.

2.  “How long do you intend to keep the Israeli soldier?”

“We’ll keep him until the enemy gets down on his knees, and meets all our demands.”

Including Israel releasing Pali terrorists from jail.

3.  From the “unmitigated gall” file:

One of the kidnappers was killed in the attack.  His brother states that Shalit should not be handed back until the Israeli government pays the price for the dead kidnapper.

[In thick British accent] “Ordinary Palestinians say they will not back down. And nowhere is that mood stronger than among the family and friends of one of the militants who died in the kidnap operation. Following tradition I paid my respects, and heard from the dead man’s brother that the Israeli soldier should not be handed back, unless Israel pays a serious price.”


NOTE:  I can’t figure out how to link directly to the CNN.com video, but if you go here, and scroll down to the link that says “Watch Palestinians express defiance as tensions rise — 2:34” you can see it.  I’ve asked the IB tech support department to look into a direct link.


From Ha Aretz:

“According to information gleaned by the Palestinian Authority, Shalit is being held in the Khan Yunis refugee camp. His captors may be considering moving him elsewhere, possibly to the Jabalya refugee camp.”

I’ve marked Khan Yunis (G) and Jabalya (H) on the map below the jump.  Khan Yunis is about 7 miles from the IDF position at Dahaniyeh.  It’s about 17 miles from Khan Yunis to Jabalya. 



From Little Green Footballs, The Media Are the Enemy and The Media Are the Enemy part two. Charles notes that, like the CNN reporter, AP and Reuters photographers seem a little too comfortable with the masked guys who are trying to kill people.


1. Dave in Texas - June 28, 2006

that “pay the price” shit is that concept of blood money.

very weird to us, unless you’ve seen a tobacco lawsuit.

2. sobek - June 28, 2006

I understand the idea of blood money, I guess, as long as the dead guy wasn’t killed while committing an act of war (with murder and kidnapping thrown in for good measure).

3. Dave in Texas - June 28, 2006

well that makes one of us that understands it.

me, I think it’s tribal conflagrated bullshit. 21st century you assholes. join up or pay the price for your nonsense.

4. sobek - June 28, 2006

One interesting thing about these maps is they show “refugee” camps in dark brown (e.g. just up and to the left of (G)). There are numerous, very large “refugee” camps within the Gaza Strip.
Seriously, as bad as American Lefty victim mentality is, consider those who still consider themselves refugees after living in the same place since 1948. At some point, you have to say “screw it, those Israelis aren’t just going to evacuate their country en masse; I should think about maybe building a house or something. You know, maybe getting a job, too.”
By way of contrast, note that I’ve lived in Las Vegas for just barely over a year, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s home.
Louis Farrakhan could learn a lot from these folks.

I count 17 such camps. 6 of them were built by Israel, for the benefit of the Palis. One of them is actually contiguous with Gaza City, and somehow neither the camp nor the denizens thereof have been incorporated into the city proper. Permanent victim status, man.

5. Dave in Texas - June 28, 2006

Sobek, I will mail you my tattered copy of The Siege if you’re interested.

Best history of the conflict I’ve ever read, reasonably balanced. Conor Cruise O’Brien, former Irish ambassador to the UN.

They seated them alphabetically by english spelling of your country’s name. He was between the reps from Israel and Iran.

6. mutiny - June 28, 2006

Rather than an all out invasion, wouldn’t a quick snatch operation based on intel be better?

7. ruh1 - June 28, 2006

qoute “threatening to butcher a 20-year-old kid”
you forgot to add innocent too.
that 20 yrs kid is a Soldier with a weapon in the occupation army.

8. MAher - June 28, 2006

[quote=”ruh1″]occupation army[/quote]
Guess what: Israel left Gaza some time ago…
So what occupation you’re talking about?

9. geoff - June 28, 2006

that 20 yrs kid is a Soldier with a weapon in the occupation army.

..that the Palestinians kidnapped in contravention to the rules of war.

10. Dave in Texas - June 28, 2006

Why he’s referring to the occupation of the mythical country called Palestine. You know, the one that never existed, the made-up protectorate under British mandate created in 1921 that ran from the med to over 1/3 of Jordan, the one that was not autonomous.

Bet me a paycheck that asshole ruhl doesn’t even know what I’m talking about.

11. Russ from Winterset - June 28, 2006

Is this the first troll sighting at IB? It was bound to happen eventually. It’s ironic that trolls can find this site, but spurwing’s been a no-show so far. All we can manage to get is his “Rainman-esque” twin brother bartwing plover.

ruhl, your point would make a lot more sense if the “occupation soldier” in question had actually been engaged in occupying Palestinian territory. The Palis had to tunnel across the border to kidnap him, so there’s no “occupation” involved here, unless you’re one of those people who think that any Joooooo who isn’t driven into the sea is “occupying” someone else’s land.

12. blogidaho - June 28, 2006

I never realized that the Gaza Strip represents some Prime Beachfront Property.
Wow… they just *Gave* the Palis that land?
That would be like giving California to Illegal Aliens.
No… wait…

13. Anonymous - June 28, 2006
14. Michael - June 28, 2006

Let’s give North Dakota to the Palis. There’s nobody there anyway.

15. Sobek - June 28, 2006

“Let’s give North Dakota to the Palis. There’s nobody there anyway.”

And if they want to launch rockets, what are they going to hit? Manitoba?

16. Michael - June 28, 2006

Exactly. All they’re going to do is thin out the moose herd.

17. Russ from Winterset - June 28, 2006

I think the three JOOOOOOOS living in North Dakota are going to be really pissed about that idea, Mikey.

18. BrewFan - June 28, 2006

“Let’s give North Dakota to the Palis. There’s nobody there anyway.”

Ahem. My daughter is there. South Dakota would be ok, though.

19. Michael - June 28, 2006

Nah, South Dakota has cool stuff like the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore.

20. Russ from Winterset - June 28, 2006

Think about it Michael. We’re gonna have to go in there with the National Guard & take it back after a few years anyway, so what’s the difference?

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