ZioNation - Progressive Zionism and Israel Web Log

ZioNation home Archives Site map Policy Definitions FAQ timeline history documents Links Photos Contact

Articles and Reference

History of Zionism and Israel
Middle East Encyclopedia
History of Anti-Semitism
History of Anti-Zionism
Encylopedic Dictionary of Zionism and Israel
Zionism and its Impact
Zionism - Issues & answers
Maps of Israel
Six Day War
War of Independence
Bible  Quotes
1948 Israel War of Independence Timeline Christian Zionism
Christian Zionism History
Gaza & the Qassam Victims of Sderot
Zionist Quotes
Learn Hebrew
Israel Boycott?
Boycott Israel?
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Jew Hate
International Zionism
Commentary in Russian
Middle East
The Grand Mufti Hajj Amin Al Husseini
Albert Einstein
Palestine: Ethnic Cleansing
History Arab-Israeli Conflict
Boycott Israel?
Amnesty International Report on Gaza War

Subscribe to
email newsletter for this site and others

Powered by groups.yahoo.com

Mihal Eliav lives in Beersheba. Previously, she wrote about her visits to Sderot where she plans to live. Now she has written several impressions of Beersheba under attack. Her first Beersheba war diary entry was published here. This is the second.

I'm striving for something I call 'unabashedly subjective observations from a comrade on-the-spot'.

Here are some more, from yesterday:

- Haim Ramon says that the main objective of this military operation is to change the day-to-day reality in the south. Nothing less will do.

- Eli Yishai (from Be'er Sheva) tells us that one million people are now in range.

- I go to the shuk and get a healthy dose of ignorant, inarticulate and even shameful behavior on the part of unidentifiable (which means Bedouins? or Palestinians? -more likely) "cousins:" rocks on metal doors (sounds just like a small bomb) and certain car-alarms (sound like the sirens, if you're jumpy anyway). Not funny and I wonder why the shuk (market) puts up with it. I chat with a worker from Dahariya who says he's 'in a different country' out there near Hebron. Maybe so. And with another Palestinian, whose dismal ignorance was matched only by his elevated self confidence.

- The high school across from me was hit, on the morning of the day school was called off in Be'er Sheva, Omer and kibbutz Hatzerim. Post- Hannuka miracles.

Same evening:

- Almost 60 missiles have fallen in Israel today. Two Israelis wounded by a gunman in Denmark. About 7 people killed and 5 times that many wounded on the roads in the last two days.

- As I walked to the shuk, I noticed how much safer I'd've been in Sderot. Be'er Sheva is so spread-out - how did I never really notice this before? (-not really.) Sderot is full of little shelterettes, as I have mentioned. Not here... Be'er Sheva suddenly looks naked and low. The shuk must have a shelter, but lord only knows where it is. One building I passed had some lime-green signs at the door. Mostly, I could make it to some form to east-facing semi-shelter in the 60-second warning given (from the moment the sirens go off). But I can see people around me who wouldn't have a chance to. The older in particular.

And today:

- The siren system is not working properly in Be'er Sheva. One hears about the falls on the radio, after the fact. More comfortable, but at the same time disconcerting. On the bus, I view the city as it will look if struck by bombs. The familiar landscapes go gray; I know I'm not imagining it with enough, for instance, dust.

- The dust will be more yellow. I know I'm not imagining it yellow enough. Meanwhile we had a bit of longawaited rain. So not everything falling out of the sky is lethal... the rain might keep down the dust.

- Things have started getting chewed-up here already. People calling in to the radio want to talk of their trauma and their fear. It may well be therapeutic for them but I suspect it's not so great for the listening public.

- People are speaking on cellphones 'No, I'm not afraid, there are worse things to be afraid of' and 'Everything is written up above' and 'Tell the kids to keep a stiff upper lip, I'll call them when I get home' and 'The kids said psalms - they know it is all in the hands of the Almightyí.

- I arrived home Saturday evening, exactly when it started. Radio reports in the taxi driving down to Be'er Sheva were all of the 'Cast Lead Operation,' which only started to feel like a war when I heard the booms from the high school next to the hospital across the way. But which was bad enough as was... after some days in the Disney environment and weeks in Antigua de Guatemala, one gets quite used to smiling at the human beings around one. It IS a shock to come into this after that. "Surreal" is a pretty good word.

Till later,

"Dixie" Eliav

Original content is Copyright by the author 2009. Posted at ZioNation-Zionism and Israel Web Log, http://www.zionism-israel.com/log/archives/00000650.html where your intelligent and constructive comments are welcome. Disributed by ZNN list. Subscribe by sending a message to ZNN-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Please forward by e-mail with this notice, cite this article and link to it. Other uses by permission only.

Click to Reddit! Facebook Share

add to del.icio.us

Add to digg - digg it

Constructive comments, including corrections, are welcome. Do not use this space for spam, publishing articles, self promotion, racism, anti-Zionist propaganda or character defamation. Inappropriate comments will be deleted. See our Comment policy for details. By posting here, you agree to the Comment policy.


Please take our reader survey!

Our Sites

Zionism News Net
Zionism-Israel Pages
Brave Zionism
IsraŽl-Palestina.Info (Dutch & English)
Our Blogs
Israel News
IMO Blog - IsraŽl & Midden-Oosten (NL)
Israel Like this, as if
Zionism News Net
Israel & Palestijnen Nieuws Blog
IsraŽl in de Media

Blog Roll:
Adam Holland
Blue Truth
CIF Watch
Contentious Centrist
Dutchblog Israel (NL/EN)
Harry's Place
Ignoble Experiment
Irene Lancaster's Diary
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Jeff Weintraub Commentaries and controversies
Jewish Issues Watchdog Meretz USA Weblog
Meryl Yourish
Middle East Analysis
MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log
Modernity Blog
Pro Israel Bay Bloggers
Point of no return
Simply Jews
Something Something
Tempting Topical Topics
The Augean Stables
Unplugged Mike
Oy Bay! San Francisco Bay Area Jews
Vital Perspective
Israel Mon Amour
Liberty & Justice
On the Contrary
Magdeburger Chossid
Tulip - Israeli-Palestinian Trade Union Assoc.
Southern Wolf
Sharona's Week
Sanda & Israel
Fresno Zionism
Anti-Racist Blog
ZOTW's Zionism and Israel News
Zionism On The Web News
ZOTW's Blogs
Christian Attitudes
Dr Ginosar Recalls
Questions: Zionism anti-Zionism Israel & Palestine
Liberal for Israel

A Jew with a view
Realistic Dove
Christians Standing With Israel - Blog
SEO for Everyone
Vision to Reality: The Reut Blog
Calev's Blog
Candidly speaking from Jerusalem
Dvar Dea
Ray Cook
Shimshon 9

Mark Halawa

This link space is 4 your blog - contact us!

Other Web sites and pages:

PeaceWatch Middle East Commentary Christians Standing With Israel
Zionism On the Web
Guide to Middle East, Zionism
Z-Word blog
Labor Zionism
Le Grand Mufti Husseini
The Grand Mufti Hajj Amin El Husseini
ZNN - Zionism News Network Middle East
Euston Manifesto
Jewish Blogging
Peace With Realism
Israel Facts (NL)
Space Shuttle Blog
Love Poems
At Zionism On the Web
Articles on Zionism
Anti-Zionism Information Center
Academic boycott of Israel Resource Center
The anti-Israel Hackers
Antisemitism Information Center
Zionism Israel and Apartheid
Middle East, Peace and War
The Palestine state
ZOTW Expert Search
ZOTW Forum


Judaica: Jewish Gifts:

RSS V 1.0

RSS V 2.0

Help us improve - Please click here to take our reader survey

All entries copyright by the authors and or Zionism-Israel Information Center. Please forward materials by e-mail with URLS. Other uses by permission only.