Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Maybe not timely... but still relevant
I forgot to point you to a piece a wrote for Pajamas Media while the rockets were still falling on Beer Sheva (and the rest of the south). Now that we have a lull*, it may sound a bit dated, but the message contained in the essay is (IMHO) timeless.
* There are several words in Arabic that can be used to mean Cease Fire. The two most common are 'Hudna' and 'Tahdiya'. Hudna is much closer to what westerners mean when we say 'cease fire' or 'armistice'. It is a complete cessation of hostilities. Tahdiya is much closer to the English word 'lull', which implies a short period of calm (although often not complete calm) between periods of action. Israel entered into a unilateral cease-fire (meaning a cessation - albeit conditional - of military action). Hamas is pointedly using the word 'Tahdiya' to describe their current cessation of rocket fire, so there can be little doubt what their long-term intentions are.
Posted by David Bogner on January 20, 2009 | Permalink
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Just read your essay in Pajamas Media and it is indeed timeless.
I am from the Tel Aviv area but just came back from a community east of Beer Sheva following a two week stay watching my grandchildren. We stayed mostly in the house where there is a Mamad but twice during these two weeks I found myself away from safety during a siren, each time with one of the kids. So here I was, spread on the ground face down with my arms covering my head at the age of almost 70 y.o., next to my grandson who is almost 7y.o and that was Deja Vue for real. 60 years ago as a child during the war of independence we had the same sirens, the same spreading on the ground (no Mamadim then and no bomb shelters) waiting to hear the shells or bombs drop and hoping for the best. And then it occurred to me that my grandchildren are the forth generation of my family to go through this experience (my father was with the fighting forces during the war of independence). Timeless indeed.
Posted by: Ofra | Jan 20, 2009 5:31:45 PM