…searching for the ring (in a haystack)…well at least the “plunged into darkness” is accurate
Much of the northern Gaza Strip was plunged into darkness after Israeli war planes hit a power station, two bridges and a road in a series of night-time raids.
Flames poured into the night sky from the power plant in central Gaza and the sound of shelling could be heard in the southern city of Rafah as combat helicopters flew above.
“We are using all forces that we can by land and by air in order to get him home,” Israeli army spokeswoman Noa Meir said of the kidnapped soldier, 19-year-old Gilad Shilat. [source]
Power plant attack knocks out power in Gaza…
Although I’m against this whole hostage situation to begin with (for the simple reason that it would lead to what is happening right now) but it’s telling that Israel is unwilling to seek an exchange. There’s the whole “we dont negotiate with terrorists, we just carpet bomb their cities” but these guys (as naive as they were to take a hostage) are requesting the release of women and children from Israeli jails, which is something someone some where should pay a just a little attention to.
Since the second intifada began in 2000 about 600 minors are thrown in Israeli jails. It’s known as the ‘throw a rock get a jail cell’ policy, which has worked pretty well in Israel’s favor. Sometimes they arrest their development long before actual childhood (careful this link contains images not suitable for minors).
What the world won’t tell you about these kids is that they are fearless in ways I will never comprehend. I can’t imagine being 13 and going to jail for throwing stones. This is a telling video from Gaza in 1992 that made me wonder what ever became of the kids that are in it. (if you’re in the mood for time travelling you can go back in black and white to watch the first stone being thrown)
All that being said, Palestinians in Gaza have gone through a lot of shit since 1948, but these last few weeks and these next few weeks will be especially brutal. Suffice to say my heart goes out to them.
Lastly (on the side) only a few Jordanian bloggers have been blogging about any of this and I have to say I’m a bit disappointed. I’m not chastising anyone (everyone’s free to do what they like) I’m just…disappointed.