I heard from a dear friend in Haifa, Israel this morning. I've been worried, since Haifa has been getting shelled. According to Startfor, "The missiles that landed in Haifa, Israel, fired from Lebanon were manufactured in Syria, and were anti-personnel weapons with warheads composed of an explosive core surrounded by ball bearings for maximum personnel damage..." Ironically, the two deaths in Haifa from yesterday's shelling were Israeli-Arab children.
My friend writes:
"We're fine, thanks. My daughter is in Tel Aviv, but plans to join the rest of us are in Haifa when she finishes her work week this evening. My husband got a call Saturday night that his workplace would be closed so that they could make some security preparations. Since then they decided to cancel work this week. I was at work when we heard the first explosions in Haifa on Sunday morning. I was in the bomb shelter for a couple hours, then got a ride home with a co-worker. The kids and I haven't been out of the apartment since Sunday. My husband goes to morning prayers, buys food, then comes home. We just now got woken by a siren this morning at 5:23 a.m. That was annoying."
"It is also annoying to read a lot of the US media coverage. We are not panicking (my daughter was incensed at the notion) and when we have to take shelter in our little, relatively protected inner corner of the apartment we are not cowering. Our heads are up, metaphorically, if not always literally. We have a lot of patience. Hizbullah and Hamas have to be crushed if we are ever to have peace. It amazes me that people are so afraid to look at what connects those terrorists with 9/11; Bali; Madrid; London; the arrests of those people in Toronto who came from all walks of life and varied backgrounds as the papers were anxious to insist; and Mumbai, just to name a few recent headlines. It's like Voldemort. People think that by not mentioning the name they'll be safer. Oh well."
"Regard all media reports with a great deal of skepticism. Too many reporters are stupid and lazy. For example, US TV news was reporting on the Haifa bombings while showing pictures in the background of attacks on Nahariya. I do much prefer that to them reporting live about what fell where when ("adjust your coordinates boys, you just barely missed a strategic target") and revealing troop movements on TV. Some of these guys don't understand that they, too, are targets."
Given the nature of the Western media, and how exceedingly well Hamas/Hizbollah manaipulates the media, maybe the reporters aren't targets. Talk about a fifth column.