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Saturday, 21 July 2018

Forbidden garden | Wooden Boy: Post Crem June | Israeli logic: world domination flames blossom from Gaza again, as foretold

 


The moment that #Israel shells a public garden central #Gaza... Documented by a photojournalist.: image via STAND WITH PALESTINE @Pray4Pal, 18 July 2018
 


Palestinian Jihad Shawamrah, who lost a land ownership case in Israeli courts, demolished his house to not face the prospect of Israeli settlers moving in afterwards. Photo Amar Awad: image via Reuters Pictures @reuterspictures, 20 July 2018





Your mama has said the exact truth baby. #Israel #Palestine #Nakba: image via STAND WITH PALESTINE @Pray4Pal, 18 July 2018



ירח מעל כיפת ברזל  Moon over Iron Dome: image via nir dvori @ndvori, 20 July 2018
 

התחלנו. מי יודע איפה זה ייגמר  We started. Who knows where it will end.: image via nir dvori @ndvori, 20 July 2018




#apartheid and ethnic cleansing are now official in occupied #Palestine: image via STAND WITH PALESTINE @Pray4Pal, 20 July 2018


בתמונות האלה אני רואה חברות, רעות ואחדות. כדור אם יעוף לא מבדיל בין יהודים מוסלמים נוצרים צ'רקסים ודרוזים. כל אלה משרתים בצה"ל. אחים לנשק. העדר ההתייחסות בהצעת חוק הלאום לתושבי הארץ שאינם יהודים סותרת את חזון מגילת העצמאות לפיו "יתקיים שוויון זכויות בלי הבדל דת, גזע ומין" .
 In these pictures I see friendship, friendship and friendship. A bullet if flying does not distinguish between Christian, Circassian and Druze Christian Jews. All these serve in the IDF.  The lack of reference in the law to non-Jewish residents of Israel contradicts the vision of the Declaration of Independence according to which "equality of rights will exist regardless of religion, race or gender.": image via nir dvori @ndvori, 20 July 2018


בתמונות האלה אני רואה חברות, רעות ואחדות. כדור אם יעוף לא מבדיל בין יהודים מוסלמים נוצרים צ'רקסים ודרוזים. כל אלה משרתים בצה"ל. אחים לנשק. העדר ההתייחסות בהצעת חוק הלאום לתושבי הארץ שאינם יהודים סותרת את חזון מגילת העצמאות לפיו "יתקיים שוויון זכויות בלי הבדל דת, גזע ומין" .
 In these pictures I see friendship, friendship and friendship. A bullet if flying does not distinguish between Christian, Circassian and Druze Christian Jews. All these serve in the IDF.  The lack of reference in the law to non-Jewish residents of Israel contradicts the vision of the Declaration of Independence according to which "equality of rights will exist regardless of religion, race or gender.": image via nir dvori @ndvori, 20 July 2018



 

 “Greater Israel”: The #Zionist Plan for the Middle East: According to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, “the area of the #Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.”: image via STAND WITH PALESTINE @Pray4Pal, 18 July 2018

   
 
Four protesters killed and another 120 sustained different injuries including gaz inhalation (70 of them were treated on scene and another 50 transferred to hospitals) in the 17th Friday in the Great March of Return eastern of the Gaza Strip.: tweet via press221 @press221, 20 July 2018


 #Palestinians react with bloodied hands outside a #Hamas outpost that was struck by Israeli #bombardment near Khan Yunis in the southern #Gaza Strip. PHOTO SAID KHATIB #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 20 July 2018


#Palestinians react with bloodied hands outside a #Hamas outpost that was struck by Israeli #bombardment near Khan Yunis in the southern #Gaza Strip. PHOTO SAID KHATIB #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 20 July 2018

 

#Palestinians react with bloodied hands outside a #Hamas outpost that was struck by Israeli #bombardment near Khan Yunis in the southern #Gaza Strip. PHOTO SAID KHATIB #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 20 July 2018


 #Palestinians react with bloodied hands outside a #Hamas outpost that was struck by Israeli #bombardment near Khan Yunis in the southern #Gaza Strip. PHOTO SAID KHATIB #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 20 July 2018 




#Gaza is dying in front of everybody and the world is sitting watching the show.: image via STAND WITH PALESTINE @Pray4Pal, 19 July 2018


A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows #explosions from Israeli #bombardment in Khan Yunis in the southern #Gaza Strip. #Israeli. PHOTO  / SAID KHATIB : image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 20 July 2018 


A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows #explosions from Israeli #bombardment in Khan Yunis in the southern #Gaza Strip. #Israeli. PHOTO  / SAID KHATIB : image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 20 July 2018 

 

A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows #explosions from Israeli #bombardment in Khan Yunis in the southern #Gaza Strip. #Israeli. PHOTO  / SAID KHATIB : image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 20 July 2018 

 
A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows #explosions from Israeli #bombardment in Khan Yunis in the southern #Gaza Strip. #Israeli. PHOTO  / SAID KHATIB : image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 20 July 2018


A Palestinian uses a slingshot as Israeli forces use tear gas to disperse Palestinians taking part in the “Great March of Return” demonstration.: photo by Anadolu Agency/Getty Images, 20 July 2018

Israel launches waves of strikes across Gaza after soldier killed: UN peace envoy warns both sides to ‘step back from the brink’ as fears of war grow: Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem for The Guardian,

Israel has lauched an intense wave of strikes across the Gaza Strip after one of its soldiers was killed in gunfire along the border, raising fears of renewed conflict.

Explosions were seen across the coastal enclave on Friday evening and Israel said three rockets had been fired at its territory, two of which were intercepted. The military wing of Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel since 2009, said three of its fighters were killed in the strikes.

The Israeli Defence Force did not name the soldier, but said he had been hit by Palestinian gunfire. He was the first Israeli combatant to been killed in the area since the last full-scale conflict with Gaza’s rulers, Hamas, in 2014.

“A terrorist squad shot at [Israel Defence Forces] troops and the IDF soldier was severely injured – he later succumbed to his wounds,” the military said in a statement. “His family has been notified. The IDF expresses its heartfelt condolences, and will continue to support the family.”

It said its aircraft and fighter jets had attacked 40 military targets across Gaza that included Hamas battalion headquarters, a drone warehouse, aerial defence systems, and observation posts. “The strikes are still ongoing,” the IDF said.

A fourth Palestinian was shot dead at protests by the perimeter fence, according to Gaza’s health ministry. The protests were part of a months-long movement that residents had hoped would draw attention to the Israeli blockade.

Nearly 150 Palestinians have been killed since the demonstrations began on 30 March, most of them shot by Israeli snipers. Others have been killed by Israeli air strikes or by tank fire. Thousands have been injured.

The Israeli Defence Force did not name the soldier, but said he had been hit by Palestinian gunfire. He was the first Israeli combatant to been killed in the area since the last full-scale conflict with Gaza’s rulers, Hamas, in 2014.

“A terrorist squad shot at [Israel Defence Forces] troops and the IDF soldier was severely injured – he later succumbed to his wounds,” the military said in a statement. “His family has been notified. The IDF expresses its heartfelt condolences, and will continue to support the family.”

It said its aircraft and fighter jets had attacked 40 military targets across Gaza that included Hamas battalion headquarters, a drone warehouse, aerial defence systems, and observation posts. “The strikes are still ongoing,” the IDF said.

A fourth Palestinian was shot dead at protests by the perimeter fence, according to Gaza’s health ministry. The protests were part of a months-long movement that residents had hoped would draw attention to the Israeli blockade.

Nearly 150 Palestinians have been killed since the demonstrations began on 30 March, most of them shot by Israeli snipers. Others have been killed by Israeli air strikes or by tank fire. Thousands have been injured.

Israel accuses Hamas of hijacking the rallies to carry out attacks. The two sides have traded rocket and mortar fire for airstrikes during the past few weeks.

Last weekend saw the most severe exchange of fire in Gaza since a 2014 war. Two Palestinian teenagers were killed and about 200 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel from Gaza. Four Israelis were wounded when a projectile hit a house.

In recent days, the Israeli army has started to open fire at groups attempting to launch kites attached to cans of petrol that have torched close to 3,000 hectares (7,410 acres) of Israeli fields. Israel has tightened its blockade, closing the only goods crossing.

The United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, said on Twitter that “everyone in Gaza needs to step back from the brink”.

Israel launches 'its most painful strike' on Hamas since 2014: Violence flares as Netanyahu warns ‘we will increase the strength of our attacks as much as necessary’: Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem and Agencies

Israel’s military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war on Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, as Hamas militants launched more than 200 rockets and mortars before announcing a ceasefire.

Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in an strike in Gaza City, while three Israelis were wounded from a rocket that landed on a residential home.

Israel said its attacks were focused on hitting militant targets and warned Gaza civilians to keep their distance from certain sites. The tit-for-tat air strikes and projectile barrages marked a significant flare-up after a long period of a generally low-level, simmering conflict.

“The Israeli army delivered its most painful strike against Hamas since the 2014 war and we will increase the strength of our attacks as much as necessary,” Netanyahu said.

Late on Saturday, Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza announced that they had agreed to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt. Israel lifted restrictions on its communities near the Gaza frontier, reopening a popular beach and ending a temporary ban on large gatherings that it feared might be hit by explosives.

However, sirens warning of incoming rockets still wailed in southern Israel early Sunday and it was unclear if the ceasefire would hold. Two more Palestinians were killed and one wounded in an Sunday morning explosion in a building in Gaza, although the cause was not immediately known.

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said one Israeli sortie on Saturday had struck some 40 Hamas targets including tunnels, logistical centres and a Hamas battalion headquarters. He said the escalation was the result of the sustained Hamas rocket attacks, violence along the frontier and its campaign of launching incendiary kites and balloons that have burnt Israeli farmlands and nature reserves.

“Our message to Hamas is that we can and will enhance the intensity of our effort if needed,” he said. “What Hamas is doing is pushing them ever closer to the edge of the abyss.”

Witnesses reported that Israeli warplanes dropped four bombs on an unfinished building near a Hamas police and security compound in Gaza City, reducing the old structure to rubble. The four-story building is adjacent to a public park. Gaza’s Health ministry said two teenagers were killed in the strike and 10 others injured. Striking in the heart of Gaza City is typically only seen during full-blown conflicts, three of which have been fought between Hamas and Israel during the pass decade.

Israeli medical officials said three Israelis were wounded from a rocket that landed on a house in southern Israel. It said paramedics in the southern city of Sderot were treating a 52-year-old man with a chest wound, a 17-year-old girl with a face wound and a 20-year-old woman with injuries to her limbs.

While Israel has been focused on rising tension along its northern border in its efforts to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military foothold in war-torn Syria, it has been wary of escalating hostilities in Gaza. But Netanyahu has also come under pressure to act from southern Israeli communities, who have once again found themselves under rocket and mortar fire from Gaza in addition to contending with the daily field fires.

In a relatively rare admission, Hamas said it fired the rockets to deter Israel from further action. Most of the recent rockets from Gaza have been fired by smaller factions but Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said it was an “immediate response” that was meant to “deliver the message”.

On Friday, thousands of Palestinians gathered near the Gaza border for their near-weekly protest. A 15-year-old Palestinian who tried to climb over the fence into Israel was shot dead. Later the military said an Israeli officer was moderately wounded by a grenade thrown at him.The Islamist militant group Hamas that rules Gaza has backed frontier protests aimed in part at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian imposed after Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007, which has caused widespread economic hardship.

Over 130, mostly unarmed, Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since demonstrations began on March 30.

Israel says it is defending its sovereign border and accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover for attempts to breach the perimeter fence and attack civilians and soldiers. Last week, Israel intensified the blockade by shutting Gaza’s main commercial crossing to all by humanitarian assistance and limiting the Palestinian coastal enclave’s fishing zone.



#Israeli logic! #Zionism: image via STAND WITH PALESTINE @Pray4Pal, 20 July 2018

Forbidden Garden | Wooden Boy: Post Crem June

Forbidden garden. | by tetyanabunyak

Forbidden garden [Palermo, Sicily]: photo by Tetyana Bunyak, 10 July 2018

Forbidden garden. | by tetyanabunyak

Forbidden garden [Palermo, Sicily]: photo by Tetyana Bunyak, 10 July 2018

Forbidden garden. | by tetyanabunyak

Forbidden garden [Palermo, Sicily]: photo by Tetyana Bunyak, 10 July 2018

Wooden Boy: Post Crem June


At the seam that runs up
the retired solicitor's crotch (effortless
           structure/ small
                            beast tempo)
a darling bluebottle sends out a bright array
           of as if rays

       Deadness lawn of the course, we surrender
       and go mushy here, the air thickening
       with sticky suits alchy phyz pics

Henley only whereno  .  broken posts

recit. angels of Arden, eh, ardour
arbor, ARDEN

Big dog barks laughs and far away

A glass mouth in a cloud of face

       What will
       you pay?

Wooden Boy: Post Crem June from The Little Wooden Boy, 15 July 2018

#Henley-in-Arden #Solicitors #Solihull #Summer #wake

Untitled | by michel nguie

Untitled [tourcoing]: photo by michel nguie, 19 July 2018

214-366 Year4 Mrs Bouquet | by johngarghan

214-355 Year4 Mrs Bouquet | Take a photo every day in 2012 no restrictions no exceptions I was stuck at the traffic lights and there in front of me was the florists stall on the drive leading into the crematorium. [Shirley, England]: photo by John Garghan, 1 August 2012

Ken's Funeral | by raworth

Ken's Funeral | Barham Crematorium [Woolage Green, England]: photo by raworth, 8 July 2016

Ken's Funeral | by raworth

Ken's Funeral | Barham Crematorium [Woolage Green, England]: photo by raworth, 8 July 2016

Ken's Funeral | by raworth

Ken's Funeral | Barham Crematorium [Woolage Green, England]: photo by raworth, 8 July 2016

Ken's Funeral | by raworth

Ken's Funeral | Barham Crematorium [Woolage Green, England]: photo by raworth, 8 July 2016

Ken's Funeral | by raworth

Ken's Funeral | Barham Crematorium [Woolage Green, England]: photo by raworth, 8 July 2016

Ken's Funeral | by raworth

Ken's Funeral | Barham Crematorium [Woolage Green, England]: photo by raworth, 8 July 2016

Burger King, Shirley (like the one in Back to the Future) | by ell brown

Burger King, Shirley (like the one in Back to the Future) | This is the Burger King in Shirley, Solihull off the Stratford Road. Took it as it reminds me of the Burger King in the 1985 movie Back to the Future (the scene where Marty skateboards away from Doc's garage). It is a "Drive-Thru". Taken a few days after my 28th birthday. At the moment I haven't got any plans of where to take photos of things in Birmingham or elsewhere. I did get a lovely card and chocolate cake from my friends at work, which was nice (and they sang me "Happy birthday").Personally I wouldn't go to Burger King or McDonalds for meals. Would prefer Pizza Hut or Bella Italia, if I had to go for a fast food type of meal. In the past I enjoyed going to places like Pizza Express. Recently went to Frankie and Benny's. It was ok, seemd odd having that restaurant in Selly Oak, not much of a view on the Bristol Road. Looks like a '50s American Diner.  Closing down 8th September 2013 (are they moving to Shirley Parkgate?): photo by Elliott Brown, 22 September 2010

Untitled | by maria maglionico

Untitled: photo by Maria Maglionico, 18 July 2018

Untitled | by maria maglionico

Untitled: photo by Maria Maglionico, 18 July 2018

Untitled | by maria maglionico

Untitled: photo by Maria Maglionico, 18 July 2018

Henley in Arden Signalbox | by Peterf500

Henley in Arden Signalbox | 1973: photo by Peterf500, 3 December 2017

View of Beaudesert & Henley-in-Arden | by cowcornerman1

View of Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden: photo by Ian Genge, 2 March 2013

View of Beaudesert & Henley-in-Arden | by cowcornerman1

View of Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden: photo by Ian Genge, 2 March 2013

View of Beaudesert & Henley-in-Arden | by cowcornerman1

View of Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden: photo by Ian Genge, 2 March 2013

2 comments:

Wooden Boy said...

Cheers, Tom.

I've walked up The Mount in Henley countless times.

"The United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, said on Twitter that “everyone in Gaza needs to step back from the brink”".

Good old UN.

TC said...

It's a little known fact this performance by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons occurred at Porton Down, during Novichok Trials in the 1960s.

Which puts me in mind of why this Wooden Boy poem and Novichok will be the two cherished mementos, for me, of the summer of 2018.

Is it just me, or has it not been a generalized menace kind of sticky itchy all-over, in the wool suit, at the grim crematorium amid the larger discomfort, irritation at the centre of the universe, got-you-under-my-skin summer?