Turkey in talks to purchase Russian Sukhoi Su-57 jets — Behold Israel

Turkey confirms negations with Russia on arms sale of Sukhoi Su-57 if US F-35 deal suspended; Turkish FM: If these jets are not supplied to Turkey, we will satisfy our needs somewhere else. Turkey announced it is in negotiations to purchase Russian Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jets if the United States suspends its sale of F-35’s. […]

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Here we go again: over 25 mortars fired at Israel from Gaza — Anne’s Opinions

Hamas and its allies are just looking for trouble. The border area is still simmering, with peaceful protests violent riots still taking place every Friday by terrorists determined to break through into Israel and kill Israelis. In addition, last night terrorists opened fire with machine guns at civilian residences in Sderot. The IDF has responded […]

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New Plugat Hakotel Exhibit, Museum, Movie — Shiloh Musings

It’s hard to categorize the newest venue in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Plugat Hakotel. It’s called a “museum,” but there aren’t really any exhibits. And unlike most every other museum, there’s no walking around, so it’s very good for those who find standard museums difficult to handle.The Plugat Hakotel Museum is in the building of…

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New Plugat Hakotel Exhibit, Museum, Movie — Shiloh Musings

It’s hard to categorize the newest venue in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Plugat Hakotel. It’s called a “museum,” but there aren’t really any exhibits. And unlike most every other museum, there’s no walking around, so it’s very good for those who find standard museums difficult to handle.The Plugat Hakotel Museum is in the building of…

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Da Vinci, le robot chirurgien — Journal Métro

Des opérations plus rapides et des patients qui récupèrent en quelques jours: tels sont les principaux avantages de Da Vinci, qu’on implante depuis une vingtaine d’années dans de plus en plus de salles d’opération. Depuis près de 20 ans, le robot Da Vinci semble convaincre chirurgiens et administrateurs d’hôpitaux d’investir dans cette technologie qui permet…

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Iranian Forces Booted from Syrian Air Bases — Looking for the Blessed Hope

In what some consider a surprising move, the Syrian air force has suddenly banned Iranian and Shi’ite forces from operating on Syrian air bases. After many blistering attacks by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Iranian positions, Syria has apparently decided they have had enough. Despite constant bombings by the Syrian regime (at the command […]

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H”YISHMOR Mortar shells fired from Gaza into Israel — Behold Israel

28 mortar shells fired at Israel from Gaza Tuesday morning; Iron Dome intercepts majority of projectiles; Damages reported on kindergarten. 28 mortar shells were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, majority intercepted by the Iron Dome. Sirens were heard in numerous southern communities in Israel on Tuesday morning followed by […]

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Good News before Shavuot

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It’s not quite Friday as I write (though it may well be so by the time I post), but with the upcoming Shavuot festival starting straight after Shabbat, and after this week’s upsetting news, I thought it fitting to post a Good News post now.

The most important good news of the week was the long-awaited opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, as promised by countless Presidents but fulfilled only by Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump was the only president to fulfill his promise to move the American embassy to Jerusalem—this was the message repeated by all speakers at the inauguration ceremony for the new US Embassy in the Israeli capital on Monday.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, along with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, led the US delegation with a single message: Only Trump had the courage to act on what America has wanted for a…

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Woman of Valor – Israel’s First Female Ambucycle Driver (video) — Life in Israel

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BBC’s Middle East editor ‘explains’ Gaza violence

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On the morning of May 15th the BBC’s Middle East editor went to the Gaza Strip – tossing an ‘open prison’ quip to his 169,000 Twitter followers on the way.

The Middle East editor’s role was described by the BBC as follows when it was created 13 years ago:

“Jeremy Bowen’s new role is, effectively, to take a bird’s eye view of developments in the Middle East, providing analysis that might make a complex story more comprehensive or comprehensible for the audience, without the constraints of acting as a daily news correspondent. His remit is not just to add an extra layer of analysis to our reporting, but also to find stories away from the main agenda.

Later the same day, the BBC News website published a filmed report by Jeremy Bowen titled “What’s at the root of the protests in Gaza?” and billed:

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PARKLAND, Fla. — When freshman Eden Hebron wanted to capture the searing experience of being in a classroom where a fellow student killed her best friend and three other people, she turned to poetry. The result was “1216,” named after the number of the room at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:
“The screams blasting in my ear.
The blood still won’t disappear.
I scream for their names, call for my friends.
Nothing else to do, they are gone, they are dead.”
The community at Marjory Stoneman Douglas has become best-known for the handful of charismatic students who’ve channeled grief and outrage over the Feb. 14 shooting to reignite the national debate on gun control. But most of the 3,000-plus students are coming to terms with the trauma in quieter ways — writing poetry, filming documentaries, reconstructing the crime scene and trying to balance memories with the need to move on.
The attack that claimed 17 lives began in the hallway outside Hebron’s honours English class. No one had time to take cover. Two of her slain classmates tried to hide under the same classroom table that shielded her. In the shower, she sometimes feels as trapped as she did that day, when she witnessed the death of her best friend, 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff.
If the poem helps express her pain, a new tattoo illustrates her efforts to move forward. While on spring break in Israel, she had a heart-shaped stem with flower petals and the classroom number drawn onto her left leg.
“The stem represents the growth that I have gone through,” she said. “It’s still healing.”
Freshman Samantha Deitsch also used poetry to document her shock at the loss of her 14-year-old friend, Jamie Guttenberg.
“I frantically start typing a text to her,” she wrote. “I have some hope sending ‘ARE YOU OKAY???’ Less than one minute later my hope faded away. She has been confirmed dead. Emotions fill up as I can’t feel my head.”
The poem helped her persuade her older brothers, who are among Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ leading advocates for gun control, to include her in their advocacy with the Never Again group; they initially excluded her, trying to protect her from online trolling.
“They wanted to kind of make things normal for me and let me go to school,” Deitsch said.
But there’s little normal about attending class with clear backpacks, armed guards and checkpoints where students must show IDs. “I’m going to be in this school for three more years, and I don’t want to be sitting here in silence,” Deitsch said.
A student-led project “Stories Untold” is recording details from the shooting in video interviews. Project member Giuliana Matamoros, a junior, said the gun control movement that now seems headquartered in Parkland needs more voices for success.
“Without the stories, without the vivid details, they won’t know how traumatizing it is to see all that stuff,” she said.
Junior Ivanna Paitan has conducted “investigations” with classmates in her Advanced Placement Psychology class, where she’d been trapped by gunfire under her teacher’s podium. In long discussions, sometimes during class, students delve into every detail of the shooting.
Their investigations have produced a reconstruction of part of the crime scene — a hand-drawn layout of Room 1213, with squares illustrating desks, tables and other classroom fixtures. Dotted lines cross most of the page, beginning at the classroom door in one corner and covering most desks, illustrating the spray of bullets that trapped Paitan, injured three of her classmates and killed a fourth student.
Paitan carries the image on her phone and displays it as the easiest way to relate what happened to her. She said she sometimes dreams she’s caught in another shooting at school, scrambling to hide from approaching gunfire with her friends yet again.
“No child should ever have to accept their death. I had to accept mine,” she said. “I couldn’t do anything to stop it. It’s just those kind of little things that people should hear.”
Some students have a hard time articulating exactly how they feel about returning to a campus that had been a killing zone.
Junior Samantha Grady was injured by gunfire alongside her best friend, Helena Ramsay, who died while trying to shield her. She’s found little ways to keep her friend’s memory close: wearing a lip gloss Helena gave her, and listening to the K-pop songs Helena introduced her to.
Talking on a sunny day in a Coral Springs park, it was easier for Grady to slip back into the moments right after the shooting, when she was being treated at a hospital and still hoping her friend survived. She had sung the hymn “God Will Take Care of You” to comfort herself then, and she hit its high notes without faltering while singing the first two verses in a recent interview.
Reconstructing their experiences of Feb. 14 can be cathartic as students try to make sense of their brushes with death, according to psychiatrist Dr. Francisco Cruz, who’s affiliated with the Florida-based Ketamine Health Centers.
“Those that are able to do that are able to get through the experience much better than those who isolate and avoid … the ones that aren’t willing to confront it,” Cruz said.
But he warned that reliving the experience also can be re-traumatizing if not done in a therapeutic way.
For a number of students, talking about the terror that day offers a way to honour their fallen friends, to bring home to outsiders the enormity of what was lost and just how much has changed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
“Before all this, nobody knew where Parkland was. … I think we were a pretty cool school. We had our moments. It was fun,” junior Kyrah Simon said.
“Now,” she said, “I feel it’s like a national landmark-type thing.”
The Associated Press | May 14, 2018 at 9:21 pm | Tags: AP | Categories: PMN News, PMN World | URL: https://wp.me/p2zm7z-5eshW
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