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Friday, January 02, 2009

Scenes of Sderot

As I told you all yesterday, I believe it's important to keep reminding you why Israel is currently at war in Gaza. So I am going to remind you again.

This video is scenes of life in Sderot under rocket fire. Unfortunately, those of you who speak Hebrew will not understand the words, and that's a shame, but with less than two hours to the Sabbath, I am not going to undertake to translate them. You will recognize what's going on in the pictures. And the music is beautiful. And my eyes are watering as I type this, because I just watched it myself.

I will explain just two things. First, the office tower, nightclub and swimming pool all come from Tel Aviv, "where there are no Kassams or tzeva adom." Tzeva adom means "color red" and that's the warning signal against incoming missiles.

Second, there's a line at the end about not leaving 'us' behind at the front. That's a reference to an IDF slogan that we don't leave people behind on the field of battle.

Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl

Let's go to the videotape.


At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No time to translate.

That hurts.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Four Out Of Five said...

Here is my translation:

VIDEO and SONG: Tzeva Adom (Code Red, a 15-second warning that a missile is on it's way)

Translation below:

I've tried to figure out how I'll be able to describe
A day in the life, from a slightly different viewpoint
And how the "peace" looks here, by us,
And one color -- code red

The sun is shining, tranquil skies
Children in the yard, calm parents
Opposite them, in Gaza, a terrorist decides
To spoil the tranquility for the sake of peace
In a moment, a siren in the air
A few seconds more, a shriek
Offering no chance to hide, it lands powerfully
Crushes every wall, every piece of land
In the center of the street, in the center of life
In the schoolyard or the kindergarten
In no time, the papers are filled with articles
The police and a few volunteers wander
A little girl, silent, a few more crying
News summary: "There were no injured"

This is how we live
At night, the fear, masked by stillness
Lying in bed, falling asleep in terror
The house is open, the children are asleep
That's how it is by us, when we are afraid
Just one kilometer from the town that's been hit
Children and parents sleep confidently
Far from the fear, immersed in a dream
No ongoing nightmare and no code red
The boy in his room, almost asleep
But in an open area falls... another kassam
This time a different fear is in the air
Terrifying screams fill the town
A fragment hit him and shredded his life
On the radio they say "A light injury to the legs"
His mother cries, "What happened, my poor boy"
His father is broken, "Give him a chance," he begs
Evening falls, they all sit there
In an open area... a group of boys

Look at us all the time
Give me one more moment to ask of you all
Don't abandon brothers, your brothers
We don't want "defense," we want security
Enough sympathy, we want sanity
When we fear every day, and live by miracles
And we're suspicious of going out to the yard to play
Don't leave us alone in this battle
We are all together
We are all one heart

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Guy Spier said...

Someone needs to translate & then sing this song in English / French / Arabic etc.

At 4:38 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Beautiful poem.... reminiscent of the Psalms' call for brethren to dwell together in unity. The other side teaches its children hate and love of death. When you look at Jewish history, their suffering strengthened them greatly. A lesson Israel's enemies always forget and I'm not just talking about the present State Of Israel but the entire Jewish nation throughout time.

At 2:32 PM, Blogger H. Taed said...

You're teaching your children all you do is right.
You're teaching your children to hate.
You're teaching your children you're the best, and the other have to be cancelled.
You're teaching your children you have the right to steal from the weakest all you want, a land, water, riches, just because of your richness.
You're teaching your children the racism.
You're teaching your children it's necessary to make another nation disappear.
You're teaching your children you do this for your quite and security.

I've already seen teachers like you. It was in Europe, after WW I.

Don't just think about me as I was antisemitic, I really don't care about religion or culture, trust me: all I hate is racism, injustice, violence, nationalism. Rather think about what I said.

Let me ask you one question: are you sure this is the right lesson?

At 1:16 AM, Blogger Jeremiah Films (Wayne) said...

I have linked to your post from Sderot Watch


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