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Spencer Platt’s “Beirut Residents Continue to Flock to Southern Neighborhoods,” an image of young Lebanese driving by ruins, is one of the works in “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath,” at the Brooklyn Museum.
Credit: Spencer Platt/2006 Getty Images; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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Spencer Platt’s “Beirut Residents Continue to Flock to Southern Neighborhoods,” an image of young Lebanese driving by ruins, is one of the works in “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath,” at the Brooklyn Museum.

Credit: Spencer Platt/2006 Getty Images; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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‘Vulture spying for Israel’ captured in Sudan is latest claim of feathered spookSudan has captured an alleged avian spook it believes is spying for Israel and broadcasting satellite images back to the Jewish state, several Middle Eastern media have reported.Officials in the North African nation have concluded that Israel fitted a vulture with a GPS chip and solar-powered equipment that can take reconnaissance pictures from a bird’s eye view, according to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, which cited Egypt’s El Balad website.“[The Egyptian site reported that] the vulture was captured in the town of Kereinek in the Darfur region in Sudan’s west and that the finding prompted Sudanese authorities to announce Israel was using vultures to spy on their country,” Haaretz said. “The report in El Balad does not say who made these claims.” (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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‘Vulture spying for Israel’ captured in Sudan is latest claim of feathered spook
Sudan has captured an alleged avian spook it believes is spying for Israel and broadcasting satellite images back to the Jewish state, several Middle Eastern media have reported.

Officials in the North African nation have concluded that Israel fitted a vulture with a GPS chip and solar-powered equipment that can take reconnaissance pictures from a bird’s eye view, according to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, which cited Egypt’s El Balad website.

“[The Egyptian site reported that] the vulture was captured in the town of Kereinek in the Darfur region in Sudan’s west and that the finding prompted Sudanese authorities to announce Israel was using vultures to spy on their country,” Haaretz said. “The report in El Balad does not say who made these claims.” (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

[Iran now] seems to be reenacting Israel’s clandestine weapons development program of five decades ago, developing capabilities to build and deliver nuclear weapons while denying that it intends actually to do any such thing.
Do you know what a naval blockade means for the people in Gaza? There’s no food for a few days. For example, suppose there’s an attack in Netanya, so they impose a naval blockade for four days on the entire Strip. No seagoing vessel can leave. A Dabur patrol boat is stationed at the entrance to the port, if they try to go out, within seconds the soldiers shoot at the bow and even deploy attack helicopters to scare them. We did a lot of operations with attack helicopters — they don’t shoot much because they prefer to let us deal with that, but they’re there to scare people, they circle over their heads. All of a sudden there’s a Cobra right over your head, stirring up the wind and throwing everything around.
An Israeli Navy veteran talks about an operation off the coast of Gaza, from Oded Na’aman, Is Gaza Outside Israel? | TomDispatch
It was a battalion operation. They spread out over the whole village, took over the school, smashed the locks, the classrooms. One was used as the investigation room for the Shin Bet, one room for detainees, one for the soldiers to rest. We went in house by house, banging on the door at two in the morning. The family’s dying of fear, the girls are peeing in their pants with fear. We go into the house and turn everything upside down.
An Israeli soldier from the Kfir Brigade talks about a 2009 military operation in Nablus district in the West Bank, from Oded Na’aman, Is Gaza Outside Israel? | TomDispatch (via civiliansuffering)
I counted how many bullets I had left — I’d shot ten bullets. The whole thing was terrifying — more and more and more noise. It all took about a second and a half. And then they took out the bodies, carried the bodies. We went to a debriefing. I’ll never forget when they brought the bodies out at the base. We were standing two meters away in a semicircle, the bodies were covered in flies, and we had the debriefing. It was, “Great job, a success. Someone shot the wrong car, and we’ll talk about the rest back on the base.” I was in total shock from all the bullets, from the crazy noise. We saw it on the video, it was all documented on video for the debriefing. I saw all the things that I told you, the people running, the minute of gunfire, I don’t know if it’s twenty seconds or a minute, but it was hundreds of bullets and it was clear that the people had been killed, but the gunfire went on and the soldiers were running from the armored truck. What I saw was a bunch of bloodthirsty guys firing an insane amount of bullets, and at the wrong car, too. The video was just awful, and then the unit commander got up. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot from him.
An Israeli Special Forces veteran talks about a “elimination operation” in Gaza, from Oded Na’aman, Is Gaza Outside Israel? | TomDispatch
Do you know what a naval blockade means for the people in Gaza? There’s no food for a few days. For example, suppose there’s an attack in Netanya, so they impose a naval blockade for four days on the entire Strip. No seagoing vessel can leave. A Dabur patrol boat is stationed at the entrance to the port, if they try to go out, within seconds the soldiers shoot at the bow and even deploy attack helicopters to scare them. We did a lot of operations with attack helicopters — they don’t shoot much because they prefer to let us deal with that, but they’re there to scare people, they circle over their heads. All of a sudden there’s a Cobra right over your head, stirring up the wind and throwing everything around.
An Israeli Navy veteran talks about an operation off the coast of Gaza, from Oded Na’aman, Is Gaza Outside Israel? | TomDispatch
It was a battalion operation. They spread out over the whole village, took over the school, smashed the locks, the classrooms. One was used as the investigation room for the Shin Bet, one room for detainees, one for the soldiers to rest. We went in house by house, banging on the door at two in the morning. The family’s dying of fear, the girls are peeing in their pants with fear. We go into the house and turn everything upside down.
An Israeli soldier from the Kfir Brigade talks about a 2009 military operation in Nablus district in the West Bank, from Oded Na’aman, Is Gaza Outside Israel? | TomDispatch
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A swan swims near the flooded home of a family on November 21, 2012 in Mantoloking, New Jersey. Mantoloking was one of the hardest hit areas by Superstorm Sandy.
[Credit : Mario Tama/Getty Images]

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A swan swims near the flooded home of a family on November 21, 2012 in Mantoloking, New Jersey. Mantoloking was one of the hardest hit areas by Superstorm Sandy.

[Credit : Mario Tama/Getty Images]

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Smoke rises from the Hamas government building known as Abu Khadra that was destroyed in an Israeli air strike two days ago in Gaza City, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. In Israel, a poll showed that about half of Israelis think their government should have continued its military offensive against Hamas. Israeli troops fired on Gazans surging toward Israel’s border fence Friday, a 20-year-old man was killed and 19 people were wounded by Israeli fire near the border.
[Credit : Hatem Moussa/AP]