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Monday, October 17, 2005

The other side of the fence

Global Voices provides an overview of the Palestinian blogosphere.

This story is disturbing:

"Israeli media sources reported on Saturday that Israel recently received 300 well-trained anti-terrorism dogs from the United States and might use them against Palestinian activists in the West Bank.

"The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot said the dogs were brought from the United States on a special Israeli plane, adding that the Israeli army would use these imported dogs in their raids on Palestinian towns.

"Palestinians said the Israeli army has recently stepped up their use of sniffing dogs in arresting wanted Palestinians, adding that these dogs are fierce and aggressive and can cause severe physical and psychological damage."

An American Zionist organisation donated the dogs to "fight Palestinian terrorism."

The dehumanisation of the Palestinian people continues.

12 Comments:

Blogger Pete's Blog said...

One must say that the intent of this story is somewhat specyist.

Is not man a more dangerous animal than dog?

Just imagine if one substituted this these sniffer dogs with a battalion of GIs? Why the results would be equally horrifying.

Three hundred sweaty American soldiers, nose to the ground, bum up, calling in napalm strikes and the odd Merkava pot shot at mosques.

All in all you can rap the dogs on the snout. Or pepper can deter dog but not man.

Monday, October 17, 2005 8:38:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Credulity, thy name is Anty.

Monday, October 17, 2005 9:47:00 pm  
Blogger Iqbal Khaldun said...

Ah the incredulous now speak of credibility. Always easy to be skeptical of suffering when it relates to someone else.

Re dogs - Palestinians, and Arabs in general, are quite fearful of dogs. It looks like a pretty deliberate tactic sending dogs.

Monday, October 17, 2005 10:33:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Indeed. Not unlike Abu Ghraib, the message is clear...

Monday, October 17, 2005 10:38:00 pm  
Blogger anthony said...

The dehumanisation of the Palestinian people continues.

Bloody hell... you enter an airport and get sniffed all the time (mostly by dogs), it's not Custom's way of 'dehumanising' Australians, and it's not the Israeli's.

I can understand the cultural opposition to dogs (or rather accept it), but there is nothing at all wrong with using sniffer dogs to hunt wanted Palestinians, or sniff out explosives.

Not using dogs for such a purpose would be nothing short of criminal.

Monday, October 17, 2005 10:45:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

What is truly disturbing is your source. It was not "The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot" it was a Chinese Internet site stating such a source, but none was provided by them either.

Shoddy journalism, wot?

Monday, October 17, 2005 11:11:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Sorry, and I know I'll just get called a culturally insensitive bigot here, but any religion that has a problem with dawgs just ain't right.

Monday, October 17, 2005 11:34:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Shabadoo said...
"Sorry, and I know I'll just get called a culturally insensitive bigot here, but any religion that has a problem with dawgs just ain't right."

Not culturally insenstive - just taxonomically challenged. Iqbal Khaldun IN FACT said...
Palestinians, and Arabs in general, are quite fearful of dogs.

Note the lack of any reference to Islam. Indonesian Muslims are not fearful of dogs at all. They even have dog shows for gawdsake.

Some Indonesian Christians in Sumatra on the other hand eat dogs. (Apparently it is an interesting sensation - it makes you feel very warm inside. And no, I don't know whether it takes like chicken.)

Monday, October 17, 2005 11:47:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Funny how edward can't find anything to comment on the shear falseness of the article.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 7:29:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Ibrahamav said...
"Funny how edward can't find anything to comment on the shear falseness of the article."

I was only correcting Shabadoo's ignorant statement. Surely you're not opposed to correcting ignorance?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:16:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Shabadoo was merely referring to the Arabic religion, which must not be Islam, which I heard was a religion of Peace.

But if the Arab religion promotes fear of dogs, who are we to question their morality?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:34:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Ibrahamav,

I doubt fear of dogs is a doctrine. I remember I used to walk my ex-wifes 2 miniature poodles in Rose Bay and often came across othodox Jewwish (partcularly women) people who would freak out and jump tpt he side of the walkway.

The other day, I was walking my very big Akita (dog) and some orthodox Jewish men paid him a compliment.

Go figure.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 7:55:00 am  

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