Sunday, August 13, 2006

The margins of the Home Front

For Israel it's important to stress that our home front is strong and can take a hit bravely. In the last couple of days many are writing about the fact that this war is fought on the back of the poor people, that the government aid is absent and left for NGOs. Groups of volunteers went up north and searched houses door to door. They found many old people that were abandoned by their families. They were completely alone, sometimes in a wet bed, without food or medicine, God knows for how many days.

Those reports are never translated to the English edition, God knows why. I think it's important to account for this situation not only so the world would know that we suffer too but also in order to ponder our humanity. Maybe we cannot judge people who're afraid for their lives but does a couple of rockets justify loosing it? I'm leaving this question open.

I wanted to bring today a couple of stories I got by email from an Israeli NGO that protects animal rights. When humans suffer so much the animals are forgotten. The volunteers of this NGO had to risk their lives and drive a couple of times to northern cities to rescue cats and dogs that were left behind when their owners had to flea their homes. One dog owner in Naharia alerted the NGO that his dog was left in the house tied with a leash a week ago. They found the dog in a horrible shape, dried and hungry and all her body was full of scratches. In Zefad they rescued a dog that spent 2 week under a car during rockets falling, feeding her 8 puppies. 3 other dogs in the city that were left without food and water in a barred house were found dead and the apartment was stinking of their corps. In Acko a dog was hit by a rocket and seriously wounded, he was treated by a volunteer vet. These things never get to the news as well.

Many people do take their pets to the shelters or left their homes with the pets. Biri, who wrote for us, is a refugee with her dog and is going this week to visit the cat she left in Haifa, we're hoping she'll write for us again when she comes back. This is a very sad week, so many soldiers died, almost everyone knows someone… there are not so many men on the streets, everyone who can hold a gun is inside Lebanon. Yesterday I got an email from a friend with a picture AP took of a burning tank. He wrote: that's my tank. Thank God I'm home but my cell phone remained inside it so send your phone numbers again…

Sorry, this post has no clear topic. There's a ceasefire agreement but the army has increased the volume of the fighting to try and damage more Hezbollah infrastructure before we're stopped. I'm waiting for today's death toll, maybe in a couple of hours. I'm generally depressed.


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