- Wacks out
- Attacks Jews
- Gets stopped
This 'lion of Islam' doesn't get points for originality. Using heavy machinery instead of the traditional suicide belt or Katyusha rocket is old-hat by now.
In a touching tribute to the late Palestinian's faith in Islam, an open copy of the Quran seems to have been in the bulldozer. The news hasn't reported what pages it was open to: that might have been interesting. (Before someone has a fit: there's reason to think that this inefficient assassin, Hamas, Al Qaeda, and the House of Saud aren't what Islam is all about.)
Palestinian Attacks Jews with Bulldozer, Backhoe, Tractor, or Something Like ThatBBC called the construction machine a front-end loader. I don't think this shows confusion so much as the bewildering diversity of the English language.
The yellow fuzzmobile-whacker has been called a
- Welt Online
- Front-end loader
(from AFP, via Welt Online, used w/o permission)
I'll settle for showing a photo, and letting you sort out what to call it.
And it's the Fault of the Jews"...Hamas described the attack as a 'natural response' to the demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and to the recent offensive in the Gaza Strip...." (guardian.co.uk)
Meanwhile, Hamas Calls for End of Violence: Sort of"Report: Hamas demands Islamic Jihad stop launching
"Sources in Gaza say group wants to show control in region, not escalate situation while negotiations ongoing...." (ynet.com)
Not so much a call for peace, as a turf dispute, and a very real desire to re-arm before pushing Israel too far, again, I'd say.
Attack on Fuzzmobile: A Trip Down Memory LaneI grew up in the sixties, was in college in the seventies, and remember the 'good old days.'
It was a period of groovy art, cool music, daft ideas, and rock-throwing peaceniks. To be fair, there were non-violent peace-lovers, too: some acting out of a sincerely-held set of beliefs; some too stoned to do much of anything.
Those glory days of anti-war activism were also when all right-thinking people (left-thinking, actually - another oddity of English) hated authority and the police. And, generally called law enforcement personnel 'the fuzz.'
So, reading that a Palestinian (no doubt driven to social awareness and action by The Man) had played bocce ball with a fuzzmobile was a sort of trip down memory lane for this survivor of the sixties.
I've wondered if one reason that some of the better sort in America support the Palestinian Cause is a sort of nostalgia: a yearning for the good old days, when "My Lai" was on everyone's lips, the military was hated, and the fuzz despised.
Just a thought.
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(February 20, 2009)
- "Look at the Poor, Pulverized, Palestinians!"
(January 6, 2009)
- "Hamas, Palestine, Israel, and How to Seem Sophisticated"
(January 3, 2009)
- "Pro-Islamic Ads Coming to New York City Subways: There's a Real Danger Here, of Becoming Informed"
(July 21, 2008)
- "Construction Equipment as Terrorist Weapon: Something New"
(July 2, 2008)
- "Gimme Peace, or I'll Punch Your Kid"
(April 25, 2008)
- "Driver killed after bulldozer attack in Jerusalem"
Welt Online (March 5, 2009)
- "TIMELINE: Attacks in Jerusalem"
Reuters (March 5, 2009)
- "Report: Hamas demands Islamic Jihad stop launching"
ynet (March 5, 2009)
- "Man shot in backhoe attack on Israeli police"
CNN (March 5, 2009)
- "Hamas praises tractor's attack in Jerusalem"
Xinhua (March 5, 2009)
- "Bulldozer rams Israeli police car"
guardian.co.uk (March 5, 2009)
- " 'New digger attack' in Jerusalem"
BBC (March 5, 2009)