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Nancy Snyderman is NBC’s medical correspondent. She’s been in the Philippines and tweeted this photo yesterday.

The Israeli army’s spox for international media was also tweeting about the Israeli army’s achievement.

Snyderman got out a story fast, on the Today Show. She puffed the Israeli army:

We’ve heard a lot of sad stories. Now we’re starting to talk about hope. Today the Israelis opened up shop in an area that has had very little attention… Quietly with no fanfare, the Israeli Defense Forces arrived too. The Israelis are known for security, top notch medicine and moving quickly. Dealing with a disaster is no exception…

One hour after their doors were opened, the first baby was born… The baby boy’s name? Israel of course.

The IDF spokesman hopped on the news. 

It seems to have made Fox, too.

The IDF can’t stop kvelling over the baby.

Snyderman now has a blog up at NBC, “in awe” of Israeli medics, “medicine at its very best” and humanitarianism of the highest order:

I’ve always been fascinated by how well the Israeli Defense Force, otherwise known as the IDF, delivers emergency response medical care in extremely poor conditions.  My first experience with the IDF was in Haiti after the devastation of the earthquake there. They were remarkable then, triaging and treating patients in the midst of the devastation.

I wondered if they had found their way here — so we set off to find them. And when we did, it was in a place we least expected…

Smart. Sophisticated. Secure. This was what I had experienced with the IDF before.  But now I was impressed with something else: the place they had selected. …

I asked the IDF Surgeon General in charge why they chose Bogo.  He said it was because they were poor and their needs were great. As I left, I walked away in awe of this group of doctors: physician humanitarians, and medicine at its very best.

P.S. This is called hasbara, getting out the Israeli story for the world. I wonder when was the last time Snyderman did a report from the West Bank or Gaza.

H/t Scott Roth’s acerbic twitter feed.

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  1. annie
    annie
    November 16, 2013, 11:01 am

    Quietly with no fanfare, the Israeli Defense Forces arrived too.

    if it weren’t immediately plastered all over the news that allegation might be more believable.

    [edit..whoops i just realized that was the subject line. well, it did stick out like a sore thumb]

    • Bumblebye
      Bumblebye
      November 16, 2013, 11:46 am

      The faster they get their publicity splash, the sooner they’ll get back home!

      • braciole
        braciole
        November 16, 2013, 3:08 pm

        Not now that they’ve decided that the Philipines are part of Judea and Samaria

    • MahaneYehude1
      MahaneYehude1
      November 16, 2013, 11:55 am

      I knew it will come sooner or later!!! You have no ability to say something positive about us. If this baby is the only person been treated by the IDF in the Philippines, so all the IDF’s efforts was well worth it. I proud we have such army.

      Thank you Nancy Snyderman!! Congratulations to the new baby, Israel!!

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        November 17, 2013, 6:13 am

        I proud we have such army.

        That delivers one baby in the Philippines while murdering 330 children in Gaza.

      • amigo
        amigo
        November 17, 2013, 10:24 am

        “Congratulations to the new baby, Israel!!mehane 1,2 or 3??.

        Baby Israel will be changing his name as soon as he is old enough to know he has been insulted.

        One Israel is more than enough.

      • traintosiberia
        traintosiberia
        November 17, 2013, 10:45 am

        Fox never covered the magnitude of help Pakistan received from Cuba in last devastating earthquake or in Haiti had received . IDF must have sounded FOX that they were going and it needed to be covered for US public That does not need persuasion . The person sitting on Fox knows well what Israel is thinking at any particular moment of any significance.
        That process is an ongoing marketing strategy.
        CSPAN was interviewing Clawson of JINSA ( one who wanted to create an excuse to attack Iran) on IRAN and US – P 5 negotiations obviously with the slant as requested( by Israel how much to bend ) .Then a caller called and asked to stop be so obsequies /subservient to Israel and suggesting ” to cut the cord ” . He was about to be grilled by the host. The host repeatedlyn wanted what cutting the cord meant. The host never asked Clawson about his political views and leanings or membership to an organization that was used as a label by Colin Powell to describe the cabal that advanced the Iraq war .
        He never asked Clawson what he meant by “cutting the snake’s head off ” when Clawson brought France and S Arab as examples that other neighboring countries also interested in the sanctions and continued pressures. The play of words,avoidance of scrutiny,challenging assumptions,or supporting ad hos measures ,policy,or adding a measure of respectability to otherwise despicable remarks by country that was called terrorist,candidate for regime change when that suited the JINSA CROWD did never influence the discussion of CSPAN.
        He knows what is allowed to be raised when Israel is concerned.
        The heroic actions in a tiny dingy devastated corner of Phillipine and the falsely undemocratically studied and debated French / S Arabic aversion to Iranian nuclear activities are meant to reflect the glory and wisdom of Israel. CSPAN and FOX know it by heart. No question asked.

  2. just
    just
    November 16, 2013, 11:15 am

    Perhaps these great “humanitarians”, while otherwise occupied, will give the beleaguered and terrorized Palestinians a break.

    Congrats to the parents of the tiny tot.

    “Smart. Sophisticated. Secure. This was what I had experienced with the IDF before.you”

    Ask a Palestinian what their experience with the IOF is… Oh, that’s right…..

  3. tommy
    tommy
    November 16, 2013, 11:23 am

    I will guess Gobo, PI is not in the Muslim areas of the Philippines. Those locations have not received much coverage from America’s media, but they probably have a lot of hurricane damage, too.

  4. Krauss
    Krauss
    November 16, 2013, 11:30 am

    By the way, Australia has sent more aid to the Philippines per capita than any other country. Yet I don’t hear the Australians beating about this from the mountains as loud as they can.

    Maybe it’s because a real democracy doesn’t have to constantly prove that it is one.

    And maybe because Australians are just a more decent, nice and more laid-back people than those living in Israel where a majority of young Jews would do away with democracy in favour of a strictly Jewish state if they had to make a choice.
    I’m sure Snyderman, right after reporting from the concentration camp called Gaza, is going to be on that story.

    • tokyobk
      tokyobk
      November 16, 2013, 1:32 pm

      Krauss, I am a fan of (very recent) Australia too, and Australians, but it never ceases to amaze me how selective people are here with history and ascribing national characters (in the service of deconstructing the Zionist entity). I mean Australia actually has very much to prove about being a democracy that is aware of its historic and ongoing crimes against the indigenous culture that it destroyed on purpose wholesale, whose people remain corralled and unintegrated to a large degree and subject to different laws i.e. alcohol on reservations. But, still maybe the Australians are just more decent and laid back even though there is not a single Australian settlement not built on land stolen by a colonial entity , after all no there is no reason (here) to contest the right of white Australians to live naturally on conquered land — ps that still had a white only immigration policy after the founding of Israel, not fully dismantled until the 1970’s.

      You would however be right to assert that in Australia generally there is a higher degree of self awareness than in Israel about the nature of the country’s founding and also that ethnic-nationalist justifications for present day segregation is not tolerated in polite society.

      • Inanna
        Inanna
        November 17, 2013, 4:22 am

        You’re right about Australia. It is built on colonised land. But at least Australia is coming to terms with its past in a real way. The Australian High Court abolished the concept of terra nullius in the famous Mabo case and the federal government then went on to create legislation to return all sorts of lands to native Australians. The concept of native title now exists in Australian law and surviving Aboriginal communities, mainly in the north and west of country are having traditional lands returned to them, or allowed certain rights to land and water under native title. Not to mention that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised for the suffering inflicted on aboriginal Australians in 2008, in particular for what is known as the Stolen Generations.

        As for the alcohol and drug control policies in aboriginal communities, it is the communities themselves who have often taken the initiative in demanding that governments not license liquor shops due to the devastating impact that alcoholism has on life expectancy and health in aboriginal communities. Often the complaint of many aboriginal community leaders is that they don’t get enough support from governments, particularly state governments that benefit from the revenues brought in by sales of liquor licenses. see this link for more: http://www.nationaldrugstrategy.gov.au/internet/drugstrategy/consult.nsf/4EFFF7572B9A39B9CA2577F8000FD40A/$FILE/Appendix%201%20AMSANT%20Policy%20Alcohol%20Control%20Final%20Jan08.pdf You will note that many of the recommendations target all Australians, not just aboriginal Australians, since it would be a mistake to assume that alcohol misuse is only a problem in aboriginal communities.

        If Israel could bring itself to recognise the title held by Palestinians, if its High Court could recognise that lands should be returned to their rightful owners and if Israelis could bring themselves to apologise to Palestinians for how they treated them and bring themselves to make amends both financially and psychologically, Israel would then be on par with Australia. Until then, it’s not.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        November 17, 2013, 6:21 am

        I mean Australia actually has very much to prove about being a democracy that is aware of its historic and ongoing crimes against the indigenous culture that it destroyed on purpose wholesale, whose people remain corralled and unintegrated to a large degree and subject to different laws i.e. alcohol on reservations.

        They are not corralled. They are free to live anywhere they wish and the government will provide housing for them without hesitation.

        For a start, Australian admits to the crimes it perpetrated on the Aborigines centuries ago and openly accepts it’s responsibility and liability for those crime. Unlike the Zionist fascist apartheid state, Australia does not blame Aborigines for the way they are treated, nor does it refer to them as a threat to white men, nor blames them for fighting to protect their land and lost.

        Integration is a problem for many, but it’s not a question of acceptance. Aborigines receive privileged status. Employers are given government subsidies and incentives for hiring Aborigines.

        I photographed 4 weddings this past month, and the services all commenced with the priest or celebrant recognizing the land belonging to the aborigines and gave them thanks for allowing us to be there.

        When was the last time Israel did that?

        ps that still had a white only immigration policy after the founding of Israel, not fully dismantled until the 1970′s.

        And it remains a source of shame and embarrassment (as it should) though the policy was directed at immigrants, not the Aborigines.

        As for segregation, it is against the law.

      • traintosiberia
        traintosiberia
        November 17, 2013, 12:14 pm

        It is not about Australia . It is about glorifying Israel in US media. Let Israel brag about it No body will care . This becomes a propangda for Israel in US at a time ( has been like that for last 60 years or more) when US finds itself defending against the false charges from Israel channeled through US media and at a time when the world sees IDF as the arm that protects the illegal settlements on WB with all the brutalities that the storm had heaped on Philippine ,the difference isin the pace , the former over a period of last 20 years and the later in a period of 20 hours. The later would get the space,money,opportunities to rebuild .The former has long been denied that possibility.

      • Chu
        Chu
        November 19, 2013, 5:34 pm

        Yeah, Let’s celebrate the miraculous birth. Israeli PR have a lot more to work on than delivering a baby. Did the IDF support in Haiti really change peoples minds about the ugly cauldron of racism, and it policies that emanate from Israel? Doubtful at best that the military that shoots at Palestinians with no cause, or bombs their only bread factory, is going to inspire the world to see that even a rotten egg may be fresh at some parts.

    • BradB
      BradB
      November 18, 2013, 1:35 pm

      The Australians about their help to the Philippines – not an exhaustive list by any means:

      http://tinyurl.com/m5hxuqw
      Sydney Morning Herald: Typhoon Haiyan: Australians start saving lives

      http://tinyurl.com/krj8p2v
      Australia in the Philippines (government) Facebook page

      http://tinyurl.com/oz32j8q
      Ministry of Health web site: Australian medical team to assist in the Philippines

      http://tinyurl.com/l5e6erd
      Australian Department of Defence Philippines Assist videos.

      Ausbarah?

      • annie
        annie
        November 18, 2013, 7:41 pm

        Ausbarah?

        nnnnot really the same. i think it’s fairly normal for gov websites to talk about what the gov is doing. for it to be hasbara the australians would need to be promoting it in the foreign press.

        let me know when the 6 o’clock news in little towns all across the US are reporting on aussie’s relief in the philipines. then we can talk about ausbarah.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        November 18, 2013, 8:08 pm

        Thank you Annie,

        As you point out, these are all local Australian news sources. They are actually not even considered all that newsworthy here.

        In fact, had Australia not been offering assistance, there would be outrage here, especially given how close we are to the Philipines.

        It’s hardly considered grounds for bragging rights.

      • BradB
        BradB
        November 19, 2013, 11:38 am

        The MW article cites one NBC report and the Twitter feed of the IDF spox. Is there any validation for your 6 o’clock news / little towns comment or did that emerge wraithlike from your noggin? Don’t you think that given the contempt with which Israel is portayed by this web site, the U.N. and so many other organs, Israel doing anything decent might be deemed newsworthy?

        FWIW google news searches (typhoon philippines aid + country) have the USA at the low end with 25k results and China at the top with 130k. Australia and Israel have 56k and 64k respectively. So what?

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        November 19, 2013, 7:52 pm

        Don’t you think that given the contempt with which Israel is portayed by this web site, the U.N. and so many other organs, Israel doing anything decent might be deemed newsworthy?

        Not really, given that Israel is clearly after the PR payoff. In Haiti, new reporters were actually mocking the US for not being as prompt to turn up as even the US, so this is clearly a stunt.

  5. jon s
    jon s
    November 16, 2013, 11:47 am

    Of course if Israel would NOT extend humanitarian medical aid where it’s needed all over the globe, it would be accused of being racist, supremacist, selfish, etc.
    When Israel does act, “humanitarians” gets put in quotation marks.
    Damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t.

    • annie
      annie
      November 16, 2013, 12:29 pm

      Damned-if-you-do-it-for-the-publicity.

      • JustJessetr
        JustJessetr
        November 17, 2013, 4:05 pm

        Then show us all how it’s done, General Annie. You. Not some hyperlink. Go over there, muscle the IDF aside, and show the world how differently you righteous folk deliver a baby from the “damned” Zionists.

        Until you do that, you smell like sour grapes.

      • annie
        annie
        November 17, 2013, 4:50 pm

        show the world how differently you righteous folk deliver a baby from the “damned” Zionists.

        JJ, you shouldn’t use quote marks if you’re not quoting someone. and most people the world over deliver babies the same way. some people have access to equipment and some people horde it. the way israel blockades gaza makes it challenging to have access to the kinds of medicines and equipment to deliver babies or insure their survival.

        i don’t think that’s the fault of the individual doctors. i am sure their are lots of good zionists doctors. it’s the system of ethnic cleansing designed to curb/manipulate demographics that’s behind the disaster in gaza.

        and what about fidaa’s little nephew who barely lived a day. http://mondoweiss.net/2013/07/between-the-death-of-my-nephew-and-my-visit-to-jerusalem-a-gaza-story.html

        if these were jewish kids, or jewish families, you wouldn’t be so flippant.

        you smell like sour grapes.

        do you know what that even means? http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Sour%20Grapes

        it’s not the work they’re doing there, it’s the hypocrisy and the publicity. of course i resent the overwrought publicity afforded to everything israel while the palestinian narrative is for the most part erased, day by day. and they suffer due to the blockade imposed by israel.

      • American
        American
        November 17, 2013, 6:33 pm

        JustJessetr says:
        November 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

        Then show us all how it’s done, General Annie.>>>>>

        Here’s how it’s done:

        Navy Official Details Aid Moving to Philippines – United States …
        http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=121134‎ Cached

        2 days ago – About 300 U.S. Marines are currently on the ground aiding relief efforts in the Philippines today. Another 900 Marines from the 31st Marine …

        Japanese high-tech aiding Filipino typhoon survivors | The Japan …
        http://www.japantimes.co.jp/…/japanese-high-tech-aiding-filipino-typhoon-surviv...
        1 day ago – Japanese high-tech aiding Filipino typhoon survivors … “The Philippines helped us during our hour of need in the tsunami,” Tomioka said funding for the Philippines this year, the Philippine foreign ministry said on …

        Villagers mob U.S. aid choppers as Philippine relief effort spreads …
        in.reuters.com/article/…/philippines-typhoon-idINDEE9AG02C2013111…‎ Cached

        11 hours ago – CABUNGAAN, Philippines (Reuters) – Mobbed by hungry villagers, U.S. … by the USS George Washington aircraft carrier, the United Nations said …

        Koreans rush to help Philippines typhoon victims – The Korea Herald
        http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131117000228 – Translate this page
        11 hours ago – Efforts to provide aid and monetary support to the Philippines are … Seoul City donated $200,000 to the country through the Red Cross.

        US carrier, British warships rush to Philippine aid … – Financial Mirror
        http://www.financialmirror.com/news-details.php?nid=31473‎
        – U.S. carrier, British warships rush to Philippine aid; death toll to rise … many have no access to food, water or medicine, the United Nations said

        http://www.internationalorganizationsdesk.com/marketers-agencies-rush-help-…‎
        New Zealand Red Cross sending aid workers to Philippines. 22 hrs ago … Representatives from 189 countries are attending the Red
        Cached

        U.S. military speeds aid to Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan victims …

        http://www.latimes.com/…/la-fg-wn-us-military-aid-philippine-typhoo…‎ Cached

        by Brian Bennett – in 22 Google+ circles
        – WASHINGTON — American military search-and-rescue helicopters, surveillance planes and Marines streamed toward the central Philippines …
        U.S.-based Children’s Medical Charity Mobilizes Global Partners …
        http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/11/prweb11340848.htm‎ Cached

        2 days ago – U.S.-based Children’s Medical Charity Mobilizes Global Partners
        U.S. troops aiding typhoon-ravaged Philippines | Rare
        rare.us/story/u-s-troops-aiding-typhoon-ravaged-philippines/‎ Cached

        3 days ago – Literally, the biggest sign of this rush to help may be Thursday’s arrival of the USS George Washington, an aircraft carrier teeming with 5500…..
        U.S. military speeds aid to Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan victims …

        http://www.latimes.com/…/la-fg-wn-us-military-aid-philippine-typhoo…‎ Cached

        by Brian Bennett – in 22 Google+ circles
        7 days ago – WASHINGTON — American military search-and-rescue helicopters, surveillance planes and Marines streamed toward the central Philippines …
        U.S.-based Children’s Medical Charity Mobilizes Global Partners …
        http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/11/prweb11340848.htm‎ Cached
        2 days ago – U.S.-based Children’s Medical Charity Mobilizes Global
        >>>>>>>>>>>>

        You zionist dont do the Heavy Lifting in anything. A troop of eagle scouts and any EMT rescue team could haul tents and equipment into the boondocks and set up a medical treatment station.
        You cant do the heavy lifting cause you arent heavyweights—-so you show up , get your fellow zio media helpers to showcase you with a puff piece and thats it.
        I am sure there are some actual humanitarians among the Israeli team —-but the zio state doing anything for anyone without getting something back out of it?—–Never happens.
        I guess you dont get how Dr. Synderman singling out Israel for gushing admiration and stardom in this—–and ignoring the monumental efforts of 29 nations and their aircraft carriers, high tech search teams, ships with tons of food and dozen hundreds millions iworth of road clearing and rebuilding equipment so they can actually get to people and get them out—–another example of why you disgust people—-it’s a.l.w.a.y.s about puffing up Israel, always, always, always.

        Now what if the story had been done differently—-what if it has been presented as Israel, a country without the resourcs of the major nations, still wanted to ‘do their part to help the victims and sent teams to treak out into the remote areas not accessible to heavy equipments and trucks yet and began their aid efforts there.
        That would have been a whole different story. One that would have aroused
        admiration.

        But you just cant help yourselves. Synderman had to make the story about the awesome superiority of the Israelis in human disasters.
        If there was a way to convert the hot air zio bragging on yourselves to solar power we could power the world without gas, elec and oil for the next 1000 years.

    • Cliff
      Cliff
      November 16, 2013, 2:13 pm

      No, Israel just kills children in Palestine and ‘saves’ them elsewhere.

      This is lameass PR.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      November 17, 2013, 6:23 am

      Of course if Israel would NOT extend humanitarian medical aid where it’s needed all over the globe, it would be accused of being racist, supremacist, selfish, etc.

      They say charity begins at home. Israel doesn’t have to go over the globe to extend humanitarian medical aid where it’s needed – in Gaza, which they are blockading.

  6. Sumud
    Sumud
    November 16, 2013, 11:56 am

    How long did they stay in Haiti?

    Eleven days I think: in, deliver baby named Israel, photo op, interviews, video footage, EXIT.

    • jon s
      jon s
      November 16, 2013, 12:41 pm

      Sumud,
      In the course of the operation in Haiti-
      “the medical delegation treated more than 1,110 patients, conducted 319 successful surgeries, delivered 16 births including three in Cesarian sections. The IDF Search and Rescue force has rescued or assisted in the rescue of 4 individuals.”
      Source:http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ForeignPolicy/Aid/Pages/Israeli_aid_arrives_Haiti_17-Jan-2010.aspx

      Go ahead, make your sarcastic comment.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        November 16, 2013, 4:47 pm

        1110 is 300 less than the number thty killed in cast lead, jon. The sri lanka military can crow abour pr hospital missions too but it doesn’t bring murdered tamil civilians back to life.

      • mariapalestina
        mariapalestina
        November 16, 2013, 7:41 pm

        I just consider the source.

      • Sumud
        Sumud
        November 17, 2013, 10:35 am

        No sarcastic comment required jon s – in fact none at all.

        I’ll just quote the Israeli doctor who was fired after he criticised the IDF’s activity in Haiti for being a PR stunt [my emphasis]:

        In the present disaster, which is of a more massive scale than anything we have encountered to date, the need is not so much for a field hospital but field, ie portable, toilets. There is more of a need for digging equipment to dig graves and sewage pipes.
        A country which wants to provide humanitarian aid without concern for its media image should send whatever is required by the victims, and not whatever it wants to deliver. But would the evening news show the commander of the Israeli mission at the compound with 500 chemical toilets? Unlikely. It is much more media savvy to show an Israeli hospital, replete with stars of David and of course the dedicated doctors and nurses, dressed in their snazzy uniforms with an Israeli flag on the lapel.
        …It is quite likely that financial assistance commensurate with Israel’s resources would be preferable to the enormous expense and complicated logistics involved in the maintenance of a medical unit in the field…
        But apparently a minute of TV coverage is much more important…and in fact Israel is using disasters as [military] field training in rescue and medical care. After a fortnight, the mission will reportedly return to Israel. To be truly effective a field hospital needs to remain for two or three months, but that’s a condition that Israel cannot meet.
        …It is only in the Israeli aid compound in Haiti that large signs carrying the donor country’s name hang for all to see.

        The Zionization of Disaster Relief

      • tree
        tree
        November 17, 2013, 8:32 pm

        Great link, Sumud. I’m glad to see that Israeli doctor, Yoel Donchin, was brave enough to criticize the IDF’s publicity hound behavior, and sad to see that he was relieved of duty for making very valid and important criticisms. (Criticisms that, if heeded, would have vastly improved the lot of the recipients of Israeli “disaster relief”!)

        I received my final exemption from the army after I published an article which said that the State of Israel acts like the proverbial Boy Scout, who insists on doing a good deed daily and helping an old lady cross the road even against her will. How ungrateful of me to publish such a column when I had participated in almost all the rescue missions to overseas disaster areas! Suddenly I am no longer suitable to take part in such heroic endeavours. But in light of the experience I gained in such missions…we have wasted our effort.

        Generally speaking, we start preparing for such a mission within hours of the announcement of a natural disaster. Most often the Israeli mission team is the first one to land in the area. Like those who climb Mount Everest, it plants its flag on the highest peak available, announcing to all and sundry that the site has been conquered. And in order to ensure that the public is aware of this sporting achievement, the mission is accompanied by media representatives, photographers, an IDF spokesman’s office squad and others.

        I understood the purpose perfectly when the head of one of the delegations to a disaster zone was asked whether oxygen tanks and a number of doctors could be removed to make room for another TV network’s representatives with their equipment. (With unusual courage, the delegation head refused!)

        The lesson learnt from the activities of those missions is that when there is a natural disaster, or when thousands of people are expelled from their homes by force, as happened in Kosovo, survivors may benefit from international assistance only if it responds to the region’s specific needs. Also assistance must be coordinated among the various aid agencies.

        The competitive race to a disaster zone imposes a huge strain on the local health and administration authorities. Airports are clogged by transport planes unloading a lot of unnecessary but bulky equipment. Doctors and rescue organisations seek ways to utilise single carriageway roads and in fact they are a burden. The correct way to help is to send a small advance force to gauge the dimensions of the disaster…

        Three components are crucial: shelter, water and food — these things are crucial in order to save the largest number of people. Water purification equipment, tents, basic food rations are needed. But they do lack the desired dramatic effect. If we went down that track we would miss out on seeing that child who was born with the assistance of our physicians….

        Its bordering on ridiculous to trumpet the birth of a baby that most likely would have arrived just fine without the help of the stalwart heroes of the IDF. (Shocking as this may be to mention, women in the Philippines have been delivering babies eons before the advent of the military field hospital!) Whether the baby will survive the next few months with adequate clean water, shelter and food is another question, and one about which the publicists of the “heroes of the IDF” seem little concerned.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        November 17, 2013, 9:30 pm

        “Shocking as this may be to mention, women in the Philippines have been delivering babies eons before the advent of the military field hospital!”

        But the process of childbirth is an Israeli invention.

      • ThorsteinVeblen2012
        ThorsteinVeblen2012
        November 18, 2013, 12:28 pm

        You can’t mention Haiti and Israel without mentioning Gilbert Bigio the Haitian billionaire who hosted the Israeli medical team.

        Aside from making an enormous fortune in Haiti, Bigio flies an enormous Israel flag over that nation. As the title of the piece asks does Gilbert Bigio make Israel look good?

        http://warincontext.org/2010/01/25/does-gilbert-bigio-make-israel-look-good/

    • MRW
      MRW
      November 17, 2013, 6:33 am

      Four or five days.

    • ritzl
      ritzl
      November 18, 2013, 10:12 am

      I didn’t see your comment when I posted mine (about “Baby Israel”), Sumud. Didn’t mean to step on your lead. Apologies…

      • Sumud
        Sumud
        November 18, 2013, 11:44 am

        Ritzl ~ no apology required!

        Let’s just spare some charitable thoughts for these poor babies around the world named Israel that keep appearing after natural disasters. Imagine being named ‘genocide’, ‘massacre’ or ‘apartheid’ – that’s all people will associate with the name “Israel” in 20 years.

      • jon s
        jon s
        November 21, 2013, 6:23 am

        Babies are named by their parents and in this case I assume the parents sought to express grattitude.
        An update on the IDF mission in the Phillipines: as of yesterday 1451 patients have been treated, 463 of whom are children.
        http://www.idfblog.com/2013/11/14/31296/

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        November 21, 2013, 8:37 am

        “Babies are named by their parents and in this case I assume the parents sought to express grattitude.”

        Then in that case, the baby should have been named “American taxpayer,” because it is the billions of dollars of welfare money that the AIPAC traitors take out of the mouths of hungry US kids, or away from jobs programs for unemployed Americans or from repairs to US infrastructure, in order to give to the Occupation Nation, that makes PR stunts like this possible. And the israeli ingrates don’t even give credit where it is due.

  7. MRW
    MRW
    November 16, 2013, 12:02 pm

    When Snyderman had her own show on MSNBC (2009?), the story of organ traffickers and harvesters came to light one morning. Snyderman was all over the story, how vile these people were, how they should be jailed forever, no civilized nation would ever put up with kind of behavior, blah-blah-blah. She promised to report on the whole sordid affair and name names in her coming shows. All her righteous bravado brought to bear.

    The perps were identified later that day to be a nationwide US rabbi ring and Israelis (they harvested dead Palestinians during the Gaza War according to a Swedish ME-based reporter who had witnessed it for over a decade). The evening news had photo trails of US rabbis being rounded up in police vans; I remember watching the coverage.

    The following day? Not another word out of Snyderman.

    • just
      just
      November 16, 2013, 1:09 pm

      From Kate’s compilation today:

      “Israel agrees to return stolen organs of dead Palestinians
      Al-Arabiya 14 Nov — Israel has agreed to return organs of dead Palestinians harvested by its forensic pathologists during autopsies, Palestinian Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh told Ma‘an news agency on Wednesday. Head of Israel’s Abu Kabir forensic institute, Jehuda Hiss, had admitted harvesting organs from dead bodies without the permission of their families. “We started to harvest corneas … Whatever was done was highly informal. No permission was asked from the family,” Hiss said in an interview with an American academic in 2000. The interview was released in 2010 and part of it was aired by Israel’s Channel 2 TV. The Channel 2 report said forensic experts harvested bones, corneas, heart valves and skin from dead Israeli soldiers, citizens, Palestinians and even foreign workers. The Israeli army admitted to organ harvesting but said the practice was no longer performed. “This activity ended a decade ago and does not happen any longer. “We’d glue the eyelid shut,” he said. “We wouldn’t take corneas from families we knew would open the eyelids,” Associated Press reported.
      link to english.alarabiya.net”

      http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/soldiers-occupied-security.html

      So good of them– so moral– such humanitarians.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      November 16, 2013, 4:52 pm

      Poor eastern europeans are paid single figure thousands of dollars for kidneys that sell for over 100k in israel. Dreadful business. Kidney transplants not kosher lemehadrin in the jewish disneyland. Awful abuses take place. Will be back in the news.

      • just
        just
        November 16, 2013, 4:57 pm

        Are the Jewish recipients still wholly Jewish if they get a kidney from an “other”?

        I hope this does get “back in the news”.

  8. Linda J
    Linda J
    November 16, 2013, 12:21 pm

    Here’s some other medicine Israel was practicing “quietly”: http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2013-11-15/israel-to-return-palestinian-body-parts/

  9. NormanF
    NormanF
    November 16, 2013, 12:23 pm

    This is the most effective form of hasbara for Israel – which wins the Jewish State goodwill and friends abroad.

    I can’t think of an army that has more experience in dealing with humanitarian catastrophes than Israel.

    I wonder if Phillip Weiss actually cares that Israel – yes Israel – is actually saving Arab lives and Israel has been quietly treating civilian victims of Syria’s brutal civil war and even delivered Arab babies!

    This isn’t what you see from a country that’s indifferent to human suffering and Israel gives humanitarian help wherever its needed.

    • Ecru
      Ecru
      November 16, 2013, 3:12 pm

      @ NormanF

      “I can’t think of an army that has more experience in dealing with humanitarian catastrophes than Israel.”

      You know Norman, neither can I. Although that’s mainly because it’s busy creating the humanitarian catastrophes in the first place (yes Norman, sorry to burst your bubble but Palestinians are human too).

      As for your “oh we care so much about non-Israelis” then please explain why the IDF disappears so quickly from the scene once their photo-ops are over (Haiti they were only there for around 10 DAYS!) and why in Bosnia the only thing Israel did was to evacuate Jews?

      And let’s look at International Aid from this, as Zionists love to tell us, wealthy “Western” nation. From the LA Times:-

      Along with Mexico and Chile, Israel gives the least as a percentage of gross national income among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Israel gives one-tenth of the U.N.’s target rate, lagging behind Turkey, Poland, Slovakia and even Greece during its debt crisis, according to OECD data.

      Behind even Greece! And Greece is an economic basket case. And that’s just state aid, not individual.

      Israelis are also less likely to send donations abroad compared with citizens of most European countries and the U.S. …..[SNIP]….Over the last decade, 0.1% of individual charitable funds raised in Israel went to international relief, compared with 48% in Belgium, 13% in Italy and 5% in the U.S.

      130x LESS than Italy! 480x LESS the Belgium. And 50x LESS than the USA!

      Be honest – the only reason Israel helps out non-Jews is when there’s something in it for Israel. And it’s almost always PR. No cameras? No IDF hospitals. Just so you know that’s not morality – that cynical manipulation.

      • MahaneYehude1
        MahaneYehude1
        November 16, 2013, 5:09 pm

        “No cameras? No IDF hospitals. Just so you know that’s not morality – that cynical manipulation.”

        I have many other examples of cynical manipulations done in front of cameras.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        November 16, 2013, 5:45 pm

        I have many other examples of cynical manipulations done in front of cameras.

        One that comes to mind is how Israel packed their bags in Haiti as soon as the cameras were gone.

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        November 18, 2013, 10:08 am

        Shocking info, Ecru. Just when I get to a point where I know that societal Israel is notionally different than most of the rest of us, I read something like this and realize just how quantifiably different it is. The fundamentals are just not there.

        Do you have a link?

        Thanks.

      • Ecru
        Ecru
        November 18, 2013, 1:19 pm

        @ Ritzl

        Yes of course, sorry, I should have posted it in the first place.

        http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jun/08/world/la-fg-israel-foreign-aid-20130609

        One of my favourite parts is this:-

        A:……It would be strange for an Israeli to send money to Africa when they feel there are still so many projects here.

        Q: So do Israelis give a lot of money domestically?

        A: No.

        Says it all really.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      November 16, 2013, 4:43 pm

      Especially in gaza. Except gaza is amalek. Right, norman?

      • jon s
        jon s
        November 16, 2013, 4:50 pm

        Seafoid, Actually Israel does provide humanitarian medical aid to the people of Gaza. And who says that Gaza is Amalek?

      • mariapalestina
        mariapalestina
        November 16, 2013, 10:45 pm

        Israel gives nothing to Gaza. And it steals much of what others try to send to Gaza.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        November 17, 2013, 2:25 am

        It was one of the rabbis. May have been linked to Norman’s settlement circle. Mixing up Jewish mythology and Jewish militarism is very dangerous.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        November 17, 2013, 10:38 am

        Found it for you, Jon

        http://www.tabletmag.com/news-and-politics/77378/girls-at-war/?all=1
        “Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburgh, native Missourian, mathematical genius, philosopher, Kabbalist, and Talmudic scholar whose political leanings could be described as Jewish-monarchist.
        While Ginsburgh has written more than a dozen books—with titles like Awakening the Spark Within: Finding Your Soulmate; Kabbalah and Meditation, and Interpretation of Dreams and Paranormal Experiences—he is best-known for his notorious essay “Baruch Hagever,” praising Baruch Goldstein’s 1994 murder of 29 Arabs in the Cave of the Patriarch. Goldstein, he wrote, was following the five halakhic principles: sanctifying God’s name, saving life, revenge, eradication of the seed of Amalek , and war. Gadi Ben Zimra was Ginsburgh’s disciple, and over the last two decades he has—as news reports and many of the girls have attested (often with pride)—acquired a sizable rap sheet with Shin Bet”

        http://www.jta.org/2010/01/27/news-opinion/world/bibi-at-auschwitz-ready-to-fight-new-amalek

        “And Iran is racing to arm itself with atomic bombs.” In language virtually identical to Goldberg’s, Netanyahu said that while the Iranian president “denies the Holocaust, he is preparing another Holocaust for the Jewish state.”
        “We will always remember what the Nazi Amalek did to us,” Netanyahu said at a 2010 Holocaust remembrance service at Auschwitz, “ and we won’t forget to be prepared for the new Amalek, who is making an appearance on the stage of history and once again threatening to destroy the Jews.”

    • eljay
      eljay
      November 18, 2013, 10:29 am

      >> I can’t think of an army that has more experience in dealing with humanitarian catastrophes than Israel.

      Pity that it won’t deal with the one it intentionally created and which it intentionally prolongs.

      >> … This isn’t what you see from a country that’s indifferent to human suffering …

      Of course not. What you do see is terrorism and ethnic cleansing; the establishment of an oppressive, colonialist, expansionst and supremacist “Jewish State”; a 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder; an unwillingness to honour its obligations under international law; and an unwillingness to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

      It’s great to admire the guy who donates his time and money helping his community. But it would be really nice if he’d stop raping and liberate the victim he has chained up in his basement.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      November 18, 2013, 4:27 pm

      “I can’t think of an army that has more experience in dealing with humanitarian catastrophes than Israel.”

      Yes, and the American taxpayer picks up the check, as usual. And the zio ingrates don’t even have the common courtesy to thank us for letting them do their little photo-op dog-and-pony show.

    • adele
      adele
      November 19, 2013, 11:42 am

      “I can’t think of an army that has more experience in dealing with humanitarian catastrophes than Israel.”

      I sit here laughing not even knowing where to begin. To anyone who works in international humanitarian aid this statement is so far removed from any factual evidence and reality, it is conjured solely from the figment of your actively indoctrinated imagination. The Israeli Army and all other relevant Israeli emergency response sectors couldn’t even deal with the forest fire in Haifa without resorting to calling in help from neighboring countries.

      I defy you to provide evidence of the Israeli army being an expert in Humanitarian disaster/catastrophe assistance. I will be patiently waiting.

      For those interested, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Supported by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of
      Humanitarian Affairs published a report in 2008 with a comprehensive overview of countries that provide military assistance during natural disasters: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/236476AD3257088DC125741000474F20-sipri_mar2008.pdf

      From page 4 of the report:
      The main source of information for the overview of the use of foreign military
      assets was the contributing countries themselves. A questionnaire was distributed to the governments of the following 25 countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and the USA.

      • tree
        tree
        November 19, 2013, 6:19 pm

        Interesting report, adele

        A short excerpt from the “Findings and Recommendations” section:

        Certain types of military asset were better used than others. For example, no air assets were idle for any length of time in any of the cases studied. Air assets were in fact critical to the overall success of the operations. Airlift is also the one functional area where there has been considerable civil—military coordination, and this has meant that it has been relatively smoothly run—the case studies of Mozambique and the tsunami response in Aceh clearly illustrate this. Also, airlift is one of the less controversial functions carried out by foreign military assets, because it falls within the category of indirect assistance. In the words of one international NGO representative based in Mozambique, ‘I don’t see the problem with using military planes to transport items from point A to B, especially if point B is not the distribution point’. Some other military assets, such as field hospitals, were less well used for a number of reasons: there was an oversupply of the asset or it was not appropriate because the type of medical assistance it offered was not the most needed and could have been provided by local or international civilian organizations.

    • talknic
      talknic
      November 19, 2013, 12:02 pm

      @ NormanF

      “I can’t think of an army that has more experience in dealing with humanitarian catastrophes than Israel.”

      Uh? The US, Brits, Australia, Russia, India, to name a few. WWI … WWII

      History didn’t start May 15th 1948

      “Israel gives humanitarian help wherever its needed.” Gaza?

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        November 19, 2013, 7:40 pm

        For all these sorts of things I expect to see the Swedes and the Canadians on the ground straight away, with the Dutch, the British, the French, and the Australians almost immediately after them, and then other countries (Japan, New Zealand, Italy, etc.) turning up very shortly afterwards.

        If it’s Asia-Pacific, Australia and NZ first, followed in short order by the rest of the usual suspects. China has been pitching in a lot recently, too.

  10. just
    just
    November 16, 2013, 12:40 pm

    “I can’t think of an army that has more experience in dealing with humanitarian catastrophes than Israel.”

    I can think of many, including the US.

    “U.S. aircraft carriers loaded with equipment, supplies and thousands of troops have shown up early to some of the world’s worst disasters over the past decade, including tsunamis in Japan and Indonesia and a deadly earthquake in Haiti.

    The massive ships are a potent symbol of U.S. power — and charity. Disaster relief has become a key mission for the United States and a way to exercise the softer side of its military influence overseas.”

    http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/when-disaster-strikes-us-military-assets-often-key-to-relief-efforts-1.253245

    • Sammar
      Sammar
      November 17, 2013, 12:47 am

      “I can’t think of an army that has more experience in dealing with humanitarian catastrophes than Israel.””

      I also can’t think of an army that has more experience in creating humanitarian catastrophes than Israel – probably because they have been doing just that 24/7 over the last decades.

  11. dimadok
    dimadok
    November 16, 2013, 1:02 pm

    If this gets you going, then that:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/16/world/middleeast/to-a-philosopher-general-in-israel-peace-is-the-time-to-prepare-for-war.html
    must be a nightmarish for you.
    Good job IDF and go Israel!

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      November 17, 2013, 6:27 am

      If this gets you going, then that:
      link to nytimes.com must be a nightmarish for you.

      Why would that be? If there’s one thing you can count on is that Israel will always shot itself in the foot. The hasbara doesn’t work.

    • Cliff
      Cliff
      November 17, 2013, 6:54 am

      yea! good job IDF delivering ONE baby and then standing around for a photo op!

      Israel saved the world! wooohooo

  12. just
    just
    November 16, 2013, 1:03 pm

    To all of the proud supporters of the IOF, does this make you proud as well?

    ” Israeli soldiers invaded Ya‘bod village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and cut [down] more than 100 olive trees that belong to the residents despite a pending petition filed by the owners with the Israeli Supreme Court.”

    There’s plenty more that should make you swell with pride here:

    http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/soldiers-occupied-security.html

  13. tokyobk
    tokyobk
    November 16, 2013, 2:02 pm

    In fact its totally irrelevant why the IDF did this.
    It changes nothing about Israel’s relationship to the Palestinians which is various forms of conquest and subjugation.
    It changes everything about the lives saved. Sumud, how many days did you spend in Haiti, since 11 days is not enough for your standards?
    It won’t manke any difference to those who criticize Israel for occupation etc… Why should it?
    Those who support Israel will continue to do so, and see this Israel as the genuine one. (No its not simply Hasbara).

    • Cliff
      Cliff
      November 16, 2013, 2:15 pm

      […]
      The IDF does this for PR.

      There are people suffering in Israel/Palestine and in the Arab world. What is the purpose of going elsewhere to do this?

      It’s just like the PR puked by you Zionists when some Palestinian is treated in an Israeli hospital.

  14. eljay
    eljay
    November 16, 2013, 2:31 pm

    I applaud the IDF’s work in the Philippines. Snyderman’s orgasm, however, is a bit nauseating.

  15. seafoid
    seafoid
    November 16, 2013, 4:42 pm

    Did the IDF bomb the hospital?

  16. JustJessetr
    JustJessetr
    November 16, 2013, 4:55 pm

    I wish I could draw. I’d love to create a satirical cartoon of the IDF delivering the baby. But in the background, we’d see Seafoid, Taxi, and Shingo screaming: “Boycott Israel! Put that kid back up the birth canal and let someone else deliver it!”

    • just
      just
      November 16, 2013, 5:56 pm

      You know what JJ? It’s not terribly difficult to deliver a baby. Women do it alone. Regular bystanders, friends, cabbies, policefolks, firefolks, and many others do it too.

      Why the name “Israel”? Why not the name of the doc that delivered this tot?

      • JustJessetr
        JustJessetr
        November 16, 2013, 8:30 pm

        You are willingly and purposefully playing dumb.

        The commentators here on MW sneer at the help the Filipinos are only all too happy to receive. Just because it comes from Israel. That’s disgusting, that’s hypocritical, that’s inhumane, and it’s sad. The Israeli team is pitching in for the same reasons any other nations are: to help in a crisis. It’s just sour grapes that you can’t find anything really wrong with it. You’re so desperate to score a point that you’ll make any connection you can to devalue the help that people so desperately need.

        You think you know how to run things? Go over there and dig a toilet. Send us a pic with your Boycott Israel flag waving over the hole in the ground. See if anyone gives a crap about your politics.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        November 17, 2013, 1:47 am

        The commentators here on MW sneer at the help the Filipinos are only all too happy to receive.

        They don’t need publicity seeking opportunists who think that delivering one baby in the Philippines excuses the countless babies they’ve killed in Palestine.

      • MRW
        MRW
        November 17, 2013, 6:30 am

        Yeah, only Israelis would stand around after delivering ONE BABY and thump their chests about how humanitarian they are. Ten to one the IDF soldiers–how many Israeli light bulbs/soldiers does it take to deliver one baby–are back in Israel tonight.

      • JustJessetr
        JustJessetr
        November 17, 2013, 3:59 pm

        Blah blah blah. Go over there and set an example. Until then, you’re just blowing a lot of hot air.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        November 17, 2013, 4:44 pm

        Give us the numbers Jesse

        My guess is :

        1 million dollars spent on the Philippines
        versus
        500 million dollars spent on the Gaza lockdown

      • JustJessetr
        JustJessetr
        November 17, 2013, 7:11 pm

        If the Zionists can’t do it right, set the example for all of us, Seafoid. Go dig some toilets. We’re all waiting. You can hand out your numbers to anyone who cares to listen after you’ve actually contributed to the solution.

        Until then, you’re just a bunch of hot air.

      • Truthbug
        Truthbug
        November 17, 2013, 9:46 pm

        Try this: How many Israeli doctors does it take to deliver a Palestinian baby? One IDF field hospital tentfull.

      • Ecru
        Ecru
        November 18, 2013, 4:21 am

        @JustJessetr

        “The Israeli team is pitching in for the same reasons any other nations are: to help in a crisis.”

        So what you’re saying is that once the cameras are gone and the news-cycle has moved on the Israeli team will still be there? Completely unlike what they did in Haiti then? Or in every other disaster where they’ve leant token aid and then the moment the press looked the other way scuttled off so fast they left a sonic boom behind them.

        No sorry. The IDF team is there for one reason and one reason only – a public relations exercise. The help is good, glad or every little bit, but please don’t paint it as coming from some fictional Israeli humanitarian urge, it’s coming from pure cynical self-interest.

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 18, 2013, 10:03 pm

        @ JustJessetr

        “The commentators here on MW sneer at the help the Filipinos are only all too happy to receive”

        Strange, they’re pointing out the way Israel makes these things into a publicity exercise

        “The Israeli team is pitching in for the same reasons any other nations are: to help in a crisis “

        Bravo. Meanwhile the Israeli Government and Israeli biased media are using the Israeli team as a publicity exercise.

        You willingly and purposefully playing dumb isn’t gonna disguise it

  17. James North
    James North
    November 16, 2013, 5:17 pm

    What kind of American reporter lands in an East Asian disaster scene and right away thinks she should search for the Israeli relief contingent?

    “I wondered if they [the Israeli Defense Forces] had found their way here — so we set off to find them. “

    • Ellen
      Ellen
      November 16, 2013, 5:25 pm

      A “reporter” with no interest in the human disaster and suffering surrounding her, but an interest in promoting the Israeli IDF to her US readership.

    • Bumblebye
      Bumblebye
      November 16, 2013, 6:16 pm

      An American reporter with close ties to the Israeli Hasbara office in J’sem – on each other’s speed dial?

      • philweiss
        philweiss
        November 16, 2013, 10:52 pm

        Yes thanks James, I completely missed that point.
        It’s shocking. It makes you wonder what Nancy Snyderman’s agenda is. Or it makes it clear what her agenda is. Dismaying

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      November 17, 2013, 2:41 am

      It’s easy to find them. Just follow the white phosphorous smoke back to.its source. Rudorwn would know that.

    • MRW
      MRW
      November 17, 2013, 3:00 pm

      As I was about to write brilliant observation, James, I noted that Phil caught your insightful observation as well.

  18. mariapalestina
    mariapalestina
    November 16, 2013, 6:00 pm

    It would be more fitting for them to be in Gaza where people are wading through streets overflowing with sewage as a result of Israel’s draconian blockade and frequent attacks, cutting off electricity and necessary medical supplies for the survival of Palestinian men, women and children. Children are dying in Gaza right now, because of Israel, on the anniversary of Israel’s PILLAR OF (Offense) massacre. There are teams from around the world working in the Phillippines, without all the hoopla and self-promotion of the IDF which will leave as soon as the photo ops and staged propaganda scenes are finished.

  19. joer
    joer
    November 16, 2013, 7:48 pm

    If Israelis want that good feeling, they don’t have to wait for a typhoon-the Gaza Strip is right there and there are boatloads of good deeds they can do for people in need.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      November 17, 2013, 2:45 am

      Joer
      The typhoon was an act of God. Gaza is an Israeli system. Big difference in the bot mind. Deserving vs undeserving. People vs non people.

  20. ritzl
    ritzl
    November 16, 2013, 11:02 pm

    The first baby born in the IDF field hospital in Haiti was also named “Israel.” What a coincidence, eh?

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/135568#.Uog8RY1Ujck

    Two is the beginnings of a pattern. I wonder if it’s not a planned suggestion, or price of service. Sure would be good to know how many tragedy-surrounded, foreign-aided Filipino newborns were named Americana or Japani. My guess is none.

    I too think that this IDF field hospital is better doing service there than sitting on a shelf somewhere. I just hope it stays for the duration this time.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      November 17, 2013, 2:33 am

      “where the israeli defence force has moved into a hospital” reminds me of beirut and Gaza rather than my little pony.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      November 17, 2013, 5:27 pm

      The first baby born in the IDF field hospital in Haiti was also named “Israel.”

      The second child was named “Cast Lead”
      The third “nobody loves us”
      The fourth “Don’t bring me to the Hague”

      • just
        just
        November 17, 2013, 6:18 pm

        One could easily go back a looong way and complete your list, but you are fully aware, very astute, very informed and have taught me much.

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        November 18, 2013, 9:57 am

        LOL! seafoid.

        Wouldn’t it be great if the extent of solidarity was such that the first baby delivered by one of these Israeli humanitarian PR forays was named Gaza? What would they do? Start screening naming intent as a condition for help?

        Solidarity is the very last thing someone in such dire circumstances must be thinking about, but there is now a known pattern of Israeli behavior in these circumstances. As you say, they can’t help themselves.

  21. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby
    November 17, 2013, 5:05 am

    Disgusting, shame on Philipines accepting this warcriminal-regime.

    • JustJessetr
      JustJessetr
      November 17, 2013, 7:13 pm

      I hope that’s irony. If not, you have no right to shame someone who is suffering from a natural disaster.

  22. Egbert
    Egbert
    November 17, 2013, 11:38 am

    So the IOF medical drama queens were there when a baby was delivered in the Phillipines. Where are they when their colleagues detain pregnant women at checkpoints? A report in 2006, said that between 200 and 2006, 68 Palestinian women were forced to give birth at checkpoints, resulting in 34 miscarriages and the deaths of 4 of the women. Why the selective ‘humanitarian’ concerns, IOF Medics? Why the selective ‘humanitarian’ concerns, Dr Snyderman?

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      November 17, 2013, 4:31 pm

      Great point Egbert.

      That comparison came to mind when I read this too.

  23. giladg
    giladg
    November 17, 2013, 3:28 pm

    You bunch at mdws deserve each other.

  24. seafoid
    seafoid
    November 17, 2013, 5:24 pm

    #makingadifference

    Without the IDF Gaza’s GDP per head would be several multiples of what it is now. So a big difference, yes.

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