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From Israeli army spox Lt Col Peter Lerner’s twitter feed:

This is the rocket that struck southern #Israel today, clear breach of Protective Edge cease fire.

The dread urgency of the matter is undermined somewhat by the fact that the officer in the crater appears to be texting.

Scott Roth writes:

So let slip the dogs of war, cause we really want to.

Remi Kanazi writes:

Israel continues to consistently break the ceasefire & not a peep. It bombs Gaza tonight and the breaking news is that Israel “retaliates”

Roth came up with the question in the headline. So: a caption contest for the weekend.
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  1. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius on December 20, 2014, 12:16 pm

    Who even knows when and where this photo was taken? There’s no date stamp.

    All that being said, please join me in a minute’s silence for the poor plant killed in this heinous attack. Barack Obama is right at this moemnt preparing a speech from the Oval Office to condemn this unprecedented violation of plant rights.

  2. talknic
    talknic on December 20, 2014, 12:28 pm

    It looks nothing like a mortar! No burn marks on the foliage from an explosion. The sand is damp, not like from the heat of an explosion! Do you guys really think people won’t notice these things?

  3. eljay
    eljay on December 20, 2014, 12:46 pm

    “Several cherry tomatoes have been destroyed. O most moral army! Fire upon Gaza at will and, like the good rabbi said, ‘wipe them out, level them’.”

  4. Bumblebye
    Bumblebye on December 20, 2014, 1:08 pm

    Hey wifey, dug out a few spuds, don’t need to patronise that fool at the market today! Go well with minted lamb chops.

  5. John O
    John O on December 20, 2014, 1:20 pm

    Should I use a 9 iron or a sand wedge?

  6. Jackdaw
    Jackdaw on December 20, 2014, 1:23 pm

    Isn’t this ‘texting’ canard a distraction from the fact that another rocket / mortar attack has been launched from Gaza in violation of the ceasefire?

    Do you people seriously believe that the IDF is digging holes in the middle of the night and faking mortar attacks on kibbutzim?

    Did they use shovels or a backhoe? Wha?

    • annie
      annie on December 20, 2014, 1:55 pm

      IDF is digging holes in the middle of the night and faking mortar attacks on kibbutzim

      ok jack! thanks for making an entry into the caption contest!

      • Dutch
        Dutch on December 20, 2014, 3:04 pm

        [ok jack! thanks for making an entry into the caption contest!]

        Well, Annie, I guess Jack has a real winner here. Excellent.

      • Jackdaw
        Jackdaw on December 20, 2014, 3:24 pm

        @Annie

        Is there really a contest going on here? A new variation on Phil’s holiday season panhandling?

      • annie
        annie on December 20, 2014, 4:22 pm

        jackdraw, we’ve had photo naming contests before and they are just for fun. my favorite was one mocking netanyau at the UN (holding up some graphic like the ticking time bomb) and people really did send ideas and placed ideas in the comment section, i think we chose a winner (as i recall), had nothing to do w/fundraising. so there well may be a followup post on this if it generates enough interest.

        it’s just for fun. i liked your suggestion, you may win! we can name you and write a post about it ;) lol.

      • Jackdaw
        Jackdaw on December 20, 2014, 5:44 pm

        @Annie

        There is something really sad about a group of fellow travelers all having to find their jollies on their political activism blog.

      • annie
        annie on December 20, 2014, 6:01 pm

        do you feel sad jack? what can i say, try another thread and go cheer up! or try a different political activism blog.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on December 20, 2014, 8:01 pm

        “There is something really sad about a group of fellow travelers all having to find their jollies on their political activism blog.”

        Especially considering Zionists never, ever would stoop to using social media, or make concerted efforts on the web.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius on December 20, 2014, 2:01 pm

      Tell us more about these state of the art kibbutz-seeking mortars, Jackdaw. That’s some technology from a besieged territory. Did those dastardly Iranians help out with the latest in kibbutz sensitive weaponry?

      BTW it’s always amusing – in a sick sort of way – how those who shrug their shoulders at the targetting of hospitals, homes and UN schools think the alleged targetting of a kibbutz – with no casualties – is totally beyond the pale. What’s so sacred about kibbutzim, Jackdaw?

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick on December 20, 2014, 2:20 pm

      “mortar attack has been launched from Gaza in violation of the ceasefire?”

      I join you in condemning this blatant act of planticide.

      Now will you condemn the killing and imprisonment of those Gaza fisherman?

      • eljay
        eljay on December 20, 2014, 3:31 pm

        While the rapist brutally physically and sexually assaults the victim he’s had chained in his basement for months, you don’t hear a peep out the Zio-supremacists.

        But the moment the victim lashes out and lands a punch or a slap on the rapist, Zio-supremacists scream bloody murder.

        “How dare she commit terrrrrr on him!” they say. “The victim is a woman without a man for a man without a woman, and the rapist is just exercising his right to self-(self-)determination. If only she wanted ‘peace’ – like he does – all this could be avoided!”

    • Mooser
      Mooser on December 20, 2014, 8:04 pm

      “Do you people seriously believe that the IDF is digging holes in the middle of the night and faking mortar attacks on kibbutzim?”

      I’m sure the kibbitzers can do that for themselves. They may even have some explosives around if they need to use them. Or is any kind of fakery beneath Israelis?

    • talknic
      talknic on December 20, 2014, 8:28 pm

      @ Jackdaw “Do you people seriously believe that the IDF is digging holes in the middle of the night and faking mortar attacks on kibbutzim?”

      From a state that lies to its own citizens about not having proclaimed any borders for 66 years, when it fact it did proclaim borders in order to be recognized! http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/israel/large/documents/newPDF/49.pdf … From a state that lies to its own citizens about not being an Occupying Power (UNSC res 476) … From a state that lies to its own citizens about settlements that ARE illegal according to UNSC resolutions … From a state that purposefully encourages its citizens to break Geneva Convention IV, thereby endangering them …. go figure pal!

      “Did they use shovels or a backhoe?”

      There appear to be shovel marks behind him to the left level with his left knee

      Israeli propaganda and its blind supporters are really quite pathetic …

  7. Egbert
    Egbert on December 20, 2014, 1:36 pm

    D*mn, Beitar have only scored a draw against Maccabi TA.

  8. Kathleen
    Kathleen on December 20, 2014, 1:55 pm

    “this crater will come in handy when we bury the next Palestinian we kill”

    Phil do you have any idea what is up with Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett’s site “Going to Tehran” No new post up for quite some time.

  9. Dutch
    Dutch on December 20, 2014, 3:07 pm

    ‘So this is where they keep there WMD’s’.

  10. Jackdaw
    Jackdaw on December 20, 2014, 3:41 pm

    I fell for Phil’s ceasefire violation distractor.

    The officer isn’t texting, he’s taking a photo with his cell phone.

    • talknic
      talknic on December 20, 2014, 4:44 pm

      @ Jackdaw “… he’s taking a photo with his cell phone”

      Of course … with his hand over the lens … so clever.

      Maybe you can explain why nothing shows signs of being effected by the heat of an explosion.

      Or if there was no explosion, how the rocket destroyed the majority of its length landing in soft damp sand.

      Where’s the shrapnel?

      So many questions you’re gonna have to dodge

      • Jackdaw
        Jackdaw on December 20, 2014, 5:33 pm

        Right! Right! I see dirt smudges on his knees from when he dug the hole!

      • annie
        annie on December 20, 2014, 5:40 pm

        ??? they must have separate teams for staging digging wouldn’t you think?

      • adele
        adele on December 20, 2014, 5:50 pm

        LOL Annie.

        By gollie, I don’t see a shovel in the photo so Jackdaw may be on to something ;-)

      • amigo
        amigo on December 20, 2014, 6:13 pm

        “right! Right! I see dirt smudges on his knees from when he dug the hole! “jackduh

        Officers do not dig holes jarhead.They get lower ranks like you to do their dirty work.

      • amigo
        amigo on December 20, 2014, 6:51 pm

        “The officer isn’t texting, he’s taking a photo with his cell phone.”jackduh

        So he brings a camera person along to photograph him taking a photo of the “crater”

      • amigo
        amigo on December 20, 2014, 6:54 pm

        “Where’s the shrapnel? “talknic

        Shhhn don,t tell jackduh but you only get shrapnel the first time it is used.

      • amigo
        amigo on December 20, 2014, 7:42 pm

        “Of course … with his hand over the lens … so clever.” talknic

        It,s one of those Israeli cellphones.Does stuff ordinary cellphones are incapable of.

      • talknic
        talknic on December 20, 2014, 8:35 pm

        @ Jackdaw

        “Right! I see dirt smudges on his knees from when he dug the hole!”

        Can’t answer the question, so you post drivel! WOW…so clever

      • Jackdaw
        Jackdaw on December 21, 2014, 2:31 am

        See you guys on the Grassy Knoll!

      • annie
        annie on December 21, 2014, 4:43 am

        LOL..another great caption! see ya later jack

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer on December 21, 2014, 10:51 am

      @jackdaw

      While you wait for us on the grassy knoll perhaps you should read over the 94 ceasefire violations by Israel. No doubt you want to start the clock with a single rocket, if it was fired.

      http://www.imemc.org/article/70072

  11. jimby
    jimby on December 20, 2014, 5:03 pm

    Good heavens, if this is what strikes terror in the heart of Israel, just imagine they go to war with a well armed adversary. They were totally outsmarted by Hezbollah and Hamas. What ever happened to their amazing Jewish intelligence? Just another myth….

  12. adele
    adele on December 20, 2014, 5:04 pm

    “@ambRonProsor, hey ron, bibi wants to know if you need more “attacks” to help you out with this whole EU/UN mess? perception is everything, lol. toda”

  13. annie
    annie on December 20, 2014, 5:11 pm

    i like those bright red shoelaces in the top left corner. they’ve obviously cleared the area of civilians.

  14. amigo
    amigo on December 20, 2014, 6:04 pm

    Israel needs a diversion, desperately.Any diversion that will swing world opinion back to the victims.Israel,s dirty trick dept is working overtime to come up with any justification to start another war.I have to ask why.Do they think that the millions of people who hit the streets during the Protective slaughter will be fooled by “ziowood ” productions.Do they think that more images of kids being murdered at play will somehow bring those who saw those images just weeks ago will suddenly embrace the zionist entity and call on their pols to back Israel.

    They are insane and that for the Palestinians is the problem.Is netanyahu pulling the same bs that war criminals Livni and barak pulled by using Cast Lead to impress their constituents and garner more votes.When and how can the world be rid of these criminal s and those who apologise for them,

  15. oldgeezer
    oldgeezer on December 20, 2014, 7:15 pm

    “I look cool. Time to hit up a chick for later”

  16. Mooser
    Mooser on December 20, 2014, 7:58 pm

    What’s he texting?

    “Dear Sodastream…..”

    • In2u
      In2u on December 20, 2014, 8:32 pm

      What’s he texting?

      “Boss something looks fishy”

  17. Kay24
    Kay24 on December 20, 2014, 8:30 pm

    “False flag operation successful. We should have done more of these. Easier than pretending to look for missing kids”.

  18. Steve6644
    Steve6644 on December 20, 2014, 9:51 pm

    I found one of Hamas’s rockets, should I return it?

  19. talknic
    talknic on December 20, 2014, 11:50 pm

    “If anyone believes this, they’ll believe anything!”

  20. amigo
    amigo on December 21, 2014, 5:15 am

    Haaretz has a much better photo.

    http://www.haaretz.com/

    And take a look at the photo from j post.
    http://www.jpost.com/

    Notice what appears to be footprints under the Rocket and what appears to be a Heel print under the veg leaves to the right of the so called rocket.Something very staged about this scene.Even if those are not boot marks you have to ask how the ground became flat , almost smooth directly under the rocket.Assuming it was blown there after the explosion versus staying in the bottom of the crater it still does not explain how those flat areas got there.

  21. OlegR
    OlegR on December 21, 2014, 5:55 am

    You guys are quite pathetic , i’ll remind of this post, next time we will start pounding Gaza
    the current cease fire collapses once again because Palestinians can’t hold their shit together.

    • lonely rico
      lonely rico on December 21, 2014, 11:27 am

      next time we will start pounding Gaza
      Thanks for the reminder Oleg –
      all those DEAD & MAIMED children,
      from the last “pounding”,
      and the one before that, and the previous one …
      pathetic is the right word Oleg,
      but it is you who are pathetic and ugly.
      But wait . . . maybe I misunderstand?
      Perhaps this is Zionist humor?
      Sorry to disappoint, Oleg, but I’ll take Mooser any time.

    • talknic
      talknic on December 21, 2014, 11:32 am

      OlegR “next time we will start pounding Gaza the current cease fire collapses once again “

      It collapsed long ago http://www.imemc.org/article/70072

    • amigo
      amigo on December 21, 2014, 11:45 am

      “You guys are quite pathetic , i’ll remind of this post, next time we will start pounding Gaza
      the current cease fire collapses once again because Palestinians can’t hold their shit together.”oleg-less.

      Earth to oleg. Each and everyone of us is claiming this has all the “markings” of a set up job, so your response is all phooey.

      Address the points that have been presented.And if you wish to enter a discussion about who broke the so called ceasefire first , just let us know.There is ample evidence of Israel breaking the ceasefire almost the same day it was put into place.You can start at the link below.

      http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/05/israeli-cease-fire-violations-and-media-propaganda/

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius on December 21, 2014, 5:13 pm

      ”next time we will start pounding Gaza”

      Maybe it’s just me, Oleg, but it sounds almost as though you’re rubbing your hands together with glee at the prospect of yet another massacre.

      Can we predict your wishes will come true just in time for the elections, eh Oleg? After all, ‘pounding’ Arabs has always been a sure fire hit with the Israeli electorate, has it not?

    • CigarGod
      CigarGod on December 22, 2014, 9:42 am

      Olegr logic is interesting.
      Lets apply it fairly, shall we?
      Next time a settler “loses his shit” in a palestinian olive grove, i expect olegr will be okay with hamas mobilizing tanks, jets and starvation upon a 35 x 20 miles wide patch of israel.

      • alen
        alen on December 22, 2014, 9:31 pm

        Oleg inspired another caption from me:

        “Palestinian rocket shells make great improvised shovels, but they are so small, this is all we could dig. No wonder they can make such huge tunnels in Gaza with our massive shells as shovels. Love you mom, Shlomo”

  22. heb
    heb on December 21, 2014, 8:10 am

    What’s he texting ?

    “Their rocket has hit our rocket -bang goes tonight’s salad.”

  23. JaapBo
    JaapBo on December 21, 2014, 11:23 am

    Another pointless rocket from Gaza. Let’s mow some grass!

  24. Walid
    Walid on December 21, 2014, 11:24 am

    OT> Birds of a feather learn from each other. ISIS, which these days is Israel’s great pal, must have picked up some pointers from it on how to increase its cash flow. From al-Manar quoting the Monitor:

    After Oil, ISIL Has New Source of Funding: Organ Trafficking
    Local Editor
    It has been well known that the Takfiri group operating in Iraq and Syria, ISIL relies on oil sales as a source of funding.

    However, it seems there are other sources to fund the terrorist group, including trafficking human organs, the US-based media website Al-Monitor reported earlier this month.ISIL militants

    The website quoted an otolaryngologist, Siruwan al-Mosuli, as saying that he lately noticed unusual movement within medical facilities in Mosul.

    “Information then leaked about organ selling. Surgeries take place within a hospital and organs are quickly transported through networks specialized in trafficking human organs,” Al-Monitor cited Mosuli as saying.

    He said that the organs come from fallen fighters who were quickly transported to the hospital, injured people who were abandoned or individuals who were kidnapped.”

    http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=186723&cid=31&fromval=1&frid=31&seccatid=91&s1=1

    • just
      just on December 21, 2014, 12:24 pm

      Ugh, Walid.

      Gideon Levy, today:

      “Israel’s society, still shaped by military arrogance

      A new play recently opened in Tel Aviv about a Yom Kippur general shows that nothing has really changed: We are still permitted to do anything, in the army and in civilian life, then and now.

      Gorodish again? That war again? How much more can we wallow in it? There is an excellent show in town, run and see it. You mustn’t miss “Gorodish,” written and directed by Hillel Mittelpunkt, at the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv. Haaretz theater critic Michael Handelzalts already praised it to the skies two days ago on the Haaretz Hebrew website. But it is not (only) the wonderful script, the remarkable directing, the magnificent acting, the lighting, scenery and music. It is the relevance that cries out.

      First performed in 1993, the play is even more relevant in 2014. It is the incomprehensible Israeli alchemy. In 1993 it was a nostalgic play, “this is how we once were”: the generals, the debauchery, the arrogance, corruption, inflexibility and blindness. At the time we thought we had changed. That the 1973 war had healed us. That there were no more Gorodishes, nor Moshe Dayans. And look at the nightmare we’re in now. They are all back, and in spades. In fact, they never left.

      There is no point in counting all the similarities. At a time when suspicions of sexual harassment, weapons theft, misuse of donations and cover-ups by commanders are being investigated in a storied army brigade, Gorodish is here and now. Maj. Gen, Shmuel “Gorodish” Gonen, who was raised in a religiously observant home, has (allegedly) been replaced by Givati Brigade commander Col. Ofer Winter, who sends his troops into battle in the name of the Lord of Hosts. The hotels have been replaced by bed and breakfasts, the sexual harassment of female soldiers by that of male soldiers as well. There are suicides in both “Gorodish” and in Givati’s Tzabar Battalion, and nearly everything else is unchanged. Not only “Kahane lives,” so does Gorodish.

      But the rot in the Israel Defense Forces — one deputy battalion commander already compared conduct in the battalion with organized crime — is just one side of the picture. The other is the military and the political arrogance, and we have both. Back then its name was Golda Meir, today it’s Benjamin Netanyahu, both of them speaking the smoothest English. Then it was Sharm el-Sheikh, today it’s Sheikh Jarrah, and the attitude is the same: Israel will decide everything, according to its whims and caprices, and there is no other. What about time? It continues to work in its favor.

      …The Israeli ethos still hinders criticism. A great army of propagandists covers for it. Even when a scandal like that in Givati breaks out, they hurry to say that these are exceptions. Watching “Gorodish” prompts another thought: Not only is this the esprit de IDF, but the army’s contribution to the Israeli state and society also includes the army’s inherent corruption and arrogance. The arrogance and corruption of the happy days of Gorodish are an inseparable part of the behavior of an occupying army. If in 1973 we thought that we were healed and in 1993 we thought that it was nostalgia, then we were as dreamers.

      The conclusion is clear: Instead of defending the IDF and placing all the blame on the politicians, the time has come to understand that the IDF is the people’s army. It does not only reflect society, it also shapes it. Perhaps the corrupt behavior of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the rape committed by former President Moshe Katsav were born in Gorodish’s barracks. The bullying on Israel’s roads and the violence in its clubs were born there too. We cannot continue to treat the army as only a victim of society and the soldiers as only people who carry out orders. The one who ran riot during Operation Protective edge in the Gaza Strip will do the same in battalion headquarters. And a bully who went crazy while carrying out the Hannibal Directive in Rafah will be a bully in his home as well. The spirit of 1967 has never faded: We are permitted to do anything, in the army and in civilian life, then and now.

      In one of the highlights of “Gorodish,” Epstein, the general’s loyal assistant, says: “We have been praying for peace, singing songs of peace since nursery school: peace, peace … Do I believe my government would prefer occupied territories over peace, and as a result would sacrifice hundreds and thousands of lives for them? I, Cohen, am a rotten person. I believe so.” Nothing has changed. Curtain.”

      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.632906?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  25. Qualtrough
    Qualtrough on December 21, 2014, 10:39 pm

    Damn! Missed a casus belli by this much!

  26. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich on December 21, 2014, 11:49 pm

    What’s he texting?

    ‘LOL, LOL, LOL.’

  27. CigarGod
    CigarGod on December 22, 2014, 9:50 am

    Okay, heres mine:

    “Hey honey, you dont have to cook…im bringing home latkes.”

    • alen
      alen on December 22, 2014, 9:23 pm

      I got one.

      “We spent too much on Iron Dome. We are digging our own latrines now. Unfortunately, we don’t have Palestinians to dig it for us at the moment. We did the best we could. Love Ari. BTW do you have toilet paper?”

  28. just
    just on December 22, 2014, 4:13 pm

    Good article over at EI:

    “After Israeli warplanes bombed Gaza on Friday, the BBC described the air strike on “a Hamas facility” as “the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.”

    The short BBC News item, essentially a repackaged Israeli army press statement, added that the strike was “in response” to a rocket fired earlier from Gaza.

    The casual reader would understand this to mean that Israel has held its fire since the August ceasefire which ended the intensive bombing this summer that claimed more than 2,200 Palestinian lives.

    However, the reality is that Israel has fired on Palestinians in Gaza nearly every day since the 26 August truce.”

    much more @ http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/israel-violates-gaza-ceasefire-nearly-every-day

  29. alen
    alen on December 22, 2014, 9:33 pm

    Another caption (I really want to win):

    “See the latest plantings? And no Palestinian labour was involved!! (They are all locked down)”

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