Monday, June 1, 2009

Facts of (Israeli) life

The bloggers of That's My World Tuesday invite you to their local world.
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All this week Israel is even stranger than it is normally.
We are having a preparedness drill named "Turning Point 3."
It is to practice what would (or should) be done by the authorities and the people in the worst-case scenario--simultaneous incoming missiles from Gaza, Lebanon and Syria, and even Iran, accompanied by terror attacks from the West Bank.

Every air raid siren in the country will go off at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.
For the first time ever, the Home Front Command wants all citizens to practice taking cover inside the nearest shelter or protected space.

The black things you see above are built into all the new apartment buildings (since 1992).
The secure space's walls are made of steel reinforced concrete and the door has an air-tight seal.
There can be one inside the residence and also one on every floor of the building.
The old underground bomb shelters in the middle of my village. I think these public shelters are no longer in use.

The shelter next to our kindergarten does, however, look well maintained, even painted sky blue with clouds.
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I think the newest and most interesting innovation is this (in today's Jerusalem Post):
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"For the first time in such an exercise, the IDF Home Front Command will also test a new system that issues warning of incoming missile attacks to private cell phones. The IDF is also reviewing technology that would enable it to send little 'pop-up' screens to computers that are connected to the Internet.
Developed by Israeli hi-tech company eVigilo, the system connects to existing cellular antennas and is able to send messages to all phones that are being supported by the antenna. This enables the system to send warnings from areas as large as the entire country to just several city blocks, where the missile is predicted to land.
'Israelis have around 10 million cell phones and we plan to take advantage of them during an emergency,' explained OC Home Front Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan."
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Can you imagine, you are sitting and blogging when suddenly a box pops up on your computer screen saying "A missile is on its way to your neighborhood and will strike in X seconds (or X minutes)" !
Well friends, that's my world. Oi, such a world!
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29 comments:

Pietro said...

Dina, it's really interesting to know all these things about Israeli life. The images are very significant too. I only say one thing: the universe age is about 13 milliards years, human life is about 80/90 years... let's draw a conclusion.

pasadenaadjacent said...

To your question; simply put..I wouldn't like it

Kendris said...

Such a world, indeed. That your people should have to take these steps at all, let alone justify the measures that your government takes to keep its citizens safe, is mind-boggling.

Thank you for sharing, and I hope for a time when such things are in the past, and the shelters are used only by children playing hide and seek.

Martha Z said...

I hope the day will come when these measures will no longer be necessary.

Maria said...

Thank you for sharing Dina, I also do hope and pray that your worst case scenario never happens.

erin said...

enjoy learning more about israeli life each time i visit your blog. i like the concept behind the telephone equipment and it is something that could have world wide application and, probably will some day. found the wall barrier pieces quite interesting too.
take care dina..,

Barb said...

Goodness, Dina - I'll think of you "practicing" when you have the drill. Take care and stay safe.

Guy D said...

Wow that is incredible, thanks for sharing your world.

Have a great week
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Reader Wil said...

Dina that's really frightening. You really live in a dangerous time! It's something we daily think of: Israel in a state of war and how can your country be protected. When will there be peace? Thank you Dina for sharing this post!

ewok1993 said...

I completely agree and second Martha Z's comments.

fishing guy said...

Dina: A very interesting post and it shows what fear can exist in your land.

janice said...

Thank you for sharing, Dina.

It's very sad that a country has to prepare like this to keep it's populace safe, and then justify their action to the world.

May G-d keep His Kingdom safe.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Amazing post. What a thing to worry about about.

James said...

Israel has always facinated me. So small but so strong and prepared for anything. This is a place I hope to visit someday.

I'm going to read your blog daily.

SandyCarlson said...

So many things to be concerned about. This must be a challenging situation.

Wren said...

That is so scary - yes I can imagine it, and also can imagine thinking "I'll go in just a minute" - a luxury no one can afford in that situation.

Marja said...

How hard it must be to live in fear
and hard to imagine when you live here free from all those threats
Take care and stay safe

raphaelleae said...

Beautiful Dina-why don't you come to Canada -the aurora borealis here is beautiful.

Have a beautiful day filled with love and light.
shalom

Kay said...

Ai yai yai! You are living in a particularly dangerous world, Dina. Please be safe.

Robin said...

We had a car with a megaphone go by a few minutes before the siren, reminding people that it was just a drill. My daughter's not great with sudden loud noises, I hope it didn't bother her too much (she's in kindergarten).

kavita said...

DINA.. .HOPE it all finally come to an end......till then be safe...very informative post regarding life in your part of world.

Arija said...

Dina you have such a lovely and informative blog, I do enjoy visiting so much, although this post reminds me a little too much of the air raids before the end of WWII when we were stuck in Germany as refugees.
The technology is frightening as well as useful. Like 'Brave New World' where the controllers can be in your private space anytime they choose.
The marble foot is beautiful as is your post about your lovely cheesemaker.

Vamsee said...

I have to admire the courage of people to be able to live here.
Godspeed!
Thanks for sharing your part of the world with us.

mommanator said...

havent been online for a couple of days, but going back -you still get my award for best blog for review of country and faith! Keep posting!

Rajesh said...

I only know they are very brave people, who are leading life with so much instability around.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Dina my heart goes out to you and your nation XXX Don

Karen said...

Really interesting post ...

And no, I cannot imagine sitting at my computer and getting that message...

Cloudia said...

We Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Glennis said...

How dreadful that such measures are necessary. Life would not be good having the threat hanging over you.
It is best to be prepared.