Posts Tagged ‘Gaza’

Generate Your Own Gaza Operation

July 10, 2014

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

IDF APCs (Armed Personnel Carriers) are seen near the Gaza border in southern Israel on the second day of Operation Protective Edge, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

IDF APCs (Armed Personnel Carriers) are seen near the Gaza border in southern Israel on the second day of Operation Protective Edge, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

It turns out that Anglo Israelis are not the only ones poking fun at the name of Israel’s latest military operation.

While native English speakers are scratching their heads specifically at the IDF’s translation of “Tzuk Eitan” in to the impenetrable “Protective Edge,” Hebrew speakers are spoofing the presumed process by which operation names are chosen.

Case in point: The Gaza Operations Generator. Just go to its site and keep clicking on an arrow in the middle of the screen. You will get another and yet another two-word phrase (Hebrew only). The words are obviously pulled from a database of intentionally bombastic language.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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Israeli Culture Explosion Snuffed Out by Real Blasts

July 10, 2014

This piece first appeared on The Arty Semite blog at the Forward.

Maybe Next Year: Contact Point, which in previous years attracted 5,000 attendees, has been postponed. Photo Credit: Barak Aharon

Maybe Next Year: Contact Point, which in previous years attracted 5,000 attendees, has been postponed. Photo Credit: Barak Aharon

JERUSALEM – Usually, there is an explosion of culture in Jerusalem in the summer. But with Hamas striking Israel with hundreds of rockets and missiles daily, popular arts events in the country’s capital have had to be cancelled or postponed.

When the current war with Hamas broke out early Tuesday, Jerusalemites were not particularly fearful of rockets landing in their city. While one or two sirens went off in Jerusalem during Operation Pillar of Defense in late 2012, the capital was largely spared from missile fire. However, when the wailing siren sounded and was followed by three explosions on Tuesday night, residents realized that things may actually be different this time.

Within minutes of the attack on Jerusalem, authorities ordered that the concert by Israeli rocker Berry Sakharof taking place that evening at the outdoor Sultan’s Pool venue just outside the walls of the Old City be stopped and its 6,000 attendees immediately evacuated.

Large outdoor gatherings, which are traditional during cool Jerusalem summer evenings, are problematic security-wise at a time like this. People have at most a minute and a half to reach shelter when a air raid siren goes off, making it difficult — if not impossible — to hold such events safely.

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Name ‘Protective Edge’ Doesn’t Cut It

July 10, 2014

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

IDF APCs (Armed Personnel Carriers) are seen near the Gaza border in southern Israel on the second day of Operation Protective Edge, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

IDF APCs (Armed Personnel Carriers) are seen near the Gaza border in southern Israel on the second day of Operation Protective Edge, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel’s current operation in Gaza has a Hebrew name and an English name, and something has been lost in the translation. While “Tzuk Eitan” appears to resonate with Hebrew speakers, “Protective Edge,” the IDF’s official English translation, doesn’t sound quite right to the ears of English-speaking Israelis

“It’s another one of the strong code names that the IDF gives its operations, like ‘Amud Anan’ [Pillar of Defense] and ‘Oferet Yetztuka’ [Cast Lead],” offered Moria Holtz, an Israeli-born resident of Ma’aleh Adumim who works at a private Hebrew-teaching institute in Jerusalem.

Yagil Levy, a professor in the department of sociology, political science and communication at the Open University of Israel, also immediately perceived the meaning of “Tzuk Eitan,” which translates literally as “Firm Cliff” or “Resolute Cliff” (the IDF’s official Arabic translation). “The operation’s name signals the power, commitment and resilience of the Israeli people,” he said

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