This week’s Good News Friday post very nearly didn’t get written at all due to the current situation. As the news starts to get worse and we are hearing of our first casualties I wasn’t sure whether to post anything at all. But once again I decided that we need something good to take us into Shabbat. However this post is going to center around Operation Protective Edge.
We start with a great video of Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, who is proving to be a wonderful spokesman for Israel, in an interview with Al Jazeera:
Kol hakavod to Bennett who didn’t allow himself to be fazed by the hard questioning and firmly put Israel’s case forward.
As you may have noticed from the several times that I have complained about the stupid name of this military operation, I really don’t approve of “Protective Edge”. I won’t tell you what kind of advert it sounds like because this is a family blog, but rescue is at hand! We can now generate our own Gaza operation name:
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.
The generator reflects the widely held assumption that an IDF computer spits out the names of Israel’s military actions. However, the IDF Spokesman’s office, refusing to discuss with The Times of Israel how the current operation got its moniker, would not confirm this.
If The Gaza Operations Generator had been used to name the current operation, it could have been dubbed “Mashav Kasuf” (Silver Gust), “Geshem Helem” (Pounding Rain), “Shemesh Nafitz” (Volatile Sun), or any other silly-sounding random combination of pre-programmed adjectives and nouns.
The generator is hosted on the website of Feelternet, a Tel Aviv-based digital creative agency.
Here’s my contribution: “Burning cardboard” 🙂
1. Red Alert smartphone app
This simple platform alerts users when there is a Red Alert for a specific area and can work in tandem with the “Yo!” joke messaging app. The app, whose developers spoke to The Times of Israel on Tuesday, is meant to be a backup and not a substitute for paying heed to the Code Red Siren. Sometimes the alerts can be delayed by up to 30 seconds, and some users have reported that the app is crashing under heavy usage. An English version is now available.
2. United Hatzalah’s SOS NowForce app
Sign up at sos.nowforce.com
5. Secure Space app
Before you hear the siren, you should always know where the closest protected area is to you. In many apartment buildings the stairs are protected areas, though it’s also a good idea to know where the closest bomb shelter is for longer periods of time. For iPhone users, an app called “Secure Space” can help you locate the nearest bomb shelter. Currently, the app is only in Hebrew and covers the cities of Ashkelon, Ashdod, and Beersheba, and is not available for Android users. Android users in Tel Aviv can use the “Shelter” app to locate their nearest bomb shelter based on their GPS location, or the Tel Aviv municipality app for Android or iPhone which lists bomb shelters in addition to other services. For people in Jerusalem, the municipality website has a PDF to help you locate your closest bomb shelter, or you can call the Municipality hotline at 106 to ask.