Israel has treated a number of Palestinian children who were at a hospital to a fun day at a ski resort in Mt. Hermon. Does this mean that it is “snowashing?” As I will show later on, Israel has a history of treating Palestinian children who are hospitalized to a fun day at Mt. Hermon.
According to COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories):
3 Palestinian children went to Mount Hermon in Israel on March, the 19th, with a group of Israeli children, to enjoy the mountain and the snow.
The children, treated in Schneider Hospital and Sharei Tsedek Hospital were accompanied by soldiers from the Alpine Unit of Tsahal, who enjoyed the day with tem.
The event was organized by the Civil Administration and the Israeli NGO “Tikva uMarpeh”.
In 2011, Palestinian children with cancer were also treated to a similar event.
Last week, Palestinian children diagnosed with cancer visited Israel’s only ski resort located in Mt. Hermon, northern Israel. The children, accompanied by their families, enjoyed the snow and slopes along with IDF reservists from the Alpine Unit.
The day was part of a decade-long project in which soldiers bring up groups of mentally or physically disabled children, as well as children with terminal illnesses, to Mt. Hermon for a day of fun and relaxation. The number of visits varies according to the snowfall each year, but on average amounts to 40-45 annual visits. The project is funded by the Erez Organization, a non-profit organization which consists of reserve soldiers of the Alpine Unit.
The trip was also made possible by the Civil Administration, the Israeli body responsible for administering and coordinating civilian and humanitarian needs in the West Bank. Dalia Bassa, Health and Welfare Coordinator in the CA, coordinated last week’s trip for twenty children from the Augusta Victoria Hospital’s Oncology Ward who, along with their families and six of the hospital’s medical staff, joined the soldiers in the snow.
“It’s a day of fun which helps these children deal with their illness,” she said, adding that groups of Palestinian kids go to Mt. Hermon every year and that “the families call annually to remind me of the coming snowfall”.
The children were driven by bus to the Sea of Galilee in the morning, where they stopped at the Ein Gev Beach for a breakfast paid for the Alpine Unit’s logistics officer. From there they continued on to Mt. Hermon, where they were met with a host of IDF reservists ready to show them the slopes and join them in riding Sno-Cats and sledding.
“You see kids in green uniform playing with kids in civilian clothes,” said the commander of the Alpine Unit, who also invited a number of soldiers from the Nachal Brigade to join the fun. “I don’t presume to be a peacemaker or anything, but regardless of anyone’s personal politics it was simply a sight that did the heart good.”
Firewashing, Religionwashing, and Christianwashing. Why so many names? Well, we couldn’t think of one sole name, and all of them fit, so we went with all!
But on a more serious note – the Zionist regime is attempting to cover up their brutal crimes that they commit in illegally occupied Palestine on a daily basis by allowing Christians to visit their holy site for Easter and perform a ritual that invovles fire.
The author of this post would like to shift from the satirical tone for a moment and make this point. When Jordan occupied Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (what they renamed the “West Bank”), an occupation that only England and Pakistan recognized, Jews were not allowed to visit their holy sites. Many holy sites were in fact destroyed. The Kotel, or Western Wall/Wailing Wall, became a garbage dump. And the al-aqsa mosque was hardly important either.
Christians weren’t fully restricted, but there were severe restrictions. Very few were allowed to enter. The same is not true for the modern era, when Israel has control over Jerusalem. All religions are free to worship as they want, and you can see this any day in Jerusalem. While some Christians and Arabs from Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) may need permits to go to Jerusalem, this is for security reasons, and makes sense considering the number of suicide bombings that occured in Jerusalem during the Second Intifada.
Hopefully, one day, terrorism will be rejected and this will not be needed anymore. But that day isn’t today.
Thousands of Christians lit candles and torches from a flame that emerged from the tomb of Jesus in a Jerusalem church Saturday as they conducted an ancient fire ritual that celebrates the Messiah’s resurrection.
Plumes of smoke wafted through the crammed Church of the Holy Sepulcher as jostling pilgrims carrying crosses, candles and mobile phones set to record the event passed the flame from one to another.
Flanking the chanting crowds were dozens of black-clad Israeli police, specialized khaki-clad riot-prevention forces and border security guards keeping order. Photographers teetered over the crowds trying to snap photos. Palestinian women ululated as the fire emerged. Young men banged on drums and a few heated pilgrims got into fistfights that were broken up by the Israeli forces.
Amid them all were clerics in colorful robes designating their particular church, trying to get as close as possible to the ornate chamber in the cavernous Holy Sepulcher where many Christian traditions believe that Jesus was briefly entombed after he was crucified nearby.
Once they had their candles lit, the pilgrims and clerics quickly rushed outside of the ancient church, seeking to pass on the flames to pilgrims waiting in the narrow cobblestone alleys nearby.
So take your pick. Firewashing, religionwashing, or Christianwashing. Or be like us, and use all of them!