National birds of various countries

This video from New Zealand says about itself:

21 January 2010

Last night the worst drought in 20+ years here on Purerua Peninsula was broken with a 36mm rainfall. This afternoon, one of our local kiwis came out in broad daylight. We think it had been getting hungry because the ground was too hard and dry to penetrate during the drought, but with the softer soil today, the bird came out to catch up on feeding.

Kiwis are the national birds of New Zealand.

This week, the black-tailed godwit won in the Dutch national bird election.

Dutch Vroege Vogels TV then went to The Hague, where the foreign embassies are, to ask the ambassadors of New Zealand, Israel, India and the USA about their national birds. The interviews are on this video.

The national bird of India is the peacock.

This video is called Pavo cristatus – Indian blue peacock calling.

The peacock is the symbol of the gods Indra and Vishnu in Hindu religion. Killing a peacock used to be punished with the death penalty.

This is a hoopoe video from the Czech republic.

In May 2008, the hoopoe was voted national bird of Israel. 155,000 people participated in the election.

This video from North Dakota in the USA is called Bald Eagles (Accipitridae: Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Nest-building.

In 1782, the United States Congress voted to have the bald eagle as national bird; though Benjamin Franklin would have preferred the turkey.

Birds have been honored, revered and worshipped in many different cultures throughout human history, and birds as gods or god-like figures is just one of the many cultural connections humans and birds share: here.

Jews, Arabs together for peace

This video says about itself:

20 October 2015

A cafe owner in the Israeli town of Netanya is offering a 50% discount to Jews and Arabs who decide to eat together. He believes that hummus is a cross cultural dish that both communities enjoy, and wants to use it as a symbol of commonality and peace.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Israeli left rallies for peaceful solution

Monday 26th October

JEWISH and Arab Israeli citizens held a rally for peace and an end to the occupation of Palestine in Haifa last night.

The demonstration followed Saturday evening’s march through Tel Aviv from Rabin Square to the Defence Ministry.

Both events were backed by the Communist Party, Israel’s only political party which has both Jewish and Arab members.

Saturday’s march was organised by campaign group Peace Now.

“Only a political process that will lead to the end of our control over millions of Palestinians will end the bloody conflict between the two peoples and allow Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and quiet.

“The only way to prevent further deterioration is through a two-state solution,” the group stated ahead of the demo, which was attended by about 6,000 people.

Peace Now chairman Yariv Oppenheimer told the crowds that Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right government had turned Israel into a “violent, racist and hopeless” country.

Racist lynching of refugee in Israel, petition

This video says about itself:

Israel: mob lynchеs Eritrean after bus station аttаck RAW VIDEO

19 October 2015

By Vardit Shalfy in Israel:

Hundreds of Israeli citizens sign petition demanding compensation for family of Eritrean citizen lynched in Beersheba

Press release 24.10

“Hundreds have already signed our petition, within hours from the moment it was launched, and signatures keep coming”, say the initiators of a public campaign demanding that the Israeli government grant a terror victim status to Habtom Zarhum, the victim of the lynching in Beersheba, and compensate his family accordingly.

“When it was made clear that he was a completely innocent man, the State of Israel itself should have assumed immediate responsibility and do the required minimum. It turns out that our state is incapable even of that, based on a formalistic argument that “the law does not allow that”. This attempt to dodge its responsibility amounts to a continuation of the lynching act, this time at the hands of heartless bureaucrats serving the State.

The petition addresses the President of Israel, the Welfare Minister, the Director of the National Insurance Institute, copying the United Nations High commissioner for Refugees. The text read: “Habtom Zarhum, an Eritrean citizen fleeing a despotic regime in his homeland and trying in vain to find a safe haven in the State of Israel, was the victim of a horrific lynching in Beer Sheva. The State of Israel bears responsibility for his death. Israeli citizens killed him brutally, Israeli citizens who became a rampaging, bloodthirsty and merciless mob. Government and “opposition” politicians, who issued explicit calls for the killing of those who do not constitute a threat, share the responsibility for his death.

The very little that the Israeli government can do is to recognize him as a terror victim and provide his family with the required support. If this cannot be done within the current law, this shameful law must be changed – at once!”

For details: Ofer – +972-(0)544-740825 (preferably by text message first)

Link to the online petition: here.

Asylum seekers mourn ‘lynched’ Eritrean man. Asylum seekers hold a memorial service for Habtom Zerhum, who was mistakenly shot and then severely beaten by Israelis at the scene of a terrorist attack in Be’er Sheva earlier in the week: here.

‘Everyone chased the terrorist, no one helped my grandma’. 80-year-old grandmother, Rachel Eisenkott, was stabbed and seriously wounded in a terrorist attack in Rishon Lezion. Her family was horrified by footage of the incident: ‘What have we become? People chase after the terrorist, jumping over my grandma like she’s an object’: here.

Israel: Thousands of people horrified by their ‘intifada government’ have taken to the streets demanding an end to state racism. But can the left succeed in such a divided nation? SHLOMO ANKER investigates: here.

Will the Netherlands stop exporting attack dogs to Israel? Here.

Pro-peace rallies in Israel, Tel Aviv Saturday, Haifa Sunday

This video says about itself:

21 October 2015

Israeli cafe offers discounts for Jews and Arabs who sit together

A hummus cafe in Israel is seeking to foster understanding amid a series of violent incidents by offering a discount for Jews and Arabs who sit together.

From the Gush Shalom peace movement in Israel:

Stop the Madness! Protest march in Tel Aviv, rally in Haifa

Saturday, October 24, 7:30 pm – marching from the Rabin Square, Tel Aviv. Sunday, October 25, at 7:30 pm – rally at the Cinematheque Square, Haifa.

At 7:30 pm on Saturday, October 24 the march will set off from Rabin Square to the Defense Ministry gate on Kaplan St., Tel Aviv. The march was initiated by Peace Now and joined by various other peace and human rights groups.

These difficult times – days of violence, fear and pain – are only reinforcing our understanding that there will not be real security here until there’s peace through a negotiated solution.

Only a political process that will lead to the end of our control over millions of Palestinians will end the bloody conflict between the two peoples and allow Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and quiet. The only way to prevent further deterioration is through a two state solution.

Join us this Saturday – *To protest the government actions that are pushing us away from a solution. *To protest extreme right-wing provocations. *To call upon Israeli society to choose a different path.

Transportation: If enough people register, there will be buses from Jerusalem, Haifa and Be’er Sheba – register here.


Haifa – Jews and Arabs stand together for a common future. Sunday, October 25, at 7:30 pm – rally at the Cinematheque Square, Haifa

We, Jews and Arabs, Arabs and Jews, will not give in to fear and despair. On Sunday, we will stand together in the city of Haifa – a city that can and must lead the way towards a shared life in complete equality. Standing together, we will call for a peace based on independence and justice to both peoples, for full equality in all spheres of life, for an end to racism and discrimination.

Arabs and Jews, Jews and Arabs, we all want to live in security. True security can only be security without occupation and without bloodshed. Only with an end to occupation and a move towards a just peace can we put an end to the killing and hatred, build an different reality and ensure security to all of us.

The terrible violence and fear on the streets did not come out of the blue. The time has come to address the root cause of the cycle of bloodshed: the system of control and separation which denies to millions of Palestinians their right to independence and a life of dignity. Instead of dealing with this root cause, the government goes on pouring ever more gasoline on the fires of incitement and violence.

On Sunday, October 25, at 7:30 pm we will hold a rally at the Cinematheque Square, Haifa (Merkaz HaCarmel, 142 HaNasi Avenue).

Starting at 5:30 pm, there will be in the same location a creativity workshop for children, in Hebrew and Arabic. Bring your entire family, to take part in a manifestation of shared life!

FRIDAY PRAYERS at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque ended peacefully yesterday after Israel relaxed restrictions, allowing Palestinian men of all ages to enter: here.

Israeli army kills Jewish ‘Palestinian’ ‘terrorist’

This video says about itself:

Israel: Arabs & Jews march for peace in Jerusalem

17 October 2015

Arabs and Jews marched through Jerusalem in solidarity on Saturday, protesting against the recent cycle of violence that has rocked Israel and Palestine.

From the Times of Israel:

Military police probe Wednesday night’s shooting of Jerusalem man by soldier

Israeli man was killed after altercation on bus with two soldiers who say they suspected he was a terrorist

Military police investigators are joining the investigation into the shooting death of an Israeli man Wednesday night in Jerusalem by two IDF soldiers who said they believed he was a terrorist.

The victim was shot and killed by a soldier on a bus near the western entrance to the capital on Wednesday night, after a physical altercation he had with two soldiers in which both sides apparently concluded the other was a Palestinian terrorist.

After the lynch mob killing of an Eritrean refugee in Israel who had nothing to do with terrorism, ‘for terrorism’ …

After a fanatical nationalist stabbed a Jewish shop assistant for supposedly being Palestinian …

Time to stop this vicious cycle of violence, and of hallucination instead of reality.

See also here.

URI AVNERY wonders if the extremist colonisers of the Occupied Territories have taken over Israeli politics.

Israeli comedian on terrorism scare

This 17 October video, in Hebrew by comedian Natali Cohen Vaxberg, is about hysteria in Israel, seeing terrorism everywhere. A hysteria which recently killed Eritrean refugee Haftom Zarhum [also referred to as Mulu Habtom Zerhom], who had nothing to do with terrorism; beaten to dead by a lynch mob. See also here.

Subtitles in English in the video are at the button at the leftmost button of the four buttons on the right of the underside.