32562 It's burning

Midburn is a 6-day event held in the Negev desert in southern Israel. The first annual event was held in June, 2014, and was attended by 3,000 people. Some 3000 people set up a colourful encampment in the dusty desert landscape, swinging from hoops by day and burning giant wooden sculptures by night. It was Midburn, Israel's first Burning Man festival named after the carnival style festival held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Midburn is a mix of “midbar,” Hebrew for desert, and the English word “burn.” For five days, the people all but, Israelis created a temporary city dedicated to creativity, communal living and what the festival calls “radical self-expression.”

Some came costumed in all kind of dress styles while other did forgo the clothes altogether. Participants brought their own food and water, and shared with others. The only thing on sale was ice because of the scorching heat. There were workshops in sculpture, drawing, and touch therapy. There was music and theatre. At the tents of heaven and hell, the people were chosen at random for one of two fates: getting massages or doing chores. During the day, Bedouin shepherds meandered to the fence surrounding the festival to observe the spectacle. When day turned to night, a larger-than-life wooden sculpture was set on fire. David Ben-Gurion, who dreamed of making the Negev desert bloom though he probably didn't envision it blossoming with hula hoops and pyrotechnics.

The second event was held in May 20-24, 2015, and was attended by 6,500 people. The name itself is a translation/combination of the Hebrew word for "desert (midbar) and the English word "burn" in reference to the annual Burning Man festival in the Negev. The festival is held near Sde Boker, and the themes of the event are creativity, art and personal expression. No money is exchanged and no vendors are present. Instead, people are expected to bring everything they need for the weeklong experience, and camps are expected to provide gifts.

This can range from the practical, like food and cocktails, to the wildly imaginative, sucha as the in 2016 delivered Teddy bear full of life-sized teddy bearsThe burn is held every year in May or June, around the Hebrew holiday of "Shavuot" (Pentecost), and culminates in a bonfire of wooden sculptures. The third Midburn event, in 2016, had an attendance of 8,000 participants, making it the 2nd biggest regional event outside the US.

And that was all the fun, what however is not fun, is that the Gaza resistance against the oppressed regime of Israel, uses fire (arson) as a weapon. There can be no objection against an resistance that attacks the military, military instillations or other parts of the oppressive regime they fighting against, however sinking to the Israeli style of attacking those that cannot defend themselves, crops of landscape, that is simple not on. The Hamas resistance party is directly responsible for the recent wave of ‘balloon bomb’ and ‘terror kite’ attacks by Gaza resistance on Israel, officials say, claiming that the Palestinian resistance group is actively working to organize cells of resistance to prepare and launch incendiary devices at Israeli territory.

It did destroyed thousands of acres of crops, agricultural fields and natural forests. The Israeli army have tried to intercept the incendiary kites with technological measures (drones) but without effective results. Therefore, in the wake of the accumulating damages, Israeli Air Force aircraft recently carried out a series of warning attacks on the civilians (not the perpetrators who were launching incendiary kites and balloons) just civilians as that is easier.

On June 17, 2018, the IDF stepped up its response and attacked nine Hamas targets as they regarding Hamas as responsible for the use of arson as a resistance weapon. In response three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, two of which fell inside Israeli territory. Stepping up responses clearly indicates the potential for escalation caused by the Israeli shoot to kill policy.

Our crops and fields have been burning for three months now. The western Negev is ablaze. For many long weeks, the people living there have been covered in smoke, breathing it. And the Israeli government is coming to terms with the situation, swallowing the heinous resistance campaign. The government has accepted the new equation on the Gaza border. It's okay to burn our fields, and if the IDF "responds" with warning shots near the terrorists, heaven forbid not at the terrorists themselves, they fire rockets at our communities at night. To grasp the magnitude of the failure, we need to go back to the last "round" of fighting on the Gaza border, on May 29. Dozens of rockets and mortars were fired at the Israeli communities, and nothing was destroyed and nobody hurt, as when the IAF and the IDF retaliated with airstrikes and artillery shelling it was seen in the world as absurd behaviour senseless killings and it ended in a disgraceful Israeli defeat.

Of course we are not people who say Israel is at fault or the Gaza resistance is at fault, as were two fighting two are at fault. Obvious Israel wants to overrun the Gaza Stroke, while the Gaza resistance wants the oppressor out and peace returning. These are the Hawks intentions on both sides; I don't believe in an endspiel but believe in a long-term push for peace on both sides. A low-intensity resistance will never provide a clear, unambiguous "victory image for either side." Victory is measured over time. But the way Israel deals within a murderous character as in this case it will not work, nor will the scorching earth of the Gaza resistance, the result we have seen, immediately obvious disappointing and dire.

The round ended in a cease-fire. In principle, a cease-fire means people stop shooting at each other, however, this was a one sided shooting match, as such a cease fire was not possible. However, a one sided cease-fire is a failure when dozens of fields and groves are being burned daily along the Gaza border. The round that concluded in a cease-fire only addressed the rocket fire, not the incendiary kites. This means Israel is not acting against the Gaza resistance when the burn down the fields, nor is this arson by the resistance a breach of the cease fire. This cannot go on it is as such an intolerable situation. A country cannot attack another country almost daily under the heading we are the strongest you obey or we kill you. That principle went out of the door a long time ago.

On the other hand the other country cannot in revenge burn down the fields, as we wrote before a resistance attacks the power of the oppressor not the civilians. And just as Israel shoots the people they say but never proof who are firing the rockets and shoot the innocent civilians because someone somewhere is letting a kite fly with a burning freight. The word what is used by flying a kite is irrelevant when it comes to mass-scale revenge by the Gaza resistance. An incendiary kite isn't a toy, it's a weapon wielded by the resistance. A kite cell is no different than a rocket cell. It has to be destroyed, ideally before it launches. Just as the killing machine called the IDF has to be destroyed ideally before they start the usual killing.

The response to an arson attack has to be identical to the response to a rocket barrage. No country can come to terms with such a flagrant violation of its sovereignty and such agricultural devastation. Nor can any country accept the relentless killing of its civilians because they do not accept the oppressive regime. The way forward is not talking with pointing a gun on the other party as Israel does at the moment, nor is it acceptable that Israel’s nuclear weapon program does not falls under the International Nuclear oversight program, while threatening other countries such as Saudi with it.

This is a matter of operational and political failure; it is also a moral, ethical failure. This is a government betraying its fundamental pact with its citizens to assure their safety and security, as the danger for the Israeli citizens due to the actions of the IDF and the IAF is making life insecure in Israel. Were the government to order the IDF to put an end to the arson campaign which is virtual impossible other than to eliminate the total Gaza population and even that would not work and as such would fail. An operational failure is legitimate because lessons can be learned from mistakes; you fix things and improve. The moral failure is unforgivable, as murdering people because they have a different religion, different life style who have seen their country slowly being absorbed by a oppressing regime is never a solution as Adolf Hitler would be able to tell you if he was still alive.

The way forward is to talk, not like Israel by holding a knife over the Palestinian throat, but by speaking man to man honest and straight forwards. The problem is that Israel wants only Power, Control and the benefits while they see the Palestinians as people who actual should be slaves of the Israeli. But even this has led already to the resistance of the Israeli people towards the regime leader. But the signs are on the Wall either peace or as in the year 70 a expulsion, again. YHWH is watching and as the past is anything to go by he will not be pleased.

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