As the death toll rises in Nepal after a horrific earthquake over the weekend, the world is responding with aid missions. One of those nations is Israel, though some people see pernicious intent with this humanitarian move. Rania Khalek, an independent journalist, tweeted (maybe facetiously) to Max Blumenthal, a left-leaning writer for AlterNet, that Israel’s mission to the Asian nation was to learn how to kill better from the earthquake.
.@MaxBlumenthal Did you ever consider that maybe Israel is heading to Nepal to learn from the earthquake how to kill better?— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) April 26, 2015
Granted, this could all be troll bait, but is this real life?
Right now, the aid mission is hamstrung by logistical and safety problems. The death toll is a staggering 3,300 lives and rising, with multiple casualties and fatalities for the various mountain climbers on Mount Everest.
All in all, even if this is Israel trolling, is it appropriate during a time like this? Not to mention it’s beyond repugnant to suggest that Israel’s aid mission is a cover to sharpen their killing skills. It’s outrageous.
Both these tweets and The Core are just bad entertainment.
Oh, and here is Israel's mission (via Jerusalem Post):
The mission's goals are to locate missing Israelis, of which there are still some 150 who have not made contact with authorities, to rescue those trapped beneath rubble and to help treat the thousands of wounded Nepalese victims of the earthquake.
Netanyahu wished good luck to the Home Front Command assistance team which numbers some 260 personnel.
Three large search and rescue teams will divide up into smaller crews and scour ruins to search for survivors. A command and control team will oversee the entire effort and link up to local authorities. "At the moment, we are set to take off at 22:00 for Kathmandu," Laredo added.
The planes will carry some 95 tons of equipment, including the various components of a field hospital, which will have a ward for premature babies, a labor ward, x-ray machines, and a hospitalization area, as well as lab and surgery zones.
Rescuers are bringing with them cutting equipment, electronic devices to help find trapped victims, generators, lighting equipment, and more.
"As time passes, the focus will move from search and rescue to hospital treatment. The hospital can treat 200 patients a day," Laredo said. "We can link up with local heavy engineering vehicles," he added.
Three IDF Oketz K9 dogs and their handlers will also board one of the planes to Nepal.
Many members of the delegation have taken part in past Israeli assistance teams to natural disaster zones in Haiti, and the Philippines.
Oh, the horror! The horror!
Of course, you can always count on the Free Beacon to inject some humor–and trolling of their own–on things that are just completely absurd.
Did you ever consider that maybe Israel was trying to discern how effective their new Earthquake Weapon is? pic.twitter.com/nhAbDfgOF3— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) April 27, 2015
Last Note: A video of the avalanche hitting a base camp on Everest. [Warning: strong language]