Six mass graves features the remains of dozens of Palestinians killed during the Israeli-Arab war of 1948, when the Jewish state was founded have been uncovered in the Jaffa district of Tel Aviv.
An official at the Muslim cemetery there told AFP that the grisly find happened on Wednesday when ground subsided as builders carried out renovation work.
In 1948 Jaffa was a Palestinian town but there was an exodus of most of its Arab population when it fell to the fledgling Israeli army and right-wing Jewish militias.
Human skeletons are clearly visible in a mass grave found at a cemetery in the Jaffa district of Tel Aviv, Israel
The grisly find occurred on Wednesday when ground subsided as workers carried out renovations
Researcher and historian Mahmoud Obeid, a Jaffa resident, told As-Safri newspaper: ‘We discovered six mass graves, two of which we dug up. Our estimate is that they contain around 200 bodies, with an unknown additional number in the other graves.
'The remains belong to people of different ages, including women, children and the elderly, some of which bear signs of violence.'
A local fisherman Atar Zeinab, 80, said that as a teenager during the final months of fighting in 1948 he helped to collect the Arab dead in the area south of Jaffa.
They were then brought for a quick burial in the cemetery, the area’s main graveyard.
Tthe head of the Islamic Movement in Jaffa, Sheikh Mohammed Najem (right) looking at the hole that was made above the mass grave
Estimates are that the six mass graves could contain the bodies of around 600 people
'I carried to the cemetery 60 bodies during a period of three or four months,' he told AFP. 'We used to find the people in the street and most of the time we didn’t know who they were.'
He said that the danger of being hit by flying bullets or grenade fragments was such that bodies were dumped one on top of the other in existing family crypts in the cemetery, contrary to Muslim custom.
'We carried them early in the morning or in the night. We put women, children and men in the same place… nobody prayed for these people.
In 1950 Jaffa was incorporated into Tel Aviv, and was renamed Tel Aviv-Jaffa. It now a mixed Arab and Jewish population.
Around 760,000 Palestinians fled or were forced from their homes in the Israeli-Arab war of 1948.
The remains are thought to be Palestinians killed during the Israeli-Arab war of 1948
The cemetery in the Jaffa district of Tel Aviv contains six mass graves
Gudrun - Sea World of Florida by SMSea on Flickr.
John and Jeff had previously discussed Gudrun’s pregnancy since she had begun to eat less food in the final weeks of gestation. They were also concerned about the health of the fetus.
With the completion of G pool, SeaWorld had figured out a way to use Gudrun to generate new revenue streams. As one of its rare adult orcas whose dorsal fin had not bent over or collapsed, she was perfect to pose with tourists for photographs. Several times a day, SeaWorld would bring in tours of people to wait their turn in line for a picture shot by a professional photographer and sold to them at a premium. The pregnant whale would remain “dry” in the slide-out area as she held her pose for many minutes at a time. The weight on her unborn calf must have been immense.
When Gudrun went into labor, the staff veterinarian could not get a pulse on the unborn calf. It was presumed dead. Since Gudrun was not expelling the calf, they needed to pull it from her. Gudrun was taken into the med pool which was drained to immobilize her. They put a cable up her vagina and wrapped it around the flukes of the calf. The dead infant was reportedly pulled out manually by the animal care team.
The pain must have been unearthly. Gudrun began to hemorrhage severely. Her dorsal fin collapsed, probably due to dehydration. She refused to eat and ignored all attempts by people to make contact with her. She remained motionless in one spot, unprotected by shade, so staff lovingly lavished her back with zinc oxide. After the bleeding stopped, Gudrun stayed that way for four days as her worried caretakers did all they could to nurse her back to health.
On the fourth day, Gudrun finally moved. She swam slowly over to the gate where her disabled young calf Nyar, was watching. Nyar had had to be separated from Gudrun after the mother began attacking her daughter. Now, Gudrun gently nudged Nyar’s rostrum through the bars, as if asking for an overdue rapprochement. Gudrun died a few hours later.
[excerpt from Death at SeaWorld]
From this I can draw the conclusion that the slideout is very harmful to the expecting mothers and their calves, I don’t care if the trainers need to weigh their pregnant females, there’s too much of a risk to have them put that kind of pressure on the fetus. Ugh, poor Gudrun.
This is horrible
This has to end now.
Source: Flickr / smsea
Five months since CNN first aired the SeaWorld documentary Blackfish, the Oscar-shortlisted film continues to make waves. After a series of high-profile protests against SeaWorld for alleged mistreatment of its orcas, a Blackfish-inspired California legislator is now taking the fight to the next level: to free the orcas that are in captivity for human entertainment.
On Friday, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) introduced a draft of the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to the California legislature, which would ban orca performances as well as breeding or transporting the animal across state lines. Existing orcas would be retired to sea pens or displayed for educational reasons.
"There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes," Bloom said in a public statement. "These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete tanks for their entire lives. It is time to end the practice of keeping orcas captive for human amusement."
The American Dietetic Association says that an appropriately planned vegan diet is healthful and adequate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, but I keep meeting people who tell me they tried going vegan and got sick.
I think the key here are the words “appropriately planned”….