Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A-bomb-inable drill for all Israelis


Can’t say that we are really looking forward to Israel’s nationwide nuclear and chemical attack preparedness drill in March. The Magen David Adom rescue service announced that a dry run is needed after Hezbollah’s 4000 rockets sowed utter chaos across Northern Israel last summer. People renovated bomb shelters and tended to ignore the signs of post traumatic stress disorder in the family. There was not much they could do as civilians to stop the hail of rockets from Lebanon, since even IDF tank fire and air strikes didn't halt the militants. And Iran's recent nuclear strides are the clincher: army rescue forces, police, medical and firefighting services all will go through their paces as nuke sirens wail all over the country. Everyone undoubtedly will make the effort to "be strong", the unofficial Sabra mantra.


I wonder if the day will resemble those old civil defense drills in the states, and generate the dread atomic age angst.
Useful retro-advice from the cold war generation in case of nuclear attack:
1. Duck under nearest shelter
2. Cover your eyes from the flash
3. bend over and put your head between your legs
4. then kiss your ass goodbye.
Young Israelis increasingly are flirting with the possibility of nuclear annhilation and first strikes, if the nation's latest entry in the Eurovision song contest is any measure. Kobi Oz, lead singer with the group, Teapacks, uses Hebrew, English and French on their edgy single, "Push the Button."
some sample lyrics below from the same Sderot guys who brought the world the irreverant"Salaam Salami":

The world is full of terror, if someone makes an error, he's gonna blow us up to kingdom come.
There are some crazy rulers, they hide and try to fool us, with demonic, technologic willingness to harm. They're gonna push the button
...And I don't wanna die, I wanna see the flowers bloom, don't wanna go kaput-kaboom.

5 comments:

Ziv Zigzag said...

The groups name is pronounced "Tipp-ex" and they may need some. For corrections. News reports today said they might be kicked out of the Eurovision song contest for inappropriate content. But notoriety would be something to take away..and besides, it's not a bad tune for a bomb shelter.

tubetop said...

Was this perchance inspired by the past hit Push the Button?? But this talks about another kinda button

see Sugababes Lyrics:


If you're ready for me boy
You'd better push the button and let me know
Before I get the wrong idea and go
You're gonna miss the freak that I control
(I control)

If you're ready for me boy
(For me boy)
You'd better push the button and let me know
Before I get the wrong idea and go
(Oh, oh)
You're gonna miss the freak that I control

Ohhhhhhhh Ohhhhh Ohhhhhh

peacenik pepperoni said...

TeaPacks have a controversial backup song, about birthright and land rights. Plus the schmucks stole the melody form an old Turkish folk song.

Here's a rough translation of these lyrics courtesy of a guy called Zunger http://zunger.livejournal.com/149795.html?mode=reply

I'm eating a sandwich
With humus and sausage
A guy walks up to me
And says "gimme a bite."
"I don't know you," I said, "Buzz off,"
"I'm the son of the grocer," he said,
"Who sold you the said sandwich."

I gave him a bite,
He ran off with the slice of meat,
And chewed the bread as well!

Salaam Salami,
It isn't funny!
One wants peace, the other wants sausage.
Salaam Salami,
It's pretty funny,
One wants peace...

The next day I came back
With a new sandwich
He said "gimme a bite,"
I answered "Not a chance,"
"If your father's a grocer,
my father's a butcher,
who slaughtered the cow, so buzz off,
which is now between the bread as the sausage."

I let him take a bite,
Again he grabbed the sandwich and flew off like an airplane.

[Chorus]

I'm preparing a sandwich
At home in my kitchen
The door is locked
And in the yard a cannon
From over the fence,
He yells "gimme a bite,"
"My mom baked the bread!" he said,
"That's surrounding the damned salami!"
I let him in,
I let him have a taste,
He took the slice [Couldn't make out]

Salaam Salami,
It isn't funny!
One wants peace, the other wants sausage.
Salaam Salami,
It's pretty funny,
Not everyone wants peace,
So maybe enough!

tippex fan said...

Push the Button was just accepted as Israel's entry in Eurovision. Controversy or not.

Anonymous said...

slightly better lyrics:

http://allyourbeis.blogspot.com/2007/03/salaam-salami.html

and who says they stole from a turkish song? it sounds like typical sefardi music. like all middle eastern music there are elements in common, that doesn't make it the same.