Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Israeli soldier posts Instagram image of Palestinian child in crosshairs of rifle

Israeli soldier posts disturbing Instagram photo of child in crosshairs of his rifle
Israeli soldier Mor Ostrovski, 20, has sparked controversy after posting this image on his Instagram account. Photograph: electronicintifada.net
An Israeli soldier has sparked outrage by posting a photograph appearing to show the back of a Palestinian boy's head in the crosshairs of his sniper rifle on a social networking site.
The context of the picture, posted on the personal Instagram site of Mor Ostrovski, 20, could not be verified but the aggressive message is clear. The minarets and Arabic architecture of the village captured in the background suggest the boy and the town are Palestinian. Ostrovski is an Israeli soldier in a sniper unit.
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  1. For Tgia:

    What, exactly, is a maqam?

    “They’re basically seven note scales similar to western scales, except that some of them have uncommon intervals. In particular intervals that use quarter tones–notes that sort of would lie somewhere in between the white keys and the black keys on the piano,” explains Iraqi-American musician and Maqam Fest curator Amir ElSaffar.


    1. My understanding is that Maqam is a musical genre, a type of melody that I would not be able to accurately describe but I found this. I'm not sure if it helps.
      "Arabic maqam (Arabic: مقام‎ / ALA-LC: maqām; pl. maqāmāt) is the system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music, which is mainly melodic. The word maqam in Arabic means place, location or rank. The Arabic maqam is a melody type. It is "a technique of improvisation" that defines the pitches, patterns, and development of a piece of music and which is "unique to Arabian art music."[1] There are seventy two heptatonic tone rows or scales of maqamat.[1] These are constructed from major, neutral, and minor seconds (see Arab tone system).[1] Each maqam is built on a scale, and carries a tradition that defines its habitual phrases, important notes, melodic development and modulation. Both compositions and improvisations in traditional Arabic music are based on the maqam system. Maqamat can be realized with either vocal or instrumental music, and do not include a rhythmic component."

  2. Thanks. I listened to some samples on NPR. Beautiful! Reminded me of the music of Andalucia

  3. TGIA: Did you delete your Facebook page?

    1. No Mara, just deactivated. Will be back soon. Busy busy and need to focus more.