Palestinian Ambassador Demands EU Boycott Nakba Activities ~ by @KawtherSalam


#NAKBA65  65 YEARS NAKBA = ENOUGH!


Kawther Salam | May 21, 2013

سفيرة فلسطين في بروكسل تحث أعضاء في البرلمان الأوروبي على مقاطعة فعاليات النكبة
مؤتمر فلسطينيي أوروبا ينهي أعماله بنجاح رغم الجهود المبذولة من أجل إفشاله
غابت سفيرة فلسطين… وحضرت أجيال العودة

Laila ShahidPA President Mahmoud Abbas and his Ambassador to Brussels, Leila Shahid, conspired against the interests of all Palestinians, at home and in diaspora, by engaging in activism against the 11th Conference of Palestinians in Europe, the biggest Palestinian gathering in the diaspora which is held yearly in EU cities and which is organized by the General Secretariat of the Conference of Palestinians in Europe and the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC). The 11th such conference which took place this year was held last Saturday 18th May 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.

Over 10 thousand Palestinian refugees living in the EU and elsewhere gathered to confirm their strong bond to Palestine as their first homeland, to confirm their right of return and to demand that the international community end the Israeli occupation, which has lasted over 65 years since the Nakba or Catastrophe in 1948. The conference raised issues related to the release of Palestinian prisoners from the Israeli jails, the Palestinian people and their quest of liberation, borders, statehood as well as other related issues.

Leila Shahid, Abbas and other PA officials tried in all ways possible to block the way of the organizers of the conference. They conspired, incited and contacted European bodies and did everything possible and impossible for this purpose.

During the conference, Professor Salman Abu Sitta, who spoke on behalf of Palestinian refugees and made reference to the right of return of Palestinians, accused President Abbas and his minions of hindering the conference and creating obstacles for the gathering of the refugees.

Professor Abu Sitta said that Abbas and his minions were involved in attempts to thwart an earlier meeting related to the 65 anniversary of the Nakba in several European Parliaments last Wednesday 15 May 2013. That meeting had been organized for the first time in history since 65 years of Palestinian Nakba or Catastrophe by an activist foundation called “European-Palestinian Council for Relations”. Dozens of European parliamentarians participated in support of that event, which Ambassador Shahid and Mahmoud Abbas tried to block on behalf of their great friends and allies, the Israeli occupation.

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Laila Shahid during her visit to Hebron in 1997

According to what had transpired, Ambassador Shahid contacted all European MPs and incited them to cancel their participation in the memorial activities on the 65th anniversary of the Nakba to take place at the EU Parliament.

Mr. Majed Al Zeer, director of the Palestinian Return Centre, said “We are suffering more from the Palestinian embassies in Europe than from the zionists”, stressing that “what is happening in the Palestinian embassies is a disgrace to every Palestinian”. Mr. Al-Zeer sent a message to President Abbas, imploring him to “protect us from your bodies in the EU”.



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  • FACT SHEET | THE NAKBA – 65 YEARS DISPOSSESSION & APARTHEIDThe Imeu
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  • Palestine villages destroyed during Nakba | Interactive Map
  • The Palestinian Genocide | Research 
  • Nakba 1948 | The Documentary | Part 1 | Part 2 | Video
  • 1948 | Lest we forget… | Memorial
  • Plan Dalet and the Nakba | Facts
  • UN’s complicity in Palestine’s fate | Facts
  • In 2,5 months time UNSCOP created millions of refugees lasting 64 years | Facts
  • Al Nakba – The zionist project | Facts
  • A must read… Our Paradise on Earth | A story of the Nakba | A Voice From Palestine
  • Erased and written over: How Nakba villages sunk into Israeli landscape | Facts
  • Nakba Survivor … add your families story here | Project
  • Tracing All That Remains Since Nakba | Nakba Project
  • Zionist massacres of the Nakba | Facts
  • The Children of Deir Yassin | Memorial website
  • Deir Yassin Massacre – April 9, 1948 | History
  • Deir Yassin Remembered | Video

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انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون

May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shuhada Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for their families, loved ones and anyone around them. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar

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* The by media displayed narrative of a bodycount – victims fallen by direct violence – does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which mostly stay undocumented. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.

For an overview of All Israeli Massacres Palestinians go here

Neither does media display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting.

These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organizations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine.

For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.





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Israel Claims Arresting Two Hamas, Islamic Jihad “Cells” In Hebron

Wednesday May 22, 2013 02:04 by IMEMC & Agencies

The Israeli Security Agency (Shabak) revealed Tuesday that the army managed to arrest, a month ago, members of two “cells” that belong to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements in the Hebron area, in the southern parts of the West Bank.

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Israeli daily, Maariv, has reported that the Israeli Shabak said that four Islamic Jihad members were arrested, and claimed that they “planned to abduct an Israeli soldier”, in order to try to conduct a prisoner swap agreement with Israel.

It added that the Islamic Jihad members planned to kill a soldier or a settler, and hide their bodies for the same reason.

The army also arrested nine Hamas members, most of them from Bani Neim town, near Hebron, and claimed that they planned to abduct soldiers and settlers, in addition to planning attacks against Israeli targets.

The Shabak said that the arrested Hamas members had a large explosive charge that was seized by the army.



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Israeli soldiers shoot 12 year old Palestinian boy Atta Mohammed Sharadeh in chest

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PressTV | Wed May 22, 2013 3:13AM GMT

Palestinian youth and children have been among the most vulnerable victims of the Israeli soldiers’ brutality in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”

Israeli troops have shot and critically injured a Palestinian boy in the chest in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian security and hospital sources.

The troopers of the Israeli regime shot 12-year-old Atta Mohammed Sharadeh on Tuesday outside the Jelazoun refugee camp, near Ramallah, AFP reported.

Palestinian paramedics said Sharadeh was hit in the chest and the bullet exited through his back. The boy was transported to a Ramallah hospital, where he is in critical condition.

The Jelazoun refugee camp is close to the so-called Beit El Israeli settlement.

Earlier in the day, clashes had broken out between Palestinians and Israeli troops, The clashes erupted shortly after the occupying Israeli forces stormed the refugee camp.

Palestinian youths – angry over the presence of Israeli soldiers at the camp site – hurled stones and bottles at the Israeli troops, who fired live bullets in return.

Palestinian youth and children have been among the most vulnerable victims of the Israeli soldiers’ brutality in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The UN and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were occupied by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.

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Settlers attack a Palestinian village in the Negev

[ PIC 21/05/2013 – 09:27 PM ]

images_News_2013_05_21_settlers-attack1_300_0[1]NEGEV, (PIC) — Palestinian sources in the Bedouin village of Bir Hadaj in the Negev, in the southern 1948 territories, said that Jewish extremists from Ratmim settlement attacked the village and its residents on Sunday evening.

Salman Ibn Ehmid, head of the local committee in the village, told Quds Press that a group of settlers from Ratmim settlement attacked the citizen Eid Abu Habak, and set fire to his tent and some of his properties.

The settlers closed the Western road leading to Bear Hadaj. In response, the villagers closed the eastern road to the settlement.

Ibn Ehmid added that he was attacked by one of the settlers and that confrontations erupted between the Palestinians and the Israelis; thus the occupation police forces intervened.

For his part; Arab MK Talab Abu Arar accused the Israeli police of standing by the Jewish settlers, as it arrested one of the Palestinian villagers.

He demanded the Israeli police to immediately arrest the settler who set fire to the tent, as well as the one who attacked the head of the local committee.

The town of Bir Hadaj has been recently exposed to repeated attacks by the Israeli policemen who have been storming the village in order to distribute demolition orders for a number of houses.



(Some) Examples of attacks by Jewish Colonists in Palestine

I emphasize, just some examples….
For a full overview see: Category Settler Violence


Jewish settlers write offenses against Jesus on Monastery – Oct 2, 2012

Zionist settlers attack 38 year old man in Majaz, Sept 16, 2012

3rd time in a week Havat Ma’on settlers chased palestinian kids – July 31, 2012

Settlers attack & wound 5 men, torch 400 olivetrees,kill 20 sheep July 7, 2012

Israeli settlers attack & torched a mosque in WB Palestine – June 19, 2012

Terrorist settler assassinates 2 Palestinians in Al-Khalil – June 17, 2012

Israeli colonists and occupation militia attack farmers in Tuqua – May 30, 2012

Israeli Settlers set olive trees on fire, shoot a Palestinian in ‘Urif – May 26, 2012

#JerusalemDay: settlers provocative march Al-Aqsa May 20, 2012

Settlers attack a school and injure 8 students – April 23, 2012

Masked Jewish settlers attack and stone Palestinians – Febr 28, 2012

Israeli Settler attack on Al-Aqsa and compound – Al-Quds – Febr 19, 2012

Israeli Settler Attack – Savages torch car and paint racist slogans – Febr 16, 2012

Israeli Settlers displaying their “Intelligence & Morals” – Febr 7, 2012

Illegal Settler raze & confiscate Palestinian land under protection of Israeli Army – Febr 6, 2012

Settler attack in Al-Janyeih: Anti Palestinian Graffiti – Febr 5, 2012

Jewish savage extremists destroy Muslim Graves on a cemetery in Beisan – Jan 25, 2012

Settlers torch a car of a 53 yr old woman in Tel Rumeideh – Jan 16, 2012

Cars & mosque vandalized in ‘price tag’ settler attack – Jan 11, 2012

Jewish settlers break into Muslim shrines to perform Talmudic rituals – Jan 6, 2012

lers torch 2 cars and a car wash station – Jan 4, 2012

Settlers Attack on a Mosque & 5 Cars – Dec 19, 2011

“Milchamah” – “War” Settlers attack a mosque Dec 15 2011

J’lem Mosque set alight in ‘price tag’ attack Dec 14, 2011

Settlers vandalize Muslim graves in Jerusalem – Nov 10, 2011

Christian & Muslim Cemeteries vandalized by zionists in Jaffa – Oct 7, 2011

Radical Jewish terrorists torch Mosque in Tuba – Oct 3, 2011

Settlers Cut Down 200 Olive Trees inh Qusra – Oct 6, 2011

Israel supplies weapons and training to illegal colonists in Palestine

The full album and resources about Settler Violence

Click to see the Album Ethnic Cleansing of Negev Bedouin

Click to see the Album House Demolitions

Click to see the Album Settlement Construction

Israeli attacks against Christians and holy sites


Essential information/resources

  • Israel Arms & Trains Illegal Settlers for Rampage in Occupied Palestine – In Photos
  • Leaked document “Operation Summer Seeds”: Israeli forces train & arm settlers to attack Palestinian protesters – Source
  • Netherlands blocks EU report about Settler Violence, The Rights Forum exposes it – Source & Translations
  • MP Barghouthi warns of massacres after Israel arms, trains settlers – Source
  • Israel gives settlers weapons for September- Source
  • How US “charities” break tax laws to fund Israeli settlements – EI
  • France’s JDL’s “Travel Agency” Call for “Militant Rampage Trip”- Source
  • Israeli settlers to be armed with dogs as well as tear gas and stun grenades – Source
  • Topic – Settler Terrorism – Source
  • Video – Settler Attack dogs of the West Bank | Video | Reuters.com



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Bozell Column: Obama And ‘Overreach’

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As the Obama scandals surround the White House, some conservatives are suggesting that — finally — the media are “getting tough” on Obama. Don’t count on it. All our modern experience suggests tough reporting on a Democratic president is more of a temporary sensation than an ongoing trend.

The news media honestly believe they were tough on Team Clinton. It is simply not true.  There was a seemingly endless supply of Clinton administration (and Clinton pre-administration) scandals, yet can you name one that was resolved? The floating FBI files. The illegal fundraising. Whitewater. On and on they went, and the media response was predictable: two or three days of tough coverage — if at all — and then, inevitably, political spin overtaking the hunt for facts. The search for truth became a discussion about “Republican overreach.”

Bill Clinton committed a crime — perjury — but that story quickly dissolved, replaced by an expose on GOP excesses in pursuit of a Puritanical agenda over the Lewinsky affair. Almost overnight the media target became Ken Starr, not Bill Clinton.

Already some in the news media are setting the stage — at least trying to set the stage — for a repeat of 1998, taking the bull’s eye off the Obama administration and putting it squarely on the leadership of the GOP.              

On May 16, NBC “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie began the rush to question Republican zeal: “I read a headline yesterday that said Republicans see blood in the water. That they see a president who’s very vulnerable politically. Is there a danger that they will overreach?” White House correspondent Chuck Todd agreed: “There is. I mean, that’s what happened to Republicans in 1998 with Bill Clinton. And if all of Congress is focusing on hearings to do scandals, the voters will punish them. They’ve done it in the past.”

This is historical revisionism. The actual results of the 1998 elections cannot be painted as “punishment” of any sort. The Senate remained unchanged with Democrats still in the majority. House Republicans lost five seats, and retained control. At worst the Republicans failed to capitalize politically on these scandals — but they did not suffer. None of this matters, however. The media spin is that Republicans will suffer. Their wish is clearly that this become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

ABC “Good Morning America” co-host George Stephanopoulos also pushed the revisionist line on May 17, asking reporter Jonathan Karl, “Are some leaders worried that some of the Republicans may be overplaying their hand?” Minutes later, CBS morning co-host Charlie Rose asserted: “The Republicans are pushing forward on this. Is it possible they may overplay their hand and somehow squander what they think is opportunity?”

CNN even asked in a poll if the Republicans were overreaching. The early returns do not augur well for Obama or his supporters: a majority of responders felt the Republicans were acting appropriately in their investigating of these scandals.



What should trouble the public is any attempt by any news outlet to minimize the enormity of these scandals. If “overreach” is the word of the day, isn’t there an unlimited amount of this coming from this administration? It should be obvious that “overreach” is better defined as the shameless attempt to blame a YouTube video for the Benghazi fiasco. “Overreach” can be defined as the IRS asking charities about the contents of their prayers, or the Justice Department conducting an overbroad investigation of AP phone records while shadowing journalists and accusing them of criminal activity for committing the act of journalism. This is the behavior of totalitarian regimes, and it deserves the undivided attention of our national press.

Some are doing their job. Others just can’t resist the subtle jabs at the GOP, suggesting that nasty overreach. They don’t come out and say it; the word choice implies it.

Paul Kane of The Washington began one story: “After two years of feverishly chasing any hint or suggestion of wrongdoing by the Obama administration, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) may finally be having his moment.” NPR’s Carrie Johnson called Issa a “fierce critic” of Obama. 

The Obama administration has demonstrated an astonishing tendency to use government agencies to reward their friends and punish their enemies. Reporters should be at least as bipartisan and serious about this political aggression as congressional investigators. Otherwise, the public should view them with contempt.

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WashPost Poll Finds Obama Approval Unaffected, President ‘More Focused’ Than Republicans on Issues People Care About

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The Washington Post reported on Tuesday’s front page that their ABC-Post poll showed Obama’s approval rating remained steady, with 51 percent approving and 44 percent disapproving. Then came the Post polling comparison to uncaring Republicans. Dan Balz and Jon Cohen reported: “A bare majority of Americans say they believe that Obama is focused on issues that are important to them personally; just 33 percent think so of congressional Republicans.” They illustrated that 18-point gap with a graph.

Should we draw from this question that lying to the public and using the imposing powers of the IRS to thwart conservative groups aren’t issues that the people need to care about? Would the Post have asked this question during the Watergate scandal? Or Iran-Contra? Inside the Post, their graphics relayed that 74 percent of the sample felt the IRS targeting was “inappropriate.”’

In a bad sign of the media’s unpopularity, 52 percent felt the Justice Department’s broad seizure of AP phone records was “justified.” But get a load of the question: “As you may know, the Associated Press reported classified information about U.S. anti-terrorism efforts, and federal prosecutors have obtained AP’s phone records through a court order to try and find the source of this information. Do you think this action by federal prosecutors is or is not justified?” 

‘This question not only hides any political motives of Eric Holder & Co. behind the neutral-sounding label of “federal prosecutors,” it ignores important facts. The AP only reported the information after being told the Obama people would be boasting about their anti-terrorism success the next day. The question also avoids any description of how vast the DOJ’s phone-records request was.

Liberals like Obama have complained that the media have a bad tendency to let truth and falsehood sit side by side. Well then try this poll question: “Do you think the Obama administration is honestly disclosing what it knows about what occurred in Benghazi, Libya, last fall, or is trying to cover up the facts?” Amazingly, 33 percent picked “honestly disclosing what it knows.”              

Any serious media outlet cannot avoid the hard fact that the Obama administration relayed blatantly inaccurate information about Benghazi before the election. This is like taking a poll asking “Does rain contain water?”

The Post headline over these graphs of results was “Obama weathers anti-government storm.” That’s what matters to far too many journalists: getting to the bottom of the story is less important then keeping Obama from the bottom of the polls.

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Marriage Reasons: Societal And Familial Pressure Is Marriage Motivation (VIDEO)

Couples decide to get married for many reasons, with love hopefully taking the top spot.

But not all marriage motivations are created equally. Jordan Campbell stopped by HuffPost Live late last week and dished on some of the reasons he ended up tying the knot.

“I was in a long-term relationship and it felt like — whether it’s societal pressure or its familial pressure — it just becomes the next step in your life; that’s what you do,” he said. “If you’re dating somebody long-term for three years, the question arises: when are you going to get married? What’s the next step? It gets in your head a little bit.”

He ended up divorcing his spouse after a year and a half, and says the transition from married life to single life wasn’t all that easy.

“I was essentially living out of a laundry basket in my friend’s basement for a couple months,” Campbell told host Nancy Redd. “You can’t expect to go through something like that and come out 100 percent on the other end right away. It’s a long process and it’s a long learning process but it’s life.”

Watch the video above for more on Campbell’s story (and click here to view the full segment), then scroll through the slideshow below for reasons why marriages end in divorce, according to our readers.

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Honeymoon Prank Leaves Newlyweds With Bright Pink House (PHOTO)

After a relaxing honeymoon, a pair of English newlyweds returned home on Sunday and discovered a shocking surprise: their house had been painted pink!

The BBC tweeted this photo Tuesday of Steve and Hayley O’Rourke’s home, which Steve’s brother, Russell, painted in the style of Mr. Blobby, a pink polka-dotted character from the 1990’s British TV show “Noel’s House Party.”

The BBC reported that Russell painted the house as revenge: while Russell was on his honeymoon six years ago, Steve, a builder, built a brick wall in the middle of Russell’s driveway.

Pranking honeymooning newlyweds isn’t as uncommon as you might think. One couple’s friends filled their house with balloons while they were away in 2011!

If you’re thinking of pranking your newlywed friends, check out these tips.

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Schools Face Tough Choices As A Tornado Nears

After the educators at Plaza Towers Elementary School learned that a raging tornado was headed their way Monday, they had few options. The decades-old building — one of five schools hit in the area — didn’t have a “safe room,” or a shelter deemed safe for storms of that size.

All hell broke loose. The roof caved in. Teachers carried students out. “They literally were lifting walls up and kids were coming out,” Oklahoma State Police Sergeant Jeremy Lewis said, according to Reuters. “They pulled kids out from under cinder blocks without a scratch on them.” Tornado drills in Oklahoma traditionally train kids to leave their classrooms, head to the hallways, and duck for cover in fetal position.

According to the latest counts, seven children were found dead at the school — drowned in water.

As the tornado hit, the Moore, Okla., school evacuated fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders to a nearby church, but left the children in kindergarten through third grade in place. As rescue workers dug through the rubble Tuesday, and a community searched for answers, no word had yet emerged on the reason for the split. Moore’s school officials could not be reached for comment, and its website was still offline at press time.

“There might be a valid reason why they would disperse some students but not others,” said Mayer Nudell, an adjunct professor of security management at Webster University in Missouri. “Perhaps they have some reason. But nothing occurs to me.”

The uncertainty surrounding the events at Plaza Towers left observers with broader questions. When schools are warned that danger is near, administrators have a choice to make: Evacuate? Or stay?

The answer, sources say, isn’t as clear-cut as most schools would like. “When to evacuate and when to shelter in place are based on a situational analysis, good communication with first responders,” said Victoria Calder, director of the Texas School Safety Center. “Each situation has to be taken on a case-by-case basis.” On Sept. 11, 2001, she said, the principal of a small elementary school near the World Trade Center was told to remain in the school as Tower 1 fell. But she trusted her instincts, and evacuated instead — a move that saved both the teacher and her students, since the school was obliterated when Tower 2 fell.

Calder consults with school districts across Texas for disaster preparedness. “Everyone wants to know, ‘tell me exactly what to do so no one can say I didn’t do exactly the right thing,’ but we simply can’t do that,” she said. “You can never account for every eventuality. The main thing is to have a plan.”

The federal government advises school districts to coordinate with other local agencies, and administration officials agree that it’s hard to plan for any specific scenario. “Any particular threat or hazard in combination with other factors will determine the proper response, whether it’s sheltering in place or lockdown or evacuation, or some combination of the three,” David Esquith, the director for the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Safe and Healthy Schools, said in an interview. “You can have the same natural hazard where under different circumstances it might be the safest thing to evacuate, or the right thing to shelter in place. There’s generally no straight line between a particular hazard or threat, and the nature of the response.”

Especially for tornadoes, there’s precious little time between the warning and the brunt of the hit, Nudell said. “With a tornado, it’s rare that you get enough warning to go anywhere,” Nudell said. “Even if you got what might be a sufficient amount of warning, you couldn’t be sure that you weren’t sending people in harm’s way because the tornado could take a turn.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R), a Moore resident, put it this way in an interview with MSNBC-TV. “If you’re in front of an F4 or an F5 [referring to tornado severity], there is no good thing to do if you’re above ground,” he said. “It’s just tragic.”

Moore’s schools were planning to let their students out for summer on Thursday. Now, they’re simply focused on recovery. “The school district lost all of their servers. They don’t have email,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, the union whose affiliate serves Oklahoma’s teachers. “People are just kind of numb.”

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  • A man salvages stuff from what left of a bedroom of his tornado devastated home on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Families returned to a blasted moonscape that had been an American suburb Tuesday after a monstrous tornado tore through the outskirts of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people. Nine children were among the dead and entire neighborhoods vanished, with often the foundations being the only thing left of what used to be houses and cars tossed like toys and heaped in big piles. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

  • Heath Thayer, left, and his brother Derek Thayer look at Derek’s tornado-ravaged pickup truck which was thrown across the street from where it was parked Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (Charlie Riedel / AP)

  • Zac Woodcock salvages items from the rubble of a tornado-ravaged rental home which they own Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (Charlie Riedel / AP)

  • Volunteers from Mercy Chefs prepare food for tornado victims on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Families returned to a blasted moonscape that had been an American suburb Tuesday after a monstrous tornado tore through the outskirts of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people. Nine children were among the dead and entire neighborhoods vanished, with often the foundations being the only thing left of what used to be houses and cars tossed like toys and heaped in big piles. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

  • A Harley Davidson motorcycle is salvaged from rubble after a powerful tornado ripped through the neighborhood on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

  • Curtis Cook recovers his high school football photo from the rubble of his family’s house after a powerful tornado ripped through the area destroying his home on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The photo was also recovered after his parent’s home was destroyed is a in a tornado in 1999. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

  • Chris Combs and her husband Jimmy look over damge at Briarwood Elementary School after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Chris is a secretary at the school and was inside the school office when the tornado hit. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

  • A lifeless horse lays tangled in power lines in Moore, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (Alonzo Adams / AP)

  • Joe Curry, left, and his friend search for his wife’s purse in the damaged remains of his home in Moore, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (Alonzo Adams / AP)

  • Tornado survivor Fred Galarza lies in his hospital bed as his wife Julie Galarza looks on in the emergency room at Integris Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Fred was rescued after being buried in the rubble of his Nick’s Liquor Store in Moore, Ola., that was attached to the Seven Eleven where three people were killed. (Paul B. Southerland / The Oklahoman / AP)

  • Scott Perdue, left, yells to his parents, Gene and Colleen Perdue, not pictured, that he has located his father’s 1957 Chevy in what remains of their barn as his brother-in-law Jeff Teel takes a photo at the home of Gene and Colleen Perdue, 1409 SW 149th, in Oklahoma City, on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., on Monday. (Nate Billings / The Oklahoman / AP)

  • Jon Johnson, left, looks through what is remains of his home at 14716 S. Broadway with his brother Matt Johnson on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., on Monday. (Nate Billings / The Oklahoman / AP)

  • This photo taken Tuesday, May 21, 2013 shows damage caused by Monday’s tornado in the area near 4th and Bryant in Moore, Okla. (Chris Landsberger / The Oklahoman / AP)

  • A man who asked not to be identified hangs an American flag on what is left of a tree in a neighborhood north of SW 149th between Western and Santa Fe on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., on Monday. (Nate Billings / The Oklahoman / AP)

  • Michelle Kelley peers into her friend’s tornado-ravaged car Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (Charlie Riedel / AP

  • A home in Moore, Okla. sits severely damaged Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after Monday’s massive tornado moved through the area. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (Alonzo Adams / AP)

  • A tornado victim family take a break from cleaning debris from their devastated home to eat dinner late evening on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Families returned to a blasted moonscape that had been an American suburb Tuesday after a monstrous tornado tore through the outskirts of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people. Nine children were among the dead and entire neighborhoods vanished, with often the foundations being the only thing left of what used to be houses and cars tossed like toys and heaped in big piles. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

  • A woman and young boy walk along a street as they view destroyed house on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Families returned to a blasted moonscape that had been an American suburb Tuesday after a monstrous tornado tore through the outskirts of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people. Nine children were among the dead and entire neighborhoods vanished, with often the foundations being the only thing left of what used to be houses and cars tossed like toys and heaped in big piles. (Joshua Lott / AFP / Getty Images)

  • Tornado devastated houses are seen on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Families returned to a blasted moonscape that had been an American suburb Tuesday after a monstrous tornado tore through the outskirts of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people. Nine children were among the dead and entire neighborhoods vanished, with often the foundations being the only thing left of what used to be houses and cars tossed like toys and heaped in big piles. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

  • Sean Xuereb recovers a dog from the rubble of a home that was destroyed by a tornado on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

  • Roger Graham sits in front of his destroyed home after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

  • Residents search through rubble after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

  • Insulation hangs from the rafters of a liquor store destroyed by yesterday’s tornado on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Brett Deering / Getty Images)

  • Bonnie Lolofie (L) and Ashley Do walk from their apartment that has no power or water but was otherwise undamaged by yesterday’s tornado on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Brett Deering / Getty Images)

  • Men walk at their backyard of their tornado devastated neighbourhood on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Families returned to a blasted moonscape that had been an American suburb Tuesday after a monstrous tornado tore through the outskirts of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people. Nine children were among the dead and entire neighborhoods vanished, with often the foundations being the only thing left of what used to be houses and cars tossed like toys and heaped in big piles. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

  • A woman salvages memorable from her tornado devastated home on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Families returned to a blasted moonscape that had been an American suburb Tuesday after a monstrous tornado tore through the outskirts of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people. Nine children were among the dead and entire neighborhoods vanished, with often the foundations being the only thing left of what used to be houses and cars tossed like toys and heaped in big piles. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images

  • A resident moves some of his belongings from his destroyed home on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Families returned to a blasted moonscape that had been an American suburb Tuesday after a monstrous tornado tore through the outskirts of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people. Nine children were among the dead and entire neighborhoods vanished, with often the foundations being the only thing left of what used to be houses and cars tossed like toys and heaped in big piles. (Joshua Lott / AFP / Getty Images)

  • A destroyed police car is seen on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Families returned to a blasted moonscape that had been an American suburb Tuesday after a monstrous tornado tore through the outskirts of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people. Nine children were among the dead and entire neighborhoods vanished, with often the foundations being the only thing left of what used to be houses and cars tossed like toys and heaped in big piles. (Joshua Lott / AFP / Getty Images)

  • Rodney Heltcel, left, salvages the wreckage of his home for photos and irreplaceable items, such as the print of his grandchildren he placed at right, a day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (Brennan Linsley / AP)

  • Kandi Scott salvages items from the rubble of her home, which she shared with her mother, until it was destroyed Monday when a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

  • A soldier walks past the wreckage left when a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

  • The medical center in Moore, Okla. sustained serious damage during Monday’s tornado.

  • The powerful tornado that swept through Moore, Okla. on Monday leveled homes and businesses, while also destroying much of the natural landscape. This photo shows trees stripped of their bark by the extreme winds.

  • Hundreds of cars were destroyed by Monday’s tornado as it swept through Moore, Okla.

  • Justin Stehan salvages photographs from his tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • An unidentified man watches a rain storm from inside the garage of his tornado-damaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Victor Gonzalez seeks shelter from the rain under a sheet of plastic as he helps a friend salvage items from a tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Jim Stubblefield, of Norman, Okla., raises a tattered flag he found while helping his sister salvage items from her tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • An aerial view shows an entire neighborhood destroyed by Monday’s tornado, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed in the massive tornado that flattened homes and a school in Moore, on Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • An aerial view of homes damaged by Monday’s tornado Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla.At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed in the massive tornado that flattened homes and a school in Moore, on Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Austin Brock holds cat Tutti, shortly after the animal was retrieved from the rubble of Brock’s home, which was demolished a day earlier when a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

  • An aerial view shows homes damaged by Monday’s tornado as others appear untouched, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed in the massive tornado that flattened homes and a school in Moore, on Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • An aerial view of a street lined by homes destroyed by Monday’s tornado is shown Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed in the massive tornado that flattened homes and a school in Moore, on Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • An aerial view of an entire neighborhood destroyed by Monday’s tornado is shown Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed in the massive tornado that flattened homes and a school in Moore, on Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Damaged vehicles from Monday’s tornado can be seen in the parking lot of the Moore Medical Center Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Oklahoma. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • A man stands on the roof of a destroyed home on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Families returned to a blasted moonscape that had been an American suburb Tuesday after a monstrous tornado tore through the outskirts of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people. Nine children were among the dead and entire neighborhoods vanished, with often the foundations being the only thing left of what used to be houses and cars tossed like toys and heaped in big piles. (Joshua Lott / AFP /Getty Images)

  • Lea Bessinger and her son Josh Bessinger look through the rubble of the elder Bessinger’s tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Zac Woodcock salvages items from the rubble of a tornado-ravaged rental home which they own Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • A destroyed police car sits among the debris of tornado-ravaged homes Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • A concrete angel rests on a destropyed car in a tornado-ravaged neighborhood Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Zac and Denisha Woodcock look through the rubble of a tornado-ravaged rental home which they own Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Bill Murray Knows What To Do With A Crying Baby (PHOTO)

Bill Murray may be one of the funniest men on the planet. Unfortunately, this tot didn’t get the memo. Though their first meeting ended in tears, we have full confidence that Bill and Baby can work out their differences. Baby Steps.

This gem comes to us from the viral Tumblr, Reasons My Son Is Crying, started by Greg Pembroke to document his son’s meltdowns with deadpan captions about why they occurred. Now that other parents are submitting their own photos and captions to Pembroke, Laura R. submitted the above with the simple/incredible explanation: “He met Bill Murray.”

Click through the slideshow below to see more of the best submissions and check out some of Greg’s original photos here.

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  • We would not let him drive this Porsche.

  • This cat is helping him finish his mashed potatoes.

  • I wouldn’t let him demo (destroy) all the items in this Apple Store.

  • We took away his baby powder.

  • We introduced him to his older brother for the first time.

  • He is shopping for mango juicers at Bed Bath and Beyond. With Fabio.

  • I sneezed.

  • I wouldn’t let him get a tattoo.

  • Her mother didn’t pick her up quickly enough.

  • I wouldn’t let him play in the knife drawer.

  • He is done with lunch.

  • We let him play on the grass.

  • He wasn’t allowed to scald himself with hot tea.

  • I wouldn’t let him play with the knife I used to cut the sandwich…that he threw on the floor.

  • We gave him delicious pudding.

  • I made him the jam sandwich he wanted.

  • He was thirsty. I shared my juice with him.

  • The neighbor’s dog isn’t outside.

  • I washed the dirt and sand off his pear.

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