Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Town Called Chicago

  • ...the [Israeli Defense Forces] realized that it had to push its engineering corps to improve its “art of destruction,” which had apparently spun out of control. As part of these efforts, two months after the attack on Jenin, in June 2002, the military started to build a series of urban warfare training sites and to upgrade existing ones. The mock-up town of Shizafon (last image), located in the Negev desert and hidden from view by mountains, reflects Israeli Orientalist fantasy.

    Another small mock-up town called Chicago and also located in the Negev, was upgraded into the world’s largest fabricated Oriental city since the filming of Ben-Hur. In fact the “urban” history of Chicago has shadow-tracked much of the history of the military operations that have taken place in the Middle East, reflecting a series of changes in how Israel imagines its security.

    The core of Chicago was built as a small training site for IDF urban operations in Lebanon. It later expanded to accommodate the training of IDF special forces for their aborted operation to assassinate Saddam Hussein in Tiqrit. Chicago further expanded before the Iraq war to allow for heavy military vehicles and was used for training by the US Marines. In the summer of 2005, training for the evacuation of the Gaza settlements took place there, with actors playing settlers barricading themselves within their homes. Chicago now includes an area called the Kasbah (a historical-looking market area with narrow alleys), an urban outskirts, a refugee camp, a downtown area, and even an adjacent rural village.
The IDF has an urban warfare training center called "Chicago," allegedly because of all the shooting that happens here. And they lend it to the US Marines for training purposes.

Maybe they can put in a North Michigan Avenue section next.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


Don't you worry kids!
Rahm Al Ghoul was on the bat phone with Bi-Bi Netanyahu as soon as this story peeked from under the covers...

Well... Why not? If the Fakir of Fuckery calls, you know what's going to happen.

"Hey... Me and Rahm are on some bullshit so can you have the IDF not name a mock-up free fire zone after the city we're tryin' to bojank?"

*Click & A Dial-Tone, Fool!*

"Uhh... Hello?"

You can't make this shit up!

11/24/2012 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget a Maggie Daley park!

11/24/2012 12:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like an idea vacation spot.

I'd go there and bring them some of the those T-shirts that have the Chicago flag and says, "Welcome to Chicago Murder Capitol of the World".

Maybe we can get some that say,
"ברוכים הבאים לשיקגו הרצח הקפיטול של העולם".

11/24/2012 01:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Art imitating life...

11/24/2012 01:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does it come with a small and uneducated army called the Department of Revenue? I can see them roaming the streets, drunk with power, issuing false citations to every Humvee, 5 ton, and tank that dares to park.

11/24/2012 02:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Our Reputation Globally said...

Al Capone...bang, bang!!!

11/24/2012 02:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the IDF is more of a police force anyhow ... not much real war experience to speak of

11/24/2012 06:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well lets send some of our young urban predatorial youth from this Chicago to that Chicago tucked away in the Negev.
They oughta keep the IDF busy for a while.

11/24/2012 07:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over there, it really DOES get too hot near the cool water.

11/24/2012 07:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the show MASH, they also had a Korean black market set up called Little Chicago !! Guess the reputation never changes.

11/24/2012 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See we truely are a "World Class City" now just axe Rahmy

11/24/2012 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous SCC Fan said...

ZING! ha ha

11/24/2012 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very funny, it reduces RAHM to,"THE PUTZ OF THE MUTZ"!

11/24/2012 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even Jewish people don't like rhamtard.

11/24/2012 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beirut on the Lake - A "World Class" City.

11/24/2012 11:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""Chicago now includes an area called the Kasbah.""

Is this the Kasbah of the song fame "Rock the Casbah?"

from wikipedia:
The song gives a fabulist account of a ban on rock music by the Sharif or King being defied by the population, who proceed to "rock the casbah." The King orders jet fighters to bomb any people in violation of the ban. The pilots ignored the orders, and instead play rock music on their cockpit radios.

Sounds like it could happen here.

11/24/2012 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the IDF REALLY wants to add a sense of realism, they should pinpoint an area of their "Chicago" and designate it ENGLEWOOD for urban warfare training.

11/24/2012 02:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Don't forget a Maggie Daley park!

11/24/2012 12:52:00 AM


11/24/2012 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That mock-up Jewish town was initially called, Chicag-oy vey

11/24/2012 02:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell, they can come just come over here and train. Live ammo, live targets.

11/24/2012 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago continue to live up to its reputation!

The city that kills.

The Teacher

11/24/2012 04:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you'll laugh,

you'll cry,

you'll shake your head,

and wonder why.

but in the end,

the fact remains,

that stupid leaves,

some awful stains.


11/24/2012 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was in NYC last month for a family wedding. It got pretty boring when everyone we spoke to at the wedding and family gatherings kept asking " is it really that bad in Chicago" Our response was, "no, it's worse"

11/24/2012 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved shooting the Negev,better than the M249.

11/24/2012 08:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We could declare that we are now the SISTER CITY of that spot in the desert.

Now let's drop off a lot of LKs, GDs, SDs and every other gangbanger we have here over there for some live fire exercises.

As far as calling the IDF just a "police force", remember that they kicked the asses of every country around them, the Egyptian, Jordanians, Lebanese and so on and could do it again if needed. Everyone there serves in the military, try doing that here. Their air force man for man is second to none except to ours. Their Merkava (Chariot)tanks are hugh and geared for defense because they do not have to be driven far to battle. They don't have to be transported halfway around the world and can carry six infantrymen.

11/25/2012 01:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are correct , the US MARINES do train with the IDF, best teachers in the world at urban warfare.Maggie park is an excellent choice for a urban traing center, for her love of weapons.Makes me feel cozy!06:04AM I know your kidding.

11/25/2012 06:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Hot Pursuit said...

A big big thanks to those responsible.....take a bow rahm, mcJO

11/25/2012 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger DURTY 1 said...

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but my, now reservist, friend (who trained there) states Chicago has been shutdown. Apparently heavy gunfire has caused some buildings to collapse, he contributed a small part.

They now train on a base called Baladia.

11/27/2012 08:13:00 AM  

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