Hamas succeeded in wounding two Israelis with rocket fire Monday evening, but the victims were Bedouin sisters, ages 10 and 13 or 15, depending on the source.
One of the girls suffered serious in her stomach, and her sister was hurt with moderate injuries in her leg. Both girls are being treated at Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva.
The sisters live in rural villages between the Bedouin city of Lakiya and the Jewish community of Omer, located north of Be’er Sheva.
Hamas or other terrorists fired three rockets at the Be’er Sheva area, one of which was downed by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. When there are multiple attacks, the Iron Dome is activated at missiles that are more likely to explode in a densely populated area.
Will Hamas brag to the Gaza population and to international media that it succeeded in hitting two little Bedouin girls?
Or perhaps it will accuse Israel of purposely letting the rockets explode so that non-Jews could be wounded.
Even Israel does not have the technical capability to carry out that morbid idea since the distance between Omer and Beit Lakiya is only two miles?
There are two gas stations, a McDonald’s outlet and a high-tech industrial center between the two locations.
Sure enough, the mayor of the Bedouin city of Rahat, east of Lakiya, complained that the Bedouin villages in the area ”have become the backyard of the country, which is neglecting them.”
He would be right for complaining that Israel has not made sure that Lakiya and other legal Bedouin villages have proper bomb shelters except for the fact that all houses built with a permit must have a protected room.
Bedouin often do not worry about little details such as getting a legal building permit and are even less concerned with building a protected room, but more interesting is that the mayor woke up only now.
Where was he for the past 10 years when Israel neglected all of the Jews, and Bedouin, who suffered from more than 15,000 rocket and mortar shell attacks from Gaza until the government of Tel Aviv retaliated when the industrial heart of the country and the homes of their owners were threatened by missiles?
About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.
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