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Israel Strikes Back Against Gaza as Citizens Endure Missiles

18 Adar 5772 – March 12, 2012

Many Militant Groups Claim Responsibility for Rocket Attackss

Several militants groups have claimed responsibility for firing rockets into southern Israel on Monday, according to the Palestinian Ma’an news agency, while the rocket count is up to 20. It appears that many are eager to be counted among today’s “heroes.”

Islamic Jihad’s military wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, claimed responsibility for firing Grad missiles at Beer Sheva, Ashkelon and Ashdod on Monday morning.

The PRC’s military wing, the Nasser Saladin Brigades, said they had launched projectiles at Netivot, Ashkelon, Sderot and Beeri, while the PFLP’s armed wing, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, said it had fired two projectiles at Israeli towns.
The al-Ahrar movement claimed that its military wing, the al-Ansar Brigades, fired two homemade projectiles at southern Israel.

A military group called Jaysh al-Umma, army of the nation, said its’ fighters had fired two 107 mm rockets at Israeli towns.

Terrorists in Gaza fired 17 rockets at major Israeli population centers on Monday morning, primarily at Beersheba and Ashdod.  Seven of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, one exploded outside a kindergarten.

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Young Kibbutz girls Kibbutz examine the shards on the wall by a qassam rocket.

Young Kibbutz girls Kibbutz examine the shards on the wall by a qassam rocket.

The Israeli Air Force launched nine anti-terror strikes in Gaza overnight and into Monday morning, targeting Gaza operatives continuing to fire missiles at civilian targets in Israel’s south.  The Gaza-based Islamic Jihad has stated it is not considering a ceasefire and will continue to attempt to kill Israelis, as Israel has refused to agree to cease targeting terror leaders, according to Channel 2 news.

Islamic Jihad also reported that the IDF succeeded in neutralizing 3 more terrorists during the night in operations targeting weapons storage facilities and four rocket-launching sites.

Of the 17 rockets fired into Israel, 6 were launched at Ashdod, with 5 being intercepted by the Iron Dome, the 6th falling in an open area.  Two Grad missiles landed north of Beersheba and two were fired at Gan Yavneh.  One rocket exploded outside a kindergarten in Eshkol, bringing the 4-day total to approximately 170.

Twenty terrorists have been killed in ongoing operations.

122mm Grad missiles have a range of 25 miles (40 kilometers), enabling them to reach major Israeli cities such as Ashdod, Sderot, Ofakim, Gedera, Ashkelon, Rehovot, Kiryat Malachi, Kiryat Gat, Gan Yavne, Netivot and Beersheba, all of which experienced another day of school cancellation by the Home Front Command.  Approximately 1 million Israelis – over 13% of the total national population – are estimated to be in the affected vicinities.  Israelis in those areas are being asked to stay close to reinforced shelters, and to stay indoors as much as possible.

The IDF posted video on YouTube of citizens in shelters as the Iron Dome missile defense system deployed against a missile launched at Beersheba.

On a tour of southern Israel on Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised citizens that “we will continue to hit whoever plans to attack citizens of the State of Israel,” adding that home front defense would also be enhanced. Speaking at a ceremony welcoming Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo di Paola to Israel, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned that “those who attack our civilians will be punished,” and vowed that “the IDF will continue to protect Israeli citizens and will strike all those who rise to attack us.”  IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz postponed a trip this week to the US due to the situation.

Targeted missile launches against Israeli civilians began Friday after an IAF air strike killed two Arab terror leaders from the Popular Resistance Committee who were planning an attack on Israel via the border with Egypt – senior terror leader Zuhir Mussah Ahmed Kaisi and accomplice Mahmoud Ahmed Mahmoud Hanani.

According to the IDF, terrorist retaliatory attacks are being launched from Beit Lahiya, Jabaliya, Rafah, Gaza City, and El-Bureij.

However, an IDF spokesperson stated that injury and damage have been sustained since attacks began Friday.  On March 11, one rocket hit a school in Beersheba and another hit a parked car when the city’s Iron Dome battery malfunctioned.  Fifteen people were treated for shock, with heavy damage sustained to buildings and vehicles in the vicinity.  A chicken farm in the Ashkelon Regional Council was also heavily damaged.  On March 10, a horse was killed and a home near Ashdod damaged by direct rocket fire.  On March 9, four people were wounded, one severely.

Despite ongoing rocket attacks, the Erez Crossing from Israel into Gaza remains open for passengers and employees of international organizations, according to the IDF, with the Kerem Shalom crossing remaining open for the delivery of products into Gaza.

Crunchy Good News From Israel

9 Tammuz 5769 – July 1, 2009

Based on the headlines in the daily papers and the sometimes truly disturbing images broadcast from Israel, one might get the impression that the average Israeli must endure a gut-wrenching daily balagan (controlled chaos). However, Kassam missile strikes and suicide attacks have never stopped the average Israeli from working or living life to the fullest.

 

Yes, daily life in Israel can best be described as one long episode of “24.” But there are so many other things going on in this “Wild West” nation in the Middle East that can be easily missed. Many can be best described as fascinating “nuggets” of Israeli life.

 

For instance, Osem, makers of those intoxicating Bamba peanut snacks, decided to reinvent their consumer bestseller by injecting them with a chocolate nougat filling.

 

Frankly, I like Bamba just the way they are. But this is the 21st century. The reaction to the new Bamba has been decidedly mixed, especially among a sizeable number of parents who view the new product as junk food for kids. Of course, that hasn’t stopped parents from buying the product – in order to satiate their chocolate habit.

 

Osem claims it is a runaway hit. The jury is still out among consumers, as regular Bamba has been outselling the newcomer by a wide margin.

 

The idea for the chocolate nougat Bamba was actually born in battle, as IDF soldiers in the field liked to relax with their Bamba snacks by dipping the doodles in chocolate paste. (Israelis love chocolate spread whenever and wherever.)

 

No matter what Israelis might think about the new Bamba, Osem’s international food partner, Nestle Corporation, believes that a newfangled cereal based on the chocolate nougat Bamba could become a global hit with kids.

 

Thus for the first time, the conglomerate is producing a new cereal in Israel designed for the international market. It is called “Crunch Rolls Nougat.” Guess where in Israel the cereal is being produced? At Osem’s cereal factory in Sderot!

 

I’m sure the employees are having a real blast producing this potential international blockbuster. Just think about the potential TV ads: “From the city that brought you Kassam nuggets comes Crunch Rolls Nougat.”

 

Even more fascinating is the heated halachic debate that has arisen over what brachah to make over standard Bamba. Most of us thought that “shehakol” would be enough. However, Rav Ovadia Yosef’s revered son, Rav Yitzchak Yosef, who is considered to be a star halachic decisor, insists that one should make a “ha’adamah” because the product is made from ground corn. It is rumored, however, that Rav Ovadia quietly agrees with the “shehakol”majority.

 

To date, no one has openly asked what brachah to make over the chocolate nougat version or the new cereal. Would a “Shehechiyanu” be out of order in this case?

 

After all, the workers who produce the new products are reborn every day, especially after reciting the brachah of  “hagomel” after a Kassam “nugget” attack.

 

Such is a day in the life of Israel.

 

Do You Understand?

28 Adar I 5768 – March 5, 2008

         Do you understand the daily rocket attacks against Sderot, Israel? Do you understand a prime minister and a sovereign government that stand guiltily by as a sworn enemy lobs rocket after rocket into a Jewish city in Israel? Do you understand why, when the military finally does strike back at a specific terrorist murderer, government ministers immediately panic and yell, “Look out, the Arabs are going to do something terrible!”


 

         What would I do? Good question for an armchair general. Since every country condemns every Israeli reaction to the terrorist shelling anyway, I would ignore the condemnation for several weeks. I would send a warning to every civilian to leave Gaza. I would gather all of the soldiers in the army who live in Sderot and the vicinity. I would line them up in 50 to 100 tanks all facing Gaza. As soon as one Kassam rocket would land, 50 to 100 tanks would respond with one or two shells to decimate 10 Gaza City blocks. Specific buildings identified by the Israeli Shin Bet would also be targeted. For every Kassam rocket sent, a response of one hundred shells would be received. Would that stop the Kassams? I bet it would!

 

         The world and our own politicians seem to forget that five to twenty-five Kassam rockets are fired by the Arabs every day into Sderot and the area. Could you live under those conditions? Would you not run away or, at least, send your children away? Imagine several rockets a day on your city or town. Where would you run first? Would the American government allow Cuba, Mexico or Canada to fire even “dumb” rockets into America?

 

         While the citizens do not control the army or the government’s lack of response, some people are doing something to alleviate the economic and social pressures on the citizens of Sderot.

 

         A while ago, Etan Grossinger’s parents took him to Israel to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah. Etan not only wanted to celebrate, he also wanted to share his celebration with children from Sderot. With the constant bombardment of Sderot by Kassam missiles, many children are traumatized. Etan wanted some of these children to enjoy a day of fun away from the Kassam missiles.

 

         Etan’s family, who live in Manhattan, are friendly with Mrs. Aviva Tessler, the founder of “Operation Embrace”. They contacted her to arrange a Bar Mitzvah party for Etan with children from Sderot. “Operation Embrace” is an organization that provides emotional support through trauma centers, as well as direct financial assistance for medical, therapeutic, and rehabilitative needs to provide Israeli victims and survivors of terror with help to rebuild their lives.

 

         Etan and his family sponsored and joined 40 children from Sderot in the Lahav Forest located near Beersheva for a day filled with therapeutic team building and fun activities. Etan wrote that, “The Sderot children really needed a day away from the trauma. When the kids arrived from Sderot to the forest, the counselors split all of us into three groups. We had many activities that consisted of ropes, wood sticks and garbage cans, rather than baseballs, footballs and basketballs. All of the activities taught us about the importance of teamwork and of being part of a group. I also learned how important it is to trust others.”

 

         After the activities, they had a “unique” barbeque. The counselors handed out raw ground beef, flour, eggplant, chicken, and other vegetables and condiments and the counselors gave each group pots and pans and told them that they were in a desert. They lit fires in the ground, and the teams worked together to prepare delicious food.

 

         Etan concluded his story with: “I was so proud that I was able to do chesed (kindness) for these kids who are in danger every day and aren’t always able to have a day to enjoy fun activities. All kids are the same all over the world and all should have a right to live in peace and happiness. This was the most amazing day.”

 

         Another Eitan, Eitan Cohen of Modiin, has been organizing motorized convoys of shoppers to Sderot. This religious chess school director wanted to help the people of Sderot economically, so he organized Friday convoys to Sderot. The people from all over Israel travel to Sderot to do their weekend shopping and bring some joy to the residents of Sderot. The latest convoy contained several hundred cars and 12,000 people. The people purchased more than six million Shekels (almost $2 million) worth of goods. This was a wonderful expression of solidarity with the people of Sderot.


 

         What do you think our Leftists were doing? They were fighting to bring a truckload of supplies for the “persecuted” Gazan Arabs who support Hamas and the shooting of rockets into Sderot. Our own fifth column!

        (Comments may be sent to dov@gilor.com)

Beneath Barrage Of Missiles, A Glint Of Humor And Hope

3 Shevat 5768 – January 10, 2008


SDEROT, Israel – A small workingclass town lying just a short distance from Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, Sderot is a city filled with residents crying desperately to be heard.


After over six years of the city’s being incessantly shelled by Palestinian terror groups that have enjoyed safe harbor in the Strip located just below, many locals are mired in a state of perpetual daze. Passers-by can count on one hand the number of shoppers in the once-busy downtown marketplace where business owners far outnumber their customers.


The town’s sleepy feel is of course highly deceptive. Within seconds the calm can be shattered by the shrill cry of the warning system repeatedly calling out, “Red Alert, Red Alert,” indicating a Kassam rocket is about to strike. Because of the proximity to Northern Gaza where the terrorists launch the missiles, the warning – if it comes at all – sounds only 15 seconds before the projectile hits its target, just as it has over 1,800 times in 2007 alone, according to Noam Bedein of the Sderot Media Center.


It was into this arena of sorrow, confusion and fear that a delegation of three Hollywood comedians arrived in Israel as part of the Crossroads Comedy Tour 2007. The tour, which benefits the Crossroads Center in Jerusalem for At-Risk Anglo Youth, had played to sold-out crowds in four Israeli cities.


But in Sderot the accomplished performers recognized they faced a far more challenging appearance. Despite the increasing tensions along the Gaza periphery and an Israeli air strike that had killed over a dozen terrorists the day before their visit, the comedians were determined to bring some level of cheer to the residents of the town.


Avi Liberman, a comic who has been featured in clubs all over the U.S., and most recently toured Afghanistan performing in support of the allied troops, founded the Crossroads Tour. He said he thought it was critical to include Sderot in the places that he and his fellow comedians would be visiting.


“The decision to come to Sderot came initially out of frustration that this was an area of Israel where the people within the city were suffering and were not being heard,” said Liberman as he made his way between shops in the downtown Sderot marketplace.


Along with fellow comics John Mulrooney and Mark Schiff, Liberman distributed over $2,000 raised from American Jews to storekeepers and local residents who have been directly affected by the wave of Kassam missiles. Rather than simply dole out the cash, the group favored respecting the pride of the Sderot businesspeople and would make purchases and then refuse to take the change.


The reactions from the residents always reflected intense gratitude that this group of Americans had come so far to remember the plight of their little town.


Schiff, a well-recognized figure on the U.S. comedy circuit who regularly opens for Jerry Seinfeld, relished the chance to induce smiles on the faces of a community that has had little to laugh about in recent years. “This city has completely overwhelmed me with the desperation and pain that you can feel coming from these people,” Schiff said. “I only wish we could do more.”


As part of their stay in the town, the group was taken to the home of a family that had suffered a direct strike from a Kassam missile only days earlier. The kitchen that suffered the brunt of the hit was completely destroyed. Littering the ground were signs of how a happy home had been transformed into a site of terror in just an instant.


A bowl of oranges was covered in a fine layer of soot, while nearby a doll lay sprawled on the floor, her angelic face blackened by the effects of the missile strike.


Mulrooney, a native New Yorker with a booming baritone and infectious laugh, was clearly overcome with emotion as he saw the damage. Shielding his tears behind dark sunglasses, he firmly embraced homeowner Pinchas Amar, whose wife was still recovering in the hospital from shrapnel wounds to her legs, and presented the father of four with a check for $500.


Leaving the Amar home, Mulrooney fought to regain his composure as he moved on to the next house determined to do his little part to make the residents of Sderot smile.


Jeremy Wimpfheimer is a freelance journalist living in Beit Shemesh. He can be reached at dandjw@bezeqint.net

Sderot Man Killed In Kassam Attack

13 Sivan 5767 – May 30, 2007

JERUSALEM – Four Kassam rockets were fired at the Western Negev city of Sderot Sunday morning, leaving one man dead. A rocket crashed into his car, and he suffered sharp gashes in his neck. The Israeli civilian crashed into a wall, was rushed to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon and died within an hour of his wounds.

Another person was lightly injured, and several people were treated for shock. School children waiting for buses to take them to their first day of classes outside of Kassam range in areas surrounding Sderot panicked upon the sounding of the “Color Red” rocket alert.

Earlier in the morning, another two rockets landed in central Sderot, causing damage but no casualties.

The Kassam victim was Oshri Oz, 36, of Hod HaSharon, an employee of the Sderot-based “Peretz Bonei HaNegev” construction company. He was Israel’s tenth fatal casualty of a Kassam rocket in the past three years – and the second in the past week. Among the dead were three toddlers and a 17-year-old girl.

In response to the ongoing Kassam attacks, the Israel Air Force carried out dozens of air strikes throughout Gaza over the weekend.

The Air Force first struck a Hamas operations center in Gaza City’s Zeitoun neighborhood and a training camp near the area of Shati. Five Hamas terrorists were killed and 23 injured in the strikes, according to PA reports.

Another strike, minutes after those in Gaza City, hit Hamas targets in Rafiah, on the southern tip of Gaza.

Later, a Hamas training camp at the destroyed Jewish town of N’vei Dekalim, a bit further north, was hit by IAF missiles. Another missile hit a Hamas post in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City in central-northern Gaza.

On Friday, seven air strikes were carried out in Gaza. One missile struck Kassam rocket launchers riding in a vehicle, killing two and injuring six. The explosion caused by the missile was followed by another explosion, caused presumably by explosives in the vehicle.

One missile struck a guard post opposite PA Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh’s Gaza home, though the IDF

states that Haniyeh was not the target of the attack. The Hamas chief was not home at the time but showed up shortly afterward in a jogging suit, though his guards whisked him away when IAF jets were heard overhead. A senior Hamas terror-chief in charge of Kassam cells died Saturday in a Gaza hospital after being wounded in an air strike last week.

Hamas threatened that if Israeli strikes continued, Israel “could forget about [captive soldier Gilad] Shalit.” Shalit was captured by Hamas terrorists 11 months ago while guarding the Gaza-Israel border. Minister Rafi Eitan said that if a “hair on Shalit’s head is harmed, Haniyeh himself will be hit.” (INN)
 
Mother and sister of Oshri Oz, killed by Kassam rocket fired by Palestinians into Israeli town of Sderot, grieve over the victim’s body during funeral in Petach Tikvah.
Widow Of Kassam Victim Collapses During Funeral

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Oshri Oz on Monday, the 36-year-old Hod Hasharon resident who was killed in Sunday’s Kassam attack on Sderot.

At the beginning of the funeral, which was held in Petach Tikvah, Oz’s pregnant widow Suzanna collapsed and was treated by paramedics.

When the procession began the widow insisted on walking behind the stretcher carrying her husband’s body, despite pleas that she board an ambulance.

Tourism Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch of Yisrael Beitenu said during his eulogy that the government is doing all it can to protect Israel’s citizens.

His comments stirred a minor uproar, and some of those on hand shouted back at the minister, “How are you protecting us?” and “What did Oshri do that you did not protect him?”

They were quickly quieted by the other participants and the ceremony continued.

After Oz was buried, his sister lay down by the fresh grave and cried bitterly.

Throughout the funeral, weeping and cries of grief could be heard. After the funeral, family and close friends remained at the grave for some time.

(Ynetnews)

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