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Israeli Aircraft Strikes Terrorists Preparing Rocket Launch

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

An Israel Air Force aircraft struck what the Israeli military said were terrorists planning to launch rockets at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.

One man was killed and three injured in the attack, Palestinian media reported following the airstrike on Monday evening. The dead man was identified as Mus’ab Za’aneen, 21, a member of the Al-Quds Brigade, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad.

“The mission was carried out in order to eliminate an imminent attack targeting civilian communities of southern Israel,” according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces spokesman’s office.

“IDF intelligence, operational capability and determination to eliminate a real-time threat keeps Israelis safe in their homes,” IDF spokesman Peter Lerner said.

The airstrike came shortly after Code Red alerts signaling an incoming rocket were sounded near Ashkelon in southern Israel.

On Friday evening, Israeli troops fired on a Palestinian woman who approached the border fence and did not respond to orders to halt, despite being in a military security zone. The woman, according to her family, was mentally disturbed.

Gaza Rockets Hit Israel, Lies of Gaza Supporters Spread Worldwide

Monday, June 24th, 2013

PLEASE SEE UPDATE AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE

At least 6 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel very early Monday morning, June 24.  Two of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.  The other rockets landed without causing any injuries.  The areas that were hit include Rahat, in the Bnei Shimon Regional Council, Be’er Sheva and the Lachish Regional Council. Three more rockets were fired toward the Ashkelon area.

The rocket fire followed a surprise drill run by the Israel Defense Forces on Sunday.

Within a short time after the rockets began landing in Southern Israel, there were those on the social media, Twitter, claiming that “Gaza was under attack.”  That’s right, Israel is being shelled by Gaza, and the pro-Arab Palestinian propaganda machine immediately began pumping out claims that Israel was attacking Gaza.

In the space of half an hour, dozens of twitter reports in several different languages were announcing that Israel was attacking various points in the Gaza Strip, even naming cities being hit – Khan Younis, Rafah City.  There were reports of Israeli gunboats firing on Gaza from the Mediterranean and Israeli f-16s firing across the strip, but there were no rockets or attacks from Israel, the rockets were coming from Gaza, towards Israel.

Israel may always be better prepared militarily than its enemies, and it will always have history and law on its side, but watching the Twitter feed fill with lies based on absolutely nothing other than a sociopathological raw hatred was more than a little alarming.  How is it possible to defeat hatred that spawns lies in complete contradiction of the truth, and that is so easily gobbled up and spewed forth endlessly?

UPDATE: Long after claims of Israeli “first strikes” were ricocheting through the Twittersphere, it was reported that Israel, in response to the six rockets that were fired from Gaza into Israel, struck back and hit two arms depots at the center of the Gaza Strip and a rocket launching site in the southern part of the Gaza Strip overnight.  Unlike the claims made for hours by supporters of those who struck first at Israel, Gaza was not “under attack.”

RCA Delegation Visits Communities Hit by Hamas

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

A delegation of 20 rabbis from across North America arrived in Israel yesterday to tour areas of Southern Israel as part of an emergency solidarity mission of the Rabbinical Council of America.

The three-day mission, quickly organized as the violence escalated, was designed to provide affected communities and residents of Southern Israel with the assurance that their plight is not being ignored by Diaspora Jewry.

The rabbi-delegates came from communities in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Edmonton.

Organizers said that the objective is to provide strength to those most directly impacted by the violence, as well as to IDF forces currently involved in the campaign or who are actively preparing for the possibility of a ground invasion into Gaza.

The first day of the mission, Tuesday, was spent in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi, which suffered three fatalities in the first day of fighting.  The delegation made a shiva (condolence) call to the mourning families and visited the apartment where the attack took place.  There they encountered a scene that remained in disarray and were able to appreciate the extent of the tragedy.

“Visiting this shiva house was a truly moving experience and allowed us to assure those who lost family members that their deaths were being felt by all of Klal Yisrael,” Rabbi Doniel Kramer from Brooklyn, New York said.

From there, the delegation met with Rabbi Chaim Druckman, a leading figure in the religious Zionist movement who shared his feelings upon being asked to bless students who are called to reserve duty during times of escalating violence.

“These are types of dilemmas that we as American communal rabbis typically do not face and provide us with an even greater appreciation for what the communities here are confronting at this difficult time,” Rabbi Leonard Matanky, Vice President of the RCA said.

Attacks on Southern Israel, Raising Jewish Children, and Rain in the Land of Israel

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

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Yishai and Malkah kick off this week’s show by talking about recent attacks by terrorists on southern Israel and move on to read recently sent e-mails from listeners. They move on to talk about raising children in today’s world and how important it is to raise them with solid and good influence. At around 16:40, they talk about the recent rains that Israel is experiencing and how rain in the Land of Israel is truly a gift. Yishai and Malkah end the segment by further discussing attacks on Southern Israel and how Israel is always a leader when it comes to providing help for other nations in the world, including following Hurricane Sandy in the United States.

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Life in Southern Israel: A Student’s Blog

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Greetings to all, my name is Nachalah, I am a 24-year-old student. I am studying communications and graphic designing at Sapir College… Sapir College in Southern Israel is under fire, situated near Sderot and the surrounding Kibbutzim, where the bravest children in the world live.

Why choose Sapir College when there are many other good academic institutions in Israel, why learn under fire when I can learn under a clear blue sky where the only thing that fall on you are the autumn leaves? I didn’t really choose Sapir, but rather it chose me. Our romance began in July, about a year and a half ago. Yonatan, a friend, invited me to go on a short trip to the south. He went apartment hunting in the Sderot area, and I joined him.

We visited Kibbutz Mefalsim, about two kilometers away from the Gaza Strip. I fell in love with the place, the green and the serenity. During the period since the visit I was discharged from the IDF, and was contemplating my future. I rented a place at the Kibbutz and enrolled at Sapir College. I knew about the Kassam rockets, but was told that the campus was protected and properly fortified.

As I was listening to these explanations I was thinking to myself: I doubt I will ever have actually run for cover. Everything was green and pastoral; I was really taken by the positive campus ambiance.  It was one of those moments when you know you are where you are supposed to be, feeling at home after a long period of wanderings. Kassam rockets?! No bothers, I can handle it. This is my country and no one will take away my right to study where ever I wish, even Sapir (so I thought). Now I must tell you that my fashion choices are set primarily by the shoes I choose every day…lately, it’s been mostly sports shoes (I am a sports freak and spend a lot of time at the gym…but I don’t want to be caught unprepared).

On My First Day as a Student

How can I describe my first day? I woke up on the couch in Tel Aviv, at a friend’s apartment. Why Tel Aviv? The day before, I was on the way to Sapir, enjoying the ride, when explosions began to occur around us and the sirens began to whine. The driver continued on as if nothing happened. I was a bit disconcerted, but school was progressing as usual, and I guess they know best. Well, I was wrong, I spent the entire night in the shelter, getting updates through the annoying emergency announcement system. At five in the morning I caught a bus to Tel Aviv, and there I was able to sleep soundly. After a few days there was a cease fire and classes resumed. The first day started out slow, and then more people arrived in the next days, but that didn’t last long.

The Present

This morning (Monday) I woke up early even though I have classes only at 2 in the afternoon. I had to go to the dentist. Yesterday classes were canceled because of the shaky situation. Actually, I was really mad. I was waiting for Sunday because I love the classes I have on that day and did my homework. The previous night I slept will. In the morning I came into town for my appointment. I got in early because no one else showed up, and got the VIP treatment.

On the way back I got a ride with a tourist who spent the night at a guest house, and the room next to his was hit by a rocket. At classes only half of students showed up. That was odd. Then we waited a half an hour for the lecturer. It turned out that only 5% of the students showed up for his previous class, so he left early. We finished early, and so I decided to go to the gym to work out. We had zumba class, and things were warming up nicely, and then someone came in and turned down the music “You didn’t here the ‘Red Color’ alert, the music is too loud.” We continued with constant interruptions because of the rocket alarms. The workout could have been more effective…

Now I’m at home writing these lines as I hear booms in the background, playing the game of guess (a rocket, thunder, a door slamming, you name it). That’s enough for today; I hope the nice people firing at us from Gaza think so to. Good night!

Dramatic Sunday in Southern Israel

Monday, November 12th, 2012

For hundreds of thousands of Israelis living in the south, yesterday was tumultuous in the worst way. Unstemmed rocket attacks have been conducted by one or another of the terrorist groups based in Hamas-controlled Gaza at all hours of the day and night. While it’s tempting to look at the absence of deaths on the Israeli side, the reality is any one of these rockets and mortars can easily have exacted the heaviest of prices. It’s our great fortune that this did not happen today.

 

Based on eye-witness reports we collected during the day (Sunday), here is a summary of the regions in which the Tzeva Adom missile warning system detected an incoming attack or (where Tzeva Adom did not operate for whatever reason) actual rocket-born explosions occurred:

08:50: Sha’ar Hanegev
09:50: Sha’ar Hanegev – no fewer than 4 rockets
10:10: Sderot and Sha’ar Hanegev
10:35: S’dot Negev and Sha’ar Hanegev
10:45: Sderot and Sha’ar Hanegev
11:55: Eshkol, S’dot Negev, Sha’ar Hanegev
12:00: Shaa’ar Hanegev
12:30: A hail of rockets right across Israel’s Gaza border area, plus a rocket in Hof Ashkelon
12:55: S’dot Negev
13:00: Hof Ashkelon

14:00: Be’er Sheva. Israel National News reported that two explosions, possibly three, were heard in the city about 90 seconds after the siren sounded the alert for residents to head for the shelters. At least one, and possibly two, of the incoming missiles – believed to be long-range GRAD Katyushas – were intercepted and destroyed by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.
15:55: Hof Ashkelon, Lachish, Sha’ar Hanegev
16:55: Sha’ar Hanegev
17:00: Sha’ar Hanegev

17:20: Eshkol – believed to be four rockets in a single volley
Times of Israel reports that more 70 rockets in total have been fired into Israel since (and presumably including) Saturday night.

“On Sunday morning, four Israelis were wounded by shrapnel when Palestinian terrorists fired a barrage of rockets at the Sha’ar Hanegev region. Two people in their fifties were wounded when a rocket scored a direct hit on a car, while a third woman was hurt as a rocket fell near a school in a nearby town. Two residents of Sderot were treated for shock. All of the casualties were evacuated to hospitals in Beersheba and Ashkelon. Hamas’s armed wing announced that it was actively participating in the fighting by firing mortar shells at IDF positions around the Gaza Strip… Television reports noted that recent cross-border fire from Gaza had included highly accurate Katyusha rockets, capable of doing far more damage than previous rocket fire.”

TOI summarizes the Sunday’s events with this fatalistic commentary under the title “The approach of an unwanted war in Gaza | Neither Israel nor Hamas nor Egypt seems to wish it, but as rocket fire intensifies again, a deeper conflict looms”:

Israel doesn’t want war. Hamas doesn’t want war. Egypt doesn’t want war. And yet this weekend’s bloodshed on the Israel-Gaza border, along with the increase in rocket fire, has brought all sides to the brink

Visit This Ongoing War.

MK Ariel: ‘Time to Let the IDF Win Again’

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Chairman of the Knesset State Comptroller’s Committee MK Uri Ariel reacted to the deteriorating security situation in Southern Israel, saying: “Israel’s weakness in the face of the escalating terrorism against residents of Southern Israel must end. It’s about time to let the IDF win again, to stop allowing the fear from the International Community’s reaction to paralyze us, to take military action in the depth of the Gaza Strip, and to put an end to the terror state that Israel created with its very own hands.”

No Ceasefire: Rockets Rain on Southern Israel, Country Awaits Decision on War

Monday, November 12th, 2012

A barrage of rockets eight hours after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel has brought a quick end to the quiet, with Israel ramping up preparations for possible ground reprisals to end attacks from Gaza on civilians in Israel’s south.

No one was physically injured in Netivot on Monday morning when a Grad rocket landed in the yard of a house.  The building was heavily damaged, and twenty six people were treated for shock.

Reports indicate that Monday morning saw at least 11 more rockets fired toward Hof Ashkelon and the Eshkol regions, with two landing in unpopulated areas and two being taken down by Iron Dome missile defense systems.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was scheduled to meet with foreign diplomats on Monday to brief them on the situation in Gaza and prepare their countries for the possibility of an Israeli military strike in the terror hotbed.

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