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Miracle in Ashkelon: No One Home When Missile Hits

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A missile fired by Gaza terrorists struck a home in Ashkelon Wednesday afternoon in the Ashkelon coastal region district.

It was a direct hit.

But the People of Israel can add this to the list of miracles with which they’ve been blessed during Operation Protective Edge, because no one was home when the missile struck the home of the Messer family.

“We had just left a few minutes before; I don’t know, we just had this feeling,” Alon Messer told a reporter for Army Radio in an interview a few minutes later. “My wife and I took our baby daughter and we had barely gone, when we heard the siren, and then the ‘boom!’ It was so close, we just knew somehow it was our house — and sure enough, when we came back and looked, there it was.”

The house had just been built, his wife added. “It was barely a year old,” she mourned. But despite the damage, no one was physically injured. Residents around the area were understandably traumatized in response to the event.

Close to 100 rockets and missiles were fired at Israeli civilians from Gaza since Hamas violated the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that was still in force Tuesday afternoon as Israeli and Palestinian Arab negotiators continued to work towards an agreement to end the destruction.

Israeli representatives were immediately recalled from the talks, however, as soon as rocket fire was aimed at Israeli civilians, violating the agreement some eight hours before the cease-fire was due to run out.

Sapir College Closed (Again!) Due to ‘Rain’ of Rocket Fire

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Sapir Academic College has canceled classes and exams on Wednesday due to the renewal of rocket, mortar and missile fire from Sderot.

The well-known institution, home to dramatic and other arts programs is located on the outskirts of the city of Sderot, barely a mile away from the Gaza border.

The institution said it would keep students informed as to when classes will resume. It is not yet clear how and when class time and exams will be made up.

On August 8, 2014, the director of the college, 71-year-old Dr. Nachmi Paz was wounded during a rocket attack when he was unable to make it to a safe space in time. A house in Sderot sustained a direct hit during the same barrage of Qassam rockets fired by Gaza terrorists that day.

When is “enough,” truly enough?

Rockets Land Outside Ofakim Without Warning

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Two rockets exploded Monday afternoon on the outskirts of the southern Israeli town of Ofakim, traumatizing the town’s residents.

People in the area were not prepared for the attack and had not taken cover because the Color Red incoming rocket alert system failed to activate.

Grad Katyusha Missile Explodes in Be’er Sheva

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Gaza terrorists fired a Grad Katyusha missile at Be’er Sheva shortly before 11:00 a.m. local time on Monday.

The missile exploded in an open area on the outskirts of the city, known as the ‘capital of the southern region.’ No physical injuries and no property damage has been reported thus far.

Two similar missiles were fired at the city on Saturday as well; one was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which indicates it was headed for a populated area. The second landed in an open area and caused no property damage. No physical injuries were reported.

Nevertheless, the attacks cause a great deal of anxiety in the population and often trigger trauma attacks in numerous people as well. Mental health centers set up to treat those with post-traumatic stress syndrome report an uptick in the number of calls they have received in the past month due to the escalation in attacks from Gaza.

Despite the government’s promise to silence the rocket fire, Gaza terrorists have continued to escalate and widen the range of their attacks.

Mayors in the coastal cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon have cancelled children’s activities in public buildings that do not contain bomb shelters out of concern the participants may not be protected in the event of an attack.

Gaza Terrorists Continue Rainfall of Rocket Fire

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Gaza terrorists spent the lion’s share of the day on Thursday aiming their rocket fire at the southern border town of Sderot.

The afternoon began with rocket fire aimed at Sderot, although terrorists did not fail to attend to Ofakim, Netivot and the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council and Merhavim Regional Council districts.

The Color Red siren began wailing just after lunch, in the second hour of the afternoon with two warnings, the first in Sderot and the second in the Ofakim area.

Within the requisite 15-second window, a Qassam arrived, this time slamming into a road and causing some damage in the industrial area.

A rocket also exploded in an open area in the Merhavin Regional Council district. As with other attacks earlier in the day, no physical injuries were reported, officials said.

Several hours earlier, during the morning hours, three buildings in the community sustained damage from direct hits by short-range Qassam rockets fired by Gaza terrorists.

One was a summer day camp for young children, who were in the building at the time of the attack. They had 15 seconds to reach the shelter before the rocket struck; by the grace of G-d, constant drilling and a well-built safe space, they made it.

Cars were also damaged by the Qassam attack alongside the second building, a private home.

Sappers were called to defuse a third rocket that didn’t explode in the center of town; it landed near a preschool, causing some damage there as well.

No one was physically injured in any of the attacks although the children were treated for shock. Their parents, badly traumatized and some in shock, came to take them home for the rest of the day. Other residents suffered from severe anxiety and trauma as well.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system also was busy – operators sent units up in the air to intercept two missiles flying towards the southern town of Netivot, where the holy Sephardic Torah sage, the Baba Sali, lies at rest in the town’s cemetery.

Neither missile caused and physical injuries or property damage, officials said.

The security cabinet has met nearly every night this week but has yet to reach a decision about how to conclusively silence the rocket, mortar and missile fire.

Abbas Scorecard on Stopping Terror: 5,700 Attempts to Kill in 2013

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

The resumption of “peace talks’ between the Palestinian Authority and Israel in July came one month after 660 rock and firebomb attacks in June ini Judea and Samaria, according to figures compiled by the “Hatzalah’ Judea and Samaria Emergency teams.

In the first six months of 2013, Hatzalah recorded 5,635 attempts to injure and murder Jews, including 611 Molotov cocktail attacks, eight shootings, three stabbings and 5,144 rock-throwing attacks that are intended to force drivers into fatal accidents, such as the one that killed American Israel Asher Palmer and his two-year-old son two years ago.

The statistics do not include terrorists’ blockage of roads and arson. At least 180 people were wounded from January through June, including 10 in June, and many of them still suffer from trauma and refuse to travel anywhere except in buses that have extra-thick plastic windows to protect it from rock attacks.

The terrorists attacks are seldom reported in most international and Israeli media because they are less dramatic and less “successful” than large-scale attacks carried out by an armed group.

Reporting rock-throwing as a terrorist attack also would go against the inherent urge of foreign media to promote the “peace agenda” and to focus on Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s statements that he rejects terror.

However, Abbas talks in code.

After he was chosen as Prime Minister in 2003, before the death of chairman Yasser Arafat whom he later succeeded, Abbas stated, “We reject terrorism from any party and in all forms.”

Earlier this year, a decade later, President Barack Obama told Israel “you do have a true partner in President Abbas… [with] a track record to prove it.” And Abbas told a Russian interviewer, “As far as I am concerned, there is no difference between our policies and those of Hamas. So why are they labeled as terrorists? In my opinion, [the EU] can remove Hamas [from the list], why not?”

Abbas told the German Die Zeit newspaper in 2012, “We will never return to the armed struggle! Never! There will be only non-violent resistance to the occupation.”

The Hatzalah record of attempted murder of Jews in Judea and Samaria as well as in Jerusalem shows that either Abbas has failed to stop terror or defines rock-throwing and firebomb attacks, along with stabbings and shootings, as “non-violent resistance.”

One person has been killed this year as a result of a terrorist stabbing attack in Samaria, and 171 suffered injuries, almost half of them civilians.

In June alone, when the Obama administration was working feverishly to create an atmosphere for the resumption of direct talks between Israel and Palestinian Authority negotiators, 10 people were wounded, including a policeman and IDF officer who was hit in the jaw by a rock, the second time in a month he had been struck. One of those wounded was an eight-year-old who was struck by a rock.

The Obama administration has frequently credited Abbas for stopping terror but is wrong on two counts. One, terror is alive and well, even if its victims are not.

Two, as The Jewish Press has previously reported here and here, the IDF has been the main reason there are not more terrorists running free.

The IDF and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) in the past two months have busted several Hamas terrorist gangs while foiling countless other there terrorist attacks.

In May, security forces arrested a gang of “The Hazit HaAmamit-National Front” from Hevron and Shechem that was under the direction of Hezbollah.

They also broke up a terror infrastructure of the military arm of Hamas in the Hevron region, which was operating establish a regional command center to kidnap soldiers.

The IDF also arrested a terrorist who was freed in the exchange two years ago of 1,000 terrorists for the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

Tazpit News Agency contributed to this report.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/abbas-scorecard-on-stopping-terror-5700-attempts-to-kill-in-2013/2013/09/08/

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