Kassam rockets – how terror against civilians becomes permissible

Ashkelon is a growing costal city. For tourists, it is replete with Roman ruins. In biblical times, the Jewish prophet, Samson, conquered the Philistines nearby. Today, Ashkelon’s new power station provides Hamas – ruled Gaza with approximately 70% of its energy requirements.

Ashkelon is home to over a 100,000 citizens, trying to live their lives in peace.

Instead, the residents live with the ever present threat of Kassam rockets, launched almost daily from Gaza. Take November 14th, when 4 of the 122mm Grad class rockets were launched at the city. One landed in the main shopping centre.

For those who do not know, a rocket is not a sophisticated weapon and cannot be properly directed, unlike a missile. Thus, a rocket’s targets are randomly picked out. Frightening! In fact, it’s downright immoral and disgusting.

There are those who try to explain away the actions of the perpetrators. The weapons are used for defensive purposes only, it is claimed. But Ashkelon has no military structures. Its hospital (which treats Palestinians as well), the academic college, schools, and even the power station itself – they have all been targeted by Palestinian factions.

Others argue that the Palestinians have a legal and moral right to reply to incurssions by the Israeli military into Gaza. OK, but none of that gives Hamas or the Islamic Jihad a mandate to target civilians, aimlessly. 

Check out this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luiyXA_r2aA It shows Kassam missiles, being fired aimlessly from a school vicinity. If you ask me, the groups responsible for such actions are using politically acceptable spin to cover their own crimes.

I spoke to a leading businessman, who lives in Ashkelon with his family. He explained that an outsider cannot understand what it is like to cope . You may get a few seconds notice, before the “incoming” lands. The proverbial “whoosh” becomes as chilling as the deafening explosive destruction of the final impact. Where did it land? In the neighbour’s garden? The industrial zone? The roof of our local grocery?

Why should they have to live like that?

Ashkelon is under attack. And the world does not care! The UN’s meagre response is to demand that Israel desists from protecting itself against the launchers of terror. Viva Munich and 1938…. only 70 years ago.

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4 Comments on “Kassam rockets – how terror against civilians becomes permissible”

  1. Mechi Fendel Says:

    Michael – you’re so right!
    Living in Sderot (was a city of 24,000 – 6,000 have left over the past years cuz of the kassam threat) and being faced with these rockets for over 8 years, I still can’t figure out why Isrel is still talking about “peace talks” and “protection”. Any protection that exists today (thick cement slabs over school buildings, protected bus shelters) won’t hold under tomorrows rockets. The rockets are getting stronger and bigger and reaching farther. Ashdod is already starting to prepare for attacks.
    We have an army – why isn’t it doing its job? Why can’t the world understand that this is a war? Israel has every right to protect itself!

  2. Michael Horesh Says:

    It is 5 week since I wrote this piece. Since then, Hamas repeatedly and consistently broke a cease fire, which it had openly declared that it was not intending to renew.
    The world sat back and did nothing
    For the past 2 days, the Israeli air force has destroyed 100 police facilities and destroyed 40 smuggling tunnels – Woe! The waste of life casued by the actions of Hamas.
    Download: http://switch3.castup.net/cunet/gm.asp?ai=58&ar=UndergroundLaunchingPad-Download&ak=null
    View: http://switch3.castup.net/cunet/gm.asp?ai=58&ar=UndergroundLaunchingPad-View&ak=null
    Note the path of the Hamas missile that misfired as a result of the attack.

  3. tenderbunny Says:

    Michelle – the people of Baltimore, Maryland stand with you and Israel. We pray for you and the people of Sderot. We ask Hashem to vanquish Israel’s enemies. A government that cares not about the safety and way of life for its own people is a government that deserves to be stamped out until there is not a trace of it left. Stand strong and spread the word. Ultimately, good and righteousness will prevail.

    • Michael Horesh Says:

      Thank you for your kind words. As I write, there is news of teh first soldier who fell in battle. He was my son’s youth leader in the past. My daughter knows his sister. The father died 2 years ago from cancer.
      The “child” volunteered for a battle unit. As he friends have said, all he wanted to do was to help the people in the south of Israel.

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