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Happy New Year: Summarizing Rockets & Terror on Israel in 2011

January 1, 2012

The end of December is not just the end of a month, but also the end of year – 12 whole months wrapped together.

The following is a summary of terror acts committed by Palestinians – either independant of part of a militia – against Israel and Israelis in the year 2011. I will also dedicate a post later to the other side of the coin which is the acts of extreme settlers, laundered as ‘Price Tag’, which worsened the past year. It should be noted that the following takes the pot in magnitude, quantity, and effect.

665 Rockets and Mortar Shells From the Gaza Strip in 2011

The numbers really speak for themselves – here’s a year-long count on the rockets and mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip.

Dozens were injured, 4 [empty] schools and playgrounds were hit, and 2 Israeli citizens died – Yossi Shusan (age 38) on August 20th, and Moshe Ami (age 56) on October 29th.

An anti-missile attack on a school bus (not counted below!) also killed 16 years old Daniel Viflic.

997 Terror incidents on Israeli citizens or soldiers

The following are taken from the statistics of ISA – Israel’s Security Authority, also known as Shabak.

Overall, 107 citizens injured in terror attacks in 2011, and 18 citizens killed (of which one is a not an Israeli citizen but a British citizen) in 2011. In addition, two security forces personnel were killed. 7 of the citizens killed were settlers in the West Bank, and the rest were Israeli citizens within Israel’s territory.

These describe incidents only (for instance, a barrage of 5 rockets fired at Israel is counted as 1 incident) –

The following table summarizes the terror incidents described in the above graph, where:

All incidents refer to the West Bank, from the Gaza Strip or Jerusalem, unless appearing as simply “Terror Attack”.
Rockets refer to both rockets and mortar shells.
Shootings refer to both guns and anti-missile.
Explosives are explosives or improvised such as pipe bomb.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rockets 12 5 30 45 1 4 17 107 8 40 9 25
Mortar Shells 13 9 17 18 0 1 1 27 1 3 1 5
Shootings 5 2 4 5 3 0 2 2 3 5 0 1
Explosives 2 2 3 0 1 0 2 1 2 4 0 1
Stabbings 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Grenades 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Molotov Cocktails 47 41 72 32 64 40 32 34 54 30 33 48
Stone Throwing 0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Terror Attack 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 7 0 0 0 0
Total 83 61 128 101 73 47 53 178 68 80 44 81

Notable Terror attacks in 2011 are:

  • Itamar Attack – 5 memebers of Fogel Family are knived to death including two parents and three children, the youngest being a 3 months old baby. 12 years old daughter returns home to find their bodies.
  • Explosive bomb go off in a bus station in Jerusalem. One British citizen, Mary Jean Gardner, is killed.
  • An explosive pipe goes off in a city worker’s hand two weeks prior to that.
  • An anti-Missile rocket fired from the Gaza Strip at a yellow school bus. 16 year old teenager dies.
  • Israeli-Arab goes on a killing spree on May 15th – the Palestinian Nakba, killing 29 years old Aviv Morag. Six months later the victim’s dad commits suicide.
  • The August 18th terror attack through the Egyptian border in the Sinai Peninsula. Six citizens are killed, as well as two security personnel, one from “friendly fire.” Egyptian soldiers get caught in the cross-fire as well.
  • Palestinian from Nablus (Sche’em) hijacks a taxi and tries to run it in to a teenagers-filled club in Tel-Aviv.
  • Palestinians throw stones at passing vehicles in the West Bank – Asher Palmer is hit and crashes his car, killing both him and his 1 year old son.

Less than 2 weeks after, Another terror cell waiting to strike from Sinai Peninsula

August 30, 2011

Less than two weeks since the terror attack on Israel by extreme terrorists originating from the Gaza Strip that took the lives of 8 Israelis, and another in a rocket that was launched two days later, an intelligence tip has alerted that a terror cell by the extreme terror group, Islamic Jihad, has already left the Gaza Strip and is waiting for the chance to strike.

Two weeks ago, another intelligence tip was present. A S.W.A.T team sat in ambush all night. However, when the sun came up, the estimation was that no terrorists would dare cross the border-fence in broad daylight and in front of an Egyptian post. Two weeks ago they were wrong. Fortunately, the team was only regrouping until nightfall and were near by (in the city Eilat), so when first reports of the events arrived, they managed to get to the scene relatively quickly and prevent a greater loss of life (along with the resourcefulness of drivers on Highway 12 – the bus driver who was quit to escape, and private vehicles who saw the events and heard the shots and turned back, warning people to stop on the way).

This time Israel is not taking any chances – it not only alerted the public of the threat, but has closed down Highways 10 and 12 for all travelling. This warning is not new, but uncharacteristically made it public when it was apparent that complete Highways will be shut down and that there is a chance that once again, the loss of life would not be prevented. This is only done in an attempt to deter the terrorists.

Israel’s Home Front Defense Minister, Matan Vilani, has said this morning that: “We know of cell of at least 10 people, seeking to attack from the Sinai Peninsula.” He added that Israel is working in close ties with the Egyptians to foil the attack.

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The Egyptian Rage Towards Israel – Violence and Hate

August 25, 2011

Ever since the walls of fear have been shattered inEgypt, a lot of Egyptians found themselves with the sudden courage and the ability to say and do what once they were not able to. Some of it was directed towards the government, some of it is still directed towards the Military Council that is their regime today and others have finally managed to release their rage towards Israel.

In the months that have pasted since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, more and more Egyptians gather to protest… not against their still deteriorating condition, not against the unemployment, not against the lack of free election on the horizon, not even against the lack of tourism since the revolution. No, they are directed rage filled with enormous amounts of hate towards Israel. As all hate goes, this too is irrational. If protestors took pride in the none-violence of the coup, their demonstrations against Israel is the complete opposite. For months now they’ve been burning flags, shouting blasphemous curses, blocking the Israeli Embassy and calling to end the ties with Israel, to Shred the peace treaty and have even gone as far as to threaten the Ambassador (Haim Levanon).Israel’s envoy sent their families home, security has been tightened and there were periods of time where they were not able to leave their homes and go to the Embassy. This, with the added constant threats to the lives and welfare of the delegation, is by definition pure violence and terror.

This has of course escalated over the past week. Ever since the terror attack that originated in Egypt, from its’ soil, and managed to come to fruition, in part, because of Egypt’s inability to stop the incredible growth of terror cells in the Sinai Peninsula, the results of casualties on the Egyptian side have been automatically put on Israel. It’s easy. It’s always done. Just last year when a shark attacked a tourist in El Arish, the Egyptian street was quick to blame the Israeli Mossad for that. A rational explanation for this, as usual, could not be found.

Burning of an Israeli flag, one of many, in Egypt
Burning of Israeli flag, an almost tradition and hobby in Egypt, last week in front of the Israeli Embassy.
Photograph By: AP News Agency

While completely ignoring huge chunks of the truth, and of other incidents (for example, on Wednesday a rocket fired at Israel landed in the Rafah crossing, on the Egyptian side. It hit close to a house and woman was lightly injured. No one walked out on the streets of Egypt because of that), the Egyptians are letting loose of all their inhibitions, in any way possible.

This week they are calling for a million people demonstration. It’s goal: Not democracy, not peace, not dialogue. It’s hate, violence and incitement. It’s bloodshed. It’s a demand to break a peace treaty for the option of war.

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Palestinian Authority President Abbas’ response to Israel’s retaliation in Gaza is WRONG

August 24, 2011

Yesterday Al Jazeera news channel broadcasted a response by the Palestinian Authority’s President, Mahmoud Abbas, regarding the escalation between Israel and Hamas (or more generally, between Israel and the Gaza Strip). In a casual hallway response, Abbas made a connection between the protests in Israel and the escalation and claimed, while completely ignoring to mention rockets fired into Israel (Eighty-Four in just two days) and the initial terror attack against Israel (or at the very least giving them some weight in the decision making process in Israel). That connection is fundamentally wrong!

If you don’t know what the protest in Israelis than I shall make a quick overview – on Thursday, July the 14th, 2011, Tel-Aviv (Israel’s largest city)’s Rothschild Boulevard has began to be flooded with tents. In a protest, started by a Facebook post, middle-class citizens have set up tents and supposedly moved there with their children, protesting against the cost of living in Israel. Though it holds a strong economy, despite the global recession that was (and the one feared to come), prices in Israel have been skyrocketing, mainly prices for apartments and homes. Every Saturday since huge demonstration displays took place. On Saturday, 9th of August, there were (estimated at) 300,000 people on the streets. But while many governments and regimes around Israel send out tanks and bullets to quiet down the protestors, by any means necessary, Israel’s protest which only seems to grow (even with the escalation) has never had one bullet fired at it.

This of course can be a bit hard for Abbas, the leader of the more moderate and democratic dictatorship of the Palestinians, to comprehend. But the facts (something Abbas never seemed intrested in) show the complete opposite. Just as it does not shoot and kill its’ people just for having their own opinion and daring to challenge its’ elected government, Israel is most certainly not making a cynical use of its’ people horrifying deaths and harvesting political fortune of it. It most certainly did not retaliate a gruesome terror attack and the constant attack on its’ civilians to quiet down a protest!

Here are the facts:

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The duplicity and hypocrisy of the Arab world

August 21, 2011

It is almost astonishing how the Arab world never misses an opportunity to incite against Israel. With regards to the terror attack against Israel this past Thursday and the aftermath (that is still happening), this is yet another example as to how one of the biggest powers in the world are constantly acting and teaching with hate, forming a common enemy and a distraction for their opposed citizens under the iron fist.

The Arab League, representing the Arab world, is another international entity that directs most of its’ effort towards the annihilation of Israel (even long after they’ve revoked it from their official charter and allowed Arab countries to negotiate and achieve peace with Israel, a big no-no destined for sanctions until the 1970s).

While most of the Arab world oppresses people on a daily basis and practiced the elimination of the most basic human rights as a way of life, it constantly directs its’ attention towards Israel.

When Hafez Al-Assad, Syria’s former President (father of Bashar al-Assad, current President of Syria) sent his military to slaughter Sunni uprising in Hamma, in February 1982 with a total death count of over 10,000 civilians (some Human rights organizations claim it made it to 40,000), the Arab League did not condemn and did not act.

When “Little 3 year old boy, Salam Balousha, and his two brothers, were murdered in their car by [Hamas] Prime Minister’s Haniyeh’s troops” (the words of UNWatch President, Hillel Neuer), The Arab League said and spoke nothing, as did the rest of the international community.

In 2009, when young men and women filled the street of Tehran, wearing green strikes to symbolize their call for freedom and free election, Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, fired live ammunition at his own people who had the audacity to ask for their basic human rights. Many died, were imprisoned, raped and tortured. All the Arab League did was the congratulate Ahmadinejad. Amr Moussa, a candidate today in the so-called free Egypt, only said: “We hope that the next term would witness progress on the relations between Iran and the Arab world and cooperation in establishing peace in the Middle East.”

Today, it took the Arab League and the Arab world over five months to join the consensus against Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. Over five months of daily tanks shooting to kill civilians demanding their rights from their regime, and it wasn’t until August 7th, 2011 (when the uprising began in March), Arab League’s secretary general, Naril Elaraby, called for the end of violence. He did not demand Assad would be removed, but instead plead for a chance to his supposed “reforms”.

These are, as usual, only a small tiny list of examples that define the way the Arab League operates. While most of its’ countries torture their own people, inflict corporal punishment in the most disturbing and heinous of ways, and deny their people  the freedoms many people in the Western world take for granted, they time after time after time condemn Israel while ignoring and leaving out complete facts.

The same has happened today. You didn’t need to scroll down all the way here to realize that, I’m sure. Just like in (yet another one of many examples) 2006 when it ignored Hezbollah’s role in what became the Israel-Lebanon [second] war, today as well it condemned Israel completely for its’ airstrikes in Gaza without even mentioned the endless barrage of rockets fired into Israel (over a hundred in two days!) and the terror attack that ignited it all.

Jordan, whose intelligence forwarded info regarding the cross-border attack shortly before it happened, issues a condemnation against Israel while completely ignoring both the terror attack and the rockets (and automatically accusing Israel for the deaths of Egyptian soldiers, though the joint military investigation hasn’t even begun and the attack happened near Egyptian army posts on Egyptian soil). Jordan, by the way, has been deliberately blind towards the gruesome deaths and slaughtering of Arabs by other regimes around the area, especially since it too is an oppressive regime. As late as August 7th, the Jordan’s Foreign Ministry still called for reforms under the regime of Assad. On August 13 th, all Jordan did was not condemn Assad, but simply express regret over “the increasing number of victims.”

As I said – the duplicity and hypocrisy of the Arab world.

Hamas is responsible for the suffering of Gazans

August 20, 2011

Honestly, at this point, I have completely lost count on the number of rockets fired at Israel. It has been over 20 (might be even 30 and much more) in the past two and half hours alone. And the number keeps on speeding upwards. More and more rocket are being shot blindly with the sole hope of hitting, hurting, injuring and killing as many innocent Israelis as possible.

Rockets began to fly to Israel’s south cities by the dozens. Once one of them made a direct hit towards a house, setting it on fire and causing injuries to two children (ages nine and 3 months) and a 20 year old man, Hamas took responsibility for this rocket attack.

Since then, more than a dozen rockets have hit and even made direct hits – One that hit a car resulted in the death of a 30 year old man. Another hit a direct residential building and caused severe injuries.

Hamas wants this to escalate as far as possible without bringing forth another extensive military campaign. He has taken responsibility for the first time because it was worth it – He can now tell the Palestinians inGaza that he is hurting and killing innocent Israelis. That, for some reason, is a source of pride. For those who are blinded by hate and thing that Israel does the same, I am here as an Israeli citizen to tell you my government and my people NEVER ever take pride or joy in the death of innocents. It’s a result of terrorists setting shop in civilian locations and using people as human shields. Israel’s leaders are not being targeted in these strikes, nor are they in hiding. Everyone knows where they live and where and who their families are – they are not the criminals here, they are NOT targeting civilians. They are targeting terrorists, from the one who launches a rocket to the one who supplied it to, the airstrikes in Gaza are about stopping terror.

If the organizations quit the ways of terror, as the International community has demanded over and over, the people living in Gaza would be far better off. They would not be under blockade, they would not be used as human shield, they would not be subjected to airstrikes. This is a direct result of a dictator leadership that causes pain to its’ own people. There in no one Israeli soldier inside Gaza. There are no settlements. This is not an occupied territory. This is an enemy entity that refuses to engage in any kind of peace process or dialogue, that favors Jihad, hate and bloodshed over the welfare of its’ own people (who, once again, are under its’ regime by force for four summers now).

By taking responsibility and pride in the death of Israeli civilians, Hamas is escalating even further the situation. While Hamas itself is in hiding, its’ people are left as sitting ducks by its’ headquarters, Armories and so on. It is bringing endless suffering and pain to the Palestinian people while blaming Israel and inciting towards it and in return gaining moral and public support (from fear of being overrun, just like it overran Fatah, by the more extreme organizations in the strip) from killing innocent people.

This is the reality Israel is facing. This is its’ enemy. This is who has declared war against it, not the other way around. This is who refuses time and time again to abandon the ways of terror, acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, acknowledge past agreements signed with Israel and sit down to talk about a sustainable peace with it. This is who is causing the suffering of the Palestinians. And I will say it again in the hopes that it finally begin to seek in – Hamas is responsible for the suffering of the people living in Gaza. He is the one making them a target, he is the one who denounces peace and promotes war and bloodshed.

Hamas is who decided to up the stakes and escalate the situation even further. But once again, I am, Israel would be so easily blamed for everything, as if there is no other side to any story.


Update: Hamas has taken down the announcement on its’ website that he is responsible for the shooting of the rockets and other organizations within Gaza had claimed responsibility instead (amazing how easily they would fight for the glory of blood). Israel’s intellegence seems to support a theory that Hamas was not involved in the shooting. It is nevertheless still accountable for everything that happens in the strip and it is his job to make sure this does not escalate even further. At this point, this should be a clear interest, seeing as how Israel’s airstrike took out most of the leaders on the Popular Resistance Committee and has mostly left Hamas the main target. All of the above is not changed – everytime Hamas does shoot a rocket at Israel, he delibrerly endangers the lifes on the Gazans. Every day he doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist to agrees to abandon the ways of terror, It is using the Gazan as nothing more than a shield to be so easily (mistakenly) called Shahid.

Lebanon prevented a condemenation of Thursday’s terror attack

August 20, 2011

And the hits just keep on coming. While the escalation in Israel’s south is still in progress due to the henious terror attack, the Arab / Muslim world once again uses it’s abounding power and strength in it’s ongoing war against Israel.

Lebanon is now acting as the current representative of the Arab world in the United Nations’ Security Council (The Arab world always has a country, in rotation, representing it in the Security Council). Last night, as the Security Council tried to pass a condemnation resolution to this terror attack, Lebanon blocked it – According to the Security Council’s rules all 15 members must sign off on a resolution for it to pass. Lebanon blocked it.

According to the deputy U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Rosemary Discarlo, the condemnation message was a standard message the Security Council used in every terror attack worldwide and the Security Council has used this text many times before.

This was not about the context of the condemnation message, it was about condemning the death of Israel is at all.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prospor, said in response that this is yet another sad remainder that often the UN is “deaf and blind” when it comes to terror being committed against Israeli citizens.

This is once again a demonstration as to how the UN is motivated by self-interest and is not interested in promoting peace, human rights and justice. It took the Security Council less than 24 hours, without the facts even being cleared up, to adopt Turkey’s decision to condemn Israel for the flotilla incident in May 2010. It took over FOUR months for the Security Council to condemn Syria’s Bashar Assad for the slaughtering of his opposers. To this day, It has not condemned North Korea for its’ offensive against South Korea (that happened on November 23rd, 2010).

I’m sure that if a terror attack against Lebanese citizens would take place, they would demand a condemnation. Well, they probably won’t, seeing as Lebanon is one the biggest terror hubs in the area with Iranian-backed Hezbollah having its’ army, stronger than Lebanon’s Western-backed army, that managed to dissolve the Lebanon government of Saar Hariri (As Israeli Ambassador, Ron Prospor said, Lebanon is “a state controlled by a terrorist organization”). The Arab world never took his inner battles outside. But when Israel was cutting a tree on its’ side of the border and a Lebanese soldier opened fire, which resulted in casualties on both sides, they demanded a Security Council condemnation.

This is yet again an example of hypocrisy and how the majority of power in this world is in the world hands (feel free to once again take a look at freedomhouse.org‘s map of the unfree majority of this world).

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The timeline of the terror attack on Israel, Thursday 08/18/2011

August 19, 2011

Note: The timeline for today, Friday August the 19th, 2011, is still happening and unfortunately will continue to develop. This is the what transpired thus far.

I apologize in advance if I did not translate correctly the names of the casualties from Hebrew to English.

The attack on Route 12

Shortly before 12:00 P.M. (GMT +03:00) three terrorists from the Gaza Strip infiltrated Israel through the border with the Sinai Peninsula. They moved across an Egyptian post that was apparently unguarded, and through the open border crossed towards Route 12. They crossed separately with distances between them. Two more terrorists were left in the Sinai Peninsula as lookouts as well as about 13 others who were waiting to shoot at the Israeli forces that would come to the scene. Each terrorist had an explosive belt around him and carried many weapons. Route 12 is a remote route in south Israel on the way to the vacation spot of Eilat.

The terrorists waited at the side of the road until vehicles came by. The first to appear was a private vehicle carrying a family – two parents and two children, aged 5 and 7. The bullets hit the shield of the car and glass lightly injured the children.

Less than a moment later approached a bus, line 392 to Eilat. The terrorists opened fire at the bus, shattering windows and hitting it as much as possible. Seven people inside the bus were injured. Seven more suffered from shock. Passengers jumped to the floor as soldiers on the bus attended to their wounds and tried to open fire. The driver pressed the gas and fled the scene.

Shortly after another bus drove by with a private vehicle behind him. This time the bus was empty, except for the driver. The terrorists opened fire at the bus. One of them approached the front of the bus and activated his explosive belt. The bus caught on fire and the driver died instantly. He was the first casualty. His name has not yet been released to the public in the time of writing these lines.

The private car driving behind the bus had fire opened at it as well. The four passengers inside were killed. They were two sisters and their husbands on the way back home from a vacation in Eilat. They are Moshe and Flora (aged 52) Raz, and Shula (aged 54) and Dov (aged 58) Karlinski. The brother of one of the casualties was driving with his family a short distance behind. When he saw his brother and wife (along with her sister and husband) murdered, and according to his testamony confirmed dead, he quickly reversed as terrorists shot at him and hit one of the wheels of his car. Escaping, he warned four more private vehicles and saved their lives.

One vehicle he didn’t manage to stop was caught in the fire as well. A wife and husband, Yosef and Ester Levi, driving in the car were shot. The car was completely “sprayed” with bullets. While the husband, aged 57, was fatally wounded and died on the scene, the wife who was more lightly wounded played dead and lied beside him for an hour until rescue could reach her and while gunshots were heard in a battle between Israeli soldiers and the terrorists.

Six civilians died in this terror attack.

Photoraphed by: Ariel Harmoni

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The Gruesome terror attack on Israel Today

August 18, 2011

Update: Popular Resistance Committee is responsible for this terror attack. Israel claims to have killed some of its’ higher ranks in an air strike near the Phildelphi Route (close to the Gaza-Sinai border). Rockets have being fired towards Israel’s Ashkelon. The Iron Dome defense system has intercepted one of these rockets, headed towards populated civilian areas.


Photograph by: Eliad Levi

A few short hours ago, the biggest terror attack Israel has seen in Years took place. At this time, not much is known about this attack near the Israel-Egypt border, but some things are more than certain. At I am writing this, Israeli media is reporting 7 Israelis dead, almost 30 wounded and hopefully all terrorists killed in gunfire battles with Israel’s military and police.

The Sinai Peninsula after the fall of Hosni Mubarak

Earlier this week, Egypt moved military forces into the Sinai Peninsula (which borders both Israel and the Gaza Strip) in an operation called “The Eagle”. Its’ objective was to capture and dismantle terror cells. This was probably motivated by the fifth time the gas line between Egypt and Israel (carrying gas to both Israel and Jordan) has been blown up. Whether or not there was real intelligence to this specific attack, I cannot tell, but the fact is that ever since the uprising against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the Sinai Peninsula has become a point of instability. During the uprising, Mubarak has enabled a prison break that allowed, among the many Egyptian criminals, terrorists sitting in Egyptian prisons to break out. Some of them have made it to the Gaza Strip, others have remained in the Peninsula.


map of the Israeli-Egypt border near the Sinai Peninsula from Google Maps

Every few months Israel is issuing a travel warning to Israelis regarding the Peninsula. The instability is not new. However, since the fall of the Hosni Mubarak and the movement of police forces from the peninsula towards more populated areas inside Egypt in an attempt to enforce some sort of public order, along with the prison breakout, has left Sinai an ideal location for terror groupings.

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