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My Personal Account: Rocket on Tel-Aviv

November 15, 2012

I haven’t written here in a long time. Life, and mostly school, took up too much time and slowly it became harder to write here. It came to the point, where I didn’t find the time to gather all the data for the “Rockets Fired into Israel” monthly account that I usually post. Mainly, because, there was more data than usual.

But now things are different. Tonight I experienced the rockets for myself. And my experience was so small and little compared to what the people of Israel’s south live – actually live with, on a weekly and sometimes daily basis – that I only now understand how all I’ve said about their terrible realities was something I could never understand and could never get across on paper.

I was at my school – the University of Tel-Aviv – tonight at 06:35 PM when a siren was heard. We started barely gathering our stuff and quickly running to the shelter. Waiting there, counting the minutes, hearing the sirens and fearing if it’s okay to walk out were the most terrifying moments imaginable. Walking outside, being outside at a bus station waiting to go home was the kind of fear that truly deserves the words terror. People of Sderot and Israel’s south in general – I applaud you for being able to live with this for so many years.

Maybe I should back up, but I assume you’ve already heard about the operation in Gaza. You might have also heard that it’s because (which it isn’t) Israel taking down Hamas’ military chief of staff (or head of terrorists, if you’d like). The truth is there were 3 round of escalation started by Palestinian terrorists in the last month alone. There were 110 rockets fired into Israel before this operation. Even when Israel didn’t retalite, the rockets kept on coming and hiting Israeli cities.

12,000 rockets have been fired over 12 years onto Israeli population. Today, hopefully for one-time only, two rockets were fired towards Tel-Aviv and thankfully missed populations. If you’ve never felt it before, you don’t know why it’s called terror!

So just to make things clear, here are a few facts about the matter –

In 2005, Israel withdrew completely from Gaza.

More rockets, more often, hit Israel following said withdrawl.
Palestinian Terrorists continued in their efforts to hurt Israeli civilians and attack Israeli soldiers.

In June 2006, one of many cross-border attacks ended with the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier.

In 2007, Hamas took over the Gaza Strip with a violent coup, killing and torturing Fatah members who ran to Egypt and Israel for sanctuary.

Following said events, Israel implemented in 2007 a land blockade designed to seize and capture weapons shipped to Gaza terrorists and used against Israeli citizens daily.

Since Israel’s full unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, about 10,000 rockets were fired onto Israeli citizens.

In December 2008, the situation has become unbearable and Israel launched an offensive against Gaza terrorists (who were walking among civlian population, dressed as civilians and used civlians as human sheilds).

In 2009, following the offensive, Israel implemented a naval blockade as well.

In 2010, most of the land restrictions were lifted and only the naval blockade remained in place as a policy to simply check what enters the strip and prevent shippments of weapons (some of which sent from Iran to Gaza or Lebanon were captured). At any given day, Hamas is using less trucks than Israel offers to bring supplies into the strip. Gaza is inflicted corruption by the oppressors known as Hamas, not a blockade!

Rocket fire into Israel has once again become unbearable.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Popular Resistance Committee and more are the TERROR groups in the strip who force the people of Gaza to live in constant war of Israel for the simple truth –

Their declared ambition is to demolish Israel as a whole!

They are terrorists, with no disregard to lives – the lives of the people of Gaza or the lives of the people they fire upon daily with the hope of killing as much as possible.

My personal hope is that deterance would be reached soon. That the fighting would end. That they’d get the message and realize they’d better take care of their people by supplying them safety, stability and food, rather than hatred, incitement and war;  And that these rocket fire would stop!

Summary of Rockets Fired Into Israel, July 2012

August 2, 2012

Last July (of 2011) was the first time I posted a monthly track of how many rockets are fired into Israel (actually, the number represents the number of rockets that landed in Israel. More have been fired).

Since then – meaning Since August 1st 2011 to July 31st 2012 – 778 rockets and mortars shells have landed in Israel. 778 in the span of one year. 778 and in 365 days (give or take a day because a leap year).

July was a “calm” month – “only” 14 rockets and mortar shells landed in Israel.

Rockets and mortar shells fired / landed in Israel, July 2012

In addition, on July 9th two rockets were fired and landed inside the Gaza Strip area. The Third rocket fired landed in an agriculatural field in Israel.

Also on July 9th, a sniper shot at a stop station on the road near the border. The stop station has a restaurant. Cars parked outside were damaged severely and it seems if anyone were outside at the time, he would have been hit for sure.

Also, in the past week the Egyptian-Israeli border hasn’t been very quiet. Shots have been fired from inside the Sinai Peninsula several times – once directly at an Israeli patrol on the border. Another time, an Israeli army bus was hit in a crossfire between Egyptian soldiers and Beduin Egyptian smugglers trying to smuggle drugs and Efrican refugees into Israel. No one was harmed on the Israeli side in those accidents.

On July 28th, a woman was injured while running to find shelter when a “Red Color” alarm was heard, warning of a rocket that was fired. Due to the proximity and short-range of the rockets, the “Color Red” alarm gives only a 15 seconds warning at most to find cover for a rocket that’s been fired!

And also in July – The terror attack in Burgas.

A few days ago, India’s police officially accused Iran for the bombing in New-Delhi last March against an Israeli convoy.

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Summary of Rockets Fired Into Israel, June 2012

July 5, 2012

June has been a very bad month!

On June 1st, a terrorist from the Gaza Strip, Ahmed Nassir, inflitrated Israel and opened fire on soldiers, killing 21 years old Staff-Sergent Netanel Moshiashvili. Terrorist was later killed.

Two weeks later, a sniper of the Islamic Jihad began shooting from Gaza into Israel, towards Israeli farmers. One farmer was wounded, in one of the shootings.

That weekend, rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula at Israel.

Two days later, on June 18th, terrorists inflitrated the Israeli-Egyptian border and ambushed construction workers on the border (building a security fence). A contractor, 35 years old Said Fashapshe, was killed.

Along with Israeli airstrikes that killed the sniper from the previous week, this led to a round of escalation.

When i reported earlier that the escalation seems to be dying out, I was proven wrong. Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip forced the people of Gaza (as well as the people of Israel) to live in war and amplified danger for a few more days. Hamas, as usual, did not manage to enforce any kind of truce or governance on these terror groups.

In fact, even after a cease-fire has been declared, almost a dozen more rockets were fired. 4 were intercepted by the Iron Dome security system, before they hit residentail communities.

Overall, In June of 2012, 218 rockets and mortar shells were fired into Israel (216 from the Gaza Strip) !!!!!!

Rockets and Mortar shells fired into Israel in June 2012

Notice the peak of escalation. The other areas of the graph, where citizens of Israel are being shot at, is what the world calls “calm”.

(Note: Last month I reported of 3 mortar shells being fired upon on June 1st. I was relying on current news which soon [but after I’ve posted] changed to acknowledge only one landed inside Israel, as you can see in the graph above. My apologies).

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Escalation Dying Out; Over 130 Rockets Total in 3 Days Were Fired

June 21, 2012

The escalation round that began earlier this week, after a few terror incidents, seems like it’s starting to die out.

The city of Ashkelon would even hold school days tomorrow, for the time being, after today schools were out due to two rockets fired at the city late last night.

Now, here’s the really annoying part – at the end of every one of these escalation round, and in order to seek relative “calm“, Israel must sustain, refrian from retaliating, and be in somewhat of restraints – at every end of this round, there are numerous rockets still fired that Israel does not respond for. Why? Because Israel seeks peace and not war!

The palestinian terror organizations, for some reason (I’d try to find logic, but everything their methods of “fight” is illogical to begin with, so…), can’t end an escalation round without firing more rockets. Sort of “saying the last word” or something stupid like that.

Usually, even when there’s a brokered understanding of a cease fire, rockets continue to fire and Israel does not responding, so that these will be the last rockets. If their intensity is quickly slowed down and if no real harm is done, Israel does not retaliate and relative calmness is temporarily retorted (see rocket counts in time of calm to see what relativity means!)

[Last round of escalation ended with a rocket hitting a parking lot of residential building in Netivot a few hours after the cease fire was in effect! Israel did not retaliate since there were no casulaties and again: it seeks peace, not war!]

In the meantime, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Pros’or, wrote again to the security council. One of many many letters frequently sent that have zero effect, and bring not even a single discussion of the council.

Terror attacks escalate Israel’s South Borders; Over 50 Rockets Launched into Israel

June 20, 2012

Due to school, I didn’t have much time to write here this month. But some things force you to make the time.

Israel is currently within another round of escalation. Another one which I’m sure the many countries calling for “calm” would have handled with a lot less elegance than the one they’re requesting (In fact, I’m sure they would have reacted much harsher and with more casualties).

Sniper Attacks Last Week– Last week, (at least one) sniper from the Gaza Strip began shooting towards Israeli farmers, working in their fields and green houses. There were three different shooting attacks, one for each of three consecutive days. One the shootings lightly wounded a farmer in the Kibutz Nir Moaz.

Rocket Attacks Over the Weekend – For no apparant reason than capability (and some suggest the elections in Egypt), rockets were fired into Israel from the Sinai Peninsula. They hit open fields near the small airport of Ovadia and near Mitzpe Ramon.
This isn’t the first, nor the second or third, time terrorists have used Egypt’s Sinai Peninusla to fire rockets at Israel. The deadliest attack in recent years had rockets falling in both Israel’s resort city Eilat, and Jordan’s resort city Aqaba. A Jordanian man had died in the attack.

Rocket hit Mitspe Ramon last Saturday night

Google Map of the Israeli-Egyptian border, from which terrorists fired rockets into Israel, hitting among others Mitspe Ramon.

Terror Attack from the Egyptian Border – Monday night terrorists inflitrated Israel from Sinai Peninsula and set up an ambush for construction workers building a security fence between Israel and Egypt.
On Monday morning, roughtly as 6 AM (GMT +03:00), when construction worker came to the area, they opened fire, killing a contractor. Later they fired an anti-missile RPG at the construction workers, which missed. Later, three of the terrorists were killed in a cross-fire with soldiers rushing to the area, due to fire penetrating their explosives (their self-made bombs exploded while still on their backs during the exchange of fire). Two or more terrorists managed to escape back into Egyptian territory, where Israel is left with no means to persue them and must rely on the Egyptian army .

A terror group affiliated with Al-Qaeda has released a video caliming responsibility for this attack. If any, this goes more to show how since then fall of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian army (and de-facto ruler for over a year now) has lost its’ grip on the Sinai Peninsula. Many international inquires have been made showing it’s a hotspot for terror groups, and that many weapons from post-Gaddafi Lybia made their way to Gaza and the Peninsula.

35 year old Said Fashapshe of Haifa, a constractor building the security fence, was killed by the first strike of the terrorists, early Monday morning.

Also on Monday, intelligence uncovered the indentity of the snipers from the previous sniper attacks and the Israeli airforce killed two Jihad Islamic terrorists as they were riding a motorcycle.

Retaliating the last events, Israel took several more airstrikes against terrorists of various groups, mainly Isalmic Jihad and HamasThe terror groups responded by firing rockets at Israel.

At the time of writing these lines, over 50 rockets and mortar shells have been fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli civilian population. Sharpnel hit a house last night, critically injuring a man and injuring four others in various degrees.

This is still ongoing.

The terrorists are once again firing into civilian population, be it with guns or rockets.

Hamas, the terror group with took over the Gaza Strip in a violent coup over the Fatah faction, and claims governace over the strip, took responsibility for firing some of these rockets, due to the airstrike that killed one of its’ members.

That’s right – their militant (and for all intent and purpose: their terrorists) killed equals firing onto Israeli civilian population.

Firing blindly with the hope of hiting and killing as many as civilians as possible. As many as men, women and children as they can.

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Summary of rockets fired into Israel, May 2012

June 1, 2012

A new month, a new summary. Still, the number is not zero!

Just like last month, after a period of escalation, the numbers of rockets have subsided (March’s escalation was especially harsh on the terror organizations who lost many men that were mostly unable to hide behind citizens as human sheilds).

Overall, 5 rockets and mortar shells landed in Israel in May 2012.

Rockets landed in Israel, May 2012

Rockets landed in Israel, May 2012

As i’m posting this, 3 mortar shells have been fired today as of now, alone. June is off to a bad start.

Earlier today, a terrorist of the Islamic Jihad (who officialy took responsibility) fired from the Gaza Strip onto Israel. He hit an Israeli squad, and killed an Israeli soldier. He was later killed. Israel retaliated and has killed 4 more terrorists in Gaza. The terrorists “retaliated” with firing of mortar shells onto civilians.

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Summary of rockets fired into Israel, April 2012

May 1, 2012

As usual, here’s a summary of the rockets fired at Israel over the last month.

And as usual after a period of escalation, the numbers of rockets have subsided. And as usual they still exist.

Yes, Cathrine Ashton, Ban Ki-Moon, Hilary Clinton and everyone who calls this “calm” – I dare you to live with this kind of calm on your citizens!

Overall, 12 rockets and mortar shells landed in Israel in April 2012.

Rockets landed in Israel, April 2012

Rockets landed in Israel, April 2012

On April 4th, a total of 3 rockets were fired into Israel from Egypt to the resort city of Eilat.

On April 7th, Israeli airforce gunned down militants preparing to launch a rocket.

On April 14th, a rocket was fired but didn’t make it past the strip region. According to Ma’an Palestinian News Agency, the rocket was fired by a military branch of Fatah (The fraction declared “moderate” throughout the world and in control over the Palestinian Authority).

And May is going to be a troublesome month, with Nakba coming in two weeks (I’ll write a post on it, surely).

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UN Refuses to Fire Bias Employee, Taking Part In De-legitimizing Israel

April 5, 2012

Now this is a truly enraging story!

During the last escalation round between Israel and Gaza militants, in which over 200 rockets were fired upon Israeli civilian population, a UN employee – whose job description mandates her to be objective and unbias – turned her tweeter account against Israel, filling it with false propaganda and heinous lies.

Khulood Badawi is still the information and media coordinator for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanatarian Affairs. On March 10th 2012, she tweeted on her account a picture of Palestinian girl bleeding, while being held by her greiving father (I chose to not post this picture – Israel has nothing to do with this little girl’s death, but it’s still a horrible picture to post). The tweet said:

Palestine is bleeding… another child killed by #Israel… another father carrying his child to a grave in #Gaza

This tweet was re-posted over 300 times!

However, not only was the picture not from the latest round of escalation, it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with ISRAEL!

This little girl, as another tweeter member (Avi Mayer) revealed, has been dead for at least five years – The image was taken by Ruetuers newsagency in 2006. The little girl died in a car accident. Israel had nothing to do with it!

It should be noted that in the latest escalation round in Gaza, as well as in previous, Israeli aircarfts took great majors in attempting to minimize the hurting of innocent Gazans (which comes in contrast to the agenda of fanatic militants who use death of innocents for political fortune as well as an execuse to keep taking the population of Gaza hostage in its’ illogical war against Israel). True, some civilians suffered injures (as well as on Israeli side), and there were even a few unfortunate deaths of innocents, however the numbers speak louder than words about Israel intent to not harm civilians as much as it could – 20 out of 23 Palestinian killed in the latest escalation round were militants (by Palestinian’s own reports!).

Back to the fake photo, though – Israel took this matter very seriously, and its’ investigation should that the same employee, who is supposed to be unbias, took part in 2008 in anti-Israeli demonstrations and has publicly called Israel’s Defense minister “a war criminal” and “a children’s murderer”. Objectiveness is obviously not one of her strong suits.

Israel’s UN ambassador, Ron Prosor, issued an acute letter to Badawi’s supervisor, Valarie Amos, saying:

It is unacceptable that for 4 years, the UN would employ someone who doesn’t live up to its’ most basic standard, required of any employee.

Prosor demanded Badawi will be fired. Her supervisor declined, only citing that Badawi’s personal views do not reflect on the UN or keep it from being objective, which personally sounds like a pretty ridiculous excuse. She also noted that an internal investigation has been opened (I’m not holding my breath of it yieling something) and that the UN worker had no idea that he job required her to maintain restrain.

I can’t help but wonder what if the shoe was on the other foot? If a UN worker would post a false picture about a kid being hurt in a suicide attack or a by rocket, when in fact he or she too were simply killed in a car accident, would the UN be so forgiven and understanding there? The realist in me believes this would have been handled much differently.

Grad Missile Fired Overnight at Israel’s Resort City Eilat

April 5, 2012

Last night, a little after midnight, an explosion was heard in the resort city of Eilat. After searches for its’ source, remains of a freshly-exploded Grad Missile were found in a dune not too far from a residential neighborhood.

Though no responsibility has been claimed yet, it is fair to assume that militants from the Gaza Strip once again inflitrated the Egyptian Peninusla and fired rockets into Israel’s Eilat. This is not the first time this has happened, nor the second. While the ability to fire at Eilat is fairly low, thus the frequency is very low as well, Grad Missiles have been fired before at Israel. In 2010, one Grad even went through the narrow city of Eilat and exploded in a street in Jordan’s resort town of Aqaba, killing a Jordinian resident.

Just a few weeks ago, Israel assissinated a cheif terrorists in the Gaza Strip, who was planning an attack on Israeli citizens through the Sinai Peninsula, much like the gruesome attack of August 2011.

The timing is no coincidence either – tourism season is about to begin, and tomorrow night is Passover Eve – a Jewish holiday, in which many families take a vacation to Eilat and some even spend the holiday eve there already. That is, of course, is addition to over 47,000 of the city’s residents (47,800 according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics).

Map of Israel's south and Sinai Peninsula (From Google Maps). Circled in red is the Gaza Strip, the red X marks Eilat and the blue area is roughly the areas constantly bombarded with rockets from the gaza strip.

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Summary of Rockets Fired at Israel, March 2012

April 2, 2012

March of 2012 was a very bad month. An escalation round with fanatic terrorists from the Gaza Strip put over 1.5 million of Israel’s citizens in peril, caused over 200,000 Israeli school kids to stay home for several days and once again took the population of Gaza hostage.

On the night of March 31st, terrorists were captured with knives, gun, ammuniation and a barbwire-cutter, trying to breach the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. One was killed, the other managed to get away and run back to the strip, where Israel has no interest in entering by foot, unless the militants of Gaza would force its’ hand once again.

In the latest escalation round, the most active terror groups where Popular Resistance Committees and Islamic Jihad. Hamas set this round out, but did very little to impose its’ governance. These rockets were fired from Iranian dime who is still funding these organizations that are firing blindly at civilians – women, children and men alike – with the vicious hope of killing as many innocents as possible. In March, 55% of the rockets fired at Israel were long-range missiles!

The following numbers are of the lowest estimate found – over 40 rockets were interecepted by the Iron Dome defense system, meaning over 40 rockets were headed to populated areas!!!

And as you can see, before the escalation and after it, “calm” was restored.

Count of rockets fired at Israel daily from the Gaza Strip

A total of 208 of rockets and mortar shells (by the lowest estimate) were fired at Israel in March of 2012.

After a cease-fire has been declared, nearly a dozen rockets were fired at Israel in the span of 24 hours, one of them hitting a residential parking lot at 10 PM.

A dozen rockets and mortar shells have been fired in the “calm” since the end of the escalation round!

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