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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!


Terrorist injures 8 tonight in Tel-Aviv

August 29, 2011

A few short hours ago, around 02:00 A.M. (GMT +03:00) a man from the Palestinian city of Schem, approximately 20-25 years old, committed a terror attack in south Tel Aviv.

The man who managed to cross infiltrate into Israel, called a cab from Jaffa to Tel-Aviv. He asked the cab driver to take him to Tel-Aviv’s central bus station, and when they arrived, pulled out a knife and demanded the cab driver will exit. The cab driver, Nahman Aji, said the man only wished he would get out of the cab and did not threaten to kill him. From the route the terrorist was driving towards, it seems he didn’t want to draw a scene so soon (merely hijacking a cab versus murder). The cab driver attempted to fend him off and was cut at his hand.

From there, the man drove the cab towards a nightclub, “Oman 17”, that hosted a huge party for teenagers with over 1,000 participants. At the last days of the summer break, the nightclub is packed at this hour.

Nearing the club, the terrorist was met with a border patrol barricade and drove straight to the barricade, running over policemen. The barricade was not there due to any specific intelligence, but as a matter of precaution to due to large party. After running over the policemen, the terrorist exited the car and with the knife in his disposal and started confronting the policemen who were trying to get a hold of him, screaming “Allah Akbar”. The massive police force around managed to get a hold of him before he actually made it to the nightclub and he is now in custody.

Police is now investigating if this was, as the terrorist claims, an independent act or did someone assist him. He will also be taken to reconstruct the event and to show police where and when he bought the knife. As mentioned, he doesn’t not deny what he did and claims that this was his own doing – both planning and executing.

The end result now is 8 injured: 1 in critical condition, 2 medium and the rest lightly wounded. The critically wounded has been operated at Ichilov hospital, where the wounded policemen were taken. In Wolfson hospital two security guards, a civilian man and the terrorist himself were treated for light wounds.

Had there not been a barricade and a large police force at the scene, this could have had ended even more badly…

Israel will now investigate this matter. If someone did assist, he will surely be arrested and some family members and friends might be questioned. If this does turn out to be a single independent terror, then just like with all criminal crimes in every country, this will be treated with the intent to deter others, especially who are finding the reason events “inspiring”. Israel does not seek harming or attacking the Palestinians for no reason, and in this case I doubt we’ll see a single soldier doing anything, unless the investigation will uncover something. The terrorist in the custody of POLICE, not the army.

With that note, and seeing as how since the official calm declared by the Palestinian fractions on Friday (long after Israel’s last air strike), 5 rockets had sense been launched and fired at Israel’s south (one was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system above the city of Ashkelon), I hope that these chaotic fractions won’t find this as an excuse or a motivation to continue, or worse, their barrage of rockets.

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