Pali Terrorist Rocket Kills Israeli Student, Israel Finally Responds

I recently asked one of our commentators to consider this scenario:
“Let me ask you this. If the people in the subdivision next to yours routinely fired rockets and bullets, indiscriminately, into your subdivision, wouldn’t you demand that the authorities put a stop to it immediately? Of course you would. Yet you seem to be asking that the Israelis, who go through this exact scenario almost every day, just sit back and take it.”
Since the Pali terrorist first started firing the rockets into Israel back in 2002, there have been over 1,000 rocket attacks. According to several Wikipedia articles, many of the rockets have fallen on the Israeli city of Sderot, because of it’s proximity to Gaza makes it an easy target. The articles go on to state that as of January 18, 2008, “Thirteen people have been killed and hundreds injured as a result of Qassam rocket fire at Israeli targets.”
I also asked our commentator to consider this point:
“…there is a huge differences between intentionally targeting civilians (like the Palestinians routinely do by their own admission) and “collateral damage” against civilians because the combatants (Palestinian terrorist) are hiding among them.
The Palestinian terrorists routinely hide among the civilians because they know the Israelis will hesitate to attack them there for fear of killing the neighboring civilians.”

Why do we (the world) expect Israel to sit on it’s hands and do noting to protect their civilians, when we would be the first to demand action from our government if the roles were reversed? This duplicity has always perplexed me.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israeli aircraft blasted Hamas government offices and metal shops late Wednesday, killing a baby and wounding more than 30 people in a retaliatory strike after a militant rocket killed an Israeli college student.

The bloodshed fed worries about a new outbreak of heavy fighting between the Israeli army and militants in the Gaza Strip.

Amid the surge of violence, the U.S. government announced that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would visit next week to meet with Palestinian and Israeli leaders to discuss the push to negotiate a peace accord.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the deadly rocket attack on the college in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, which came a few hours after two Israeli airstrikes killed seven people in Gaza, including two senior commanders in the Hamas rocket operation.

After nightfall, a third Israeli strike aimed at a rocket squad in northern Gaza killed two youngsters leaving a mosque, Palestinians said. The Israeli military said it carried out the airstrike but had no knowledge of civilians being hit.

Then Israeli planes attacked the office of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and the nearby Interior Ministry, both of which were empty. Haniyeh and other Hamas leaders have been in hiding, fearing Israeli assassination attempts.

Palestinian health officials said a 6-month-old baby was killed by shrapnel in the late-night airstrike in Gaza City and about 30 residents of nearby buildings suffered wounds. A few minutes later, Israeli aircraft hit two metal workshops.

The Israeli military said the targets were command posts at the government building and sites where weapons are made and stored. The military blamed Hamas for setting up such operations in populated areas, and said injuries to Palestinian civilians were unintentional.

In all, militants fired at least 40 rockets at Israel on Wednesday, the military said, many more than the average of daily barrages that have disrupted life in the region. Associated Press pictures showed rockets streaking into the sky from a densely populated area of northern Gaza.

One rocket exploded in a parking lot at Sapir College. Israeli officials said a student, a 47-year-old father of four, was killed by shrapnel that struck his heart. Israeli TV stations showed a second man being carried on a stretcher with wounds to his legs.

The student was the first Israeli killed by a rocket since May, when two people died in separate attacks.

At nightfall, four rockets exploded in the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon, including one near the city’s main hospital, police said. No one was hurt. Ashkelon is 6 miles north of the Gaza Strip.

The fatal attack on Sderot intensified calls in Israel for a large-scale ground offensive in Gaza aimed at clearing the border area of rocket squads, though previous incursions have halted such attacks only briefly.

Original Link.
List of [Notable] Qassam Rocket Attacks.
Qassam Rocket.

3 Responses to “Pali Terrorist Rocket Kills Israeli Student, Israel Finally Responds”

  1. Babar says:

    Deputy Israeli Defence Minister Matan Vilnai said on Friday the Palestinians would bring on themselves what he called a “bigger holocaust” by stepping up rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip.

    “The more Qassam rocket fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they (the Palestinians) will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our might to defend ourselves,” Vilnai told Israeli Radio.

    Source: Dawn

  2. Get the facts straight says:

    Let me put THIS scenario to you. You live in your house with your family, someone comes knocking the door asking for shelter. You welcome them, they occupy your house, force you and your family to a corner in the basement, cut off the electricity and supply of food. and claim the house is theirs! You call the cops but they turn out to be the occupiers allies.

    Israelis occupied Palestine in 1948, their existence is illegitimate. and America is the bully cop of the world.

  3. Steve says:

    Since we are discussing “getting our facts straight”, here’s some facts for you:
    From Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily:
    “Isn’t it interesting that prior to the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, there was
    no serious movement for a Palestinian homeland?

    “Well,” you might say, “that was before the Israelis seized the West Bank and Old Jerusalem.”

    That’s true. In the Six-Day War, Israel captured Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. But they didn’t capture these territories from Yasser Arafat.
    They captured them from Jordan’s King Hussein. I can’t help but wonder why all these Palestinians suddenly discovered their national identity
    after Israel won the war.

    The truth is that Palestine is no more real than Never-Never Land. The first time the name was used was in 70 A.D. when the Romans committed genocide against the Jews, smashed the Temple and declared the land of Israel would be no more. From then on, the Romans promised, it would be known as Palestine. The name was derived from the Philistines, a Goliathian people conquered by the Jews centuries earlier. It was a way for the Romans to add insult to injury. They also tried to change the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, but that had even less staying power.

    Palestine has never existed — before or since — as an autonomous entity. It was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, briefly, by the British after World War I. The British agreed to restore at least part of the land to the Jewish people as their homeland.

    There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc.
    Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of 1 percent of the landmass.

    But that’s too much for the Arabs. They want it all. And that is ultimately what the fighting in Israel is about today. Greed. Pride. Envy. Covetousness. No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough.

    What about Islam’s holy sites? There are none in Jerusalem.

    Shocked? You should be. I don’t expect you will ever hear this brutal truth from anyone else in the international media. It’s just not politically correct.

    I know what you’re going to say: “The Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem represent Islam’s third most holy sites.”

    Not true. In fact, the Koran says nothing about Jerusalem. It mentions Mecca hundreds of times. It mentions Medina countless times. It never mentions Jerusalem. With good reason. There is no historical evidence to suggest Mohammed ever visited Jerusalem.

    So how did Jerusalem become the third holiest site of Islam? Muslims today cite a vague passage in the Koran, the seventeenth Sura, entitled “The Night Journey.” It relates that in a dream or a vision Mohammed was carried by night “from the sacred temple to the temple that is most remote, whose precinct we have blessed, that we might show him our signs. …” In the seventh century, some Muslims identified the two temples mentioned in this verse as being in Mecca and Jerusalem. And that’s as close as Islam’s connection with Jerusalem gets — myth, fantasy, wishful thinking. Meanwhile, Jews can trace their roots in Jerusalem back to the days of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

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