Over the last couple of days the rocket fire from Gaza into Israel has intensified. I deliberately do not use the word “renewed” because the rocket fire has never completely stopped except for one month in the winter.
The latest rockets hit the Sderot area in the south, the first ones either falling short back into Gaza, or landing in open areas. But the second volley was timed to hit parents and their children on their way to school, and Israel’s new Defence Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon didn’t waste any item in reacting, and sent the IAF to attack terrorist targets in Gaza:
Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel landed in open areas near Sderot on Wednesday morning, raising fears that violence could escalate in the area after months of relative quiet.
No injuries or damage were reported in the attacks.
The rockets struck just as parents were dropping off children at schools and kindergartens. The attacks triggered sirens and sent families fleeing for cover.
The rocket attacks came after the IAF launched airstrikes on Gaza on Tuesday just prior to midnight, the first such operation since a truce ended an eight-day cross-border war in November.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, addressing the developments, said Wednesday, “The IDF struck in Gaza last night, as we see Hamas as being responsible for everything that is fired from the Strip at Israel. We won’t allow any routine involving a drizzle of rockets at our civilians and forces. In the Golan Heights, our policy too is that we have no intention of ignoring fire from Syria at Israeli territory, whether intentional or not, and we’ll respond to every attack.”
The projectile attack came hours after the remains of a rocket likely fired into southern Israel during US President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel last month were found in a kindergarten in Sderot, according to police.
The rocket’s remains were not located previously because the kindergarten had been closed for the Passover holiday, police added.
Wasn’t that a nice present from the Palestinians to President Obama?
Prime Minister Netanyahu also promised a vigorous response to the Gaza rocket fire:
Following a second day of rocket fire from the Gaza strip into Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday promised a strong response if fire emanating from the Hamas-controlled enclave does not cease.
“If the lull is violated, we will respond vigorously,” he said in a statement on Wednesday evening. “The security of Israel’s citizens tops my concerns and we will know how to defend the security of our citizens.”
While the Gaza rockets were pounding the south, and Syrian mortar fire hitting the north, stones have been hurled at Israeli citizens all over Judea and Samaria, particular at Israeli motorists. These stone-throwing incidents are as potentially lethal as any gunfire, and we have seen some tragic results in the past, as with the killing of Asher Palmer and his baby son Yonatan Hy’d, and recently, with little Adele Biton still in critical condition in hospital.
Yesterday some relatively good news emerged from at least one of those incidents, when an Israeli military court convicted a Palestinian man of the murder of Asher and Yonatan Palmer:
Al-Araja, who was throwing stones from a moving vehicle toward Palmer’s car on Route 60, causing the father and son’s death, was also convicted in connection with a series of attempted murders of a similar nature.
His sentence will be given at a later date.
The verdict is considered unusual in relation to stone hurling incidents where the Military Prosecution seldom files indictments for murder. The judges, Justice Amir Dahan, Justice Zeev Afiq and Justice Steve Berman noted in their decision that there has been no precedent in a similar case since the 1980s.
Al-Araja admitted to the crimes ascribed to him in both the interrogation and during the trial but claimed that he did not mean to kill the victims. In their verdict the judges noted that al-Araja was convicted of murder because it was proven that he intended to kill Jews and that he understood that throwing rocks could cause their deaths.
The verdict also revealed that at the time that the Palestinian terrorist committed his crimes, he was becoming an expert at hitting his targets and noticed the serious damages that were a result of stone hurling.
The judges further noted that al-Araja’s associates boasted of their actions, called it Jihad …
While the military court was carrying out justice against Arab terrorists, a very different type of Israeli Arab was being honoured in repayment of his kindness in saving little Adele’s life at the scene of the attack and crash that injured her:
Adele Biton, 3, critically injured in a stoning attack on her family car near Ariel in the West Bank, most likely would not have survived without the quick aid she received from a Magen David Adom paramedic who rushed to the scene. Monday her family decided to thank him by making him the guest of honor at their Mimouna celebration.
“I had been to Mimouna before, but this was the most emotional celebration ever,” said paramedic Muawiya Qabha.
Hundreds of people celebrated Mimouna on Monday in the settlement of Yakir, but Qabha was the special guest. Aharon Cohen, who blessed him, said, “We dedicate this event to the recovery of Adele, and to Muawiya, who saved her, and who we hope will save many more lives.”
Qabha was the recipient of many blessings – including one from the deputy commander of the IDF’s Judea and Samaria Division and from the head of the Shomron Regional Council, who both attended the celebration.
In keeping with tradition, Qabha was honored with mufletas. “I may be an Arab, but because of the holiday I also was without hametz. I waited an entire week to taste these (the mufletas).” After the celebration in Yakir, he continued onto the Schneider Children’s Medical Center, to visit the parents of Adele.
What a wonderful man and what a beautiful attitude he expressed. Halevai (if only) all our Arab neighbours and citizens would be of similar character.
In a complete reversal of any kind of natural justice and human morality, the vile Haaretz reporter Amira Hass wrote in her column on Wednesday that “Throwing stones is the right and the duty of anyone living under foreign rule.” Following that disgusting statement, the Yesha Council have written to the police accusing Hass of incitement to violence:
In an unusual move, Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council head Avi Ro’eh and Chairman Ron Shachner have sent a letter to Jerusalem Police accusing the leftist Ha’aretz daily newspaper of incitement to violence.
In a column published Wednesday, Ha’aretz writer Amira Hass, who lives in the PA city of Ramallah, wrote, “Throwing stones is the right and the duty of anyone living under foreign rule.” Later in the column she termed rock-throwing “a metaphor for resistance.” Hass is the official Ha’aretz correspondent for what the newspaper labels the “occupied territories”.
Hass, who also lived in Gaza for three years in contravention of Israeli law, wrote that arrests of rock throwers “is part of the role of the foreign occupation, no less than gunfire, torture during investigations, land theft… and discrimination in distribution of water.”
Hass’ column constitutes praise for violent rock attacks and gives such attacks legitimacy, Ro’eh and Shachner said in their complaint, adding that it ignores the dangers posed by such attacks.
As the Jewish Press writes:
If Hass’s car were stoned by Arab attackers, she no doubt would blame Israel, which she said is a reality of violence and whose soldiers, “bureaucrats, jurists and lawyers…protect the fruits of violence instilled in foreign occupation − resources, profits, power and privileges.”
She justified stone-throwers by stating it often “is borne of boredom, excessive hormones, mimicry, boastfulness and competition” and is a message that, “We’ve had enough of you, occupiers.”
Amira Hass has lots of “form” in her hatred and libel of Jewish settlers, as can be read in the rest of the article, but particularly in this part:
Back in July of 2001, the Hebron Jewish community sued Ha’aretz, after Amira Hass had written that the residents of Beit Hadassah in Hevron abused the corpse of a terrorist. She wrote that the residents kicked, spat on, and danced atop the body of a dead Arab terrorist, who had just been shot and killed by soldiers shortly after he threw a grenade at them.
The plaintiffs cited an announcement by the IDF spokesman at the time asserting that the Jewish residents did not abuse the body in any manner. The Hebron residents demanded an apology, which Ha’aretz did not provide. They then sued the paper for 250 thousand shekels (about $70 thousand), and Ha’aretz did not even submit a defense. So Judge Shalev Gertel awarded the full sum to the Hebron community, plus 20 thousand shekels (about $5,500) for legal expenses.
Isn’t it amazing that an Arab resident of Israel works as a paramedic in Magen David Adom and has no compunction in sving the lives of everyone, including Jewish settlers like the Biton family. And yet in contrast we have an Israeli journalist who makes her life with the Arab terrorists, advises them on how best to harm Jewish Israelis and has no compunction in lying and smearing to promote her bigoted agenda.
Not for nothing has Haaretz been called Israel’s Palestinian daily newspaper. I hope justice will be done with Haaretz and Hass at least as thoroughly and quickly as was meted out to the murderous Palestinian stone-thrower.