Jewish Blood Is Not Cheap - Never Again
Over the past month and change I have used this space to describe a despicable act of terror against the civilian population of India. My focus was specifically the attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai, India. I chose that because that was the only place where a specific group, Jews, were singled out and slaughtered again. I also pointed out that the All India Organization of Imams of Mosques very specifically condemned the singling out of Jews for targets. Once again Jews of the State of Israel are selected for random acts of violence by being specifically targeted by the terror organization Hamas. Over the past eight years 6,300 missiles and mortars have been fired at the civilian population of Israel. There are no guidance systems on these missiles it’s like a digital camera in that you "point and shoot” but with deadlier consequences. The Turkish Prime minister starts screaming to stop but isn’t he the leader of a gov’t that is bombing Kurds in Iraq? It has always seemed to me that the world can very easily look at the incident in Mumbai and give condolences. As a matter of fact the world always likes sending condolences to the Jewish community but when Jews stand up to defend themselves that’s where support ends. I would like to give some facts about what it is going on there;
Defending Israeli citizens from terrorist fire
· A quarter of a million Israeli citizens have been living under incessant terror attacks from the Gaza Strip with thousands of missiles fired over the past eight years.
· These missiles have been described as "home made" by the media. They are, in fact, deadly. Hamas has in its possession longer range Katyushas and Grad-type missiles which can cause devastation such as that on Monday 29 December as one Israeli was killed and 14 injured in a Grad attack on Ashkelon.
· Israel left Gaza in 2005, giving Palestinians the chance to run their own lives. Despite this, more than 6300 rockets and mortars have been fired into Israel since then.
· During the past year alone, more than 3000 rockets and mortars have been launched into Israel.
· Since the end of a formal ceasefire (during which terror attacks continued) with Hamas came to an end on Dec. 19, more than 170 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israeli civilians including a barrage of some 80 missiles on Dec. 24 alone.
· As US President-elect Obama stated during a visit to Sderot five months ago, "If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I would do everything to stop that, and would expect Israel to do the same thing."
· No other country in the world would have exercised the amount of restraint that Israel has shown for the past several years without responding.
Hamas bears responsibility
· The deterioration in the situation is the direct result of Hamas policy. It violated the calm, is firing against and attacking Israeli citizens, and is investing all its resources in arming itself and gathering power.
· If Hamas would renounce the path of terror, there would be no need for the Israeli action. Quiet will be answered with quiet, but terror will elicit a response.
· "We strongly condemn the repeated rocket and mortar attacks against Israel and hold Hamas responsible for breaking the ceasefire and for the renewal of violence there." - US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice
· "We talked to them [Hamas] and we told them 'please, we ask you, do not end the truce. Let the truce continue and not stop' so that we could have avoided what happened." - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
· "For quite some time, Egypt has been warning. Whoever tried to confuse the understand of [ignore] this warning, must bear the responsibility. The Prime Minister of Israel warned the Hamas and said: "You must stop, otherwise we will take measures in response." In response to what? To not renewing the calm, to the rocket fire. Just before the arrival of [Israeli Foreign Minister] Livni to Egypt, 60 rockets were fired from Gaza!" - Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit
Israel targets Hamas and the terrorist infrastructure
· The goal of the Israeli military action is to strike the growing infrastructure of terror and ability of Hamas and its allied organizations to launch missiles and mortars at Israeli citizens and carry out terror attacks.
· Hamas has used the ceasefire to massively arm itself with increasingly sophisticated weapons to expand the range of the threat against Israeli civilians.
Hamas has demonstrated its increased threat as the Ashdod area was hit by rockets, marking the northernmost point where Hamas rockets have reached, more than 40km north of Gaza.
Preventing a humanitarian crisis
· Israel has continued to allow humanitarian aid to pass through Gaza's border crossings despite Hamas's rocket and mortar attacks, including upon the crossings themselves.
· 23 trucks bearing medical supplies, basic food commodities and other humanitarian goods passed through the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza beginning at 10.30am on Sunday morning (28 Dec).
· "As the prime minister said yesterday, we are not at war with the Palestinian people, but with the Hamas terrorists, and therefore we are bringing in the goods for the Palestinian people," said IDF Major Peter Lerner, Defense Ministry Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories.
· Three humanitarian aid agencies are sending goods into the Gaza Strip: UNWRA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency), WFA (World Food Agency) and the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross). All three agencies were notified Saturday evening that they would be allowed to send as many truckloads of supplies into the region as they could muster. "We didn't place any limit on the number of trucks," Lerner said. "There are only 30 truckloads because that was what they were able to get ready for today."
· Israel also plans to allow some Palestinians wounded in Saturday's offensive on Hamas to enter Israel to receive medical treatment. Meanwhile, Hamas is preventing wounded Palestinians from crossing into Egypt to receive treatment.
· International Law & the Fighting in Gaza, Justus Reid Wiener & Avi Bell, JCPA, Justus Reid Wiener & Avi Bell, JCPA (PDF format)
· Did Israel Use "Disproportionate Force" in Gaza?, Dore Gold, JCPA
What can you do?
· Please use the above to counter some of the misreporting and disinformation that is already appearing in both the mainstream media and online.
· Download our free Internet Activism Guide to help you respond to media bias online. As the Internet grows as a battleground for Israel’s legitimacy, we bring you the tools you need to join the fight. Our 24-page booklet covers the fundamental principles of online activism.
· Join the Facebook group "I Support the Israel Defense Forces in Preventing Terror Attacks From Gaza".
· Keep updated on the latest events through Israeli news sites such as The Jerusalem Post, YNet News and Ha'aretz as well as Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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