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ON THE SCENE: A Kassam Rocket Strikes a Home in Sderot

A mother whose home was just struck tells PJ Media her experience.

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David Farer

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July 9, 2014 - 10:00 am
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I heard two explosions, one after the other, indicating that two Kassam rockets had struck my town, Sderot, Israel, at about 1:30 last Thursday morning. Having been through the big fire of last week, when a Kassam ignited a paint factory, I looked out my window for any sign of fire. I saw none. I considered going out to look for the damage, but I knew nobody would be in the streets at that hour. Nobody would be able to direct me in the direction of the bombing. I listened for ambulance or fire-engine sirens, but I heard none. I concluded that it had not been a serious attack. Much of the town seemed dark; it sometimes happens that a Kassam blast knocks out Sderot’s electricity. I returned to bed.

In the morning, the “Breaking News” section of the Jerusalem Post informed me that the blasts I had heard had indeed struck houses in Sderot. I deduced that the fire-engines, ambulances, and other vehicles had not turned their sirens on in the middle of the night, because they did not want to awaken the whole town, and because no traffic would clog the streets at that hour anyway. I set forth to investigate.

Few people were in the streets, because folks stay home on “Kassam days.”

I found helpful citizens who directed me in the general direction of where they had heard the explosions. After several chats, I narrowed my search to Neveh Eshkol, a neighborhood many or most of whose buildings were old “shikunim,” or apartment blocks with small apartments, very often owned by Amigur, which means they are government-owned, highly subsidized flats for families who have little money.

I went into a grocery store to ask exactly where the rockets had fallen. The owner joked, “Do you always come to me with this question?” He referred to the fact that I had indeed asked him about earlier missile attacks on his neighborhood. I pictured them to myself; everybody who lives in Sderot reviews the many bombings he has seen as he passes through the streets where he has seen them. A tree stood near a kindergarten until recently; a Kassam had split it in half on the first day of the school year, and the first Kassam murder in Sderot was that of an elderly immigrant from Bukhara who bled to death after shrapnel hit him as he waited for his granddaughter outside another school.

I knew that hopes of the Muslim terrorists who shoot these missiles at us in order to kill random people of Sderot had not been realized. I was therefore not in the state of agitation and terror with which I approach a home that I know has just been hit, but of whose inhabitants’ fates I do not yet know. I saw various government-types walking around outside the building. We looked up to see the unmistakable hole a Kassam makes in a home’s wall.

I walked upstairs to the top floor. That floor is usually that which is hit. The door to the flat stood open, and people were examining the home to assess damage for insurance. They were measuring the hole the rocket made when it went through the wall, touching the broken furniture, and photographing everything. Knick-knacks and family photos lay on the floor. Pictures hung on the wall, but at crazy angles. Everything in that room was covered with the dust the explosion had created, and an acrid smell of stale burning hung in the air. The rocket had penetrated a wall, knocked off part of the back of a sofa that had stood at that wall, and made a small crater in the concrete floor in front of the sofa. I studied the angles at which the missile entered that home. Had the Kassam arrived a few hours earlier, someone might well have been sitting on that sofa. The missile would surely have cut him in two.

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Oslo is dead. Gaza IS the Palestinian State.
Annex all Judea/Samaria. All Arabs still living there
Are citizens only of their new state in Gaza. They should be
Allowed to apply for Israeli citizenship with a rigorous
Screening requirement and otherwise afforded
'Visitor' status.
They are free to either relocate to Gaza or be considered
'Foreign visitors'. Israel must finally declare sovereignty and Remove the
'Alien fire' of Islam from Judaism's Holiest site, the Temple Mount.
6 weeks ago
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and the world wants to equate Israeli responses to diliberate first attacks. Sorry the only way to stop this is to take out the leaders, and to wage a scorched earth policy.
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It's not just Alyce who's angry. I'm furious that my government, the U.S. government is sending billions of taxpayer dollars to Islamic terrorist murderers so they can build or buy rockets to fire at Israeli citizens. The "world community" is upset and up in arms at the Israeli Air Force bombing campaign in Gaza to destroy rocket launching sites and Hamas terrorist murderers. What does the "world community" expect Israel to do celebrate every time another rocket is fired at Israel? The Israelis need to stand firm, tell the world community to go pound sand and put boots on the ground in Gaza, in Judea and Samaria. Kick the Islamic terrorists murderers out and send them to Jordan where they belong. Control the area, control the borders and take care of your country and your people. Cause if you don't the rest of the world won't, they couldn't care less about a bunch of Jews.
6 weeks ago
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A song I wish were no longer relevant:

"Stand With Israel"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVpJyLjKBfQ
6 weeks ago
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I wonder if that missile was paid for with American Foreign Aid given to this want-to-be terrorist nation. Israel should declare open season, with no bag limit, on all those that belong to the Palestine Authority and Hamas and give them a dose of their own medicine.
6 weeks ago
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This is what happens when the president of the USA arms and encourages al Qaeda. What will happen when all of this comes to light, and the market collapses?
These are timely questions. Here are some preliminary answers...
http://nyyrc.com/blog/2014/07/after-the-fall/
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"it sometimes happens that a Kassam blast knocks out Sderot’s electricity. I returned to bed."

I have been following this situation as closely as I can from SoCal and was immediately struck by this sentence fragment (and then, as I read on, many others in this great article).

This is the norm, the routine, the ritual of life in, amongst and near Muslims for Jews in Israel. It is so far removed from what we here can even imagine, so we don't. BUT, (and this is *extremely* important), WE MUST TRY!

Earlier today I read of terror plots foiled in France (in the UK Telegraph, I think) against the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and other populated areas. Again, the dirt worshippers involved. This times a lowly Muslim butcher communicating with terrorists in the Middle East gathering support.

In England the dirt worshippers violated the memorial to the murdered on 7/7 with graffiti. MI5 is stretched to the limit trying to track the followers of the child molester who wish to terrorize London again and again. And, of course, there are always those with British passports returning from the Syrian and ISIS battlefields they are charged with apprehending (good luck with that).

We are even struggling with sharia law here, as well as "honor" murders, FGMs, the American MSM whitewashing Muslim crimes anywhere and everywhere it can, CAIR (a Muslim Brotherhood front group) and their lame and transparent lies about Islam, the affront of elected American officials openly and proudly wearing hajibs in "solidarity" with Mulslims, and on and on it goes.

a) an immediate halt on any and all visitation or immigration for *any* Muslim into the U.S.

b) legislation at both Federal and state levels *prohibiting ANY* consideration of *any* sharia law or custom in *any* court in the U.S.

c) immediate deportation of *any* follower of the child molester (pbuh...in hell) even suspected of terror or criminal activity

At least, that would be a start, domestically.

Don't get me started on foreign policy...

(oh, and Israel should invade, conquer, re-settle Gaza and wipe out Hammas for the good of the world. Egypt is already flooding the Hammas tunnels with raw sewage. Heh. Good way not to have to use their soldiers and munitions. I'm sure Bibi is havin' a giggle over that tactic...)
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The Evil genie is out of the Bottle. It all began in 1967 when the Israeli Forces reclaimed all of Jerusalem but in a moment of weakness and misguided secular-Jewish largesse decided to allow the Muslim's Al Aksa Mosque to remain undisturbed on Temple Mount. Temple Mount is a Spiritual Vortex, given to the Jewish Nation to safeguard by the Holy ONE, the Omnipotent Force of all Forces in the Universe, with strict instructions as to what is allowed and forbidden on this most Awesome and powerful Spiritual Powerplant on planet earth.
The Jewish People have no Spiritual claim to the Holy Land when they do not fulfill their 'part of the bargain', that is, their G-d given responsibility under the Covenant to serve as
Custodians of the Mount. In effect, fulfilling that singular responsibility, more than any historical claims or 'legal' titles of ownership is what gives legitimacy to the Jewish possession of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
On a deep and subconscious spiritual level this truth is felt if not understood not only by the European Union and United Nations but particularly by our half brothers in the Muslim world who have rightfully concluded the weakness and spiritual faithlessness of the Jewish Nation in spurning G-d's Will. Their fraudulent possession of Temple Mount and the Israeli Government's complicity in reinforcing of this fraud by officially forbidding any Jewish prayer or even for Jews to set foot there has caused a world-shattering metaphysical imbalance, a short-circuit so to speak.
Since 1967 the cancer of Radical Islam has metastasized world-wide, threatening every civilization with physical and spiritual destruction. The 9-11 attacks, Violent terror attacks on non-Muslims, Islamic unrest and Sharia in Europe, everywhere Islam has a presence, the dread and unspeakable menace of two nuclear armed Islamic States, Pakistan and soon Iran, just to name a very few nightmares.
Is all this a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that all three major religions hold Jerusalem as sacred ground to be fought and died for? A coincidence that Jerusalem is never mentioned in Islam's holiest book, Koran, yet thousands of times in Jewish Scripture!
The truth is that nothing can stop this Cancer from spreading. Not Armed forces, Drone assassinations, Civil laws or security checkpoints. Not even the false panacea of a 'successful' political settlement with Arab Palestinians in Judea/Samaria for 'Palestinian' Statehood there will turn the tide and return the 'Genie' to the 'bottle'. Those are nothing but band-aids on soon-to-be terminal cancer. And more and more as the nations of the world, including formerly friendly ones in European Capitols and Washington D.C. Quietly have begun to openly question the merits, even the 'legitimacy' of the Jewish State, the situation facing Israel has become dire. Far worse than Iranian nukes is this other threat. Sadly, more and more American Jews have come to question Israeli status in that region. The BDS movement grows on American University campuses, most troubling as it now includes growing numbers of young liberal Jewish students, men and women.
Militarily, politically, philosophically, morally ...Israel is becoming weakened on many fronts. It is not certain the Jewish State can survive much longer under the expanded and multifaceted front.
Unless...The Jewish Nation will do what should have been done in 1967. Remove the Al Aksa from Temple Mount. We need not destroy it, for we Jews do not destroy. We are not a vindictive people even towards our enemies. This golden-domed edifice can be disassembled brick by brick, placed on flat bed trucks, hauled overland and presented as a gift to the Hashemite King as a goodwill gesture.
We must Restore balance to the spiritual vortex of this Awesome Temple Mount as was intended by the Holy ONE. There Is No Other Way. Yes, it will be painful. The region and world will bleed with Muslim fury and world-violence. For a while. And then, the cancer will die as the Genie of Spiritual imbalance is returned to the Bottle. There Is No Other Way. And Time Is Running Out.




Yoelarry
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6 weeks ago
6 weeks ago Link To Comment
and the world wants to equate Israeli responses to diliberate first attacks. Sorry the only way to stop this is to take out the leaders, and to wage a scorched earth policy.
6 weeks ago
6 weeks ago Link To Comment
Oslo is dead. Gaza IS the Palestinian State.
Annex all Judea/Samaria. All Arabs still living there
Are citizens only of their new state in Gaza. They should be
Allowed to apply for Israeli citizenship with a rigorous
Screening requirement and otherwise afforded
'Visitor' status.
They are free to either relocate to Gaza or be considered
'Foreign visitors'. Israel must finally declare sovereignty and Remove the
'Alien fire' of Islam from Judaism's Holiest site, the Temple Mount.
6 weeks ago
6 weeks ago Link To Comment
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