Eleven years of rockets from Gaza.

On April 16th 2001 the first Hamas-orchestrated rocket attack from Gaza took place. In the eleven years since then, the one million civilians living within the range of fire have suffered over 12,700 additional rocket and mortar attacks. Forty four people have been killed and over 1,600 injured.

An estimated 55% of the residents of the southern Israeli town of Sderot – located less than a mile from the Gaza Strip – have suffered either physical or mental injury as a result of the rocket attacks. 86% of children between the ages of 12 and 14 suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. One in 24 of the town’s residents receive psychiatric care due to trauma stemming from the attacks.

When the ‘Colour Red’ warning of an incoming rocket sounds, Sderot’s residents have 15 seconds in which to take cover in one of the town’s fortified bus stops, fortified schools, fortified playgrounds or in the nearest air-raid shelter or safe room.

At intermittent junctures throughout the past eleven years, the UN has “urged” Hamas to stop firing rockets and called the attacks “unacceptable“. The EU has occasionally “condemned” them and Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have defined the rocket attacks on civilians as war crimes.

And yet, despite these platitudes, UN bodies host Hamas representatives and the EU allows various Hamas-linked lobbying groups to operate on its premises and take its MEPs on trips to Gaza.  European MEPs have even participated in Hamas-run anti-Israel publicity stunts and the European Parliament was quick to endorse the Goldstone Report which managed to largely avoid dealing with the highly significant aspect of Operation Cast Lead which is  Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians. Amnesty International, meanwhile, continues its flirtation with the most hard-core of Hamas supporters.

It is often said that no other country besides Israel would put up with 12,700 rocket attacks on its civilians and that may very well be true. Eleven years on, there are now thousands of Israeli children who have never known life without the 15 second run to the nearest bomb-shelter as part of their daily routine.

The UN, EU and Human Rights community bodies which aid and abet the mainstreaming of extremism and terror by collaborating with Hamas and its supporters are ensuring that many more Israeli children will have their lives shattered too.

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  1. Spot on.

    Do others also find it at least curious how Islamists are allowed to get away with playing ducks and drakes with the English language (and probably Arabic too). Take, for instance, the so called “ceasefire” in Syria.

    Call me a pedant, but I heard a newsreader on the Beeb yesterday telling the gullible in the UK that the ceasefire is tenuous but holding in spite of a few shots or shells or whatever being fired, and he probably said that with a straight face too.

    It probably didn’t occur to this mope that shots being exchanged constituted a breach of this “ceasefire”. Just as a woman cannot be a little bit pregnant there cannot be a ceasefire while there are shots being exchanged.

    And this demonstrates the extent to which Islamists and politicians, divorced from reality themselves, have succeeded in infecting others with that sickness and bending them out of shape.

  2. Only 12,700? So what’s the big deal? People running for shelter on a daily basis? So what? Targeting civilians? Is that a problem? My colleagues and I have sniffed and sniffed, and we don’t ‘smell’ a crime.
    Suzanne Goldenberg

  3. I compare the blase approach of the EU to Israel’s problem with thousands of rockets to the frenzy around one Korean rocket simply because potentially it could reach Europe or the US and be nuclear tipped and am disgusted. Yet 12,000 rockets into Israel is, given the size of the country and the ability to paralyze a million people into staying home is not that different.