so much for the ceasefire and the 5th column rises
There was supposed to be a ceasefire (which I thought was stupid and lo, I was right). So on Thursday and Friday, Israel did not respond to the continual rocket fire on our citizens — the Palestinians in Gaza never ceased and, indeed, escalated. They’ve been shooting grad rockets at Ashkelon and Ofakim and tonight shot three grads at Beersheva. Ceasefire that never started has now officially ended and the IDF targeted a terror group about to launch another rocket at population centers.
Schools without shelters in Ashkelon will be closed tomorrow. There’s a possibility central Israel (e.g., Tel Aviv, Rishon Letzion, etc) will be targeted by Hamas rockets tonight and in the coming days as a Hamas spokesman said they intend to hit the center of Israel. If the sirens go, me and my three cats are not heading to the basement “shelter” — it isn’t much of a shelter and isn’t even below ground –after making the dash down there a couple of times the last time rockets were fired at us round here, I decided the apartment was just as safe or not safe as the case may be. Not bothered.
We’ve also had major rioting and attacks not only in Jerusalem but in the Golan and in the triangle area (all within the green line) by our 5th column. Last night near Arab villages, masked mob members were stopping cars and asking if the drivers were Jews or Muslims and if the person answered in Hebrew or said they were Jewish they were attacked. They were pulled out of their cars, several of their cars were then set on fire, some were beaten. Rocks the size of large cement blocks were thrown at cars suspected to be driven by Jews. Police closed off a number of highways where this was occurring. The rioting is continuing today.
A further development on the case of the kidnapped and murdered Arab child was reported yesterday on Channel 2 news. It seems that about a week before the 16 year old was kidnapped his parents reported a kidnapping attempt of their 9 year old to police. The mother told police that the attempted kidnappers were ‘settlers’ but the father insisted to police that they were Arabs. Police filed the initial report of an incident and asked the parents to come in and fill out all the paperwork and sign official statements, however, they still haven’t done so despite being repeatedly contacted by police to remind them to come in and finish filling out the case file. The fact that two children of the same family were targets of kidnapping a week apart is beyond the realm of coincidence and makes the likelihood that this was nationalistically (e.g. Jewish perpetrators) motivated close to none.