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Monday, September 03, 2007

Welcome back to school. KaBOOM!

It's the second day of school in Siderot, Israel. As the children are walking to school, the Color Red warning came on. The children ran to the school building only seconds before the missile exploded about 100 yards from the entrance to the school. The missle was a Palestinian Qassam rocket.

Siderot is near Gaza and has been under continuous attack for the last 7 years, with over 5000 rocket attacks launched at the town. In addition, the town has inadequate bomb shelters, the schools are not safe for rocket attacks, and the people have no place to hide in safety. From the time the Color Red warning is sounded, the people have exactly 15 seconds to get to shelter safely. Think about that. 15 seconds for children to run to safety on their own. In this particular attack, the rocket was aimed between a day care center and the elementary school. There was no doubt as to whom this particular rocket was fired upon. Children. Young, innocent children.

The Islamic Jihad said they had fired nine Kuds-3 rockets, saying on their internet site that the attack was "a present for the start of the new school year."

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Education Minister Yuli Tamir had promised that it would be safe for Israeli schoolchildren to go to school. This isn't safe. This is just plain wrong. Aiming a rocket at a school filled with young children? That's not fairplay. That is cowards acting on base cruelty and stupidity.

Uploaded with permission by the Sderot Media Center. Please look at their site and watch the video about the town.

I am outraged. We live in relative safety here in the US, but for the people of Israel, violence is a daily occurrance. Many of you believe that the Palestinians have a 'just cause' for the continuing violence. Explain to me what just cause would allow for a rocket to be sent flying into an elementary school. Just what kind of just cause is that, really?

How can people expect to live in peace when one side refuses to give up the violence and continues to attack innocent citizens in restaurants, malls, wedding halls, and schools? How can there ever be sanity in this part of the world when violence of this kind is not only condoned, but cheered in the streets as men fire their automatic rifles in the air.

I believe that ever child in the world deserves to go to school in peace. I believe that every child deserves to get an education, be they male OR female. I believe that violence only begets more violence. I believe that children that grow up with parents who support such violence are enured to the outcome and don't ever learn to care about people other than themselves.

I believe this has to stop. Today. Now. For our children and our children's children. It's enough. Maspeek.

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Blogger JaniceNW said...

I have always been pro-Israel(it's pro-Israel in the old testament) and I'm always saddened and angered when children are harmed. It's so pointless.

Hugs for making through today w/o killing the girl!!!!!

4/9/07 1:58 AM  

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