vrijdag 21 november 2008

Protesten in Ashkelon tegen Qassam raketten

Een paar dagen geleden was er een demonstratie in Gaza tegen de blokkade. De demonstratie was niet tegen de Hamas gericht, dat het zover heeft laten komen met zijn agressie tegen Israel, maar tegen Israel. Nu demonstreren Israeli's in Ashkelon tegen de raketaanvallen vanuit Gaza en is hun protest gericht aan.... juist ja, de Israelische regering. Die moet voor meer schuilkelders en safe rooms zorgen, harder optreden tegen de Palestijnen of juist weer een staakt-het-vuren aangaan. Dit symbolieert heel mooi het verschil in houding tussen beide kanten. Het zou echter mooi zijn als Israeli's eens duidelijk tegen het Palestijnse geweld demonstreren en de Palestijnen eens tegen hun eigen regering en extremisten.
Er zijn de afgelopen twee weken meer dan 170 raketten en mortiergranaten vanuit de Gazastrook op Israel afgevuurd.


Ashkelon: Hundreds protest Qassam barrages
Residents of southern city rally against government inaction in face of increased, improved rocket attacks from Gaza
Shmulik Hadad - YNET
Published: 11.20.08, 18:20
Hundreds of people gathered at the main junction at the entrance to Ashkelon, Thursday afternoon, to rally against the lack of fortifications in the city to protect residents from ongoing barrages of rockets launched from Gaza.

Dozens of rockets have been launched at the western Negev in the past two weeks, one of which was a longer-range Grad rocket that wounded 15 in an Ashkelon shopping mall last Wednesday.  Residents of the southern city had previously been largely out of rocket range.

Children in the crowd dropped to the ground as protest organizers blared a Color Red alert. Other protesters carried signs reading, "Don't abandon children in the field," "Who will save my house?" and "Ashkelon deserves to have quiet."

"We're sick of the behavior of the military and other sources. People are shooting rockets, missiles at us and no one is responding," said resident Moshe Nisimfor.

"It's time for the Palestinians to understand that there's someone on the other said that can act against them with force. Unfortunately, the government doesn't understand this," he said.

"(Hamas leader Ismail) Haniyeh, understood this when he purged Gaza of Fatah operatives and (late king) Hussein did it in Jordan," he added. "Only Israel continues to do nothing."

The Ashkelon Parents Association was among the protest organizers. Some members, pursuant to a special meeting on potential civil action on the topic, had called for boycotting schools. However, in the end, the group agreed on a protest as a better first option.

Rocket fire from Gaza continued the afternoon of the protest. A rocket landed in the western Negev, fortunately not resulting in any casualties.

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