21 June 2006

Sderot Update

For a good summation of what's really going on, check out JoshuaPundit.

Tel Chai Nation also gives a news wrap up noting that the residents of Sderot have scheduled a mass three-day march from Sderot to Jerusalem beginning next Sunday. It will culminate with a massive demonstration outside the government complex; afterwards, a fixed protest vigil will be established in a tent at the site.

Israel Matzav has a link to a JPost interview with one Sderot resident who made aliyah from America:
Five years ago in May, the first Kassam rocket fell in Sderot. Since then over 600 rockets have fallen in and around the city with another 400 in communities around the area. We have been living in a traumatic situation for so long; we've forgotten what normalcy is like. People have tended to ignore the threat of these rockets as a survival tactic - otherwise, we'd all be going crazy.
The blogger at Jerusalem Diaries is as disgusted with Olmert as the rest of us:
The Likud mayor doesn't mince words in conveying his disgust at his Palestinian neighbors. “There’s no reason the Palestinians keep on shitting on us after we took all our troops out of Gaza. It’s just blatant hatred, that's why they're shooting at us. There are no Palestinian demands on this land. I’m calling on the citizens of Sderot not to go anywhere we'll stay here forever. Not because we're strong, but because we're right. We won't give them the satisfaction of giving into terror.”

At his news conferences with world leaders this week, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert barely mentioned the suffering citizens of Sderot. Mr. Olmert shouldn't expect a quiet homecoming.
Noting that yet another Nobel Prize-winning statement has left the lips of Shimon Peres, Joe Settler comments, My G/d. I live in Chelm. What, exactly, prompted such a comment? According to Mr. Peres, "I don't understand what the hysteria is about. Kiryat Shmona was shelled for years."

Treppenwitz provides us with a moment of gut-wrenching reality via an Israeli radio interview with one resident of Sderot:
As I was pulling into my office parking lot a woman came on the line and was asked by the interviewer how her life had changed since the Qassams had started falling.

I was ready to turn off the car, but something stopped me. Perhaps it was the tired sigh that escaped her lips while she was formulating her answer. Maybe it was the complete lack of expected anger in her voice that caught my attention. But whatever the reason, I sat there with the engine running, waiting to hear what she had to say.

After a moment she said something that didn't seem to make any sense. She said that the hardest part for her was deciding where her children would sleep.
The interviewer also seemed confused by her response and asked her to explain what she meant.

As she began speaking, you could tell from her tone that she felt she was explaining something that should have been fairly obvious... as though she was telling a child why the sun came up in the morning.

She patiently explained that there wasn't enough room in their 'armored room' for her entire family.
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