Thursday, January 12, 2012

12-Jan-12: Their dignity, their pride: Yet another rocket crashes into southern Israel this morning

Haniya speaks to a rapturous crowd of 5,000 plus in Tunisia. [Source]
From this morning's headlines, about as laconic a news report as you see in this part of the world.

Yet again, another dose of man-made indiscriminate death comes plunging down from the sky and into the lives of thousands of ordinary people going about their work or family matters during this morning's rush hour.

No one serious will seriously call the rulers of Gaza to account for this because - well, flinging explosive rockets over the fence in the general direction of the Israelis is what they do and have done for years. Where's the problem?
Qassam hits western Negev 
Published: 01.12.12, 06:55 / Israel News
A rocket fired from northern Gaza exploded in an open area in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.
Like hundreds of previous such reports we have carried here, it goes up on the site and in a handful of other channels. A few readers take note and then get on with their lives. The vast majority of people look away or never hear about it.

Now if we're looking to know what's behind it, an AFP syndicated report from three days ago gives a clue:
Gaza leader promises 'difficult days' for Israel                   The prime minister in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Sunday promised "difficult days" for Israel, and at a rally in Tunis urged Arab Spring revolutionaries to fight for an independent Palestine. Ismail Haniya received an ovation from the crowd of some 5,000 men, women and children gathered in a stadium waving Palestinian, Tunisian and Hamas flags. "Israel no longer has allies in Egypt and in Tunisia, we are saying to the Zionist enemies that times have changed and that the time of the Arab Spring, the time of the revolution, of dignity and of pride has arrived," he said to loud cheers... Hamas is considered a terrorist organisation by Western powers.
To the cheers of thousands, the man who presides over the Hamas-dominated vipers' nest in Gaza says this is about dignity and pride. The AFP report implies that people (and only such people) who can't see the dignity and pride in flinging rockets and other explosives at civilians for being Jews would call the perps a terrorist organization. So clearly, AFP seems to suggest, there's another way to look at them - meaning a way in which they're not terrorists.

And that, dear readers, is why the rockets keep crashing into our homes.

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