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A Kassam Rocket.

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Kassam (or Qassam if you prefer) rockets are still being fired at Israeli civilians from Gaza, one has just killed an immigrant worker in Israel, the Jpost has more:

“Israel warned of a harsh response on Thursday afternoon after a Thai greenhouse worker was killed when a Kassam rocket fired by Gaza terrorists hit the Netiv Ha’asara area.

The man, in his 30s, was evacuated to Ashkelon’s Barzilai Hospital, where doctors were forces to pronounce him dead.

A small Islamist faction calling itself Ansar al-Sunna claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a statement e-mailed to reporters in Gaza, the al-Qaida-inspired faction said the attack was a response to Israel’s “Judaization” of Islamic holy places in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank.

Vice Premier Silvan Shalom warned that the attack would lead to a strong reaction, and said that Hamas was ultimately responsible.

“It is severe escalation,” said Shalom. “Israel will not return to the situation of before Operation Cast Lead. The response will be particulate fierce…I hope Hamas will learn a lesson.”

The attack came on the same day as a visit to Gaza by Europe’s top diplomat, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who had just crossed into the territory when the rocket was fired.

On Wednesday, two Kassam rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip, landing not far from Sderot.

Two people suffered from shock as a result of the blast, one of them a girl. They were treated by an MDA team and evacuated to a shock treatment center.”

Written by modernityblog

18/03/2010 at 14:40

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  1. Well obviously the Israelis need to apologise for causing Palestinians to be depicted in a bad light. Right?

    This sort of stuff is what happens when a war is necessary and not allowed to happen. You get endless sniping and banditry.

    When we were running India, the North-West frontier was always unsettled, and it was the job of the political agents to calm things. But there was a policy that once the tribes were sufficiently agitated that they might put together a lashkar (army), then they should be allowed to do so, met in open battle, and soundly defeated with heavy casualties. That way the tribes would be clear who was boss, the hotheads would be powerless, and with luck there would be peace for another 20 years. The appeal to violence was allowed, and met with a firm answer.

    The reason for the policy was the alternative; that hundreds of armed and disaffected men desperate for a fight be turned loose in the tribal areas for years, endless raiding, banditry, and violence, costing far more to control and causing far more general misery. It was cheaper and far more humane to deal with them as enemies and have it out.

    I can’t help feeling that the Near East would be a much more peaceable place if we had fewer “peace-makers” and more war. It sounds daft; but it might well be a better place for everyone, if such actions produced wars rather than TV opportunities.

    Roger Pearse

    20/03/2010 at 17:23


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