Thursday, November 02, 2006

KASSAM ROCKETS RAIN DOWN ON SEDEROT. The LA Times Worries About the Palestinians Who Launch Them.

Thursday evening in Israel a barrage of three Kassam rockets rained down on the town of Sederot, wounding one resident and leaving several others in shock. Earlier on Thursday, five rockets were launched at Sederot and the Western Negev. One rocket scored a direct hit on a home in Sederot. A fire broke out as a result of the explosion, one person suffered light wounds from glass shards, and seven people were reportedly suffering from shock from this attack as well. Read about the attacks here.

What is it like to be a child growing up in Sederot? To find out, read this story, "Dodging Death in a Sederot Playground," about the reaction of children following another rocket attack this past Tuesday. In that attack, one rocket struck a playground, just 15 meters from the jungle gym. One child was wounded.

Although acknowledging that over 800 rockets have struck Sederot this year, the Los Angeles Times did not consider that to be the story that deserved highlighting in its Israel-Gaza coverage today. Rather, its headline blared, "Israeli raid leaves 8 Palestinians dead!"

In that raid, Israeli Defense Forces captured the town of Beit Hanoun, in Northern Gaza. Palestinian militias strongly resisted the raid. In the fighting, one Israeli soldier was killed. Clearly, however, the raid did not stop the launching of rockets from northern Gaza at Israel. In order to do that, Israel will have to reconquer Gaza, and destroy the militias. That battle is inevitable. Every month that passes allows more arms and more sophisticated weapons to flow into Gaza, making that future battle more costly, in both Israeli and Palestinian lives.

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