Sunday, December 06, 2009

Hamas Terrorists Launch Russian Anti-Tank Missiles at Kibbutz Alumim in Negev

This news story strikes home, so to speak. Today, terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza launched Russian anti-tank missiles over the fence separating Gaza from Israel. The missiles hit the fields of Kibbutz Alumim. The Kosher Hedgehog and his then new bride lived and worked at Kibbutz Alumim as volunteers in the summer and fall of 1977. I worked in the fields where the rockets fell today.

The terrorists used Russian S5K anti-tank missiles for the first time. These are air-to-ground missiles, normally launched from a helicopter, and carry a larger payload and have a longer range than the anti-tank missiles commonly fired by Gaza terrorists at Israel.

Kibbutz Alumim is a farming community of about seventy families and a total population of 390. So about 250 residents are children. The kibbutz belongs to the religious Zionist Bnei Akiva movement, and its residents are modern Orthodox Jews, like the Kosher Hedgehog. It was founded in 1966 (before Israel captured any Arab lands in the June 1967 War) and is situated entirely within the 1949 ceasefire lines to which the Arabs demand Israel withdraw. It is a purely civilian target, except, of course, that to the Palestinian terrorists every civilian is a military target.


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