Originally posted by bigyin
My understanding and I'm sure you will correct me if I'm wrong is that the rocket attacks started after Israel murdered Palestininas with rocket
You are indulging in a spot of reversal of causality there I'm afraid.
Rocket attacks from Gaza started after the second Intifada in 2000. Since then Palestinians have shelled southern Israeli towns with about 8600
rockets and mortars.
In 2005 Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza - by withdrew, I mean they forcibly removed Jewish residents from their homes and abandoned whole towns
like Hush Katif - there's a photolog / video here
if you're interested.
Pay particular attention to the schools, universities, libraries, lovingly built and maintained, then ransacked and destroyed by Palestinians once the
Jews were evicted.
And many thousands of those evicted are still homeless.
Palestinian Authority municipal elections were held in Gaza in 2006. Hamas, the militant Islamic ultra anti-Israel faction of the former PLO, won a
majority of seats in Gaza. They then proceeded to kill, kidnap, torture and evict the opposition (Fatah) members giving them complete and total
After Hamas's takeover, the shelling of Israeli towns intensified - ~1500 rockets in 2007, 3000 in 2008. These figures do not include ones that
didn't hit a target.
Israel closed its borders with Gaza, and Egypt did the same, in 2007, with the stated objective being to reduce Hamas's ability to manufacture
mortars and rockets whilst continuing to allow food and medical supplies through. Nonetheless the shelling continued.
There had been a long standing cease fire which Israel broke.
The Egyptian brokered ceasefire lasted for 26 weeks, not exactly long standing. During the ceasefire, rocket attacks continued from Gaza - but these
mostly came from groups opposed to Hamas and they were relatively few in number at first.
What really kicked things off was the Gilad Shalit affair. Hamas dug tunnels over the border in order to kidnap soldiers. The IDF responded by raiding
the tunnels and in the process killed three Hamas operatives. Hamas responded by launching rockets into Israeli towns.
There was escalating violence throughout November and December.
Israel stated that it was willing to renew the ceasefire on December 13th, provided rocket attacks stopped and Hamas started making an effort to act
like a responsible government instead of like a gang of criminals.
Hamas announced on December 20th that they would not be renewing the ceasefire. Instead they further escalated their rocket attacks.
On Christmas day PM Olmert made a broadcast in Arabic to Gazans pleading with them to stop the rocket attacks. This was ignored.
Some say it was done intentionally to antagonise the Palestinians to retalite thereby giving Israel the excuse they wanted to attack.
If you ignore the events leading up to the blockade, the circumstances of the expiration of the ceasefire, and if you reverse the causality and blame
the blockades for the rockets, and not the other way round which is in fact the case, then it could look like that. In order to do that you'd have to
have been completely ignorant of current events in Israel prior to Operation Cast Lead, and would have to have done all your post-event research on
pro-Palestinian (read anti-Israel) websites.
I've decided to send all my money to those poor Israelis who are suffering.
What address I should use.
Although you wrote this with your tongue firmly in your cheek, it is callous and inhuman to ignore the fact that people in Southern Israel have
been suffering - emotionally, physically, economically and psychologically.
90% of people in Sderot live in a street that has been hit by a rocket. Pretty much every child has suffered some form of post-traumatic stress and
related psychological conditions.
If you really do want to help those people then here is one organisation
trying to make life better for people in Sderot and nearby towns.
Or you could buy yourself a Sderot Dove
, made from the rocket casings.
But I suspect you're just taking the p*ss.
[edit on 7-10-2009 by mattpryor]