I hope EVERYONE here can condem such a terrorist act without an explinations or comparisions or saying " I condem all attacks on civillians"... Just condem this hideous act of terrorism and demand that it ends...
Two people were wounded Thursday after an anti-tank missile exploded into a bus traveling in one of the communities surrounding the Gaza Strip.
Following the attack, 16 additional mortar shells were fired at Israeli towns in the western Negev, most of them hitting open areas.
Bus damaged by missile strike from Gaza which wounded two people, April 7, 2011.
|Photo by: Ilan Assayag|
Magen David Adom crew who arrived at the scene said that a 16-year-old boy was critically wounded as a result of the attack, and that the bus driver was moderately hurt by shrapnel wounds in his leg.
"The boy was lying on the ground bleeding. The bus driver was conscious and hysterical. The entire bus destroyed – it was a horrifying sight," said a member of the rescue service.
MDA said that the rescue services resuscitated the boy and later transferred him to the hospital. MDA also said the bus was nearly empty after dropping off school children and was carrying only the driver and the 16-year-old boy at the time of the attack.
Residents of communities near the site of attack were instructed by authorities to stay inside their homes in case the strikes at Israeli towns will continue.
Following the attack, the Israel Defense Forces quickly retaliated and launched both land and air strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, the IDF spokesperson said, killing a 50-year-old man and wounding five others.
Defense Minister, Ehud Barak ordered the army to respond quickly and said he held the Hamas militant group, which rules Gaza, responsible for the violence. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.
The strike came following several weeks of tension and mutual attacks along Israel's border with the Hamas-ruled Strip, with Israel Defense Forces aircraft striking smuggling tunnels in southern Gaza earlier Thursday.
On Tuesday, IDF tanks fired at and killed an armed Palestinian approaching the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on Tuesday, as three mortar bombs exploded in Israeli soil.
The incident took place after an IDF force spotted an armed Palestinian near the Erez crossing at the Strip's north, later directing tank fire to the spot. No injuries were reported from among the soldiers.
On Saturday, IDF planes struck a vehicle travelling at the south of the Gaza Strip, killing three Hamas operatives, one of them a top commander in Hamas' military wing.
An IDF Spokesperson stated that the three men were members of a terrorist cell that was "planning to kidnap Israelis over the upcoming Jewish holiday of Passover" in Israel and in the Sinai Peninsula, a popular spring tourist destination for Israelis.
The Palestinian Ma'an news agency identified the three as Isma’il Labad and his brother Abdullah from Ash-Shati' refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, and military commander Muhammad Ad-Dayah from the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City.
Ad-Dayah, 33, is considered to be a top Hamas military official. As a child he participated in the first intifada, later serving as the bodyguard of former Hamas chief Abdel Aziz Rantisi. Ad-Dayah also lost one of his eyes during an attempted mortar attack on a nearby settlement.
Hamas vowed vengeance against Israel in a statement Saturday, describing the strike as a crime and "serious escalation" of the recent violence, and vowed that Israel would "bear all the consequences." The militant group also called on the U.S. to stop the flow of financial aid to Israel.
Prior to the attack, Palestinian militants have fired rocket salvos into Israel, reaching as far as the major southern city Be'er Sheva, and Israel has carried out a series of air strikes.
Awarta is an interesting case.... a town where 2 arabs krept into a home of a famly slaughter the parents and two childen in their beds and when they heard the infant crying went back to stab it to death. When asked if they had regrets they answered they only regretted te fact that they did not know there were two more kids sleeping in the other room.. They then explaine dthat they were proud to have killed the Jews.
This is the town that not only produced the killers but help the hide the fact by burning their close and hiding the wepon they stole. Unfortunately, for this town there are individuals who required teh arm to search high and low for these terrorist and their accomplices... but I am sure it is the armys fault, not the murderers.... I was unble to find anything about this online...
I would like to know more about the 8 yo shot by a settler this is horrific news, can you provide any details?
Wow. What a great conversation.
Remember the poem "Blindmen and a Elephant" by a British poet. A group of blindmen in India go out to find the magnificent
elephant. When came on the beast that discovered the ear was like a fan; the leg like a trunk of a tree; the tail like a spear; and so on.
The point is the blindmen were all somewhat right ... and completely wrong.
Each of you are using different definations, measures and values. While each can defend your truths, it isn't making a difference.
This is the way the conversations/debates for peace have been going for thousands of years, and we allow ourselves to think "but it's really going to work now, in this moment." Sure, I will condemn the missle strike on a school bus a terriost attack.
So what? Now what.
I challenge you to create context around the tragic daily events that will shift the conversation for peace. Context is decisive. What do you think?
Here is my response to Michael Weis' comment, rewritten in italics below:
"Hitler killed five million Jews. It is the greatest crime of our time. But the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher's knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs. As it is, they succumbed anyway in their millions."
Why did Gandhi say this? What does it mean?
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker:
Ghandi believed in ahimsa, or non-violence, as well as non-resistance in the face of violence. It is an extension of his total philosophy of life. His was an extreme ideology, he believed in total pacifism regardless of circumstances. He discussed this further in an article entitled "The Jews":
"No person who has faith in a living God need feel helpless or forlorn. Jehovah of the Jews is a God more personal than the God of the Christians, the Mussalmans [Muslims] or the Hindus, though as a matter of fact in essence, He is common to all and one without a second and beyond description. But as the Jews attribute personality to God and believe that He rules every action of theirs, they ought not to feel helpless....suffering voluntarily undergone will bring [the Jews] an inner strength and joy [...] the calculated violence of Hitler may even result in a general massacre of the Jews by way of his first answer to the declaration of such hostilities. But if the Jewish mind could be prepared for voluntary suffering, even the massacre I have imagined could be turned into a day of thanksgiving and joy that Jehovah had wrought deliverance of the race even at the hands of the tyrant. For to the God-fearing, death has no terror. It is a joyful sleep to be followed by a waking that would be all the more refreshing for the long sleep."
THE REAL MEANING OF WHAT GANDHI IS SAYING IS THAT THE SPIRITUAL LIFE IS SO MUCH MORE PROFOUND THAN THIS TEMPORAL EXISTANCE THAT IT IS OF NO CONSEQUENCE TO DISGARD THIS LIFE – this is me, Sussan, saying this. I don’t believe it myself, but have contemplated such ideas, at a time when I may have accepted those values.
I am not a pacifist, but you will find that Stewart from Sydney – who is here on mepeace - is.
When I read the ‘butcher’s knife’ quote just now, I went off to check it was authentic. I have read a lot of Gandhi, over many years, so have probably read it before. There is other stuff he has written that makes me cringe more than this particular piece.
Although I am not a pacifist, and do not agree with all Gandhi says, I respect him because he is always well intentioned and 100% sincere.
Pacifism does not work because there is a minority who will energetically mow down the pacifist majority, if push comes to shove. It is always necessary to get the big guns on your own side, one way or another, if you are serious about winning.
I put up the Gandhi previous post because I knew Jeff would be unlikely to address the issue adequately, and I get very annoyed at the way Jeff never interacts on any points I make, choosing instead to churn out a steady stream of poor quality propaganda.
Susan, I appologize if you feel I am ignoring you but I have a very difficult time talking to you when you defend the attempted murder of civilians by terrorists. When you say that people in Gaza have goiod reason to hate those in Sderot because they stole their land.... in otherwards you can justify the rockets showering on their town. How when radicial Islamist murder a peace activits you blame Israel....
There is no discussion with you.... You feel Israel stole Palestinain land, has no right to exist and Palestinians have the right to murder civilians because they have been wronged. This is not talk of peace. I am concerned with the 7 million Israelis whos lives are threatened by their 100 of millions arab neighbors who call daily for their destruction. I am concered for the Arab civilians who live in opressive regimes that teach hate of Israel and of Jews. I am concerned that if this continues, there will be no hope for peace.
You seem to be concerned that Israel exists.... I cannot and will not dicsuss that with you.