THE CHILDREN OF SDEROT
Living with Terror.
To most of us a giant creature with a blue eye on the Sderot playground may look like a fun thing for kids to explore. But no, it is a bomb shelter. The luckier kids will make it into shelter before the explosion. The not so lucky may loose a limb or their lives such as the photo included in this article of a young Sderot boy in a wheel chair.
The children of Sderot live with the whine of incoming mortar attack, which has gone on since 2001. The missiles are called Qassams and originally they were crude with a short range. In 2006 they became more sophisticated with a longer range.
I am not a Jew or a Muslim so I have no dog in this fight. I’ve never had a friend that was Muslim or Jewish. But I do read. I read a lot. I know the difference between Hamas and Israelis psyches. I know Hamas occupies the Gaza strip, which is very close to the town of Sderot. I know that they fire rockets into this little peaceful town on a regular basis. I know they kill innocent little children. And I don’t get it. The people of Sderot have no weapons and are not attacking Hamas.
I have always believed people were just people regardless. They have different beliefs, cultures, aspirations, languages and so forth, but nonetheless we are all people on this earth and I absolutely do not understand why one group considers itself superior and desires to eliminate other groups.
Sderot is in the southern district of Israel, about one mile from Gaza and has been under attack for over a decade. The missiles have killed and maimed Israelis and caused millions of dollars of damage and caused a constant fear and trauma to the inhabitants of the small town.
All the schools are fortified with shelters. One American journalist, Stacy Maltin said the following after visiting Sderot: “Never did I think a place could exist where it was acceptable to have a playground in which every piece of equipment is a brightly painted bomb shelter.”
To protect their traumatized children and give them a safe place to play the town has built an indoor playground in a warehouse equipped with shelters and a broadcast system. The facility will house a climbing wall, video games and mini soccer field.
Tal is one of the children of Sderot shown here in her pink dress as she leaves for school.Although incoming projectiles exploding above her head is normal, she says she is not afraid and looks forward to her school day. As many as 50 rockets may be fired into Israel in a single day. As soon as the "Code Red" siren sounds, Tal has 15 seconds to rush to a secure classroom or concrete shelter.
What does Hamas want from the people of this little town? According to Wikepedia, Hamas published a covenant in l988 which states “there is no solution for the Palestinian question except through jihad.” That means they plan on eliminating the state of Israel and everyone in it. They seem to believe they have that right because they are Muslims.
Wikepedia defines the Hamas attacks as follows: “The attacks, widely condemned for targeting civilians, have been described as terrorism by the United Nations, European Union and Iraeli officials and defined as war crimes.”
So it appears that Hamas just wants to kill everyone in Israel.. . . .because they are not Muslims and because they exist. The Koran calls for the killing of all Jews.
As the Middle East rebels topple their leaders, it opens the doors to the Muslim Brotherhood ( also know as Hamas) to move in and wage their war against the Israeli state and all jews. That is their quest. They are surrounding Israel with governments that practice Sharia law and jihad.
Egypt once acted as a buffer between the radicals and Israel but now that Mubarrak is gone, there is no buffer. Did America think about that before Mubarrak was ousted? What about Libya? Will the fall of Gadaffi make Israel even more vulnerable? Did America think about that before we went charging in with our missiles?
I do not believe Israel will go quietly. Who are their allies? Who will help the tiny state of Israel if they are attacked by the entire Middle East? America used to be a friend to Israel but with this administration it is hard to tell.
Who will help the children of Sderot?
Will Obama give the same speech he gave after we joined the rebels in Libya, the speech in which he said he would not hesitate to protect our allies?
I do not believe that Isael provokes attacks nor do I believe that they would ever instigate an attack on Palestinians other than in self defense of their country. That is just what I believe and like I said, I have no dog in this fight but if I have to choose sides, the choice is pretty darn easy.