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October 25, 2012 10:42 am

My Country is Under Attack. Do You Care?

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Blood from a rocket victim at a scene of carnage following a rocket attack. Photo: Daniel Hagbi / Sderot.

I’m angry.

You see, as most Americans were waking up this morning, and those in Europe and elsewhere around the world were going about their daily routines, here in Israel — over one million people were running for cover from a hail of rockets being rained down by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. In the space of 24 hours, since Tuesday evening, 80 rockets have been fired on southern Israel. That’s more than three rockets per hour. By the time I finish this article, odds are that count will have risen to 85 rockets.

Just to put things in context: one million Israelis is roughly 13 per cent of the population. Thirteen per cent of the U.S. population equates to about 40 million people.

A dozen Israelis have already been injured, with several of them seriously. The only reason more have not been hurt is because Israel has invested millions of dollars in bomb shelters and the Iron Dome defense system, while Hamas has invested millions of dollars in foreign aid in more rockets.

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But here is why I’m angry.

I’m angry that in 2012, over 600 rockets have already been fired from Gaza with no end in sight. I’m angry that the world only notices when Israel undertakes its (sovereign) right to defend its citizens. Can you imagine if even one rocket was fired on Washington, London, Paris or Moscow? No nation on earth can, or should, tolerate such attacks on its people.

I’m angry that while the United Nations never hesitates to call a ‘special emergency session’ on the ‘Question of Palestine’ or pass the umpteenth resolution blindly condemning Israel, that I am still waiting for a session on the ‘Question of Israel’ and Palestinian terror. In fact, 24 hours after the rocket attacks started, I am still waiting for even one syllable of condemnation from the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly or Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

I’m angry that Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General, could not find a moment to condemn the Palestinian rockets, but did find time to laugh and dance with South Korean rapper Psy from the popular dance craze Gangnam Style.

I’m angry that while the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton slammed Israel last week over the building of several hundred apartments (in an area that will arguably remain part of Israel anyway), that I am still waiting for her to slam the Palestinians for firing 80 rockets in one day.

I’m angry that there are those who continue to call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the Jewish State, but are silent in the face of Palestinian terror.

I’m angry that ships and flotillas continue to set sail for Gaza to show ‘solidarity’ with the Palestinians, but where is their solidarity with the people of southern Israel?

I’m angry that while human rights organizations like Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam and others do not waste a single opportunity to condemn Israel for human rights violations against the Palestinians, the human rights of Israelis are seemingly not important enough for them. Is Jewish blood really that cheap?
I’m angry that mainstream newspapers like the New York Times, lead their stories about the rocket attacks with such headlines as “Four Palestinian Militants Killed in Israeli Airstrikes,” and not “Palestinian Terrorists Rain Down Over 80 Rockets against one million Israelis.”

I’m angry that so many people are blind to the fact that Iran, which has called for Israel to be wiped off the map and now seeks to obtain nuclear weapons, is the primary funder and supplier of arms to Hamas. I’m angry at the fact that all civilians in southern Israel today were instructed not to send their kids to school and stay in bomb shelters. What sort of inhumane way is that for children to live?

I’m angry when people continue to say that ‘settlements’ are the main impediment to peace, and not Hamas, a terrorist group which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist and seeks its destruction. I’m angry when I see pictures like this, of a home in southern Israel hit by a rocket from Gaza today, yet have the audacity to say “ah, but they’re just like toys; what damage can they do?”

I’m angry that there is someone out there who does not know me and has never met me, yet still wants to kill me — for no other reason than being Israeli.

I’m angry when I hear residents in southern Israel say “we just lie on top of our children and try to protect them with our bodies” or that “we’re living on borrowed time” — yet the world seems oblivious to their desperate cries for help.

No, I am not angry. I am outraged.

Arsen Ostrovsky is an international human rights lawyer and freelance journalist living in Israel.

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  • Robert Werdine

    I care. I support Israel.

    • aisyah humairah

      how about palestine ? do you care ?

  • A. Harrington

    Words from Josephus of your own nation, who tried to warn you to turn to God before your beloved temple was destroyed in 70AD by God himself:

    O miserable wretches! Are you so unmindful of your own true allies, that you would fight against the Romans with arms and might of hand? What other nation have we ever conquered by such means? And when did the Creator God fail to avenge the Judeans if they had been wronged? Will you not turn your eyes and consider the place from where you fight with such violence, and look back and see how great an Ally you have profaned? Will you not recall to mind your fathers prodigious exploits, and what mighty enemies have been subdued for us by this holy place in days of old? I, myself, even shudder at recounting the works of God to unworthy ears; yet, listen to me, that you may learn that you are warring not against the Romans only, but also against God himself.
    Moreover, did not Philistia, as well as their image Dagon, groan under the rape of our sacred ark by the Syrians? Did not the entire nation of those raiders groan under the deed, ulcerated in their secret body parts and execreting their entrails together with their food, until the hands which stole it restored it with the sound of cymbals and timbrels, along with all manner of expiations in order to appease the sanctuary? It was God’s leadership that brought this triumph to our fathers, because, without resort to hand or weapon, they committed the issue to his decision.
    When Sennacherib, king of Assyria, with all Asia following in his train, encamped around this city, did he fall by the hands of men? Were not those hands a rest from arms, rather raised in prayer, while an angel of God destroyed that countless host in a single night? And when the Assyrian king arose next morning, did he not find 185,000 corpses before he, with the remainder of his army, fled from the Hebrews who were unarmed and who did not pursue him?
    Moreover, you know of the bondage in Babel, where our people passed seventy years in exile; and they never reared their manes for liberty until God made Cyrus his gracious instrument. Yes, it was through him that they were set free and reestablished the temple-worship of their Ally.
    In short, there is no instance in which our fathers triumphed by arms or failed of success without them when they committed their cause to God. If they sat still, they conquered, as it pleased their Judge; but when they went out to fight, they were invariable defeated.
    Why do I need to mention any more? But, I implore you, who was it that incited the Romans against our country? Was it not the impiety of its inhabitants? From where did our servitude arise? Was it not derived from party strife among our fathers, when the madness of Aristobulus and Hyrcanus and their mutual dissensions brought Pompey against this city, and when God subjected those who were unworthy of liberty to the Romans? Yes, after a three-month siege, they were forced to surrender, although they were innocent of such offenses as yours against the sanctuary and against the laws, and this, while possessing far ampler resources for going to war.
    Do we not know the fate of Antigonus, son of Aristobulus, in whose reign God smote the people for their offenses by the capture of this city? When Herod, son of Antipater, brought upon us Sossius, and Sossius brought upon us a Roman army, they were encompassed and besieged for six months, until, as retribution for their sins, they were captured and the city was plundered by the enemy.
    Thus it appears that arms were always refused to our nation, and warfare has been the sure signal for defeat. For it is, I suppose, the duty of the inhabitants of this holy place to leave everything to God’s arbitrament, and to scorn the assistance of men’s hands after having resigned themselves up to their Arbiter above.
    Did your king Hezekiah lift up such hands when he besought assistance against the Assyrian king, when God destroyed that mighty army in a single night?
    Now even an honorable man will fly from an impure house and will abhor its inmates. And can you persuade yourselves that God still remains with his household plunged in their iniquity? For God sees every secret thing and hears what is buried in silence. Now, I implore you, what crime is there that is veiled in silence or secrecy among you? Not only so, but what is there that has not been exposed even to your enemies? For you parade your transgressions, and daily contend with one another who shall be the worst, making a public exhibition of vice as if it were virtue.
    Yet, there is still a way of salvation left for you, if you are willing to accept it; and the Deity is easily reconciled to those who confess their sins and repent. O iron-hearted men! Cast away your weapons, and take compassion on your country already tottering to its fall; turn around and behold the beauty of what you are betraying: What a city! What a temple! What countless gifts from the nations! What man would direct the flames against these things? What man is there who would desire for these things to be no more? What could be more worthy of preservation than these things? O relentless creatures, more stupid than stone!

  • A. Harrington

    Words from Josephus of your own nation, who tried to warn you to turn to God before your beloved temple was destroyed in 70AD by God himself:

    “O miserable wretches! Are you so unmindful of your own true allies, that you would fight against the Romans with arms and might of hand? What other nation have we ever conquered by such means? And when did the Creator God fail to avenge the Judeans if they had been wronged? Will you not turn your eyes and consider the place from where you fight with such violence, and look back and see how great an Ally you have profaned? Will you not recall to mind your fathers prodigious exploits, and what mighty enemies have been subdued for us by this holy place in days of old? I, myself, even shudder at recounting the works of God to unworthy ears; yet, listen to me, that you may learn that you are warring not against the Romans only, but also against God himself.
    “Moreover, did not Philistia, as well as their image Dagon, groan under the rape of our sacred ark by the Syrians? Did not the entire nation of those raiders groan under the deed, ulcerated in their secret body parts and execreting their entrails together with their food, until the hands which stole it restored it with the sound of cymbals and timbrels, along with all manner of expiations in order to appease the sanctuary? It was God’s leadership that brought this triumph to our fathers, because, without resort to hand or weapon, they committed the issue to his decision.
    “When Sennacherib, king of Assyria, with all Asia following in his train, encamped around this city, did he fall by the hands of men? Were not those hands a rest from arms, rather raised in prayer, while an angel of God destroyed that countless host in a single night? And when the Assyrian king arose next morning, did he not find 185,000 corpses before he, with the remainder of his army, fled from the Hebrews who were unarmed and who did not pursue him?
    “Moreover, you know of the bondage in Babel, where our people passed seventy years in exile; and they never reared their manes for liberty until God made Cyrus his gracious instrument. Yes, it was through him that they were set free and reestablished the temple-worship of their Ally.
    “In short, there is no instance in which our fathers triumphed by arms or failed of success without them when they committed their cause to God. If they sat still, they conquered, as it pleased their Judge; but when they went out to fight, they were invariable defeated.
    “Why do I need to mention any more? But, I implore you, who was it that incited the Romans against our country? Was it not the impiety of its inhabitants? From where did our servitude arise? Was it not derived from party strife among our fathers, when the madness of Aristobulus and Hyrcanus and their mutual dissensions brought Pompey against this city, and when God subjected those who were unworthy of liberty to the Romans? Yes, after a three-month siege, they were forced to surrender, although they were innocent of such offenses as yours against the sanctuary and against the laws, and this, while possessing far ampler resources for going to war.
    “Do we not know the fate of Antigonus, son of Aristobulus, in whose reign God smote the people for their offenses by the capture of this city? When Herod, son of Antipater, brought upon us Sossius, and Sossius brought upon us a Roman army, they were encompassed and besieged for six months, until, as retribution for their sins, they were captured and the city was plundered by the enemy.
    “Thus it appears that arms were always refused to our nation, and warfare has been the sure signal for defeat. For it is, I suppose, the duty of the inhabitants of this holy place to leave everything to God’s arbitrament, and to scorn the assistance of men’s hands after having resigned themselves up to their Arbiter above.
    “Did your king Hezekiah lift up such hands when he besought assistance against the Assyrian king, when God destroyed that mighty army in a single night?
    “Now even an honorable man will fly from an impure house and will abhor its inmates. And can you persuade yourselves that God still remains with his household plunged in their iniquity? For God sees every secret thing and hears what is buried in silence. Now, I implore you, what crime is there that is veiled in silence or secrecy among you? Not only so, but what is there that has not been exposed even to your enemies? For you parade your transgressions, and daily contend with one another who shall be the worst, making a public exhibition of vice as if it were virtue.
    “Yet, there is still a way of salvation left for you, if you are willing to accept it; and the Deity is easily reconciled to those who confess their sins and repent. O iron-hearted men! Cast away your weapons, and take compassion on your country already tottering to its fall; turn around and behold the beauty of what you are betraying: What a city! What a temple! What countless gifts from the nations! What man would direct the flames against these things? What man is there who would desire for these things to be no more? What could be more worthy of preservation than these things? O relentless creatures, more stupid than stone!”

  • Until Israel wakes up to the fact that no one really cares about Israel or Jews; until Israel wakes up that Political Correctness is just a tool by which people can hide their true feelings whilst showing a compassionate face, then Israel is doing nothing more than committing slow suicide. No one cares! No one wants Israel there! They all want to lick the boots of Activist Agendas and Arab Oil and they believe the Israel is worth sacrificing if it means peace from terrorism (but it won’t). Solution? Believe in fate, destiny or HaShem – or – just yourselves and kick back each and every time you are attacked. Screw what the world says! No one but you cares! So care for yourself and care not for anything that PC liars speak. Go out in a blaze of glory or stand up and give HaShem the sign to rise on Israel’s behalf. Better to fight than suicide. No more Masadas no more Gas Chambers. FIGHT!

  • Kip Roth

    Mr. Arsen Ostrovsky,
    I stand with Israel & the Israeli citizens in spirit & if & when need be in person to defend with my life Israel, diligently & firm through the end times for the promise of God for his chosen people (The Israelite’s) to finally receive what God has divinely promised & given them through Abraham the the father of all Israel through his legitimate son Issac. I absolutely understand, sympathize & pray daily over yours & yours country’s plight they suffer under the descendant of Ishmael, who through jealousy, envy & coveting of your country’s lands due have been misled. They follow a FALSE claim from its origins that the lands of Israel belongs to the illegitimate son of Abraham’s wife Sarai’s maid servant Hagaar. Which Biblically is WRONG no matter when or how or by whom it is perceived! The Bible, from the Torah to the New testament, is the MOST accurate descriptive nature of human kind in the history of the world from its beginning through the forever living word of God! The world today though is under a FALSE belief ( identified in books of Isaiah, Daniel & Ezekiel) that the, I use the word LOOSELY, Palestinians are the rightful heirs to the lands. Well from what I have learned through studies of TRUE history & biblical truths is that in essence, the Israeli peoples are the true expressed Palestinians. They were identified in that fashion by the former governing rulers of the time, The Roman Empire to identify the Israeli people in the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan river & south of Syria to the east side of Egypt. But UNFORTUNATELY what has transpired since is through the jealousy & envy that of the Arab peoples, the descendants of Ishmael & a false book of theirs own written in 632 a.d. Due to biblical prophesies in the Torah & New Testament identifying these events of the end time “ALL & I reiterate ALL” of God chosen people have to come back to him completely & accept his son Christ Jesus as Messiah before our heavenly Father will restore the promised lands of Israel! I do not seek to convert but after the false Messiah is mistaken as the son of God & the battle of the Valley of Armageddon takes place ALL of the world will see the TRUE Messiah.Then the Kingdom age will begin on earth & it’s capital WILL be city of Jerusalem, Israel & the land & God chosen people will be RESTORED!!! May our Heavenly Father guide & protect Israel for his glory on earth forever!!

  • my heart goes out to those who are being terrorised in southern Israel! my Hashem protect you all .
    I call on britain and the united states of america to send military help to YIsrael now !
    Hamas should be wiped out full stop!
    my message of love and support goes straight out to all jewish people being attacked daily -james devon UK.

  • Theodore D Whitus

    I live in Olean,NY USA. I am praying for Israel and Jerusalem peace, safety and favor with God. I believe the days are short now when the Messiah will be coming. May it truly be so. Amen. Thank-you. Theodore. D. Whitus.

  • Gary Denton

    I pray with all my heart to the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, and also my Heavenly Father that Israel and all of her people will live in peace and safety. There are millions of people throughout the world who believe that Israel was given to the Jewish people, and that Jerusalem is her capital. I believe this. I INVOKE Yahweh’s Name for mercy and help for Israel, and pray that He will launch His angels to protect every man, every woman, every girl and every boy there. As I belong to Yeshua, Jesus Christ, He tells us that those who belong to Him must pray for our enemies and forgive. Yahweh has a glorious plan for Israel that will last into eternity! I pray and ask God’s PEACE for Jerusalem!

  • Peter Olney

    Arsen,
    I am aware of the terror program leading up to Israel becoming a so-called state in its own right. What can be said about the treatment being used by others against Israel? I find the whole business so unforgiving and have concluded that neither party is right.
    A prophet in Israel who spoke of reconciliation and of peace, so my reckoning is that until both parties come to understand the message of the prophet then peace will never come! Its up to both parties to stop bleating and start loving your neighbour!!!

    • Sorry Peter, you use an old Arab propagandist tool of trying to compare apples and hand grenades. Look at all the coverage in the NYT from the time you are talking about. There were no Jewish terrorists cause terrorists fire on innocents instilling fear and directing violence and hatred at civilians. Even the most infamous of attacks on British troops by Jewish underground forces, the attack on the King David Hotel, was directed at A. TROOPS and B. THESE JEWISH UNDERGROUND FORCES CALLED TO WARN THEM OF THE BOMB before. Yet the British thinking they were bluffing did not empty the building of their personnel. You want to continue the ruse going? Go ahead, but understand that will not bring peace. The truth brings peace. The Truth is the Arabs have not, do not, and will not make peace with Jews (infidels). They want it all. Now taking your twisted logic one step further does the fact that the Belgians slaughtered millions in the Congo mean we should allow innocent Belgians to be slaughtered in the streets today? Turkey massacred Armenians in the millions so should innocent Turkish school children be massacred today? How the more UNacceptable that you condone the attacks on the innocent Israeli school children when Israelis as well as those Jews before the reestablishment of our country NEVER slaughtered anyone and just fought a war of survival against the British/Arab armies pre-reestablishment to provide a haven for the Jews and have continued that DEFENSIVE fighting with the IDF to ensure that haven is never lost.

      There is a right and wrong. The Arabs continue to breed hatred and violence in their culture from birth against Jews, Christians, and many times against different Muslim sects. They glorify terrorism. You can see it here in living color http://www.palwatch.org. Whereas our education is into trying to allow our youth to grow into individuals who will help society, not just Israel, all of society. Proof is our Start Up nation status and fairly good economic health while our enemies only use their resources to destroy us. Not only have we shown a thirst for helping and loving our neighbor in action (we were the first to be on the ground in Haiti after the earthquake) but our enemies, UN included have continued to show their disregard for our safety and security as Arsen wrote so well.

  • You are absolutely right as I am angry too! When Israel moves to defend itself, the media cries outrage at Israel’s hostility. I can hardly imagine the mental and physical terror of living under this daily nightmare. And why? Yes, prayers are important but action speaks the loudest. It is the hope of many Jewish Americans that our new president will recognize this overt injustice, speak out to the world and REALLY support Israel in action and not lip-service just to get the jewish vote. The bombing is unjustified and inexcusable and cant not be tolerated. Allowing the bombing means aquiessence and must be stopped.

  • it is the same in south africa. when i reported the shelling from gaza to tyhe 702 talk radio, “we dont know anything about it.’ to the star newspaper, same reply. i dont bother any more. g d forbid we should retaliate, then the newsis full of it. [they’re full of it anyway.]

  • Meryl Cittadino

    I can only hope and pray that the world could wake up from their blindness and that our own people here truly recognizes how important Israel is. I also hope our elections here in the USA will bring a stronger more supportive government

  • Luana Evans

    Dear Arsen,
    I hear their cries, and yours. Please know there are many who are praying unceasingly for Israel. You have a sovereign God who will protect you…turn to Him…you are not alone. This is the first thing I did when I woke up. Praying for you and others. Praying for my nation as well.

  • Chaim F

    yes, we should all be angry with the situation in Israel but the author of this article has misdirected his anger. It should be directed toward the irrational and foolish Israeli government that refuses to destroy the enemy – preferring to hold the terror to an “acceptable” level, whatever that is and it seems to be quite high. perhaps the author should direct his anger at the Israeli electorate that time and time again vote into office unfit and proven to be weak leaders. The world doesn’t care because it sees that Israel itself doesn’t care too much; it sees that Israel itself has tacitly or even explicitly recognized the false claims of our enemies. In fact, the Israeli government is itself an enemy of Jews in and out of Israel since it has single-handed facilitated the growth of Arab terror – it has supported Arab terror in many ways. The weakness of Israel has inspired thousands of Jihadis. So, let’s direct our anger to where it should be directed and no look for a scapegoat.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Agree, is not fear. Just like many others injustice committed all around the world! Israel had all the right to react; just wondering if will be effective. Other’s people anger is provoked by hate, instigation by political and religious fanatics. The only way to peace is to send a different message! Send in with the soldier’s food and gifts, take the entire one who are suspected and start explaining your thinking. You will not change them in one session and they will not if Jews too, are not treating them as human been as them.
    How you were reacting to segregation by another country?
    Was not consider terrorist the Jews who faith the British for Israel?
    Peace is not one day step requiring much love and humility!
    God help(Jesus)

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