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June 11, 2015 5:41 pm

Gaza Rocket Aimed at Ashkelon Falls Short, Lands in Gaza Strip

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A rocket being fired from the Gaza Strip. Photo: Twitter.

A rocket being fired from the Gaza Strip. Photo: Twitter.

Sirens blared around the Israeli city of Ashkelon and the local Hof Ashkelon district late Thursday night after a rocket directed towards Israel was fired from the Gaza Strip.

According to Israel’s Channel 2 news, the projectile fell short and exploded within Gaza.

Immediately after the sirens rang, residents around Ashkelon said they heard an explosion, according to the report.

Asheklon resident Tal told Channel 2 that his family was “sitting in a restaurant when suddenly a waitress told us we had to leave. People got up in a panic and ran to the closest shelter.”

The missile was the fourth such attack directed at the Jewish state in the past week.

In response to the attack, Knesset Member Haim Yellin, of opposition party Yesh Atid, and a former head of Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council, said “the Israeli government is not taking care of this problem” and accused the country’s leadership of being too busy “maintaining its political survival.”

“Our lives are worthless,” Yellin added. “In a normal country, this ongoing military ping-pong — while the Israeli government restores Gaza — would not make sense.”

He said the alternative is a new military operation aimed at a complete demilitarization of the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, the Sheikh Omar Hadid Brigades — a new Gaza-based organization ideologically aligned with the Islamic State — took responsibility for the attack.

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  • Tribes

    Sadly, this terrorist organisations and nations that support them NEVER learn! All they teach their kids is to fight a losing battle against the tiniest nation, the time clock of the whole world, the tiniest superpower, the lived through the ages. God bless Israel.

  • Howard Kahan

    I forgot, has Israel been blamed for the “attack” yet?

  • Howard Kahan

    Peter, it will be interesting. I think you can answer the question yourself. Their silence is deafening.

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  • Lauren Goldman

    May they all fall short; on breeding pairs.

  • Keep on pushing it is only a question of time before Israel looses it’s composure.
    It will be interesting to see if CNN, UN, EU, and Obama will say something and condemn those continued rocket launching.

  • See how easily, with their notoriously inept aim, they could erase the mosquestrosity from the Temple Mount? I am simply waiting … Does anybody know: is the Taurus mountain range in Iran earthquake-prone? Is there any volcanic activity in them thar hills?

  • Michael Mayben

    Isaerl should do whatever is necessary to protect it’s citizens and country from attacks by the Islamic State. The terrorist scum that continues their attempt to destroy Israel are only giving the the people of Israel the strength and resolve to defend it’s position in the world community. The lack of support from America’s president Barack Obama only creates a greater number of people across America and the world to stand with Israel as a national community voice of supporters for Judaism and the right for Isaerl to exist as a country!

  • Abraham

    Hamas has attacked Israel with rockets four times and Israel attacks back. Why is Israel playing these silly games of responding back with air strikes? Why hasn’t Israel finished off Hamas completely? Haim Yellin is correct the government is not serious about eradicating Hamas, it just wants to neutralize Hamas and survive politically. If the government of Israel is not willing to eliminate Hamas, how will she stand up to Iran? All this talk about Iran is meaningless unless we take care of the problem with Hamas in our backyard.By striking Hamas and destroying them completely with no survivors, is a message to Iran and the world that we mean business.

    • Valery

      Dear! In this specific case – not Hamas. “Islamic State” is responsible for the shelling of Ashkelon. Jihadists organize provocations, Israel launched a new operation in the Gaza Strip, Hamas destroyed and helped jihadists seize power in Gaza. Then everything will be much worse.
      The government knows it. But the jihadists are supported by Saudi Arabia, with which Israel has a common interest against Iran.
      Therefore, Israel is so careful.
      By the way, the jihadists virtually took control of the border with Israel on the Golan. You understand what that means?

  • Folks,

    The fundamental issue here is a very simple logical contradiction based on the following premises.

    Israel is a colonial settler state [fuhgedabout its 5,000 year prior recorded history in Palestine].

    Therefore Israel must go, and Sheikh Moar Hadid Brigades will make that happen. So U.S. BDS must support it.

    The U.S. is a colonial settler state. However it must remain [fuhgedabout its 500 year prior history in the New World] to prosecute BDS against Israel, a la the Iran Nuclear Deal.

    Given that I’m a U.S. citizen a lot of you might question my sincerity.

    Answer. I’m a female.

    End of story.

    • Cynthia

      Audrey, you have bad information to draw your conclusion. If you read the history of Israel correctly, they are not nor have they ever been a colony or a occupational state. The history of the region goes back more than the 5000 years you speak of. God gave the region to Israel from the very beginning. The region called Palestine was just that, there was no tribe or people that held the name Palestinian until the 1967 war. The British named the nomads of the area with the name, and ever since those who were outcasts have become the Palestinian people. You need to read the history correctly and the perhaps you will understand the region better. By the way, i’m also an American Citizens, and Female.

    • Haim Ahmed Emmet

      Audry Clement – I dont know where you live or come from, but certainly your parents or garndparents were settlers coming from another country and settled where live was better, safer.
      As you dont seem to haev any knowlegde about the problem or teh entire Middle Est you should not comment on this issue as your oppinion does not count.
      the 650.00 Arabs that flew from their villages or town and their children and grand children have recieved the eternal status of refugee from the UNWRA. This is what has created the problem. the 800.000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries are now citizens in Israel or elsewhere in the world, where afer settling you are no longer a refugee. Besides the whole Middle East is a big settlement. In 1920 there where 500.000 Arabs living in that part of palestine and they were not a people or a unity. The rest came by illegal immigrations as the British and Jewish settlements provided work and income, which they had NOT in the Arab countries they came from. 60% of the people in Gaza originate from Egypt and from Sudan.

    • David

      Dear Audrey

      Where did you get the utterly strange idea that Israel is a colonial settler state? Jews have lived in Israel for the past 2000 years, even when it was an Ottoman province 100 years ago. As an example, there were Arab pogroms against the Jews of Hebron in 1840, at a time when the Ottomans ruled must of the middle east. Look it up. Jews have always lived in Jerusalem, Safed Haifa, Tiberias and Jaffa. Throughout the last 2000 years, Jews prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and there were over 50 synagogues in the Old City of Jerusalem. The only time Jews could not do so was for a period of 19 years, from 1948 to 1967, when Jordan closed Jerusalem to Jews. When Israel declared independence in 1948, the majority of the population of the area of Palestine that became Israel was Jewish. So you are totally wrong.

      You seem to have swallowed some lies without the slightest effort to verify the truth.

      The BDS movement is as wrong headed as you are. It is doing more harm to the Palestinians than to Israel. The various Hamas and Hezbollah brigades cause some irritation, yes, but destroy Israel? You must live in a total fool’s paradise.

      No, I don’t doubt your sincerity, just you intelligence and your values. In wanting the destruction of a country with 8 million people, you show a murderous bloodthirstiness that exposes you as a person with no moral values at all.

      Have a nice day.

      • Ray Arye Cohn

        I totally agree.

    • Tribes

      At the expense of your miserable lives? Madness! Israel – the tiniest nation in the whole world that can’t be scraped off the face of the earth forever, the tiniest superpower that no nation in the world can scrape off the face of the planet and anyone could be insane to try, not with the most sophisticated nuclear arsenal. Who would dare? All the best, keep trying.

  • Sofia

    Wow, what excellent news for a change, the rocket fell back into their own cesspool instead of bringing terror to the innocent people of Ashkelon.

    It is so heartbreaking that Israel is considered to be evil one, and the terrorists in Gaza are getting away unscathed by the International Community, and where is the UN?

    Shame on them. Long Live Israel, and thank you for this terrific news – may all the rockets fall back to Gaza.

  • “Living with the enemy” is what Israel has been doing. Now if the enemy is launching rockets at you, a corrective measure must be taken. >>What is this Sheik Omar Hadid brigades doing inside that place? More “political bullying” with terrorism?
    Israel must “flush” these terrorists parasites from there, so that Israelis can live in peace.

  • zadimel

    If I were king, I would guarantee no rockets would fall on the Jewish State. I would order retaliation that would destroy the capability of anyone in Gaza to fire anything against Israel. War is hell, and I would destroy most of Gaza.

  • yussi

    How can people be expected to have to live like that? Running to shelters everytime these savages decide to send rockets into civilian areas. Israel should launch an initiative and just wipe out any and all gaza military capabilities. If they are housed in civilian areas,as these subhuman savages are prone to do,well thats just too bad. Wipe them out once and for all and protect Israeli civilians and to hell with what the world thinks.

  • Ray Arye Cohn

    Unfortunately we have here in the Sacramento, CA region (I live with my wife Lisa Tarr-Cohn in suburban Carmichael)organizations who are PRO PALESTINIAN TERRORIST VIOLENCE FRONTS and THEY are clearly COMMITTING TREASON.

    The Palestinian governments that govern the Gaza Strip and the Occupied West Bank of the Jordan River have adopted the Hamas Charter. Said charter calls for EXTERMINATING ALL WORLD JEWS and particularly mentions nearly 7 million American Jews.

    • Ray Arye Cohn

      FB is not letting me to publish under MY NAME.

  • We Jews must THANK G_D and praise Him because the terrorist missile missed its Jewish targets, and hit the enemies of Israel instead 🙂

    If more Jews would THANK G_D when this happens, then it would surely happen more often.

    Learn how to defend Israel from unfair media bias
    and refute inaccurate Israel-bashing reporting:

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    • Ray Arye Cohn

      What really upsets me is we have a politically powerful Jewish Community — led by Congregation B’nai Israel that has all kind of connections.

      A key leader is obviously former state Sen. Darrell Steinberg, who was the second or third most powerful politician on the state level and a definite possibility to become governor in the future.

      We have other synagogues in this region of Sacramento with strong connections, including Temple Beth Shalom.

      Jews have always been a key constituency — and a vital one because they always turn out in high percentage — for the Democratic Party.

      Yet, we have the Wellstone Democratic Club of Sacramento that is backing two Palestinian Governments — one ruling the Gaza Strip and another one governing the Israeli Occupied West Bank of the Jordan River — who have, in effect, adopted the SHIITE TERRORIST HAMAS CHARTER.

      That CHARTER: 1, Requires all Muslims to “wipe out” all Jews on this planet.In other words, a new Jewish Holocaust. 2. The charter specifically mentions and mandates that Muslims slaughter nearly 7 million American Jews. 3. Said charter also requires ALL MUSLIMS to participate in 9/11 type grand attacks to force the USA and other Western countries to alter our way of life.

      I dared to interrupt the Wellstone Democratic Club of Sacramento at their July meeting a year ago to challenge their Anti Israel, Anti Semitic and really Anti USA stand. One voting member after another, in response to my questioning, said, get this, “9/11 was not relevant.”


      Furthermore, the club — like all the ones in this county — is chartered by the Sacramento County Democratic Party. It is chaired by Kerri Asbury, the founder of the Wellstone Democratic Club of Sacramento. A nice little cozy arrangement.

      And why does the Jewish community to let the Democratic Party get away with this? Why don’t the Democratic Party of California and the Democratic National Committee, chaired by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Jewish woman whom I met while working for the Barack Hussein Obama re-election campaign in Las Vegan in 2012, suspend the Wellstone Democratic Club of Sacramento? Investigate its activities and then revoke its charter? Debbie is the Congresswoman where my parents owned a home for 14years in Hollywood, including when I was a junior and senior at South Broward High School.

      We had a good chance to oust Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott last year. But we fell short in Broward County because the Jewish vote was only 66 percent or so instead of the 75 to 80 percent we needed.

      Why oh why are the Jewish community so timid in tackling the USA traitors in our own party? The time has come to act, suspend, investigate and revoke the charter of the Wellstone Democratic Club of Sacramento.

      Remove the Student Senators at the University of California Davis.

      It’s time that we demand a US Attorney, FBI/Grand Jury probe of these people who are committing TREASON AGAINST the USA.

      What are we waiting for.

      Ray Arye Cohn, a 1945 native of Tel Aviv when it was Palestine Under British Mandate. I immigrated with my parents to the USA in November of 1957 and became a naturalized US citizen in 1964. I am a retired reporter who specialized in covering politics/government/education/ law enforcement and did a lot of investigative storied. I worked for the Lexington Herald-Leader, then a Knight-Ridder paper and now owned by McClatchy.

  • Sam Harris

    Enough is Enough! Take them out. Finish them!

  • Chris

    How long before the Gazans claim Israel fired the rocket at Gaza?

    • Ray Arye Cohn

      And rating seeking CNN will report it without pointing out how ridiculous it is. Fox News will blame President Barack Hussein Obama. That is the kind of media we have now a days.

      • Ray Arye Cohn

        Why when you want to censor something, you take forever to do this?

        You want to show off your CENSORSHIP POWER?

  • A Letter to the World at large from Jerusalem

    Please take a few moments to read this letter

    On November 24, 2006, at the age of 92, a man named Stanley Goldfoot passed away.
    He is remembered by family and friends for his love for and devotion to Israel and the Jewish people.
    Stanley Goldfoot was born in Johannesburg , South Africa . Subsequent to his hearing a speech about the Zionist vision by Ze’ev Jabotinsky, he headed for Palestine where, at the age of 18, he joined a HaShomer HaTzair kibbutz.
    After the rebirth of the Jewish State of Israel his main goal, which he eventually realized, was to establish a Zionist English newspaper, “The Times of Israel .”
    In the first issue of “The Times of Israel “, Stanley Goldfoot wrote his famous controversial “Letter to the World from Jerusalem “, which caused quite a stir. The article is still relevant and, in his memory, we want to share it with you.

    A Letter to the World from Jerusalem
    by Eliezer ben Yisrael ( Stanley Goldfoot)
    I am not a creature from another planet, as you seem to believe. I am a Jerusalemite, like yourselves, a man of flesh and blood.
    I am a citizen of my city, an integral part of my people. I have a few things to get off my chest. Because I am not a diplomat, I do not have to mince words. I do not have to please you or even persuade you. I owe you nothing. You did not build this city, you did not live in it, you did not defend it when they came to destroy it. And we will be damned if we will let you take it away.
    There was a Jerusalem before there was a New York. When Berlin, Moscow, London, and Paris were miasmal forest and swamp, there was a thriving Jewish community here. It gave something to the world which you nations have rejected ever since you established yourselves – a humane moral code.
    Here the prophets walked, their words flashing like forked lightning. Here a people who wanted nothing more than to be left alone, fought off waves of heathen would-be conquerors, bled and died on the battlements, hurled themselves into the flames of their burning Temple rather than surrender, and, when finally overwhelmed by sheer numbers and led away into captivity, swore that before they forgot Jerusalem, they would see their tongues cleave to their palates, their right arms wither. (see psalms 137)
    For two pain-filled millennia, while we were your unwelcome guests, we prayed daily to return to this city.
    Three times a day we petitioned the Almighty: “Gather us from the four corners of the world, bring us upright to our land, return in mercy to Jerusalem, Thy city, and swell in it as Thou promised.”
    On every Yom Kippur and Passover, we fervently voiced the hope that next year would find us in Jerusalem.
    Your inquisitions, pogroms, expulsions, the ghettos into which you jammed us, your forced baptisms, your quota systems, your genteel anti-semitism, and the final unspeakable horror, the holocaust (and worse, your terrifying disinterest in it) – all these have not broken us. They may have sapped what little moral strength you still possessed, but they forged us into steel.
    Do you think that you can break us now after all we have been through?
    Do you really believe that after Dachau and Auschwitz we are frightened by your threats of blockades and sanctions?
    We have been to Hell and back – a Hell of your making. What more could you possibly have in your arsenal that could scare us?
    I have watched this city bombarded twice by nations calling themselves civilized. In 1948, while you looked on apathetically, I saw women and children blown to smithereens, after we agreed to your request to internationalize the city.
    It was a deadly combination that did the job – British officers, Arab gunners, and American-made cannon.
    And then the savage sacking of the Old City – the wilful slaughter, the wanton destruction of every synagogue and religious school, the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, the sale by a ghoulish government of tombstones for building materials, for poultry runs, army camps, even latrines.
    And you never said a word.
    You never breathed the slightest protest when the Jordanians shut off the holiest of our places, the Western Wall, in violation of the pledges they had made after the war – a war they waged, incidentally, against the decision of the UN.
    Not a murmur came from you whenever the legionnaires in their spiked helmets casually opened fire upon our citizens from behind the walls. Your hearts bled when Berlin came under siege. You rushed your airlift “to save the gallant Berliners”. But you did not send one ounce of food when Jews starved in besieged Jerusalem.
    You thundered against the wall which the East Germans ran through the middle of the German capital – but not one peep out of you about that other wall, the one that tore through the heart of Jerusalem.
    And when that same thing happened 20 years later, and the Arabs unleashed a savage, unprovoked bombardment of the Holy City again, did any of you do anything?
    The only time you came to life was when the city was at last re-united. Then you wrung your hands and spoke loftily of “justice” and the need for the “Christian” quality of turning the other cheek.
    The truth – and you know it deep inside your gut – is that you would prefer the city to be destroyed rather than have it governed by Jews. No matter how diplomatically you phrase it, the age-old prejudices seep out of every word.
    If our return to the city has tied your theology in knots, perhaps you had better re-examine your catechisms.
    After what we have been through, we are not passively going to accommodate ourselves to the twisted idea that we are to suffer eternal homelessness until we accept your saviour.
    For the first time since the year 70, there is now complete religious freedom for all in Jerusalem .
    For the first time since the Romans put a torch to the Temple, everyone has equal rights (you prefer to have some more equal than others.)
    We loathe the sword – but it was you who forced us to take it up.
    We crave peace, but we are not going back to the peace of 1948 as you would like us to.
    We are home. It has a lovely sound for a nation you have willed to wander over the face of the globe. We are not leaving.
    We are redeeming the pledge made by our forefathers:
    Jerusalem is being rebuilt.
    “Next year” and the year after, and after, and after, until the end of time – “in Jerusalem “!

    Stanley Goldfoot,
    Founder Editor
    The Times of Israel

    • Miri

      The letter is so moving, so true. You need to spread it around more and more.
      The Jews are not going anywhere. Others have come and gone but the Jews have been around for thousands of years and are still going strong, in their own country. It’s time the world learned to live with it.

      • Ray Arye Cohn

        I totally AGREE! Shalom!

    • Atilla

      If there was a free, unbiased media in the world , Stanley Goldfoot’s letter would be read by millions.

      Unfortunately , there is NO free, unbiased media in the world, other than in Israel.

      I am English and I loathe and detest my country.

      • Ray Arye Cohn

        Unfortunately what Atilia is saying is all too true.

        I have been in a somewhat unique position on the Middle East situation and the press. Tel Aviv, in October of 1945 when it was still Palestine Under British Mandate, is my native city.

        At the age 12, I immigrated to the USA with my German born parents in November of 1957. I became a naturalized US citizen in 1964 when I was in junior college in Davie, FL and I got my BS in Journalism from the University of Florida in 1967.

        I was a reporter specializing in politics and government with a lot of reporting of education, law enforcement and courts in Kentucky for over 20 years. My career included a lot of “investigative stories.”

        Many haters of Israel — in the USA, Europe and elsewhere complain with a straight face that the news media is very prejudice FOR ISRAEL.

        My question is what planet do they live on?

        Palestinians in the Gaza Strip — governed by Shiite terrorists known as Hamas, placed Palestinian babies and other civilians around some 10,000 offensive rockets with which they attacked Jewish Israeli babies, kids and other civilians. Then when they suffered casualties, the government governing the Gaza Strip complained about “Israeli atrocities.”

        Using civilians as human shields — as was done here — constitutes international war crimes.

        But that was hardly reported by the news media anywhere. Story after story written or broadcast accused Israel of killing civilians.

        If Egypt and other Arab countries want to stop their babies and other civilians from being injured and killed then stop using them as HUMAN SHIELDS.

        MEANWHILE, I ENCOURAGE everyone to contact the News Media and demand fair and balanced reporting. And I don’t mean the fair and balanced Fox News version. That network is the Pravda of the Republican Party.

        • Ray Arye Cohn

          Have you seen one Palestinian address their WAR CRIMES?

          They constantly shed ALLIGATOR TEARS, but never discuss THEIR VIOLENCE against WORLDWIDE JEWS.

          And the CORPORATE PRESS lets them GET AWAY WITH THIS? Why?