Since yesterday, over 130 rockets and mortar shells have been launched at Israel, the largest projectile barrage from Gaza targeting Israel since the 2014 war. One actually struck the yard of a kindergarten shortly before children were due to arrive.
Thankfully, no-one was killed, despite the intent of those firing them.
Yes, make no mistake about it: those firing the rockets are deliberately aiming at Israeli population centers, striving to cause mass casualties. At the same time, they know Israel will respond, and are hoping the response will involve the death of their own civilians. (To help that process along, they tend to fire their rocket launchers from civilian neighborhoods in Gaza).
There has actually been quite a bit of unequivocal condemnation without the usual “cycle of violence” palava. For example:
It is UNACCEPTABLE to indiscriminately fire at civilian communities! I am deeply concerned by today’s rockets fired by #Palestinian militants towards Southern #Israel, one of which hit close to a kindergarten. Such actions undermine efforts to improve the situation in #Gaza. #UN
— Nickolay E. MLADENOV (@nmladenov) May 29, 2018
As kids were preparing for school this morning a
barrage of rockets from Gaza fell on southern Israel. One landed outside a
kindergarten. I know the resilience of communities in southern Israel but
indiscriminate attacks are totally unacceptable and to be condemned
— Emanuele Giaufret (@EGiaufretEU) May 29, 2018
Reprehensible – mortars fired from Gaza at a kindergarten and community in Israel! Hamas has failed – all it can offer is terror. Palestinians in Gaza need real leaders to work on Gaza’s real problems with its water, its economy and so much more.
— Jason D. Greenblatt (@jdgreenblatt45) May 29, 2018
I strongly condemn firing of rockets from #Gaza at Israel today – I continue to advocate strongly for people of Gaza who live in impossible conditions – but this Hamas led violence undermines Palestinian cause + is counterproductive to political progress. https://t.co/8H7H2squcP
— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) May 29, 2018
At the same time, the following has been the response from many high-profile people who have been quick to condemn Israel for palestinian deaths in the “March of Return” riots (even though vast majority of those killed were terrorists and rioters were trying to break border fence and storm in to Israel with express intention of murdering Jews):
This includes celebrities like Judd Apatow, Bette Midler, Chelsea Handler and Michael Ian Black. Hypocrites and virtue signalers.
Meanwhile, Ken Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch, was not silent. He managed to tweet about Israel as the rockets were raining down.
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) May 29, 2018
History is not going to judge these people kindly. And neither should we.