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Blogging the Conflict: May 30th, 2007

For the first time in over 2 weeks, I begin my daily liveblogging with news that no Qassams have fallen into Israel today. While I hope it remains this way, this is not likely, especially given the statement by Hamas’ Damascus-based political leader Khaled Meshal, that Hamas intends to continue its attacks on Israel despite the IDF operations in the Gaza Strip. However, it seems that there is a dispute among the Hamas military wing leadership over whether or not to continue the Qassam fire, with some ordering their terrorist underlings to cease firing rockets at Israel due to their losses in IAF air strikes, while others not wanting to let this get in the way of killing more Jews. 

 

Speaking of IAF strikes, there was a good one this morning, with the IAF striking a group of Hamas gunners firing rockets at Israel, killing 2 of them. And overnight, the IDF arrested 12 palestinian fugitives, including 6 Fatah operatives, 2 Hamasholes, and an Islamic Jihad member for good measure.

 

In other news, Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu has lamented the harm inflicted on Israel’s deterrent capability resulting from the Second Lebanon War, and in another display of moral bankruptcy, British academics are yet again set to vote on an academic boycott of Israel.

 


 

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

 

Latest updates here.


12:02AM: Another likely case of premature detonation.

11:25PM: A Qassam rocket has hit a high-voltage electricity pole and landed on a building in Sderot. Luckily, the residents of the house were inside a protected room and remained unharmed.

9:15PM: Ynetnews reports that the UN Security Council has called on palestinians to stop firing rockets into Israel, noting:

Unlike previous statements made by the council, calling on both Israel and the Palestinians to cease fire, Wednesday’s statement did not call for a bilateral ceasefire, but rather for curbing of clashes in Gaza and the firing of rockets at Israel.

Be that as it may, it isn’t exactly a condemnation either, and we all know the Security Council isn’t afraid to dish those out.

9:00PM: It’s academic: While palestinian terrorists fire rockets at innocent civilians in Israel, and Israel refrains from any major military operation, Britain’s University and College Union (UCU) has voted in favor of a motion calling for a European academic boycott of Israel, in protest of Israel’s policy regarding the palestinians.

You know, the policy of not laying down to die.

5:25PM: Via Noam Bedein comes this footage of a Qassam fired at Sderot from the roof of a home in the Gaza village of Beit Hanoun.

 

 

Still, there seems to be no outcry from palestinian civilians against these terrorists.

 

12:35PM: A Qassam (the 4th of the day) has hit a house in Sderot. No injuries have been reported.

 

11:40PM: The first Qassams of the day landed in Israel over half an hour ago.

 

10:28AM: Ynetnews has an interesting article about a brave palestinian man who now lives in Sderot, due to his assisting Israel against terrorists. The article includes this quote from the man:

“There is only one solution to this situation ‚Äì a ground incursion into Gaza which will wipe out the cells launching the rockets, stay there and not leave until it’s over”

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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