850 Rockets Thrown From Gaza at Israel

  • The Arabs are celebrating Ramadan through violent demonstrations and missiles from Gaza.
  • Rockets have reached Tel-Aviv and central Israel disturbing Israel life damaging properties and injuring civilians.
  • Egypt and Russia are negotiating a cease fire.

The end of Corona Pandemic in Israel has given Jews and Arabs the opportunity to celebrate in numbers. In Meron of Lag Bomer was killed 45 Jews during a stampede. Prayers at Al-Aksa which last year were limited due to Corona were given unlimited rights for Arabs during Ramadan.

Hamas leader speaking to Arabs to continue their aggression against Israel. Israel has killed many of the leaders of the Hamas military as part of their defense mission.

Israel while preparing to celebrate Jerusalem Day commemorating the conquest of Jerusalem in the six day war met opposition from Jerusalem Arabs.  The Arabs from April 14 were beginning to celebrate their holiday Ramadan which lasts for one month. During the period of Ramadan there were Arab violent demonstrations in East Jerusalem. The custom of the holiday of Ramadan is for Muslims to fast each day and celebrate at night. They also make their pilgrimage to the Al-Aksa Mosque during this time principally on Fridays.

The violent demonstrations began over a controversy over the right of Arab families to live in a section of East Jerusalem near the Tomb of Shimon HaTzaddik a central place of prayer for religious Jews. Religious Jews have slowly bought houses in this section of the East Jerusalem. Arabs who have been living there since 1948 without paying rents are now being dispossessed. Arabs of East Jerusalem demonstrated against removing these families from their homes.

The Israel Supreme Court is deciding about the rights of these Arab families to remain. The demonstrations became violent throughout Jerusalem spreading out to Arab neighborhoods in Israel and the West Bank. During Ramadan, amidst these violent demonstrations many Arabs came from all over Israel to pray at Al-Aksa.

The Israel police attempted to maintain order on the Temple Mount but the Arabs became violent, throwing rocks at them. The police had no alternative but to supervise Arabs on the Temple Mount. From a legal dispute over the rights of several Arabs families living in East Jerusalem the dispute was blown out of proportion by Arab religious extremists and Hamas claiming that Israel interfered with their rights to pray at the Al-Aksa mosque.

Arabs rioting in Israeli cities burn vehicles threatening lives of Israeli citizens.

Hamas claiming to be defending the right of Arabs to pray on the temple Mount threw several rockets at Israel. Israel retaliated. Hamas declared war on Israel aggression in Jerusalem. Throughout the week they have thrown over 850 rockets at Israel. Many of these rockets reached Tel Aviv and central Israel. The war is still going on while Ramadan is coming to an end. Egypt is negotiating a cease fire but Israel will not let Hamas be free from the damage that they have done in their aggression.

Even more of a problem for Israel, in cities like Ramla, Lud, Akko which have partial Arab population, there are violent demonstrations threatening the Jewish residents of these cities. Netanyahu has called for the national guard to assist police in these cities. There have been casualties from rockets from Gaza and from local terrorism in these cities. In these cities the situation is similar to the riots in America after the murder of George Floyd.

Netanyahu failed to make a coalition with him as Prime Minister. The mandate was then given to Yair Lapid of the left-central party of Tesh Atid. To make this coalition he will need the support of the Arab parties. These demonstrations of Arabs and the rockets from Gaza will make it difficult if not impossible for Yair Lapid to accept the Arab parties in his government. This will mean another election or the forming of a unified emergency government to deal with Arab rebellion in Israel and Gaza terrorism.

David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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