Please understand the extent of the tragedy here in Israel

I’m copying a complete article here, in hopes that it will reach some of you who may otherwise not see it.

Names Revealed: Kiryat Malachi Victim Was Chabad Emissary From India Visiting Israel for Mumbai Victims’ Memorial Service

November 15, 2012 7:10 am

A victim of a Gaza rocket attack on Kiryat Malachi lies in a body bag. Photo: Twitter/bneibraki.

Israeli political consultant Jonny Daniels citing an Israeli source and a Chabad leader in Israel told The Algemeiner that among the victims of this morning’s Gaza rocket attack on the Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi was a 25 year old Chabad “shlucha (female emissary)” to New Dehli, India named Mirah (nee Cohen) Scharf, who was visiting Israel this week for the memorial service of Chabad Mumbai terror victims Gabi and Rivka Holtzberg. The Hebrew anniversary of their brutal murder is today.

According to Chabad website, Scharf was pregnant. Sources on Facebook say she was the mother of 3 young children.

A second victim named Ahron Smadga said to be in his late forties was the father of the 8 month old baby girl who was injured.

“He was married for 20 years and couldn’t have children then he had twin boys nine years ago, and 8 months ago his daughter was born and he was walking around with a smile on his face that he had a daughter after all this years,” Daniels told The Algemeiner.

“He was one of the first Chabad soldiers to join the Israeli Army,” he said.

The third victim was 22 year old Yitzchak Amselam. The funeral is planned for later today.

Israeli Chabad websites Shturem and COL, reported that the rocket attack hit the neighborhood of Nachlas Har Chabad and that “the entire community is devastated from the tragedy.”

“The shelters in Kiryat Malachi were not readied for the onslaught, and the residents of the building that was hit were running to relative safety under the stairwell of the building, when a missile hit, taking precious lives and injuring the others,” writes

Kiryat Malachi is about 11 miles from Ashkelon, and has a population of approximately 21,000.

I understand the loss and tragedy on the other side. I do. It’s about time that the world understands who is keeping the truth from coming out. In fact, the reality is that Hamas has created an offensive on Twitter and YouTube along with the rockets that they have kept attacking Israel. Israel is not perfect, but that fact is broadcasted in a million different ways and forms and languages in Israel itself.

Here is some of the (if it weren’t so tragic, it would be laughable) nonsense that they’re sending out:

Hamas’s Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades claimed early Thursday morning that two Fajr-5 missiles reached Tel Aviv “for the first time since the Zionist occupation of Palestine.”

Hamas reported the purported exact time of the launches, 11:57 p.m. and 9:20 a.m., noting that the rockets launched were locally manufactured. In fact, no missiles have hit Tel Aviv.

“The Al-Qassam Brigades have vowed to turn the lives of Zionists into hell and make them regret the moment they decided to assassinate their esteemed leader. The coming days will prove the sincerity of our words,” read a statement by Hamas’s armed wing published by the Palestinian Media Center, a Hamas affiliate.

You can read more here, if you’d like. I just have to add this press release from NGO Monitor so you get an even broader understanding of why this has continued:

NGO Statements on Gaza Again Reflect

Political Bias, Lack of Expertise

 European governments enable exploitation of human rights, int’l law with their funding
JERUSALEM – The biased responses of human rights organizations to the recent events in Gaza stand in sharp contrast to their prolonged silence in the face of continuous terror attacks against Israelis civilians, said NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based research organization.

“When it comes to deadly attacks against Israelis, the silence of these NGOs is deafening, while their readiness to condemn Israel without any reliable fact-finding is indicative of a deep anti-Israel agenda,” said Professor Gerald Steinberg, President of NGO Monitor. “Within six hours of Jabari’s death, and in the face of massive rocket attacks from Gaza, Amnesty International blamed Israel alone for putting ‘civilians in Gaza and southern Israel at grave risk by re-igniting the armed conflict there,’ and also claimed to have ‘gathered evidence that suggests’ that previous Israeli strikes ‘were indiscriminate and, therefore, in violation of international humanitarian law.’ Yet, Amnesty produced no such evidence, nor does it possess the expertise or knowledge to make these claims.”

Similarly, NGO Monitor notes that an Oxfam International statement implied that Israel was not abiding by “obligations under international law,” asserting an immoral equivalence between deliberate terrorist attacks launched from civilian areas and directly targeting civilians, with necessary Israeli self-defense. Oxfam called on Israel to halt military operations in Gaza, while offering no alternatives to protect Israel’s population.

Many other members of the NGO network have displayed the same moral failure. For the past week, terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza intensified rocket attacks on southern Israeli towns and cities. However, human rights NGOs, including groups such as Gisha, funded by the New Israel Fund and European governments, frequently condemn Israel’s Gaza policies, remained silent about these indiscriminate attacks on Israeli civilians, constituting massive violations of human rights and humanitarian law. For these political groups, Israelis do not have human rights. “The immediate accusations regarding alleged violations of international law by Israel from Amnesty International, Oxfam and others, without any evidence whatsoever, are part of the ‘Durban strategy‘ of demonizing and isolating Israel,” continued Prof. Gerald Steinberg. “As in Jenin, Lebanon, and previous fighting in Gaza, political advocacy NGOs distort legitimate Israeli self-defense measures in order to advance false claims of ‘war crimes’ and ‘violations of human rights.'”
The European Union, as well as member governments share responsibility through their funding of these biased NGOs. For example, the Alternative Information Center (AIC), funded via the EU, and the governments of Sweden and Spain, accused Israel of exploiting the violence in the south to justify the targeting of Jabari.
Added Steinberg: “By funding these NGOs, the European governments have become enablers of the NGOs’ radical and one-sided agenda.  If European governments are truly interested in playing a role in the peace process, funding the Durban strategy that demonizes Israel, and cynically exploits human rights is not the way.”
Within the past year, Palestinian groups fired over 800 rockets targeting civilian populations, leaving millions of Israelis living in fear, suspending their lives.
“Each one of these rockets constitutes a war crime,” said Anne Herzberg, legal advisor for NGO Monitor. “In the lead up to yesterday’s IDF operation in Gaza, NGOs were silent, and only after Israel responded to these indiscriminate attacks against civilians, do they find their voice.”

Added Herzberg: “The statements coming from these NGOs exhibit severe bias and double standards and reflect a severe lack of expertise in international law. While focusing overwhelmingly on condemning Israel, they ignore or pay little attention to Israeli human rights and casualties. Under the façade of morality and universality, they exploit international legal terminology. We call on the NGOs to recall how the Goldstone report severely damaged the credibility of these organizations, when many of their claims contained in the report were found to be inaccurate and in some cases, complete fabrications.”

Click here for a list and analysis of NGO statements


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