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      Av 11, 5766, 8/5/2006

      Yawn - it's just another rocket attack


      Ho hum. It has been just another day of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel, and it seems as if no one really cares.

      One after another, in broad daylight, four Qassam rockets were fired this morning by Palestinian terrorists aiming in the direction of the city of Ashkelon.

      Qassam_rocket_1 The projectiles landed in open fields near Kibbutz Karmiya and Kibbutz Zikim. Thankfully, no one was killed or injured in the assaults.

      Needless to say, the ongoing attacks, which have only intensified since Israel withdrew from Gaza, have disrupted life in the Western Negev for untold thousands of Israelis.

      Indeed, just yesterday, parents and children from Kibbutz Yad Mordechai held a demonstration to protest the fact that the Government has yet to reinforce the community’s school against rockets, even though it has already been hit several times in the past.

      The rally came after the “Red Dawn” early warning system went off, signaling that rockets had been launched in the vicinity of the kibbutz.

      One of the parents who took part in the demonstration told Yediot Aharonot that “there was great panic in the classrooms. Unfortunately, the kids have nowhere to escape to in the case of a Qassam attack. We call on the government and the defense establishment again to urgently fortify the classrooms."

      So there you have it – not only has the Government failed to halt the rocket barrages, it has not even bothered to provide the most elementary of protection to its citizens who are being bombarded on a daily basis.

      Sorry if we are boring you, Prime Minister Olmert, but isn't it time you did something about this?