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      Israel to UN: Condemn the Rocket Attacks

      Israel's Deputy Ambassador to the UN sends a letter to the Security Council, demands it condemn the rocket fire on southern Israel.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 3/12/2012, 5:42 AM

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      Israel on Sunday appealed to the United Nations Security Council, asking it to condemn the continued rocket fire at Israel’s southern communities.

      According to a report on Channel 2 News, Israel's deputy ambassador to the UN, Haim Waxman, sent a formal complaint letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council, demanding that the Council condemn the constant firing of rockets and act in every possible way against it.

      “The constant firing dramatically affects the daily lives of more than one million Israeli citizens,” Waxman was quoted by Channel 2 as having written in the letter. “Many people have suffered from shock and tens of thousands of children remained at home so we can ensure their safety. Israel’s citizens are living under threat and danger.”

      Waxman’s letter comes after terrorists fired more than 50 missiles at southern Israel on Sunday. Several of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome system, which automatically weeds out missiles that are aimed at open areas, but is not foolproof.

      One of the missiles from Gaza struck the courtyard of an empty school in Be’er Sheva. Another rocket damaged 15 houses. The city’s order to close all schools saved possible mass casualties.

      Even before the current escalation in rocket attacks, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, sent a letter to Ban and to the members of the UN Security Council.

      In the letter, which was sent at the end of February, Prosor chose to make do with a laconic two-line message to express his despair at the UN’s silence on Israel.

      “How long will you continue to be silent?” wrote Prosor. “Ten days, ten rockets, and not one condemnation.”

      “The Red Alert siren in Israel’s southern towns should raise red flags in the Security Council. The Council must act, and do so immediately,” he demanded.