Then they whine and play the victim, with willing aid from the mainstream media. “Israel border town residents live ‘routine of rockets,’” from AFP, November 11 (thanks to David):
AFP – David Bouskila, mayor of the Israeli town of Sderot, is no stranger to what has become the routine of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel.
“For 12 years, we’ve been living with the threat of rockets. This has to stop,” he said on Sunday, a sense of urgency in his voice.
Since Saturday, Palestinian militants fired at least 82 rockets into Israeli communities and towns near the border with Gaza, as the latest flare-up on the tense border unfolded.
Late on Sunday another rocket slammed into the town.
It caused “major damage” to one home, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
But as difficult as the rocket fire makes things, and for all the sirens that sound to warn Sderot’s 20,000 residents of incoming missiles, many living here continue life almost as normal.
Most of the town’s schools remained open, and the majority of its shops as well, although the streets were a little quieter than usual on Sunday.
“Rocket fire is the norm in Sderot, I’m not going to close for each new round of violence between Gaza and Israel,” 32-year-old Yossi Peretz, a cafe owner in the centre of town, told AFP.
“I’m used to the fire, but this morning when I had to lie on top of my seven-year-old daughter to protect her during an alert, I felt fear and I can’t take a little girl trembling on her way to school,” he added.
Since January 2012, Palestinian militants have fired around 725 rockets from Gaza into Israel, according to the military….