Attacks Against Israel Continue On Country’s Gaza Border
Too often, media coverage of Israel, and, in particular, its response to security challenges, lacks context and depth and portrays the country in a negative light. It tends to marginalize Israel’s right and responsibility to defend itself.
However, a relatively fair New York Times story appeared recently on the current Palestinian demonstrations at Israel’s Gaza border. The story contained, among other things, this from Israel’s military spokesman: “This is not a peaceful demonstration. There’s nothing serene about this. They’re trying to infiltrate into Israel, damage our infrastructure and kill Israelis.”
The New York Times also reported this: “The breach of the (Gaza) fence was no mere protest: Those assaulting it threw firebombs and rolled burning tires at the fence to try to melt it; at least some carried pistols, according to both the Israeli military and Palestinian witnesses.”
These attacks against Israel’s borders are expected to mount, culminating on May 15, the date of Israel’s rebirth in 1948 as a modern Jewish state. Palestinians view this day as a national day of tragedy (anyone who reads history fairly knows that it was largely a self-imposed tragedy).
Not only are the Palestinian demonstrators committing illegal and violent acts intended to maim and kill Israelis, but it’s also important to remember that the attacks have been coming from across one of Israel’s pre-1967 borders, from territory that Israel withdrew from more than 10 years ago. This is one more illustration that the Iranian-backed Hamas terror movement wants to eradicate the Jewish state completely.
Organizations such as the Birmingham Jewish Federation, which educate and advocate for Israel and raise funds to assist Israelis in times of need, have our work cut out for us in view of the new Iranian-instigated security challenges now facing Israel in both the south and the north.
– Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director