Source: Arutz Sheva
By Elad Benari
Two Kassam rockets fired by Gaza-based terrorists exploded in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council on Friday afternoon.
The rockets did not cause any physical injuries or damage. The rockets were fired despite an Egyptian-brokered “ceasefire” that was supposed to have gone effect in late October, after Gaza-based terrorists fired more than 80 rockets at southern Israel within a period of 24 hours.
Similar “ceasefires” have been announced by Hamas rulers after previous rounds of escalation, but the Gaza-based terrorist groups always take advantage of these “ceasefires” to periodically send a reminder to Israelis that they have the ability to fire rockets.
In another incident on Thursday evening, a smuggling tunnel exploded in southern Gaza as a group of IDF soldiers were in the middle of an operation to uncover it.
One of the soldiers was very lightly wounded in the incident and damage was caused to an empty military vehicle that was standing nearby.
Residents of the Eshkol Regional Council on Thursday held a rally at the Sharona Park in Tel Aviv, across from the IDF’s Kirya central military base.
The residents told the government during the rally, “We are not willing to accept this kind of life. Even one Kassam rocket is one too many. The government of Israel must bring quiet to the area.”
(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)
Exclusive Video: Arabs Torch Jewish Neighbors’ Cars
A security camera installed by Victor Chernovsky, a resident of French Hill in Jerusalem, captured three Arabs in the act of setting fire to the Chernovsky family’s cars Tuesday night.
“Last night at 10 forty, in the Tzameret neighborhood, which is a part of French Hill, my wife and I had gone to sleep, and so had the kids,” Chernovsky told Arutz Sheva. “Suddenly I heard the dog barking and there was an explosion. We already had something like this happen last year and we installed a camera, and it transmits a picture that we can see on our iPhones.”
Chernovsky described daily harrassment by Arab neighbors. “They constantly throw rocks at us in the wadi. All the time. Children aged 8 or 9 pelt us with rocks and above them, the Border Police stand there and they curse and laugh at them. They put a new loudspeaker on the mosque and we hear it as if it is inside our home. They set off fireworks at 11 pm or 12 midnight. It’s impossible to live here. They threw a rock at my wife’s car when she was inside with two grandmothers. Then on March 8, international women’s day, they gave her a ‘gift’ and burned her car.”
“I have great appreciation for the police,” he said earnestly. “They come and they do what they can, which is not much. These guys are maybe 18 or 20 and they escape into the village. And if police try to go into the village, it is like Gaza. Every police car that goes in is pelted with a hail of rocks. So the question is, is this a part of Jerusalem or not? Are we being slowly driven out of here? My neighbors have left. And we feel like we are hostages of the village. They can walk around freely and receive employment, and we can’t enter their village.”
Chernovsky said that other news outlets were not interested in the story.
French Hill is a mostly Jewish neighborhood in the northeast part of Jerusalem, and is home to many students from the nearby Hebrew University campus, who rent apartments in the neighborhood. In recent years, several Arab families have bought homes in the neighborhood, often to the chagrin of residents, who fear that that even if the homeowners are law-abiding, Arab terrorists from nearby villages could use the French Hill Arab residents’ as a “cover” to get into the neighborhood and carry out terror attacks.
The situation in French Hill is symptomatic of Israel in the current generation. Arab violence toward Jews is increasingly commonplace and brazen, yet police and the military are hamstrung by ultra-leftists in the press, in the judical system, in political positions, and within the security forces themselves.