Just recently, a terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by the well-known Palestinian terror group Hamas, reportedly sent multiple rockets and mortars into Israel apparently targeting civilians to retaliate against the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for supposedly killing three of their members several days prior.
What’s worse, one of the mortars that they launched seemed to be specifically targeted at children due to the fact that it crashed into the yard of a kindergarten. Thankfully, no one was injured by the bomb, which appears to have been developed and sent by Iran, because it hit just before the school opened.
According to reports, the mortar that struck the kindergarten was one of roughly 100 other bombs that an Iranian-supported terrorist organization from Palestine known as “Palestinian Islamic Jihad” purportedly fired into the neighboring country. Most of the rockets and mortars that were launched, however, were allegedly intercepted by the Iron Dome, which is the Jewish state’s missile defense system.
In response to the reprehensible attack, the IDF targeted “a series Hamas strongholds in the Gaza Strip.”
“A few minutes before 7 AM, before the kids came to kindergarten, this specific kindergarten was hit with mortars,” explained Conricus at the start of the video before showing the camera several pieces of shrapnel, a tree that had been damaged, and the impact that the shrapnel had on the actual building of the school.
The attack was also condemned by Emmanuel Nahshon, the spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry (IFM), who tweeted, “this photo, of a mortar bomb shot by Palestinian terrorists, in an Israeli kindergarten yard not far from #Gaza, is dedicated to all the sanctimonious hypocrites claiming that Israel acts ‘disproportionately.’ We protect our citizens from the dangerous murderers of #Hamas.”
Shockingly, though, despite the fact that the mortar shell landed right outside the students’ classrooms as shown by the IFM, the school officials decided to remain open and proceed like normal.
“I told the kids our kindergarten is the safest place in existence,” mentioned Tova Ludmer Gigi, one of the kindergarten teachers, while speaking to reporters about the incident.
“They know that in case of danger at home they run to the safe room, and here the entire place is reinforced,” she continued.
“The children are dancing, talking… expressing themselves. Some are a bit more afraid, blocking their ears and saying ‘there was a rocket alarm,’” added Ludmer Gigi, noting, “it is adorable to hear the kids. They ask, ‘Tova, what is a rocket? What is it made of?’ They say they saw what happened outside when they were on the way here, but on the other hand, we are sticking to our routine.”
This new attack against Israel came just several weeks after the cross-border violence that left almost sixty dead and countless others injured following the official opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem.
According to reports, the violence started after roughly 40,000 Palestinians, including many members of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza, gathered in thirteen spots along the Gaza border and began attacking the border. The so-called leftist narrative is that they were protesting official opening of the US embassy in its new location.
The protests, however, were far from nonviolent so the IDF responded by firing tear gas, and in some cases, live rounds, at them in order to ensure that the mob didn’t overwhelm their country’s border.
Although some attempted to blame the deaths on Israel, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah made it clear that it is terrorists in Gaza, not the IDF, who are responsible for the unfortunate loss of life.
“The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas,” Shah insisted. “Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response and as the secretary of state said, Israel has a right to defend itself,” he added.
In addition to Shah, President Donald Trump also released a statement about the opening of the embassy and reiterated his desire for peace.
“Today, Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government. It is the home of the Israeli legislature and the Israeli supreme court and Israel’s Prime Minister and President,” stated President Trump in a statement that was released at the time of the embassy’s opening.
“Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital, yet for many years we failed to acknowledge the obvious, the plain reality that Israel’s capital is Jerusalem,” he reasoned.
“As I said in December, our greatest hope is for peace,” concluded the president, referring to the initial announcement that he made at the end of last year revealing his plan to move the embassy to Jerusalem.
Unsurprisingly, Trump’s initial announcement also led to violence. Specifically, in response to his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy there, the Palestinian “national and Islamic forces” released a joint statement declaring “three days of rage” starting Wednesday and ending Friday of that week.
“We call on all our people in Israel and around the world to gather in city centers and Israeli embassies and consulates, with the aim of bringing about general popular anger,” they began in their statement.
“A huge protest should be launched in order to reject out of hand the attempts of the US administration to transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” they continued, adding, “the people and the nation [must] act in all legal and diplomatic ways within the international community [and] the international law in the Hague in order to torpedo this attempt.”
Following the release of the joint statement, multiple protests varying in violence promptly broke out in several cities across the region.
For example, in Gaza City, hundreds of Palestinians came together and marched on the streets carrying anti-Trump banners. Numerous people also set fire to a bunch of US and Israeli flags and burnt up pictures of Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel.
A mob of people also gathered in the Palestinian city of Ramallah to protest Trump’s decision. During that demonstration, several of protesters threw rocks and other kinds of projectiles at multiple Israeli soldiers stationed at a checkpoint leading from Ramallah into Jerusalem. In response, the soldiers made the crowd of angry Palestinians disperse by firing sponge bullets as well as “dozens of rounds of tear gas and stun grenades” at them.
Without a doubt, targeting and attempting to harm innocent children at school is utterly reprehensible. Hopefully, these kinds of vile attacks against the most vulnerable in society make it clear that it is the terrorist organizations in Gaza, and not the IDF, who are the real problem in the region.