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“Pogrom” By “Arab Mob” Against Jews In Lod, Israel, As Hamas Fires Several Hundred Rockets Overnight

“Pogrom” By “Arab Mob” Against Jews In Lod, Israel, As Hamas Fires Several Hundred Rockets Overnight

IDF: “Over 1,050 rockets and mortar shells have been fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel since the outbreak of fighting on Monday evening.”

As hundreds of rockets from Hamas-controlled Gaza rained down on Israel, Arab mobs rioted in Israeli cities, setting fire to synagogues and businesses.

The Israeli government ordered a state of emergency in the city of Lod after violent Arabs gangs set fire to three synagogues, and burned down several shops and vehicles. “Protests by Israeli Arabs broke out in Lod, a city near Tel Aviv, and escalated to full-scale rioting,” the BBC reported.

The President of Israel referred to it as a pogram:

The mayor of the city compared the situation to the Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom against Jews in 1939. A “civil war” has broken out, the mayor of the biblical city said.

The Jerusalem Post reported Arab rioting in the central Israeli city of Lod:

With fierce rioting continuing throughout Tuesday night in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod, a state of emergency was declared, with Defense Minister Benny Gantz announcing the deployment of several Border Police units to help quell the violence that saw the burning of three synagogues and dozens of cars.

At least two people were in serious condition from the clashes, one from rocks. In Acco, another mixed Arab-Jewish city in northern Israel, an 84-year-old man was seriously hurt when a restaurant was set on fire by rioters. Some 25 residents of Ramla and Lod were arrested on Tuesday night, according to a police spokesperson, and 151 were arrested in total within the central-northern district of Israel.

“We have lost control of the city and the streets,” Lod Mayor Yair Revivo lamented to Israel’s Channel 12 News. Garbage bins, knocked over and set ablaze, could be seen nearby.

Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai commented on the violence seen in Lod late Tuesday night: “We have not seen this kind of violence since October 2000,” he said, in reference to Arab riots that took place at the beginning of what would later become the Second Intifada. Shabtai said that he was moving his office to Lod until the anarchy there settled down.

In the current wave of terror, Palestinian terrorists fire rockets in massive barrages, a tactic aimed at overwhelming the Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, Israeli news reports said.

“According to the IDF, over 1,050 rockets and mortar shells have been fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel since the outbreak of fighting on Monday evening,” The Times of Israel reported.

Despite the protective air defense system, some rockets still manage to fall on civilian populations. Rockets from Islamist Hamas-held Gaza continued to land on Israeli cities in southern and central Israel, killing at least five Israeli civilians.

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) targeted the command structure and missile launching sites of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and other terrorist groups entrenched in Gaza. They managed to kill several Hamas and PIJ top operatives involved in the current rocket offensive.

The ” government has authorized the IDF to target and kill high-ranking military officials in Gaza,” the Israeli news website YNet News reported citing officials sources.

“Three terrorist battalions now rendered incapable of launching further attacks,” the Israeli TV channel i24News reported on Tuesday citing military sources. The IDF “destroyed some 150 rocket launchers in Gaza’s north. In addition to that, the army struck between 50 to 70 rocket launch sites, which were used for firing projectiles into Israel’s south,” the broadcaster added.

Despite sweeping condemnation from Arab and Muslim countries, Israel is showing the political world it will eliminate the imminent threat posed by the Gaza-based terrorist infrastructure. French deputy foreign minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne told Israel to use a “proportionate” force against Gaza terrorists firing indiscriminate missile barrages and killing Israeli civilians.

The Islamist terrorist groups, Hamas and the PIJ, “will pay a heavy price for aggression,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late Tuesday.

Update:

The IDF continues to Hammer at Hamas terrorist network in Gaza. “The Shin Bet security service identifies four top Hamas commanders who were killed in its joint operation with the Israel Defense Forces earlier today,” The Times of Israel reported Wednesday morning.

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Lucifer Morningstar | May 12, 2021 at 8:37 am

Well, now it’s up to the Israeli military to respond in a manner that will preclude the Hamas terrorists from repeating such acts. The Israeli government has pandered to the arabs long enough. And if that means civilian casualties on the arab side so be it.

The Israeli government won’t do it but one way to incrementally stop rocket and mortar attacks is to not only determine the point of origin (POO) of the launch site for counter fire but to then seize that ground.

Size the ground and of course enough of the area surrounding it to create a buffer for artillery fire blast radius. Once secured then demolish every structure within the zone of these preferred launch sites.

Site in 155mm artillery on these sites and when any future rocket or mortar attacks are launched against Israel immediately fire artillery rounds at these sites along with counter battery fire against the POO of the current attacks.

Several iterations of this strategy will either cause the attacks to stop or create a huge free fire zone.

The usual suspects will howl in outrage and the Israeli government won’t implement this strategy but it would be effective.

If the people raise a howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity-seeking. If they want peace, they and their relatives must stop the war.

General Sherman to General Halleck, sept. 4, 1864

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I suggest the same.

All good suggestions. Unfortunately the IDF lawyers, who have veto power over all military decisions, and the judiciary who back them up, would never allow such effective measures. That’s why Israel will not win until it first tackles the internal enemy, which is its own courts and DOJ.

texansamurai | May 12, 2021 at 2:45 pm

suspect concern/fear over a mounting civilian death toll (inevitable, given the nature of the random, shotgun launching of missiles)will eventually overshadow or outright dismiss any perceived authority claimed by lawyers over idf’s mission
/ sworn responsibility(the protection of the country and its citizens)

Why don’t the civilian residents of Lod defend themselves against the rioters? These are not the Jewish residents of Germany during Kristallnacht in 1938 who were pacifists, unarmed and subservient. These are Israeli Jews, many with military training.

    Milhouse in reply to Geologist. | May 12, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Many of them have military training, but (1) they are not armed (Israel has fairly strict gun control, that would definitely not fly in the USA), and (2) even if they were armed, if they used them to fight the attackers rather than retreating and letting them destroy property they would be arrested and convicted and go to prison, unless they could prove that they were at that very moment in mortal danger with no possibility of retreat.

      Geologist in reply to Milhouse. | May 12, 2021 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks, Milhouse, I did not know that Israel has a “duty to retreat” standard in its self-defense laws. I never understood the legitimacy of such a requirement and I personally prefer the Castle Doctrine.

        Milhouse in reply to Geologist. | May 13, 2021 at 8:29 pm

        Be thankful for being an American, with actual rights that are not contingent, and that the government must respect.

A few obvious suggestions:

Require all Zionists to carry guns.

Disenfranchise and disarm all who advocate genocide.

Retake and pacify Gaza.

Shoot throwers of rocks and firebombs.

Don’t consider any criticisms from outside of Israel.

    NicolasLeFloch in reply to ray. | May 12, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    “Don’t consider any criticisms from outside of Israel.”

    Especially not from the US or UN.

    Geologist in reply to ray. | May 12, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    There are more than enough criticisms within Israel itself. Especially from the religious Jews, who can be very vocal.

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