An appalling report of a rocket strike last week that killed a 13-year-old Israeli:
In the town of Sderot, a bus transporting four special-needs children suffered a near-direct-hit from one of dozens of rockets fired into Israel by Pal-Arab terrorists. Shrapnel from the resulting explosion penetrated the vehicle and wounded all the children. One child, thirteen year-old wheelchair-bound Chai Shalom, who had cerebral palsy, was deaf and mute, and had congenital heart problems, suffered injuries from the bombing serious enough to require hospitalization. Sadly, little Chai Shalom (Chai means "life" in Hebrew, and shalom is the Hebrew word for "peace") died of his injuries in Beer Sheva's Soroka Hospital.More here. The bloggers are the parents of Malki Chana Roth, a young Israeli girl killed in a Palestinian suicide bombing at a downtown Jerusalem pizza parlor in August of 2001. "The family of Malki's murderer were awarded a cash prize of US$20,000 for his great deed."
And since balance is all the rage in the foreign media, here's another report from a different vantage point.
Tom Gross reports that a child with congenital heart complications - this one a newborn Gazan baby - was rushed to Israel on Sunday while Qassams whizzed overhead.
An Israeli ambulance took the eight-day-old Pal-Arab infant from Gaza to the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv's suburbs.
As Tom writes: "Unreported by the international media, Israeli ambulances transfer patients from the Gaza Strip to Israeli hospitals on an almost daily basis. According to Dr Dudi Mishali, head of the Department of Pediatric & Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery at the hospital next to Tel Aviv, an average of three Palestinian babies with heart defects come to his department alone every week."
Mishali said "We have daily communications by phone and fax with doctors in Gaza. There is no heart surgeon in the Strip, so they transfer all of these children, and there are many, to be operated on here." The expenses are largely paid for by the hospital.
[Meanwhile] Dozens of British doctors are calling for the Israeli Medical Association to be expelled from the World Medical Association.
Of course, you read all about this in the international feeding frenzy of the Israeli retaliatory airstrikes against the scum that fired the rockets. Right?
More Sderot coverage here.
In a related story, here's what a slice of daily life for one veteran American immigrant in Sderot:
Mechi Fendel may seem like an ordinary mother with an ordinary life. When she picks up her cell phone, she's going to her four-year-old son's day care to collect him, and her voice sounds typically hectic for a mother juggling daily responsibilities and seven rambunctious children.More on Fendel here.
But when you consider that the day care facility is inside a bomb shelter, and that Sderot, the southern Israeli city Fendel lives in has been bombarded by hundreds of Kassam rockets in the last week - 22 over the weekend alone - then the uniqueness of her life becomes apparent.