Condition Red in Sderot

Our Israeli correspondent MC reports that Sderot is under rocket attack from Gaza again. He just sent this message:

Just to let you know we had three code reds in the last ten minutes. I will keep you informed

No detonations heard…

Here’s an early report from Israel National News:

Salvo of Kassams From Gaza Hit Near Sderot

A salvo of kassam missiles were fired from the Hamas-enclave of Gaza on Thursday night towards Sderot and the surrounding communities. As of now, three rockets have been identified as having fallen in open fields, with no damage or injuries reported.

The ‘code red’ warning siren was sounded in Sderot and the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional District, bordering Gaza…

17 thoughts on “Condition Red in Sderot

  1. Our Christian prayers are with you, MC.

    I think (make that “worry”) about Sderot a lot. The fact that so many western liberals see nothing wrong with permitting -even encouraging with funding – the hatred literally fired at you from “Palestinians” sometimes makes me sick at heart. Not to mention sick to my stomach.

    Imagine a vacation poster:


    We need a new Johnathan Swift for this generation. A new and more up-to-date “Modest Proposal”…

    …but the comfortable probably can’t be roused any more. They are even more certain than ever of what it is they think they know.

    • The barbarism of pre-Christian times has returned; as the bible is ushered out of our lives, so the ‘animal’ returns to be the socialogical norm.

      Mankind NEEDS a code of conduct, and modern ‘moral relativity’ does not supply that, whether it is the Knockout ‘game’ or missiles from over the hill, it is all the same animalistic behaviour that we allow, and in some cases encourage, in our midst.

      We are progressing, but that progress is towards an ancient barbarism and away from the Judeo-Christianity that so benefitted our societies. We are deceived by the serpent(s).

      • When much of the world was supposedly Christian, appalling barbarities were frequently committed, often in the name of that religion.

        The secular Enlightenment taught some of us to respect those of different faiths, or none, and gave rise to the US Constitution (good) and the French Revolution (less good). It has been argued by smarter people than me, that the rise of ersatz religions such as socialism, National or Marxist, was a reaction against the new (old) “liberalism”, as many were unable, or unwilling, to deal with the challenge of being adults (to quote “Life of Brian”, “I’m not the Messiah- you have to work it out for yourselves”).

        Indeed part of the reason for the radicalisation of Muslim youths in western democracies is similarly an inability to cope with a society which challenges the comfortable certainties their parents took for granted, and were therefore more relaxed about.

        The new freedom to flex our moral muscles, so to speak, has certainly led to excesses, and the pendulum does need to swing back- but not too far. As I’ve argued before, there were other, at least equally unpleasant consequences when religious authorities, convinced of their own righteousness, had the power to tell others how to live. Consider where this still happens, not in Islam, but your own country, where the ultra-orthodox have tried to enforce gender segregation on buses, and closure of businesses on the Sabbath.

        • When much of the world was supposedly Christian, appalling barbarities were frequently committed, often in the name of that religion.

          However, if you look at that world before the arrival of Christianity it was not some enlightened paradise that the shadow of Christianity somehow darkened. Many institutions were specifically Christianized and improved. For example. monasticism, initially eremitic, eventually communal especially under Benedict, grew out of an old Hebrew tradition of withdrawal to the desert to induce visions of God. Eventually it was a way to harness the natural energy of young, unmarried men. Societies always have problems with large cohorts of unmarried males- e.g., Chicago, where the poor are not prepared ahead of time to go to college or any post-high school training which might keep them off the streets and out of trouble until they were able to find a way to civilize via competency. Once upon a time, the church did that, but Henry VIII did much to destroy a viable system. Sad.

          Society also needed a protected place for unmarried women – men were too often killed in wars – and orphans. Again, institutions evolved to take care of these. Under the auspices of a church? Yep.

          The church became a bureaucracy, a bloated corrupt and no-longer-responsive behemoth. It had ceased to be the vision of its early founders. You are right about what Brian said in the words of Christ – i.e., figure it out for yourselves…Christ’s followers said he was the Messiah. He merely said he would send them a way to carry on when he was gone. The men who experienced Pentecost decided that this was the way they’d been sent.

          Here’s a map of the early church before it became institutionalized:

          Christians, Jews, agnostics, atheists, etc…all follow their own experience, testing reality against their own template. In the end, what matters is our fidelity.

        • There is a battle between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem about exactly this; I understand that there is a small amount of pressure to segregate buses in places like Safed and Mea Sharim, not only for women but for soldiers as well.

          Personally, I have never seen this phenomenon in my 5 years here, I only know about it from the anti-Zionista media.

          Even in Jerusalem there are places open on Shabbat, in the same way that Indian businesses were allowed to open on Sunday in UK, and there was, if I remember correctly, stout opposition from “the Lord’s Day Observance Society”

          We are not that far behind the UK!

          We have all come down a long, long, road to civilisation, but of the 120 million people murdered in the 20th century, very few were murdered by Judaism and Christianity. It was the Christian nations that stood firm against the barbarism of death camps and gulags. (curiously, it was German Army officers that put and end to the Nanking massacre…..)

          Unfortunately it now appears to be the gulag merchants who are winning….

    • The New York Times also cheers for the Palestinians who throw stones at Israelis and shrug when those stones cause horrific harm to innocents. They haven’t changed a bit since the days of celebrating Che Guevara and the Black Panthers. The only difference is that the Left of today rejoices in the violence of others, having largely given it up themselves.

  2. In a two state solution this behavior from a recognized country would be termed an invasion and Israel would be justified to counter invade. This of course would be completely unstable. And no one has challenged the two state solution people as to how they picture these missile attacks stopping.

  3. Years ago I tried “visiting” Sderot via google street view and was unable to do so.
    Now you can and it looks like an interesting place.

    • Sderot is a ‘town’ sized city which was originally a dumping ground for Moroccan Jews who did not fit the desired profile of the Tel Aviv clique in the 1950s, as they landed they we dumped in the desert along with some tents and told to build a community.

      Sderot grew apace until the Gaza withdrawal in 2005, it then became a target for the missiles of the “religion of peace”.

      Quite naturally, many businesses and people who could afford to move out did so, leaving an impoverished society behind them.

      Things are not actually getting better; our friend Eti (Esther) has just been given notice that her Job ends in 3 weeks (she cleans a local school) because the municipality can no longer afford to pay her. Shades of Detroit, but for different reasons.

      I often get asked why I choose to live in Sderot, one of the reasons is a thriving group of fellow believers who, like us, follow a Judaism as close as possible to what we read of in Acts.

      If this interests you have a read of my website at, but be warned, it is radically different.

  4. It looks like an M16, but I could not see for sure, I think this is staged because the Missiles we get are about twice the size and much more crudely made.

    I can see Arabic on the labels and it may be Hebrew but I cannot read it.

    I would guess it is photoshopped because the second row of missiles don’t have shadows!

    • MC – I wish you and your family all the best over there. I greatly enjoy your pieces here at GoV and at LibertyGB. I know this is off topic, apologies Dympna.

      I understand you are ex Royal Navy MC: do you know anything regarding Sgt Blackman? Do you know if there is there going to be any appeal against his sentence or conviction? Is there a fund for him or his family one can donate to?

      • No problem. Does anyone want to submit an essay on this subject? I haven’t a clue what you’re talking about and it would be helpful to know more.

        • He is the Royal Marine sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting a Taliban prisoner. Seneca III wrote about it on here at the time. I wasn’t sure if MC would know anything more about his situation with his being ex-Royal Navy.
          Apologies for not spelling your name correctly Dymphna!

        • Sgt Blackman is a Royal Marine who was jailed for ‘murder’ because a muslim terrorist in Afganistan died in his charge, and unfortunately the incident was recorded on a camera and it looked as if it was an ‘execution’.

          It is usual to leave these kinds of ‘operational decisions’ to the ‘senior officer in situ’, there may well have been compelling reasons why it was done…..

          Unfortunately I have been out of the RN for many years so I have no insider information, but once more politics has overcome rationality. Things happen on battlefields, especially where one’s fellow soldiers get dismembered (alive) if they get caught.

          • I have just seen that there is a documentary on the BBC this Wednesday about his case and the appeal, which must be upcoming soon. I hope the result is what 85% of people here in the UK think it should be.

          • Politics has come to rule everything. There is no nook or cranny where it has not asserted itself…to the detriment of the individuals on whom its heavy hand falls.

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