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Residents Of Southern Israel Go On Strike To Protest Premature Ceasefire With Hamas, Demand A Real Resolution To Incoming Rocket Attacks

”I want it to be a ceasefire that includes no more fires because no more incendiary balloons and kites are being sent over,” she said in reference to a new tactic Palestinians in Gaza began using in the spring which has caused widespread damage to land in the South. “I want it to be a ceasefire that includes no more violent demonstrations on the fences,” she added, with reference to the “Great March of Return” demonstrations held by Gazans on a weekly basis since March.
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This time, upon hearing the news of another fragile ceasefire with Hamas – the latest in a long series of such ceasefires – southern residents swiftly rallied to express their anger and frustration. They are no longer prepared to be frayerim, the Hebrew word for ‘suckers’.

The residents of southern Israel, in areas like Be’er Sheva, Eshkol and Ashdod, have started a public protest to let the Israeli government known of their great dissatisfaction in how they handled the latest round of rocket attacks from Palestinian terror group Hamas.

They are charging their government with letting Hamas off the hook after firing over 400 rockets on their land, without ever resolving the problem. They feel like sitting ducks because they are sitting ducks, helplessly waiting until Hamas decides to resume hostilities. Israel has little interesting in vanquishing Hamas, who run the Gaza Strip, because they have no interest in managing the Gaza Strip if Hamas was to be removed from power.

SOUTHERN FRONT: WAS THIS LATEST HAMAS ATTACK THE LAST STRAW FOR THE ‘RESILIENT’ SOUTH?

FROM THE JPOST: Resilience” is a word that pops up over and over again every time residents of Gaza border communities are forced to grin and bear a new onslaught of missiles slamming their communities, as they huddle in their safe rooms for days on end until they get the green light from the Home Front Command to resume normal life.

But southern residents are fed up with their “normal” – putting on a brave face going back to their routines but many living with trauma and all shrouded in uncertainty about when the next round of violence will start up again.

This time, upon hearing the news of another fragile ceasefire with Hamas – the latest in a long series of such ceasefires – southern residents swiftly rallied to express their anger and frustration. They are no longer prepared to be frayerim (suckers). They blocked roads and burned tires on Tuesday night, and they continued to do so on Wednesday and Thursday, joined by school students who went on strike. On Thursday evening, they planned to take the strike to Tel Aviv, intending to raise awareness by blocking roads in front of Azrieli.

On Tuesday, as media began reporting about an impending ceasefire, high school teacher and Nirim resident Adele Raemer posted a video message to the Facebook group she manages, “Life on the border with Gaza – things people may not know (but should).” In it, she explained how she and her neighbors were feeling about the reports.

“I have to say I’m kind of ambivalent,” she said, letting out a sigh. “I want there to be a ceasefire because I want my life back, I want a ceasefire because I want our kids to be able to walk outside and feel safe.

“However, I want it to be a ceasefire that is really, really a ceasefire,” she emphasized. ”I want it to be a ceasefire that includes no more fires because no more incendiary balloons and kites are being sent over,” she said in reference to a new tactic Palestinians in Gaza began using in the spring which has caused widespread damage to land in the South. “I want it to be a ceasefire that includes no more violent demonstrations on the fences,” she added, with reference to the “Great March of Return” demonstrations held by Gazans on a weekly basis since March.

“I want it to be a ceasefire that includes no more infiltrations. So are we getting this kind of ceasefire? Or are we getting a ceasefire that says, ‘For now we will stop firing rockets at each other, but we’re going to continue with all the other crap,’” she continued.

“Here, it ain’t over ever, really. So I want it to be over already, really really over. We’ve all had enough, our side and their side. We’ve got to find a way to end this,” Raemer concluded. READ MORE

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