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UN Official Condemns Rocket Attack on Israel

Israeli bomb technicians inspect the remains of a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip which landed near the southern city of Ashkelon on February 26, 2013.
Israeli bomb technicians inspect the remains of a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip which landed near the southern city of Ashkelon on February 26, 2013.
Larry Freund
A senior United Nations official has condemned a Tuesday rocket attack which Israel alleges came from the Gaza Strip, and he called on Israel to demonstrate maximum restraint.  Israel says a single rocket landed outside the city of Ashkelon, causing no injuries.

The U.N. Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, told the U.N. Security Council there is no justification for rocket attacks, which he said not only target innocent civilians but risk triggering a renewed spiral of violence.

A Palestinian militant group has claimed it fired the rocket as a response to what it terms the assassination of prisoner Arafat Jaradat.  But the Hamas government in Gaza accused Israel of fabricating the rocket incident.

The 30-year-old Jaradat died in Israeli custody, triggering Palestinian demonstrations and clashes in the West Bank and accusations that Jaradat was tortured.  Israel says Jaradat was not beaten during his interrogation and that he died of a heart attack.

In his remarks to the Security Council, Feltman said the U.N. continues to condemn all indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel.

“It is important for both sides to maintain their commitment to the cease-fire brokered in November 2012, and it is the responsibility of the de facto authorities in the Gaza Strip to prevent any recurrence of today’s attack," he said. "Until today’s Palestinian rocket attack, this was the longest period without projectiles fired from Gaza in recent years, and both sides should work to consolidate the calm that prevailed before today.”

Feltman called for an independent and transparent investigation by Israeli authorities into the circumstances surrounding Jaradat’s death. Of particular concern, he added, is the worsening health of four other Palestinian prisoners who are on a hunger strike.

​Feltman also says new life must be injected into the dormant Middle East peace process.

“This is a time for renewed impetus and political will to end the conflict and the occupation that has already scarred the lives of far too many Israelis and Palestinians for far too long," he said."We need to act now, first and foremost for the sake of the younger generations. They deserve a future of peace.”

Feltman called on the Security Council to act decisively on fostering Mideast peace.

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by: Ettore Greco
February 27, 2013 11:38 AM
“Many simultaneous rebellions stirred up in Arab Countries will benefit in the end only the State of Israel with the expansion of its territory
while.in Europe and in the US, the financial resources "like magic" will disappear through bailouts, tax cuts and elaborated emergency maneuvers which will be ruled only to appear beneficial for those Countries but instead appositely designed for their collapse (except for England that will push Europe over the precipice). The Deception supported by the media is the Zionist main weapon and there is a risk that people will realize what is happening only when it will be too late and there will be no alternatives.


by: Ben
February 27, 2013 10:19 AM
Larry, as a Jew you aren`t ashamed of the next reaction of the anti-semitic UN?
As always UN shake its finger at beloved Hamas and recommend the always guilty Israel to justificate herself before terroristic gang.
Isreal must immideately leave this UN.

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by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
February 28, 2013 2:52 AM
Listen Ben,whether the UN sees the true or not,you cannot buried the true,the true will always speak for itself.you cannot allow the enemy to run you out of town,we must stay in the UN, and the true will prevail,I dont care what they do in the UN,the bottom line is in Israel.The whole world know that land is for the Jews,whether you hate the Jews or not,you dare well know that land is for the Jews.By the way, I am not a Jews,I am an African from Liberia,who love Israel.I am a strong supporter of the Jewish State.God Bless Israel


by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
February 27, 2013 3:07 AM
Hamas primary motive is to hurt the Jewish People,because in no way Hamas can fight nor defeat Israel,so what they do is to target innocent civilians populated area,and this is a ground to breed more violence in the region,it is a remedy for failure in the peace process.Becuz what give them the right to killed Israeli civilians and Israel cannot do the same?what give them the right to shed the innocent Israel civilians Blood,and Israel cannot do the same?

look we are not violence people ,dont get us wrong,we just need the JEWS HATERS TO ANSWER OUR QUESTION,simple as that.Israel is committed to the cease fire,those people are the one's with the problem,check around the world,who are the problem people? the Islamic people.and there is no if or but about this.We agreed with feltman,however the younger generation from the other side are rebels,if they deserve a future,then they need to lay down their arms and stand for their future and for the sake of peace.But how can they lay their arms when they have been indoctrinated from birth to hate the Jews?the world has a big problem in their hands,you mark my word....


by: Leroy from: Padmore
February 26, 2013 8:06 PM
Now the world watched on 02/26/13, A rocket from Gaza landed into Israel,what the UN,the so call world leaders are doing about this?and to ALL THE ISRAEL HATERS,WHAT ARE YOU SAYING NOW?if it was Israel,then the whole world will be on blaze,But as we said,we support Israel to defend herself against any attacked from Gaza,Lebanon,Syria,or Iran.Israel being a sovereign state has the right as any nation to defend and protect it's citizen.If Israel fire rocket into Iran,Iran will defend herself,so why Israel cannot do the same?But we are calling on the UN to look into this matter,because every aggression against Israel must stop.or else another war will begin.and I can guarantee you Israel will pound on Gaza,God Bless Israel,Shalom to the Jewish People

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