Arab rockets destroy Jewish crops

Sunday, May 27, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

International media outlets are usually all over stories about the destruction of Palestinian crops and olive trees by Jewish settlers, whether the allegations are substantiated or not. But the burning of huge swaths of Israeli farm land by Palestinian rockets has somehow gone completely unnoticed.

The recently ended Shavuot holiday traditionally marks the beginning of the summer harvest in Israel. Many farmers in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip, however, had little to gather.

Over the past two weeks, Palestinian terrorists operating out of Gaza have fired some 250 rockets into southern Israel. Most have failed to hit population centers, but many have caused damage in other ways, like setting alight dry fields filled with an abundant wheat harvest.

According to a report on the Israeli news portal Ynet, some 100 acres of acres of wheat were burned in recent days as a result of the incoming rockets.

Because of the low Israeli body count, the rocket attacks themselves - even those that do hit residential areas - rarely grab the attention of the international community. Israel has launched an effort to change that by sending the charred remains of several rockets that hit the southern town of Sderot to the capitals of those nations that are typically most vocal in their criticism of Israeli counter-terror measures.

Israel's Foreign Ministry mailed the rocket pieces to its embassies in London, Paris and the European Union headquarters in Brussels, along with instructions for the respective Israeli ambassadors to carry the spent projectiles with them to all official meetings.

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