Olmert is a murderer, say rocket-battered Israelis

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

Fed-up resident of the southern Israel town of Sderot accused Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his government on Tuesday of being murderers for refusing to adequately protect the community against ongoing Palestinian rocket attacks.

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Batya Katar, head of the Sderot Parents' Association, blasted Olmert for his rejection earlier in the week of a Supreme Court order to immediately fortify every elementary and secondary school in Sderot.

Olmert responded to the order by saying he would not allow Israel to “fortify itself to death,” and insisting that he, and not the court, knew best how to protect the nation's citizens.

Katar disagreed.

“We've been in range of Palestinian rockets for seven years,” she said. “What do you call a government that doesn't give us protection and doesn't go into Gaza to eliminate the threat? Murderers.”

A series of media inquiries over the past two years revealed that a large percentage of children in Sderot were suffering from post-traumatic stress as a result of their homes being pounded by thousands of rockets since the start of the current Palestinian terrorist uprising in 2000.

Katar said that for the third consecutive year, Sderot schools will not open as scheduled on September 1 due to the lack of adequate defenses.

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