And if Hamas rockets were to reach Tel Aviv?

After 22 days of war, 1,300 Palestinian and 14 Israeli deaths, Israel and Hamas have agreed, on either side, to a ceasefire. Was so much bloodshed necessary to end the hostilities? For two Sderot students at least, the rockets were becoming insufferable, and it was only a matter of time before Hamas Qassams would be landing in Tel Aviv.

As part of their studies at Sapir University near Sderot, Yatir Keren and Ron Rochman created an artistic project with the aim of illustrating the daily lives of those living under target of Hamas rockets in southern Israel. The narrative behind the project - entitled 'Distance Is Only a Matter of Time': a rocket launched from Gaza reaches Tel Aviv.

 

"It will be hard for them to go back to their coffee shops and pubs"

Yatir Keren and Ron Rochman are graduates of Interactive Communication studies at Sapir College. Yatir was born and grew up in the Sde Yoav kibbutz, 20km from the Gaza Strip. Ron lives in Rishon Letzion. He works in video editing and special effects.

With this project we're trying to wake up both the Israeli and the international public to the situation by bringing it to the financial and cultural heart of Israel, Tel Aviv.  

Until now it was easy for the citizens of Tel Aviv and the centre of Israel to ignore the situation. But when it hits their homes, then it will be hard for them to go back to their coffee shops and pubs. The disinterest and apathy will come to an end. We're hoping that our movie will not become reality and that the Israeli government will find a solution before the Hamas terror organisation gets its hands on long-distance rockets that can reach Tel Aviv.

We believe that a solution must be found as soon as possible, preferably through diplomatic means, so that the residents of the Gaza Strip and west Negev can live peacefully. We know that Israel doesn't have a good reputation in the foreign media and so we believe that it's important to show the other side too (without underestimating the suffering of the Palestinians)." 

"Far more people were killed by suicide bombers [in Tel Aviv] over the past decade than were killed in Sderot"

Lisa Goldman is a journalist and blogger from Tel Aviv.

I think the film is basically populist nonsense. It presumes to preach about security to the residents of Tel Aviv, where far more people were killed by suicide bombers over the past decade than were killed in Sderot. It also assumes that Hamas was on its way to accumulating longer-range rockets, when in fact the IDF ground invasion showed that they were not nearly as well-armed as Israeli intelligence claimed. I do not think this type of film is effective in changing minds. For the already-convinced, it is grist for the mill. For the doubters and naysayers, it looks like crude propaganda."

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The israeli missles has been hitting us for 60 years

well, I really do feel how the regular Israeli would feel when s/he knows that a rocket will hit their houses any moment, for the simple fact that I had to live with this feeling ever since I knew what fear is, what a rocket is, and how it can destroy lives within a second.

I don't want any Israeli to get hurt. But spreading a meaningless and useless propaganda like the one in the short movie above won't do good to anyone. It will only make things worst. Maybe now that israelis feel how it is like to be attacked any moment, they should somehow feel for those who has been a traget for the BRUTAL IDF F16 rockets and tanks. Maybe its time for them to understand that their security and Palestinians security, freedom, and dignity are bond together. Only if we, Palestinians & Israelis, get to this understanding, things will be better.

"It also assumes that Hamas was on its way to accumulating. . .

. . . longer-range rockets, when in fact the IDF ground invasion showed that they were not nearly as well-armed as Israeli intelligence claimed."

I think it's quite fair to assume that this is exactly what Hamas plans to do. After all, the rockets hit further than they have ever before during this round of clashes, and the distance between Ashdod and Tel-Aviv isn't really that big. It doesn't take that much more sophisticated rockets to overcome this distance.
The potential damage that could be inflicted to a big city like Tel-Aviv is by far greater than to a small town like Sderot, because it's nearly impossible to run all the way down to a bomb shelter in a high rise building with less than a minute forewarning. Also, because Tel-Aviv is the heart of Israel's economy, the disturbance from constant alarms and having to take cover in bomb shelters will wreak havoc for Israel's capacity to go about its daily business.

"I do not think this type of film is effective in changing minds. For the already-convinced, it is grist for the mill. For the doubters and naysayers, it looks like crude propaganda."

In that case, I probably lean more towards the "already-convinced", and I assume that you tend to lean more towards the "doubters and naysayers". :-)

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what you have seen so far is not all the power of Israel...

The potential damage that could be inflicted to a big city like

The potential damage that could be inflicted to a big city like Tel-Aviv is by far greater than to a small town like Sderot, because it's nearly impossible to run all the way down to a bomb shelter in a high rise building with less than a minute forewarning

Not to mention that Tel-Aviv is the most densely populated city in Israel.

There will never be peace with the Arabs of Palestine

And here's why: The reason there will never be peace with the Arabs of Palestine comes from an Islamic doctrine which ‘forbids land for peace’ ideology from succeeding.
http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/2009/01/08/why-there-will-never-be-peace-with-the-arabs-of-palestine/

And here's why there shouldn't be:

Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, says that the Palestinian claims that Jerusalem and the Temple Mount belong to them is to deny the teachings of both the Qur’an and the Bible. He also explains why there is ‘NO SUCH THING AS A PALESTINIAN PEOPLE.‘
http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/2009/01/16/hey-all-you-pro-hamas-morons-head-of-the-largest-mosque-in-the-world-confirms-that-...

It isn't Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill you.
http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com

How is that person attacking

How is that person attacking anyone? doesnt a news organization have a commitment to the truth?

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Dear barenakedislam,

The Observers is a website for exchanging ideas with people you might not normally be able to meet. That does not mean insulting each other or generalising religious beliefs. This isn't a website for making attacks. If that's the only message you have to give, then this isn't the right website for you.

Thanks.

Sophie, Team Observers

Yatir not Yatik..

Yatir not Yatik..

RE: Yatir

Thanks, corrected!

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