Prosor decries continued rocket fire from Gaza

After rocket destroys building near kindergarten in South, Israeli envoy to UN calls for Security Council condemnation.

November 16, 2011 17:53
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Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor [file]

Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor 311. (photo credit: Shahar Azran)

NEW YORK --- For the fourth time in the past month, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and the UN Security Council condemning the continuing rocket fire emanating from the Gaza Strip.

Prosor noted that two long-range rockets were fired Tuesday from Gaza into a kibbutz in Sha’ar Hanegev, one completely destroying a farm building in proximity to a kindergarten classroom. Since October, more than 70 rockets and mortars have been launched at civilian targets in Southern Israel from Gaza.

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“Nearly every day, we witness new scenes of destruction. Israeli men, women and children continue to be killed and injured. Shrapnel flies into homes, schools and playgrounds,” Prosor wrote. "Fires rage in the streets. Yet, the Security Council still has not uttered a single syllable of condemnation against these attacks.”

“The Security Council’s silence in the face of the constant terrorism emanating from Gaza speaks volumes,” Prosor added, saying that while Israelis hope for peace, they “see no doves of peace flying out of Gaza, just Grad rockets and long-range missiles.”

Calling the attacks “a flagrant violation of international law,” Prosor said he and Israel would continue to hold Hamas fully responsible for all attacks emanating from Gaza.

Prosor requested that the Security Council and international community immediately condemn the rocket fire.

“All responsible members of the international community have a duty to speak with a common voice and act with a common purpose against the continuous terrorism emanating from the Gaza Strip,” Prosor wrote. “No people should be expected to live under such a specter of violence.”

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