RCNV condemns 3/18/10 rocket firing from Gaza Strip into Israel

The Resource Center for Nonviolence condemns the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel, one of which killed a foreign worker on Thursday 3/18/10. A rocket fired despite a ban enforced by the Hamas government in Gaza struck a greenhouse in the agricultural kibbutz Netiv Ha’asara, killing a worker from Thailand. The improvised rocket devices are largely uncontrollable after launch and randomly strike targets, including civilians. International human rights organizations and the Resource Center for Nonviolence have consistently condemned such attacks as illegal under international law. This was the first fatality from Gaza-based rockets since Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in December 2008-January 2009 that killed 1,400 in Gaza, including more than 300 children. Thousands of rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel in the past decade, killing fewer than two dozen, including several Palestinian citizens of Israel.

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