Operation Pillar of Defense: Massacre in the City of Angels

A Zaka volunteer sifts through the rubble of a Kiryat Malachi apartment building, searching for human remains to bury according to Jewish law. Photo by Yossi Zeliger/Flash90

Update: There are Arab Muslim protests/riots in Egypt, and Judea and Samaria over, ahem, “Palestinian blood.” Let’s see, so far there have been maybe 8 casualties in Gaza. How many were civilians and how many were terrorists is not clear. But over 30,000 people, men, women and children have been murdered in Syria — and what do you know, not a single protest in Egypt, Judea or Samaria.

As Seraphic Secret has been saying for years: The Islamist war against Israel is genocidal. The hatred of Israel has nothing to do with geography, boundaries or so-called refugees. It is an existential war against Jews and Judaism.

Kiryat Malachi, the city in Southern Israel where three Jews were massacred by a terrorist rocket, is a sister city to Los Angeles.

From Wikipedia:

Kiryat Malachi, literally “City of Angels”, was established in 1951 as a ma’abara, or tent city, to house the masses of Jewish immigrants who arrived during the early days of the state, many of them part of the Jewish exodus from Arab lands. The name was chosen to honor the Jewish community of Los Angeles, California, which contributed much of the funding for its establishment.

Kiryat Malachi residents: Mira Scharf, Rabbi Aharon Smadja and Yitzchok Amsalem were murdered by a terrorist rocket attack that deliberately targeted civilians, a war crime.

From The Algemeiner:

… among the victims of this morning’s Gaza rocket attack on the Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi was a 25 year old Chabad “shlucha (female emissary)” to New Dehli, India named Mirah (nee Cohen) Scharf, who was visiting Israel for the memorial service of Chabad Mumbai terror victims Gabi and Rivka Holtzberg. The Hebrew anniversary of their brutal murder is today.

According to Chabad website Lubavitch.com, Scharf was pregnant. Sources told The Algemeiner that she had come to Israel to give birth, but arrived early in order to be able to attend the Holtzberg memorial. Chabad members on Facebook say she was the mother of 3 young children.

Jews gather around the body of Mirah Scharf who was murdered in Kiryat Malachi by a rocket fired by Arab Muslim terrorists from Gaza. The funeral was in Jerusalem, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Mirah Scharf was pregnant.

A second victim named Ahron Smadga said to be in his late forties was the father of the 8 month old baby girl who was injured.

“He was married for 20 years and couldn’t have children then he had twin boys nine years ago, and 8 months ago his daughter was born and he was walking around with a smile on his face that he had a daughter after all this years,” Daniels told The Algemeiner.

“He was one of the first Chabad soldiers to join the Israeli Army,” he said.

The third victim was 22 year old Yitzchak Amselam. The funeral is planned for later today.

Israeli Chabad websites Shturem and COL, reported that the rocket attack hit the neighborhood of Nachlas Har Chabad and that “the entire community is devastated from the tragedy.”

“The shelters in Kiryat Malachi were not readied for the onslaught, and the residents of the building that was hit were running to relative safety under the stairwell of the building, when a missile hit, taking precious lives and injuring the others,” writes Shrurem.org.

Kiryat Malachi is about 11 miles from Ashkelon, and has a population of approximately 21,000.

Elder of Ziyon lays out the definition of war crimes:

Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 51:

2. The civilian population as such, as well as individual civilians, shall not be the object of attack. Acts or threats of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population are prohibited.

4. Indiscriminate attacks are prohibited. Indiscriminate attacks are: (a) those which are not directed at a specific military objective. (b) those which employ a method or means of combat which cannot be directed at a specific military objective; or (c) those which employ a method or means of combat

5. Among others, the following types of attacks are to be considered as indiscriminate: … an attack which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated.

6. Attacks against the civilian population or civilians by way of reprisals are prohibited.

7. The presence or movements of the civilian population or individual civilians shall not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations, in particular in attempts to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield, favour or impede military operations.

The IDF, does everything possible to minimize civilian casualties.

In addition to thousands of phone calls from the IDF to Gaza residents warning them to take shelter, the IDF has been dropping thousands of warning leaflets over Gaza.


The Arabic leaflet reads:

Important announcement for the residents of the Gaza Strip: For your own safety, take responsibility for yourselves and avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives and facilities and those of other terror organizations that pose a risk to your safety. Hamas is once again dragging the region to violence and bloodshed. The IDF is determined to defend the residents of the State of Israel. This announcement is valid until quiet is restored to the region. Israel Defense Forces Command.

My friend in Israel, Jameel of the Muqata, continues live blogging the war.

Here is an English translation of the prayer for the soldiers of the IDF.

He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Force, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.

May Hashem cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighting men from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor. May He lead our enemies under their sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is Hashem, your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you. Now let us respond: Amen.

Jewish soldiers of the IDF in prayer.

Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives and the State of Israel a safe and victorious Shabbat.

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  1. Vixen
    Posted November 17, 2012 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Just sent this post to several friends. We are praying, Friend, and can say a heartfelt “Amen” to the IDF prayer.
    Blessings to you, Karen, and your family.  

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  2. Johnny
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Whatever happens, my wish is that it would result in an end to the rockets coming over the border. Won’t happen though unless Gaza is cleared of every man, woman and child. The only other way to permanently end the attacks is to go after those in Tehran that are pushing Hamas. They’re sitting down to a quiet dinner while their puppets in Gaza do their dirty work. 

    Anyone want to bet on which will happen first?

    1. Obama threatens to cut off aid to Egypt unless the government rescinds their support of Hamas and the attacks or:

    2. Obama aims for his second NPP by negotiating an end to fighting by pressuring Israel to withdraw out of Gaza and just accept a few rockets each day in the name of peace? This will happen after the IDF has made progress on eliminating the top brass of Hamas.

    I know which way Obama’s inclined to go even before he talks to his friend Rashid Khaldi or Rev Wright. 

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  3. Bill Brandt
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I think G*d had been behind Israel from the beginning.

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  4. peter
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    May HaShem’s greatness, His Ruach HaKodesh, be upon the Land, His people, and the lochameem of the IDF.

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  5. Posted November 16, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Amen.  May Hashem watch over all of those who defend our G-d given rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…  Would that we had such a nation here in the USA…
    A safe and victorious Shabbos to us all. 

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