Sderot Residents Launch Protests

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - After Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists launched four dozen Kassam rockets on southern Israeli communities over the weekend, Sderot residents came to Jerusalem to protest the government's inaction.

Protesters, who scuffled with police as they blocked the main entrance to the capital, also demonstrated in front of the Supreme Court building and the prime minister's office, where they broadcast the Color Red siren over loudspeakers, which allows residents 15 seconds to find shelter from an incoming rocket.

Demonstrators were further angered by the prime minister's casual response to a Kassam rocket attack Saturday evening that left eight-year-old Osher Tuito an amputee. Doctors are fighting to save his remaining leg.

On Monday, residents re-erected tents in front of the Supreme Court building, which had been dismantled Sunday evening.

Monday's plans include driving slowly to disrupt the flow of traffic on the Ayalon Highway, the main road into Tel Aviv from the center and south of the country.

Once in Tel Aviv, Sderot residents plan to march around the city's Azrieli Towers and demonstrate in front of the Defense Ministry headquarters.

When they return to Jerusalem, the group plans to set up tents in front of the Knesset, where Knesset members and other public officials will take part in a demonstration.

Alon Davidi, who heads up an organization called Security in Sderot, said the prime minister's complacency toward their city spurred resident's to plan the demonstrations.

"We saw that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert divides the country in two: Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and the rest of the cities against another country, which is [made up of] Sderot and [Israeli communities in] the Gaza vicinity, where it's okay to forsake the residents and not give them protection," Davidi said.

"We intend to hold protest rallies and marches. With these [steps], we will be giving the opportunity to all citizens of the state, also in Tel Aviv, to express their identification with Sderot residents and to prove that this government separation among residents cannot be," he said.

Sources: YNet news service, The Jerusalem Post

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