Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H. Res. 951, a resolution condemning the ongoing Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.
Since January 1st of this year, Palestinians have fired more than 450 mortar shells into Israel. Let's put that number into perspective, that's 7 shells a day or 45 shells a week every week since the beginning of this year.
Since the Israeli forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, more than 4,000 rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip by Hamas and other terrorist organizations.
This rocket fire has intentionally targeted civilian communities in Israel and made life for these people a living nightmare.
Even folks at the U.N.--an institution that has consistently where Israel is consistently discriminated against--have condemned these acts of violence. John Holmes, the U.N. undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs, said recently "We condemn absolutely the firing of these rockets. There's no justification for it. They are indiscriminate, there's no military target."
Did you hear that, no military targets. Hamas rulers in the Gaza Strip are intentionally injuring and killing innocent civilians. In recent years 12 people have been killed and dozens have been wounded. In fact, just last an 8 year old boy lost his leg in one of the attacks. These acts of brutality have to stop.
These acts of terror are unacceptable and it's about time the world community collectively expresses its opposition to Palestine's rocket attacks on innocent civilians and supports the sovereign right of Israel to defend its territory and stop the rocket attacks.
And that's just the way it is.