Israelis Eat Popcorn While Watching Israel Bombing Gaza
By Athena Yenko | July 15, 2014 9:54 AM EST
A party of approximately 50 people brought camping chairs and sofa, ate pop corn, and smoked hookahs on a hill top overlooking Gaza while watching Israel and Gaza launch missiles against each other.
"We are here to see Israel destroy Hamas," Eli Chone, a 22-year-old, said.
The people chatter with each other cheerfully as missiles were launched. As soon as a missile explodes, the people cheer and clap wondrously.
Below, at the southern town of Sderot, 25 000 people scrambled to find shelter against the random bombings. According to reports, Israel had already launched 800 missiles against Gaza and there were already 80 people killed and 50 injured, including children.
But for the party of 50 on top of the hill, this is how Israel will create peace.
"Honestly. Look at the people around you. They live in this town and must daily deal with being shot at. There's nothing to say that they are happy that the military is now fighting back. We sit and look at Israel creating peace," Chone said.
For Aaron Dew, watching the bombings was "just good fun" and a "quest for excitement."
"It's great to be here. You can feel the thunder and see the rockets. It is a quest for excitement. Yesterday a rocket landed just below the hill," Dew said.
Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop take the bombings seriously.
She is calling for Australians who are currently in the Gaza strip to leave the region immediately. They can make arrangements through the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv to be accommodated in the one-off assisted departure of Australians from the Gaza Strip.
"Australians are strongly advised not to travel to the Gaza Strip because of the extremely dangerous and unpredictable security situation and the possibility of further Israeli military operations against militants. I continue to be deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories," Bishop said in a statement.
She said that retaliatory acts from both sides have resulted to civilian deaths and injuries.
"I call on all parties to exercise restraint and do everything necessary to avoid a further escalation of violence."
Australians who wish to leave Gaza are being urged to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305+61 2 6261 3305+61 2 6261 3305+61 2 6261 3305 or the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv on +972 3 693 5000+972 3 693 5000+972 3 693 5000+972 3 693 5000 for information and advice on options.
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