While you were sleeping (assuming you are located on the East Coast of the United States and were asleep at 3AM EST), Israel resumed its assault on Gaza. To keep up with events, I’ve been following the Live Updates posted by Haaretz. Said updates are typically rather depressing. To give you an idea, here is a small but reasonably representative sample from late Friday/early Saturday:
4:50 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in several towns on the Gaza border.
2:24 A.M. Three rockets intercepted over Ashkelon. (Shirly Seidler)
1:55 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Ashkelon area.
12:55 A.M. IDF forces stationed in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip continued bombing a hospital in the area before midnight Friday. There are approximately 60 medical staff members in the hospital, in addition to three patients and two international solidarity activists. Several people were injured in the fire including one swede. Most of the patients were already evacuated from the premises.
But sometimes the updates make me chuckle. And by sometimes, I mean once. And that’s why this here post exists. Without further ado:
10:20 P.M. In Tel Aviv, the demonstration against the war in Gaza is cut short, after police asks for the event to be ended due to the resumed rocket fire from Gaza.
And that’s why they call it Irony Dome.
Disclaimer: I publish this post with the complete understanding that a) the information Haaretz conveys here describes only the barest outline of what seems to have actually transpired at the protest, and b) that the attendees of the demonstration against the war in Gaza are presumably aware of Hamas rockets and still have legitimate reasons to oppose the current operation nonwithstanding.
*The actual highlight will come when this is all over.