Jerusalem – Thursday morning at 7:47 local time, a “red alert” alarm sounded yet again throughout the city of Sderot. A rocket fired from Gaza landed in an open area in the open field of a kibbutz near Sderot. The rocket hurt no one and caused no damage.

Hedvah, a 22-year-old native of Sderot, said that that she had not been at all surprised to hear the alarm once again.

“I felt it was all starting again. I continued to sleep. Even though our home is fairly protected, I felt the rocket would fall in some open space, and not on our roof,” Hedvah said. “It was after all only one rocket this morning, so the destruction would not be as it had been when we had 50 a day.”

Hedvah’s said she felt, with Thursday morning’s rocket, the cease-fire had come to an end.

“I believe that the days of constant shooting will return, and that they will attack us and at all the other towns around us,” she said. “Hamas has been arming to prepare itself for this eventuality.”

Israel reacted to this cease-fire violation by closing the crossings that bring goods into and out of Gaza. Israel’s Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, announced the closings Thursday morning.

The Israel Center for Information on Intelligence and Terror estimates that Islamist militias in Gaza have 10,000 rockets ready to fire at Israeli towns, and every other kind of weapon is being smuggled into Gaza through the tunnels that Hamas has built under the border with Egypt.

David Bedein can be reached at His Web site is

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.