Ariel Sharon death elicits Palestinian celebrations, rockets fired despite warning

( Two rockets from Gaza were fired at Israel on Monday despite Israel’s warning to Hamas not to fire rockets on the day of former prime minister Ariel Sharon’s funeral. 

Ariel Sharon, George W. Bush, and Mahmoud Abbas meet in 2003. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“It was made clear to [Gaza] that [Monday] would be a very bad day for anyone there to test Israel’s patience,” said an anonymous Israeli security source, according to Reuters.

Some Palestinians reacted to Sharon’s death Saturday by cheering and distributing sweets, while others prayed for divine punishment for the former Israeli leader. In Ramallah, Wasel Abu Yousef, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said Palestinians would remember Sharon for “his crimes against the Palestinian people.”

“As any Palestinian I am happy [by Sharon’s death],” said Hebron resident Fawaz Al Karaky.

“The death of Sharon after eight years of being in a coma is something from God and an example to all tyrants,” said Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri.

Posted on January 13, 2014 .