Chart of Israelis killed by rockets from Gaza and Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli airstrike. (If Americans Knew)
US news reports on Israel-Palestine virtually always mention ‘thousands of rockets have been fired from Gaza.’ This suggests that Israelis are being victimized by Palestinian aggressors. However, the facts show the opposite. Israel initiated the violence and has killed vastly more people.
Gazan rockets are the response of a desperate population that is literally being starved and oppressed. (Gazans have also tried massive nonviolent demonstrations, but these get far less media attention. Israeli snipers have killed and maimed numerous participants.)
To set the record straight, If Americans Knew has compiled thorough information on Palestinian rockets. Please see the fully documented report here.
According to the Israeli military, the first rocket launched by a Gazan resistance group was fired on April 16, 2001. This came AFTER Israeli forces had shelled and invaded Gaza in the previous months (photos here), killing 570+ Palestinians.