British-Palestinian journalist Abdel Bari Atwan said that when he hears sirens indicating a rocket attack going off in Ashdod, it is like music, a Beethoven symphony to him. He made these remarks in an interview with Al-Manar TV (Hizbullah-Lebanon) that aired on May 16, 2021. Atwan added that it is unprecedented for the rockets to hit Tel Aviv and for "settlers" to leave the beaches in their bathing suits, seeking refuge in the nearest bomb shelter.
Abdel Bari Atwan: "I hail from the Gaza strip. We were refugees there. My family came there from Ashdod. I sing twice when the rockets reach... I was born in the so-called diaspora. By Allah, when the rockets reach Ashdod and I hear the sirens, it's like music to me, like a Beethoven symphony. I have never heard such [music]. The second thing is that when we see those rockets hit Tel Aviv, and the settlers flee the beach in their bathing suits, to the nearest bomb shelter – this is unprecedented in the history of the Arab-Zionist conflict."