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July 8, 2014

Reflections from ADL’s Jerusalem Office

By: Phyllis Gerably, Director, ADL Israel Office

I’m writing these words as sirens are heard all around the country. The rockets that Hamas just sent fell very close to my apartment in Jerusalem.

For the last few weeks, as tensions have grown, it’s very hard not to look at the pictures of the five young people who were murdered out of fanatic hate.  The common denominator, their youth, makes it all the more shocking.  The country seems to have had a wake-up call of how fragile our life is here.  Community leaders have called for restraint, but it seems that no one can embrace the dignity and compassion of Rachel Fraenkel, the mother of Naftali (of blessed memory), who said when speaking of the murdered Arab youth, Mohammed Abu Khdeir,  “There is no difference between blood and blood.”

IronDome246We’ve barely had a chance to mourn the loss of the young people and rockets are being fired at several cities in Israel.  Pictures come to mind:  the bride in Ashdod who wasn’t sure that her wedding would take place tomorrow; efforts to take the children from Sderot to the North for a respite; the call today from Carole, our colleague and friend who, on her way back from a conference, had to leave her car as the siren was heard; and scenes from “the safe center” of Tel Aviv whose residents today experienced what citizens of Sderot have been going through for years.

My grandson didn’t sleep last night. He keeps crying and asking his mother if the house will be strong enough if a bomb falls. He is only five years old.

Addressing a recent ADL mission to Israel, Udi Segal, a journalist and commentator for Israel Channel 2, shared what the Israelis really want:  “Israelis just want quiet” he said, “with us here and the Palestinians there.”  Just quiet.

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November 21, 2012

Iranian Leaders Admit Providing Hamas With Missiles And Rockets To Fight Israel

Parliamentary Rally in Tehran (sign reads “Death to Israel”)

Several Iranian leaders have taken credit for providing arms and rockets to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, according to statements translated by the Anti-Defamation League from the original Farsi.

Among those boasting of Iran’s aid to Hamas was Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament and close confidant to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. During a parliamentary rally for Palestine on Wednesday, Larijani admitted Iran’s involvement in arming Hamas with weapons, “We announce with pride that we support the people of Palestine and Hamas. We are proud that our help to the people of Palestine includes material and military (support).”

At a Basij ceremony on Wednesday, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Muhammad Ali Ja’afar acknowledged that Iran “cannot send weapons there (to Gaza),” but made it clear that Iran has “given theme (Hamas) the necessary technology for the Fajr 5 and today mass quantities of this missile are being produced.” At the same ceremony, Vice Chief of State of the Armed Forces Masoud Jazayeri warned Israel that “No Iran dome will be able to tolerate the missiles of the resistance,” and that Palestinian terror groups have many weapons capabilities “that have not arrived on the war scene yet.”

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November 16, 2012

Imagine Hamas Firing Rockets On YOUR City – What Would You Do?

Hamas rockets are now reaching Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, with millions of Israelis now under the direct threat of attack.

When sirens sound warning of an incoming rocket, no matter where you are or what you are doing – taking  a shower, shopping for food, in the classroom, going to work – you have 15 seconds to reach shelter or risk being killed or injured.

Imagine Hamas rockets being within range of your hometown.  What would you do if a siren sounded warning of incoming rocket attack?  Where would you go?  What would you want your government to do to stop it?

 

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