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July 8, 2014 5

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 1

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 2

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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