Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest: Special Newsletter: Israel Under Fire
Special Newsletter: Israel under fire
November 15th: 3 Israelis killed by Gazan terror groups
3 Israeli citizens were killed, over 90 injured arrived at hospitals. On Thursday morning (Nov 15) three people were killed when a missile hit an apartment building in Kiryat Malachi. Over 90 injured people also arrived at hospitals.
Names of the victims: Mira Sharf z"l (25, pregnant); Aaron Smadja z"l (50); Itsik Emsalem z"l (27). In addition, two people were seriously injured, one boy was moderately hurt and two infants sustained light wounds. The apartment, on the top floor of the building, suffered a direct hit, with shrapnel throughout the rooms.
As missiles today reached Tel Aviv, over 4.5 million Israeli civilians are within range and their lives are threatened with every launch. Missiles also struck a residence in Ashdod and a school in Ofakim. In 4 days, over 120 unguided missiles were fired at Israel from Gaza (Nov 10-13), after an anti-tank missile struck a military vehicle. Following the launch of Israel's operation Pillar of Defence against terrorist targets in Gaza, missiles from Gaza resumed. As this e-mail is read, 306 rockets have so far hit Israel since November 14th.
Israeli children rush for cover at Kibbutz Sherem Shalom
Magen David Adom tends to casualties in Southern Israel
The free world supports Israel
The world's leading democracies are unanimous in their support of Israel's right to self-defense and condemned the violence perpetrated by Hamas and other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip. White House Spokesman Jay Carney said there is "no justification" for the violence perpetrated by Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird condemned'the terrorist group Hamas' and stated that Canada "fundamentally believe[s] that Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens from terrorist threats. The U.K., France and Germany also emphasised their support for Israel.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…