Gaza conflict

Sympathy Does Not Betray Israel

Feeling can't stop at Israel’s border; it's necessary, if we are to try to assuage the suffering on both sides.

08/11/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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As I sat in an office in Washington, D.C. a couple of weeks ago refreshing live updates of the most recent escalation in Gaza, I felt a wave of déjà vu. The last time I had read similar updates this obsessively, they had been more intensely relevant to my own life. When I decided to volunteer in Tel Aviv in 2012 before beginning college I had not expected a war, although I knew it was an ever-present possibility in Israel. And yet there I was: jumping at sirens, running for shelter with my roommates, and waiting for the boom and smoke in the sky which signaled the Iron Dome’s success in meeting a missile mid-air. The Tel Aviv bubble had been broken, and a city I had come to know and love was tinged with fear. Dusty bomb shelters were reopened and people ran for those shelters, or whatever covering they could find, when the air raid sirens wailed. I vividly remember attempting to walk my usual route to work in a defiant attempt at normalcy – it failed, because I spent the entire time scanning every block for potential shelter in case of a siren.

Ruby Ritchin

To The President And Prime Minister: Thank You Both

11/30/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Now that the dust is settling, both literally and figuratively, from Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, it is an appropriate time to reflect back on that very difficult if brief campaign, and particularly on how it ended– at least for now.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik.

Support For Israel In Times Of Crisis

As thousands of rockets descended info Israel the New York community came out to show their love and support for Israel and the IDF. We spoke with rally participants and got an inside look into what people feel about the currant conflict with Hamas.As thousands of rockets descended info Israel the New York community came out to show their love and support for Israel and the IDF. We spoke with rally participants and got an inside look into what people feel about the currant conflict with Hamas.

Gaza Doctor Sues; Friends Surprised

01/04/2011

One of the best-known tragedies of the Gaza conflict two years ago was the mistaken Israeli shelling of an apartment that killed the three daughters and a niece of Palestinian gynecologist Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish.

What made the tragedy all the more painful was that Abuelaish called a television reporter friend who was on the air when the shells struck and screamed into the phone, “My girls, oh God, they’ve killed my girls.” The reporter put his cell phone next to the microphone so the audience could hear Abuelaish’s anguished cries.

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