Today is September 21, 2019 -

Thank you Jewish Agency

“A major escalation began yesterday at Israel’s southern border. More than 180 rockets were fired from Gaza at civilian targets in Israel’s southern border communities. Dozens of rocket sirens were sounded throughout the night, sending families running to shelters. 30 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system and most remaining rockets landed in open areas.” Please click here for the full text of the situation update from JFNA.

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that my daughter Bina would be spending some time with her friends in Eshkol after wrapping up her summer trip. She had a great couple of days with some girls who started as pen pals and have now spent time in each other’s homes. Then the rockets started.

Bina spent last night in the home’s reinforced safe room and had to cut her visit short when she was evacuated to the north this morning. She is now safely with family friends in Rehovot.

Federation’s partnership with Eshkol is a program of the Jewish Agency, and Ilana and I personally thank our friends from the Jewish Agency (a primary recipient of Federation’s overseas funding) for taking such good care of our daughter during this incredibly challenging period. Thank you to our Partnership Director, Nili, who made the decision to evacuate Bina. Thank you to our Living Bridges Coordinator, Tal, who took care of all of the logistics. A special thank you to Jewish Agency Chairman, Isaac Herzog, who personally called me this afternoon to let me know that my daughter is safe. Of course, a very special thank you to Bina’s hosts during her visit.

Google defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.” I define the firing of 180 rockets at my daughter and her friends as terrorism. My patience for the use of the phrases peaceful protests, cycle of violence, and disproportionate response, as they relate to Hamas, has ended.

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