Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

The Blighted Lives of Sderot

Research carried out by a team at Natal, a trauma center for victims of terror and war, under the supervision of Professor Marc Gelkopf, shows one-third of the population of the southern Israeli city of Sderot,which  in recent years has been the target of thousands of Qassam rockets launched from Gaza (see, for instance, http://daphneanson.blogspot.com/2011/04/target-of-terror-sderot-bomb-shelter.html), experience anxiety and other psychological problems due to the attacks.

The study also found that 70 percent of child residents of Sderot are suffering from at least one symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder in consequence of the shelling.

It found that 50 per cent of Sderot's children relive the trauma they've experienced, and 41 per cent are constantly on the alert, ready for danger, and made severely anxious by every little noise.  

Twenty percent of Sderot's children suffer from all the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and 12 per cent have severe trouble functioning normally. Explains Professor Gelkopf:
"They stop playing, stop being interested in their surroundings, detach themselves from their friends and school.  One of our newest and most interesting findings is that there is a connection between the symptoms that the parents experience and the ones their children experience."
Read more:  http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4093281,00.html

Perhaps its time to emulate "peace campaigner" Rod Cox, the man behind the propagandistic exhibition of children's drawings from Gaza that has peregrinated its way around Britain over the past couple of years, working its insidious poison on adults and schoolchildren alike, and bring artwork depicting the sufferings of Israeli boys and girls before the general public.

Such artwork certainly exists: http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFAArchive/2000_2009/2007/Drawings+by+children+of+Sderot+21-May-2007.htm

Would the cathedrals and  churches who've lent their halls for Rod Cox's exhibition, and the town council (I know of at least one) who made the most central eye-catching premises at its disposal available to him, accord the same courtesy to a display from Sderot?  Alas, I wouldn't bet on it.

For more on Cox see:
http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/chester-news/local-chester-news/2010/06/03/chester-peace-campaigner-rod-cox-speaks-out-after-raid-on-flotilla-aid-ship-by-israel-59067-26576674/
http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=27761&ref=search.php

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