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Published:February 4th, 2008 15:58 EST
Isreal Project calls attention to 7 years of attacks on Israel

Isreal Project calls attention to 7 years of attacks on Israel

By SOP newswire

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Israel Project (TIP) is launching a major initiative to bring attention to seven years of rocket attacks on Israel. Many of the rockets are launched by Iran-backed terrorists in Gaza against Israeli cities and towns. The campaign has already included press events on the crisis in Sderot and major press outreach on the topic (see press releases at www.theisraelproject.org). However, many reporters have told The Israel Project that they won’t cover the rocket attacks because of the low number of Israeli casualties, explaining that the news media follow the “if it bleeds, it leads” rule.

With the southern Israeli town of Sderot is near collapse as its residents absorb daily barrages of rocket attacks, The Israel Project is working to get out the facts directly. Said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder and president of The Israel Project, “Thirteen people in Israel have been killed. Israelis have been living like sitting ducks in a shooting ally.”  

The attacks come despite Israel’s complete withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, in which Israel evacuated 9,000 of its citizens in hopes of contributing to a peaceful solution. Said Mizrahi, “Many world leaders said the rockets would stop when the ‘occupation of Gaza’ ended. But then Israel gave up all of Gaza in 2005. I was there. I watched as 9,000 Jews who had lived in Gaza were forced to move so that Israel could jump-start a peace process. Families gave up their homes, businesses, schools, and places of work and worship. Israel left the Palestinians greenhouses and critical infrastructure so that they could give up jihad and have jobs. Israel gave up all the land and continued to provide power and water to the Palestinian people.”“What was the result? Hamas took control of Gaza in a violent coup. The number and range of rockets increased and now more than 4,000 rockets have been shot towards Israel since Israel left Gaza. Iran-backed Hamas leaders in Gaza have chosen Jihad over jobs and hate over hope.”

Despite the persistent rocket attacks that force families to sleep in bomb shelters rather than bedrooms, Israel is still reaching out its hand in peace as it energetically pursues a negotiated peace with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

“There is no question that the Israeli government and the Israeli people want peace,” said Mizrahi. “I believe that many Palestinians want peace and a better future too. Yet, instead of building new schools and roads in Gaza, Iran-backed Hamas builds bombs and continues to act against the best interests of its own people by attacking innocent Israelis over and over again.” “What would we want America to do if every day rockets were coming over the border and hitting our children’s schools and playgrounds? Would we allow our children year after year to have to play a game of Russian roulette every time they walked outside to their playgrounds? The fact is that for seven years Israel has been under attack while the world ignored the facts. If the peace process that was jump-started in Annapolis is to have any meaning, all the countries who came together there must help make the rockets being shot out of Gaza stop. Our goal with this campaign is to wake up the world to the fact that the time for a REAL peace is now."

The ad campaign consists of a 30-second spot that will begin running Thurs. (Jan. 24) on CNN, MSNBC and the FOX News Channel in Washington, D.C. The spot will air 110 times.

Source: www.theisraelproject.org