(Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, 2018)—B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith is outraged by the more than 460 rockets, intended to kill Israeli civilians, that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have launched from Gaza since Monday. Although Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has intercepted more than 100 projectiles, ordinary Israeli civilians remain under attack.
The latest news reflects the possibility of a ceasefire.
Make no mistake: terrorists have been firing missiles at Israel indiscriminately, with no regard for the human cost involved. Illustrating the random aim of their weapons, terrorists launched a missile that killed a Palestinian man who happened to be in the Israeli city of Ashkelon. It was reported that more than 70 Israeli civilians have been wounded by the rockets, two of them seriously.
Israel has responded by destroying more than 100 terrorist-linked targets in Gaza. Unlike Hamas, which targets civilians and glorifies murder, Israel deliberately attempted to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties through advance warning of incoming fire.
Together, Hamas and Islamic Jihad are estimated to have stocked more than 20,000 rockets and mortars to attack Israel.
Israel has the right to defend itself and its people from the terrorists who control Gaza. This recent display of rocket fire from Gaza is yet another indication of the terrorists’ sworn objective to seek Israel’s destruction.
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