The European Union of Jewish Students and the World Union of Jewish Students are deeply concerned by the escalation of the tensions between Israel and Hamas and the threats facing the innocent populations of Israel and Gaza at this very hour.
Over the past 3 days, more than 250 rockets were launched by Hamas terrorists from the Gaza strip aimed at the main Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beer Sheva and Hadera as well as Ben Gurion airport, threatening an estimated of 5 million civilians. In the south of the country, residents have no more than 15 seconds to find a bomb shelter.
“The camp of terrorism attempts to kill the notion of peace, the camp of terrorism officiates the unnecessary deaths of innocent people”, Shimon Peres stated during the Israeli Peace Conference hosted by Haaretz this week.
We express our solidarity with the people of Israel and support Israel’s right to defend itself. We pray for a swift cessation of violence, and that no more innocent civilians will suffer. We commend the IDF for warning Gazan civilians of attacks through phone calls, SMS and leaflets, and call on Hamas to take all measures to keep the Gazan civilian population out of harm’s way. EUJS and WUJS furthermore welcome the condemnation of the Hamas attacks by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, the European Union, the United States State Department and the United Kingdom’s Foreign Minister. We urge the international community to join them in condemning Hamas and all acts of terrorism.
Finally, we uphold our solidarity and support for all organizations and individuals who seek to create a foundation for peace between Israelis and Palestinians through grassroots projects, dialog and outreach. In that light, EUJS president Jane Braden-Golay, WUJS chairperson Andi Gergely and other Jewish student leaders joined 600 Israelis in a condolence visit to the Abu Kheidr family, organized by the Israeli anti-racism organization Tag Meir, last Tuesday.