As a part of the Stand for Israel team, you’ve probably been following the news from Israel this week, both on our site and in the news media. As you undoubtedly know, a lot of news is affected by anti-Israel bias. All too often, media outlets “spin” news reports so that they reflect badly on Israel and portray Palestinians and other Arab groups as persecuted minorities. Even social media communications are heavily slanted against Israel and her people.
But you can make a difference. Take a few moments to write a letter to the editor of whatever publication you’re reading, in print or online. Or comment on Facebook, Twitter, or on your favorite blogs.
Here are few points to help you present the “facts on the ground”:
• More than 8,000 rockets have been fired into Israel since the Jewish state unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Hamas and other terrorist organizations target civilians and make normal daily life impossible for millions of Israelis. In the past year, Israel has been hit by close to 1000 rockets; more than 400 in the past week alone.
• Last week, Israel responded by striking key military targets in Gaza. These strikes successfully targeted two senior Hamas military commanders and weapons storage facilities. In response, the State Department has issued a statement condemning Hamas and supporting Israel’s right to self-defense.
• Hamas is waging an ongoing war against Israel and deliberately targeting Israeli population centers. More than 1 million Israelis live within the U.S.-designated terrorist group’s rocket range.
• Since Saturday, terrorists have hit Israel with more than 350 rockets. Since the beginning of the year, terrorists in Gaza have struck Israel with close to 1000 rockets.
• The Jewish state, like every nation, has the right to self-defense. No other country in the world faces daily rocket attacks against its civilians, nor would any other country tolerate such violence.
• It is imperative that the United States continues to stand with its ally in the Middle East and support Israel’s right to self-defense.