Dallas, TX- The battle in the Middle East has worsened.
“Hamas is squarely targeting their rocket fire at innocent Israeli civilians. The Israeli military, on the other hand, does have standards for trying to protect the life of innocent civilians, even innocent Palestinian civilians,” Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary said.
The death toll is more than 500; many of those are civilians. On Monday, a crowd of Palestinian protestors demonstrated in Dallas at Dealy Plaza.
The violent conflict in Gaza has resulted in the death of more than 20-Israeli soldiers. Some from the Dallas Jewish Community have seen the strife first hand.
“The three Israeli boys that were kidnapped and murdered happened while I was on the trip,” Melissa Duchin said of her trip in Israel.
Duchin was on her Birthright trip throughout all this. It’s a journey Jewish teens and young adults take to the Holy land.
“Birthright was so special, because I went as an adult,” Duchin added. “The last time I was in Israel, I was in high school, and I kind of understood, but this was really a chance to personally experience Israel.”
But with residents literally running for their lives, these twenty-somethings don’t seem too afraid to go back to the Promised land.
“Birthright takes every measure to keep us safe,” Duchin said. “The Birthright trips are still going and it’s absolutely safe to go…If I had the option to go on Birthright again, right now, I would. [I’m] hoping for swift resolution and lasting peace.”
Peace, this region desperately needs.