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21 November 2012

21 November 2012 By Ruby Ong

21 November 2012

Working for Israel, Waiting for Peace

Daniel Sokatch

As I write this, the world waits to hear if a cease-fire will be hold, if the fighting will stop. We hold our collective breath and hope.

But on the ground in Israel, the NIF team is on the move. In this issue of NIF News, my dear friend Rachel Liel, our Executive Director in Israel, writes of the ways in which NIF and our community of organizations have worked over the past week to respond to the crisis. I couldn't be prouder - or more humbled - by their dedication. Despite the red alerts, sirens and rockets, despite trips to the bomb shelters and secure rooms, the NIF family in Israel has continued to work, to assess the needs of Israel's most vulnerable communities, many of which are in the line of fire, and to provide support and assistance during this difficult time.

Our human rights groups continue to do the hard and unpopular job of monitoring and reporting on events on the ground, and defending all Israelis’ right to free speech, including opinions not popular with the majority. As many of you remember, it was after the Gaza operation in 2009  that both NIF and the human rights organizations it supports were viciously attacked by right-wing and settler interests.

It is already happening again.

We are deeply grateful for your support and partnership, which allows us to continue this critical work, even during the most challenging of circumstances. For this, I thank you. Meanwhile, we wait and we hope. And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. And also for the peace of Beersheva and Sderot, of Tel Aviv and Mevesseret Tzion, of Ashdod and Ashkelon. And yes, we pray for the peace of Gaza, too.

To my American readers celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, a happy holiday. We here indeed have so much to be thankful for.

Daniel Sokatch