Home > 2014 July CRISIS IN ISRAEL



Israel has a new 24 hour Internet news channel broadcasting in English (also French and Arabic) from Tel Aviv. This is the 
link: -

It is a 24 hour news feed (from the Israeli perspective) and is intended to rival CNN, Al-Jazeera, BBC, etc. and it covers world news but also has a specific Israel news section.

So many people don't know about it, but let's not keep it a secret!


I understand that there are already many hits from across the Arab world too.


August 5, 2014

Dear Friends,

Zionism and love for Israel are always in my heart, but never more so than in recent days. I have just arrived home from Israel with a Hadassah delegation. It was an intense, and emotional, 2 ½ days.

I was privileged to visit some of the wounded soldiers at Hadassah Hospital. I also toured the unfinished operating rooms at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Seeing the soldiers brought the message home: it is urgent that we finish equipping the first 13 ORs.

Click here to watch a brief video with the wonderful doctors and soldiers at HMO.


 July 24, 2014: Here are the numbers

25 soldiers are currently hospitalized at HMO. Unfortunately, the number grows every day.

8 more wounded soldiers arrived at Hadassah Medical Organization’s shock trauma unit this morning. 
2 are in intensive care. 
are in the orthopedics unit 
14 are in the ophthalmology, maxillofacial, ear-nose-throat, surgery and neurosurgery units. 

70 HMO physicians, nurses and staff have been mobilized by the Israel Defense Forces.
53 more have had a spouse called up.

This is our hospital. These are our patients. Extraordinary times need extraordinary resources.

Please give today. And please give generously.

 Israel needs Hadassah, Hadassah needs you.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Israel.

Marcie E. Natan
Hadassah National President



July 14, 2014

Over the past seven days, Israel has been barraged with rockets. Red-alert sirens have been heard across the country, including three in Jerusalem.  We are praying for the safety of our brothers and sisters living on and defending Israel's borders, and for the innocent lives in Israel and Gaza caught in the crossfire.

This summer, IRAC has been hosting two fantastic interns from the United States, Martina and Laina.  I asked them to share with you their experiences of living in Jerusalem during this precarious time.

With hopes for better days,


"To tell you that I am not anxious would be a lie. Any sound that slightly resembles a boom or a siren makes me jumpy. Yes, rockets are being targeted toward our area almost daily but once the rockets are intercepted life almost returns to normal.

The day after I experienced my first siren, I witnessed a dance recital in an open plaza. Toddlers struggled to remember the right order of the steps, distracted by the tulle of their tutus.  Parents smiled at the efforts of their children, while other children ran around playing. I was shocked. During the ten minute walk from the IRAC office to the plaza, my heart was pounding with fear of being caught outside during a siren with nowhere to take cover. And these children were dancing.

Every time I freak out a little, I calm myself by remembering the sight of these children dancing.  My heart is with those in southern Israel and Gaza whose daily lifes have been interrupted so severely. I long for the day that all children will once again be able to dance under the sun, fearing only a stain on their costume and not the shrapnel from a rocket." 

Martina Fouquet is from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is a rising junior pursuing a politics degree at Princeton University. 

"The rockets are meant to terrorize the population, to disrupt normal life.

I'm in a crowded bomb shelter in the basement of my apartment building. The shelter is filled with bicycles, winter clothes, and people joking about the awkwardness of the situation and commenting on each other's choice of pajamas.  
For me, Israel has always been a place of complexity and contradiction. Returning for the summer to intern at IRAC, where issues of religion and state are confronted through legal and social activism, this has never felt more apparent. The two weeks since I’ve been here have been full of reunions with friends and family, visits to the desert, to the Mediterranean, to the shuk for my groceries. These have also been weeks of riots, radicals, governmental threats, and sirens. Rockets collide with rockets. And it all feels weirdly normal. Such is life. But this life is not the one I’m used to, and I’m just as afraid of the rockets as I am of becoming accustomed to the sirens that warn of their arrival. This shouldn’t be the reality in Jerusalem, Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon, the West Bank, Gaza, or anywhere. This shouldn’t be something we have to get used to, to normalize in order not to feel fear."

Laina Pauker is from New Haven, Connecticut. She is a senior at Clark University studying psychology and international development and social change.

 11 July 2014


All of us at Hadassah share a profound love—and deep concern—for Israel.Please click here to watch a video message I have recorded to bring you up to date on our friends and colleagues in Israel.

As I mentioned in my last email to you, we are asking for your generous donation to Hadassah's Readiness Fund, to ensure that our hospitals, Youth Aliyah and Young Judaea have the resources they need to help children and families throughout Israel. Please donate today.

Take Action: Send a letter to your Senators and Representatives asking for continued support for Israel.

Operation Protective Edge Updates: See my letters expressing our support and prayers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the staff of Hadassah Medical Organization

Wishing you and all Israel
Shabbat Shalom,

Marcie Natan
National President


 July 9, 2014

Dear Friends,

Last night rockets fell three miles from our hospital in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, and less than two miles from our Youth Aliyah Village Meir Shfeyah. Israeli Defense Forces are preparing for a land invasion and 40,000 reservists have been called up. Among them are dozens of our doctors, nurses and medical technicians. Jerusalem is tense, but morale is high.

Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) is mobilizing for an influx of casualties from the greater Jerusalem area, though we pray there will be few. As a tertiary care hospital, we are also prepared to receive wounded soldiers and civilians who might be air lifted from more distant areas.

Our below-ground Surgical Center at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower is not yet fully equipped and furnished, but it stands ready if patients must be moved out of harm’s way. The five below-ground floors are fortified against conventional, chemical and biological weapons.

As they have in previous emergencies, Hadassah-supported Youth Aliyah villages are prepared to take in children and families from the South, where the majority of rockets are falling—or to welcome the families of their own students who might be in danger.

Young Judaea is on alert and summer programs have revised itineraries to keep participants safe.

I know I speak for every one of you when I say that our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers are with the Israeli people today.

But sometimes thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need to be practical, and ready for any eventuality. Two years ago we created a Hadassah Readiness Fund, for situations just like this one. We are asking you today to ensure that HMO, Youth Aliyah and Young Judaea have the resources they need to service families and the people of Israel.

Please donate today to the Hadassah Readiness Fund

Our website and our Facebook page will be updated continually with the latest information from Israel.

Your generosity built the premier medical organization in the Middle East. Today it must be prepared for any situation. Please support the Hadassah Readiness Fund.


Marcie E. Natan
Hadassah National President 

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