Since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, our staff and volunteers have visited hundreds of victims and their families, and newly injured victims in Beersheba, Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Netivot, and Ofakim. The 600+ victims previously injured and living in the south have received multiple phone calls of support and counseling from OneFamily case workers, coordinators, therapists, and volunteers – ensuring that all their emotional and physical needs are taken care of. Pini’s visit was interrupted many times by the Tzeva Edom (air raid siren).
Immediately after an attack OneFamily does an assessment of the emotional, financial, and legal support each victim will need in order to ensure rehabilitation and recovery from the trauma of terror. It is essential that each victim knows their rights, how to obtain benefits, and understand the journey of recovery from emotional and physical injury.
(November 20, 2012) Over 140 Rockets hit Israel.
Corporal Yosef Partuk, 18, of Emanuel was killed Tuesday morning in a mortar attack in the Eshkol Region.
20 Rockets fall in Beer Sheva, damaging homes, a car, and a bus. No physical injuries were reported.
2 rockets landed near Jerusalem during the afternoon.
Rocket struck building in Rishon LeZion, injured 6 people.
Rocket struck building in Ashkelon, injured 1 person.
Rocket Barrage in Ashdod, destroyed grocery store, injured 7 people.
Rockets also hit Kiryat Melachi and Sderot.
Volunteers from Beer Sheva that are staying in Jerusalem joined the support effort by making phone calls to victims still in the South.
Our staff and volunteers continue to visit recently wounded victims and retraumatized victims of terror. The following stories showcase a few examples of our visits.
On November 10th, Shimon ben Diana, a British-Israeli medic in Golani was driving in his jeep when it was hit by an anti-tank missile from Gaza.
Pini visited Shimon, he suffered shrapnel injuries to his eyes and forehead. He has regained stability to one of his eyes, while his other eye will require additional surgery.
On November 18th, Daniel and Miriam were traveling through Ofakim on their way home when an alarm sounded. They pulled over and grabbed their daughter from her car seat – as they crouched down the rocket hit 10 meters from their car. Shrapnel struck Miriam’s leg and Daniel’s back and leg – their daughter suffered minor injuries. Tears of relief poured down their faces as Miriam explained what happened.
Please pray for:
Miriam Dina bat Ruth
Daniel Aaron ben Rose
Hadas Sarah bat Miriam Dinah
Mindee Levinger, the Jerusalem Coordinator visited the parents of Mira Sharf who was murdered on November 15th. She, Aharon Smadji, and Itzik Amsalem were killed when a rocket from Gaza landed on an apartment building in Kiryat Melachi. Mira was the Chabad emissary in New Dehli, India. He husband Shmulik and son are still in serious condition in the hospital. Her two young daughters (below age of 3) are staying with Shmulik’s parents; they visited the shiva home to see their maternal grandparents today. Mira’s parents will join OneFamily’s bereaved parents support group in the coming weeks.
Etty, one of the Sderot community liaisons left Sderot this morning to Tiberias. The emotional impact of recent attacks have been too difficult for her and her five children. Etty was injured in 2009 when a Qassam rocket fell near their home.
She suffers from severe PTSD and cannot sleep, cannot concentrate, has a high level of anxiety, and suffers from trauma induced depression.
Since Friday, our staff has received phone calls from victims requiring support from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. OneFamily currently assists close to 4,000 victims of terror and their families - bereaved, orphaned, wounded, maimed through acts of terror. All rockets aimed at Tel Aviv have been intercepted by the Iron Dome.
Please keep these victims of the most recent attacks in your prayers:
Yakov ben Gizla
Beer Sheva, 77 years old, fell as he ran towards a safer part of his building. He hit his head and fractured his pelvis.
Sima Elka bat Sarah Tzippora
Beer Sheva, 75 years old, fell as she tried to get to safety. She broke her hip and is recovering from surgery.
Doron ben Victoria
Beer Sheva, 40 years old, married with twin 4.5 year old daughters. The siren rang as he was driving, he injured himself as he rushed his daughters to safety. He ruptured his Achilles tendon.
Shimon Yitzchak ben Esther
Netivot, he is a firefighter and was wounded by shrapnel in his ears and face.
Ben Zion Chai Yehuda ben Chana
Was injured last week when a Qassam fell on his jeep. He suffered severe head injury and supposed to have a cornea transplant tomorrow.
Landau ben Frenda
63 years old, was injured in his foot and head while hitchhiking (a rocket fell 10 meters from the car).
Margush bat Silvia
67 years old, she was visited her home in Sderot when an alarm was sounding. As she went to the stairs, she slipped and fell, her leg was broken and was injured on her foot, back and head. She is currently awaiting surgery.
Tzipora bat Bomuni
89 year old, lives in Ashkelon, with 65% disability, she has five children and lived alone without help! A Grad missile fell near her, it threw her in her wheelchair, she is experiencing hemorrhaging all over her body including her - head, eyes, and arms.
Pregnant woman, 26 weeks, went into pre-term labor and was released from the hospital
40 years old, when the alarm sounded he grabbed his baby son. He fell and broke his leg while protecting his son. He has been transferred to rehabilitation.
Suffering from post-trauma, wife was injured in a previous attack.
Our staff met with wounded in the emergency room, a number of people were suffering from anxiety, we talked to them and reassured them. They will not be admitted into the hospital - there are many more like them.