Video Captures Israel Children In War, Anti Terrorism Exercise
Israel News Agency
----- April 10....... For many years the children of Israel
living on the northern and southern borders have died, been
injured and have suffered emotionally from Katusha terror rockets
from Hezbollah in Lebanon and Qassam missiles from Hamas in
Gaza. But now that Iran and Syria have provided thousands of
missiles to terror organizations on Israel borders, every child
in Israel has become a target.
April 8, 2008, under the threat of war and terrorism by Iran
and Syria, Israel prepared her children in the largest national
civilian exercise for emergency situations in Israel's history.
Throughout this week, the Israel National Emergency Authority
practiced a long series of scenarios, including situations of
chemical missiles being fired on Israel communities and rescuing
wounded trapped in rubble.
the first time during the war and anti terrorism exercise entitled
"Turning Point 2," messages were distributed to Israel
citizens and instructions were provided through the media.
part of the Israel Defense Forces Home Front exercise, officials
sounded air raid sirens throughout every town and city in Israel.
The purpose of the siren was to prepare Israelis for an incoming
missile or rocket attack.
the loud, wailing sirens sounded in cities and the countryside,
Israel authorities provided special attention to the schools.
were evacuated to bomb and air raid shelters.
a YouTube video captured by the Israel News Agency, one
can witness hundreds of young children in central Israel sitting
against school walls bent over with their hands protecting their
heads. Although the teachers tried to provide as much preparation
and comfort for the war and anti terrorism exercise, many children
continued to cry, not fully understanding why they were being
forced to run into bomb shelters. Many of these children will
suffer from post traumatic stress as the result of these war
exercises forced upon them by Iran, Syria and the terror groups
for which they sponsor.
psychologists in Israel suggested that parents speak to their
children during these war and anti terrorism exercises.
need to feel that they can voice their concerns and that parents
will help them," said one child psychologist. "For
younger children, it may be to simply state that not knowing
where they will sleep may be scary, but the parent must reassure
the children that they will be fine."
on the needs of each particular child and remember that children
cope very differently than adults. They may be more or less
focused or concerned on a continual basis with the sirens and
news of the war and terrorism exercise. They may hear some distressing
news, go off to play and come back later to ask a series of
questions. In the middle of playing, a young child may act out
what he just saw in school or on television. Children too, need
to be told that it is perfectly normal to cry or feel unhappy,
when they are distressed," the psychologist said.
must make sure that we continue to treat our children as children
and not parentify them - some things are outside their comprehension
and the decisions are adult ones that should not include their
input. You may find that you need that quiet walk and talk with
your preteen or the donut and discussion with your adolescent.
Sometimes that extra 5 minutes cuddling at bedtime with your
child will give your child that time to share feelings and concerns
that will otherwise keep him up all night."
psychologists stated: "Provide accurate, honest, truthful,
and age appropriate information about Israel, Gaza, Lebanon,
Iran, Syria, terrorism and peace. This will enable children
to better understand and work through their fears and concerns.
Words need to be chosen carefully so that we are clear in the
information we provide and so that children understand what
we really said."
million Israel schoolchildren headed for air raid and bomb shelters.
Photo: Pavel Wolberg / EPA
media in Israel and Syria carrying news reports of heightened
tensions in recent days, Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stated
that the exercise was a "routine drill". But not one
person saw anything routine about children in central Israel
running for their lives as the sirens went off.
state of Israel is not intent on any violent confrontation in
the north," Olmert said. "On the contrary we have
said on more than one occasion that we have an interest in holding
peace negotiations with Syria."
war exercise was not planned in relation to any current events,"
the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. "The aim
of the exercise is to prepare the different services and institutes
operating in the civilian environment for various emergency
officials said the major scenario was that of terror missile
attacks from Lebanon and Syria on Israel cities. They said the
scenario included missiles with chemical warheads.
years ago, the terrorist group Hezbollah fired more than 4,000
rockets into Israel during the second Lebanon war. Today, Hezbollah
has accumulated over 20,000 rockets. And its leaders have threatened
to strike back at Israel for the February killing of terrorist
mastermind Imad Mughniyeh.
young girl, age 7, was heard saying: "why does Hezbollah
want to murder me and my friends? What did we do wrong?"
The teacher standing next to the child, wiped away a tear
from her face. "Because we were born Jewish,"
she said. "Because we believe in freedom and democracy.
Freedom to speak, freedom to vote and freedom to move
as we wish. Our enemies in Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia
do not believe in freedoms, only in what their bible the
Koran says. And it says that all Jews and Christians are
infidels, enemies of the Muslim people that must be destroyed."
The child then asked: "that is what the Nazis wanted
to do to the Jews, yes?" The teacher looked at the
child and paused for several moments. She then nodded
yes as she wiped away yet another tear hoping that the
child would not see it.
Israel simulated a chemical weapons missile attack on a hospital
as it completed its largest ever civil-defense exercise, a military
the final drill of the five-day exercise, a hospital in the
northern Israel city of Afula was evacuated during the simulation
of the chemical weapons attack.
home front maneuver was aimed at preparing Israel for possible
attacks involving conventional weapons as well as missiles equipped
with chemical or bacteriological warheads.
also aimed to prepare the country for possible concerted attacks
by Syria and its Lebanon Hezbollah terror allies from the north,
and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas from the south.
everyone in Israel awoke to radio announcers describing the
scenario being practiced for day four of a virtual war. Israel
is under missile attack from Hizbullah in Lebanon and from Syria.
Kassam rockets and Grad-type Katusha missiles were being launched
at Netivot and Ashkelon from Gaza.
IDF dispatched a statement assuring citizens that the drill
has been planned "as part of the IDF 2008 work plan."
and Lebanon are on high alert. Israel army radio reported that
while the practice war and anti terrorism exercises are being
held, Hizbullah terrorists and Syria will be deployed and readied
for an all-out confrontation. Syria announced today that it
will hold an unprecedented exercise to test the readiness of
their home front for a possible Israel attack. The drill was
announced on state-run Radio Damascus.
announcement said the drill will take place in all of Syria's
provinces and will test the country's readiness and ability
to handle natural disasters and other emergencies.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said the exercise drew from
lessons learned from the 2006 Lebanon war, during which more
than 4,000 rockets fired by Hezbollah slammed into northern
official inquiry harshly criticized Israel's leadership for
failing to protect civilians during the 34 day war which killed
more than 160 people in Israel.
we live in a country where anything can happen. This just gives
the feeling of-so the people can imagine at least what they
are supposed to do," said one woman.
hospitals and firefighters also took part in the war exercise,
rehearsing for a possible chemical or biological attack.
those who didn't take part could learn what to do by watching
public service announcements on how to take shelter.
of Israel's enemies have warned that the drill is a signal that
Israel is about to go to war. But for Israelis, the exercise
is one more step to protect themselves from enemies who have
shown that they will "wipe Israel off the map."
can get into war, and we need to be prepared. So, it's necessary,
this drill," a high school boy said. A young girl, age
7, was heard saying: "why does Hezbollah want to murder
me and my friends? What did we do wrong?"
teacher standing next to the child, wiped away a tear from her
face. "Because we were born Jewish," she said. "Because
we believe in freedom and democracy. Freedom to speak, freedom
to vote and freedom to move as we wish. Our enemies in Iran,
Syria and Saudi Arabia do not believe in freedoms, only in what
their bible the Koran says. And it says that all Jews and Christians
are infidels, enemies of the Muslim people that must be destroyed."
child then asked: "that is what the Nazis wanted to do
to the Jews, yes?" The teacher looked at the child and
paused for several moments. She then nodded yes as she wiped
away yet another tear hoping that the child would not see it.