Local Groups Speak Out On Rocket Attacks In Middle East


Thursday, May 13th 2021, 9:42 am
By: Tevis Hillis


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Clashes between Israelis and Palestinians continue this week. Dozens of people have died, mainly in the Gaza strip.

The conflict began Monday after clashes over the weekend.

Jewish and Muslim groups here in Oklahoma said the violence and hatred must come to an end. 

As rocket attacks continue, death tolls are rising on both sides, making it the most intense and deadly aerial exchange in years.

It is prompting international concern.

Officials with the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City said all should condemn the targeting of civilians by Hamas.

But the group also said it does not stand with far-right Jewish nationalists, calling for all parties to take steps to de-escalate the violence.

"As a Jewish organization, we're certainly deeply concerned about the wellbeing of the Jewish homeland. We are deeply concerned about everyone in the region who may be hurt or harmed," Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City executive director Roberta Clark said. "It’s helpful for us to not engage in hateful rhetoric. We need to respectfully listen to all different opinions."

President Joe Biden is also calling on Hamas to de-escalate, saying Israel has justification to protect its citizens.

The local Islamic group, CAIR Oklahoma, is urging you to call our Senators to condemn the violence on both sides.

Right now, the U.S. is sending an envoy to work out a ceasefire.

Meanwhile, several airlines are canceling flights to Israel due to the violence.