In Israel, Back-to-School and Texting Have New Meaning

Here in the US, many students have already begun the new school year or will do so shortly.  While they have many thoughts on their mind, coming under rocket attack, thankfully, is not a concern.

Source: Open Source Center, ‘Nonstop Barrage’ of Rockets Continues, No Israelis Hurt; Mortar Hits Gaza Truck, Document ID# GMP20120312739003 Israel—OSC Summary in English, March 12, 2012. Note: Although the graphic refers exclusively to Hamas, other Palestinian groups, such as the Popular
Resistance Committees (PRC) and Islamic Jihad, have fired rockets into Israel. http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33222.pdf

In Southern Israel, sadly, it’s a different story.

“This week, Israel’s children started their school year with the all-too-familiar sounds of sirens and explosions, as terrorists in Gaza fired six more rockets into their communities,” wrote Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor in a letter to the UN Security Council President.

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For many around the world, text messaging has become an indispensable communications tool that would be difficult to live without.  In Israel, text messaging may be the difference between life and death.

Israel has just tested a nationwide text message alert system.  “Developed for the IDF’s Home Front Command by eVigilo and Ericsson, the alert system will deliver location-specific warnings based on the trajectory of a rocket or missile. The text messages are intended to supplement the air raid signals that have been in place across the country for decades and will operate in conjunction with the IDF’s Iron Dome defense system.”

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