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Azerbaijan’s Tourism Attaché sees parallels between Ganja and Israel

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Palestinians accused Israel of killing 5 children In Jabaliya but the IDF confirmed no attacks were carried out in that area at the time. However video showed that a terrorist rocket pulled a U-turn and exploded in that neighborhood the same evening. Palestinian Islamic Jihad deliberately fired 1,100 rockets at Israeli civilians, with roughly 200 landing inside the Gaza strip. (Screencap: @emilykschrader)

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During Operation Breaking Dawn, nearly 1,000 rockets were fired towards the State of Israel.  Sirens were sounded in Sderot, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Yavne, Rishon LeTzion, Bat Yam, Holon, Tel Aviv, Modiin, Netanya and many other places. In fact, one of the rockets was even fired at Jerusalem. Another one of the rockets directly hit a home in Sderot, where two small children were living.  

Following these developments, Azerbaijan’s Tourism Attaché Jamilya Talibzadeh, who lives in Bat Yam, shared what it was like to live under rocket fire.

According to Talibzadeh, “This was the second operation where I was under rocket fire. I was also under rocket fire during Operation Guardian of the Walls last year in May, which was more severe. Then, there were rockets day and night, and we could not sleep. But I got to know my neighbours.”

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Talibzadeh was amazed by Israel’s diversity while sitting in a bomb shelter in Bat Yam: “It was amazing how different all of my neighbors in one block are. They spoke different languages: English, French, Russian, Ukrainian and even Turkish. We were all there hiding from a common attack. This is what Israel is. People of different beliefs and backgrounds coming together in one place and hiding from a common threat. That was my impression.”

She noted that this latest round of violence was lighter: “It was 1,000 rockets instead of 3,000 rockets. But still, when I send videos of the rocket fire in the South to the people of Azerbaijan, they are terrified and amazed how Israelis can live with such attacks for years. They are really scared.”

Talibzadeh believes there are many parallels between what happened to Israel during the last operation and what happened in Ganja: “Although the situation was not identical, our cities were similar to that during the Second Karabakh War. However, we had more victims. Of course, when you see something like this, you remember your own experience and you think about your motherland and what happened to your people.”

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During the Second Karabakh War, Azerbaijani Jewish activist Esther Ha-Levi told TheJ.ca: “An entire neighborhood has been wiped out by Armenian scud missiles. There is a lot of grief and anger. These are civilians and Ganja is not part of the conflict zone. It is a large city with highways, cafes, bars, and restaurants. One man lost his entire family—wife and two children. Bodies had to be dug from under the rubble by the rescue crews.”

She added: “People are trying to stay strong. However, everyone fears another attack, as Armenia bombs sleeping families in the middle of the night. It is senseless and heart-breaking. There are pregnant women who are worried for the health of their pregnancies, given the stress that they experience. The Jewish community is also living in a lot of fear, given that the Armenian government is targeting civilians at random.”

Similarly in Bat Yam last week, Sivan Gamliel, a resident of the city, declared: “It is very scary. It is not like Sderot or Gaza, but every time you have an alarm, you feel afraid. I ran inside the building when the alarm went off, but you can hear the bombs in the air. It is very strong. I could not handle it, so I ran away to the north.”

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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