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December 28, 2023

ITC update: Operation Iron Swords

ITC updates are now sent weekly on a Thursday.
Day 83
Thursday 28.12.23

The number of IDF soldiers killed since the start of the ground op has risen to 167.

Defense Minister Gallant said that Israel is under attack on seven fronts and has responded in no fewer than six. He was referring to Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, the West Bank, Yemen and Iran.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Halevi says that the war will last ‘many more months”.
Relatives of the 129 people still in Hamas captivity continue to demonstrate and demand the government prioritizes their release. On Monday, Hamas rejected a proposed Egyptian plan that would involve a ceasefire in exchange for the release of more hostages, and lead to a broader agreement involving a permanent ceasefire along with an overhaul of leadership in Gaza.

Northern Front: Hezbollah continues to launch rockets, mortars, drones and anti-tank missiles at both Israeli civilian and military targets. On Wednesday, rockets fired from Lebanon pummeled the towns of Rosh Hanikra and Kiryat Shmona. No injuries were reported in the attack which was the most intense barrage on Northern Israel since October 7th. On Tuesday 9 IDF troops were wounded while helping an Israeli civilian who had been previously wounded by an anti-tank missile that was fired at the St. Mary’s Greek-Orthodox Church in the northern village of Iqrit. Hezbollah attacks on Tuesday also included strikes on Moshav Dovev, Moshav Even Menachem and Kibbutz Adamit. On Wednesday, 18 rockets were fired towards Rosh Hanikra with 6 intercepted. In addition, 10 mortars and rockets were fired at IDF positions on Mount Dov.

Southern Front: Tuesday, rocket fire struck a synagogue in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. Multiple rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome over Ashkelon and Sderot.

ITC on the Ground

New initiatives and partnerships: This week Teva, the Israeli pharmaceutical company, and ITC launched a new initiative to train trauma therapists. In a proactive move to ensure that demand does not outstrip supply, ITC is working to increase the number of qualified therapists to respond to the current scenarios. Together with Teva we have committed to this national mission and have established Metaplim Benefesh, a program to strengthen resilience and promote trauma care.

This partnership is focused on training and certifying hundreds of professional therapists to specialize in trauma care, strengthening both the psycho trauma infrastructure and the capacity of Southern resilience centers, whilst implementing innovative and technological tools for trauma care.

Community resilience: Last week ITC held a conference dealing with understanding the critical role of the local authority in an emergency and in building community resilience within the Bedouin community. The conference highlighted an innovative method developed by the ITC based on five keys through which the local authority can develop both the resilience of its employees and residents.

Talia Levanon, CEO of Israel Trauma Coalition with Ibriham El Atauna, Director of the Bedouin Resilience Center

The conference began with the blessings of Amer Abu Ma’amer, the head of the local council, Segev Shalom, Bela Ben Gershon on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Talia Levanon, CEO of the ITC, and Gilad Shur of the Department for Social Economic Development, with whom the conference was held in partnership.

Supernova event survivor plans a party to aid orphaned kids.
As reported by Israel 21C, after escaping the Nova music rave, Arad Fruchter, 21 and his social activist father are organizing a New Year’s fundraiser benefiting child victims of Hamas. Approximately 360 attendees of the festival were murdered, hundreds injured, and approximately 40 kidnapped to Gaza. Arad was one of the lucky ones. Feeling a strong mixture of gratitude and a drive to help others, Arad decided to use his new app Zygo as a platform to benefit the Israeli Children’s Fund established by entrepreneurs from Israeli tech to provide social and professional care to children orphaned by the October 7th massacre.

Zygo app founders Gal Zilberstein, left, and Arad Fruchter. Photo courtesy of Arad Fruchter

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