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Articles on Israeli Victims of Terror Give Context to Israel's War on Terrorism

The thousands of Israelis left wounded by terrorist bombings and shootings are often overlooked by the media. Increased press coverage of what happens to the wounded would underscore why terrorism is never acceptable and add context to Israel's (and the US's) ongoing battle against terrorism.

It is disturbing that more coverage tends to be given to the Palestinian victims -- who are hurt unintentionally by Israel -- than to the Israeli victims, who were deliberately targeted by Palestinian terrorists.   Two rare articles by the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times recently shed light on the seldom-heard experiences of the many Israelis wounded in terror attacks.

The first article by Ian Fisher, published on July 8, 2002 in the New York Times ("For Israelis Wounded in Bomb Attacks, Recovery Is a Battle"), highlighted the suffering and plight of some of the wounded survivors of Palestinian terrorist attacks.

The second article by Tracy Wilkinson, published on July 21, 2002 in the Los Angeles Times ("Israel: Survivors labor to recover physically and mentally. Some still have shrapnel in their bodies") describes life after a terrorist attack for the victims who survive.

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