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Jewish Indians will not leave Israel

August 07, 2006 09:19 IST

Even as Hezbollah missiles are raining in Haifa, Jews of Indian origin have no plans to abandon their country.

"This is our city and we are going to stay here till the end. We can't leave it and not at this crucial juncture," Herzl Penkar said as three rockets hit his neighbourhood, Kiryat Ata, on the suburbs of Haifa.

"We are trying to follow the instructions given by the Home Front and hide in the shelter houses every time the siren warns and believe that running away would be like a psychological defeat," Herzl told PTI.

Helen, whose house shook under the impact of three rockets that fell some 10 mt away from her building, said the 3,000-strong Indian community was determined to stay in the trouble-torn region.

"We cannot give in to terror and our services are required here in the city to keep it moving. We are trying to stick to the basic rules of protection and leaving everything to God," she said.

Prof Lael Anson Best, chair of the surgery department at the Ramabam Hospital in Haifa, almost had a narrow escape in an attack on Sunday and later he operated upon two youngsters who were wounded in the attack.

"I operated upon two of the youngsters who were brought to the hospital after the rocket hit them in Kfar Giladi. As I was headed home after handing charge to my deputy, I heard loud explosions on the way. Later I found out that luckily I had changed my way on Monday because the rockets struck on my usual route," Best said.

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