Stay informed and current. Below is a list of Israeli news sources and other resources.
If you are struggling, as many of us are, to navigate conversations about events in Israel with your children or grandchildren, links and resources are available below. You cannot avert children’s eyes from the situation, and you cannot let them see. While we cannot pretend there is not a tragedy occurring, we need to shield and protect our children from what they are seeing and hearing and have age-appropriate conversations with them.
A full month has passed since the horrors of October 7th, and our community continues to grapple with the news coming out of Israel and around the world. Amid the sharp increase in antisemitism globally, you are probably feeling increased stress.
Now more than ever before, it’s important to take time for yourself and disengage with the heavy flow of media to preserve your mental health.
Click here for 16 tried and tested ways to destress and reduce media-related anxiety.
Read: “Inside a Gaza Bedroom, Soldiers Searching for Tunnels Find How Low Hamas Can Go” from the Times of Israel
Read: “In the Aftermath of the Hamas Attack: Portraits of Survivors” from the New York Times
Read: “Everything You Need to Know about the Attack on Israel” from AJC
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The 10/7 Project is a communications hub advocating for accurate, unbiased coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict, led by the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the Anti-Defamation League, AIPAC, and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Click here to read their daily updates which feature timely and relevant information.
On February 14, Toledo City Council passed a ceasefire resolution that is both pro-Israel and supportive of Palestinian citizens. The resolution calls for a “lasting negotiated bilateral ceasefire” that by definition would only take effect if Israel agrees to it, which Israel has said it will not do, so as long as Hamas keeps Israeli hostages and remains a threat to Israeli civilians. The resolution attempts to take a balanced approach to the conflict. We believe it falls short of the mark and was an ill-advised effort by Council to involve itself in a complex foreign policy matter despite how the conflict weighs on the hearts and minds of some Toledoans. The resolution did not limit itself to addressing the issues between and among neighbors locally but was instead intended as, and is already being used as, a political tool.
Throughout this entire process, Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo has been respectful of Council, its members and its processes as it tries to govern the City. We repeatedly urged Council not to involve itself in this dispute. We are disappointed that certain Council members did not keep their word to involve the local Palestinian, Jewish and other interested citizens in an effort to reach a mutually agreeable resolution. In fact, we were never directly consulted by the resolution’s co-sponsors regarding its language. We maintain that the resolution was put forward because of intense and inappropriate pressure, bullying and interference in Council business from anti-Israel activists.
The resolution will have no impact on the conflict. Regardless of Wednesday’s vote, Hamas will not agree to a lasting ceasefire. The terror group has a history of breaking ceasefires in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2021, and 2023, and it has repeated assertions since the war began that they will continue to attack Israel again and again until it is destroyed. There was a ceasefire in place the morning of October 7, and it was broken by Hamas. Since then, for over four months, Hamas has had the ability to end this war by releasing all hostages taken from Israel and laying down its weapons. The idea that Israel must negotiate for the return of hostages, whose captivity is, itself, a war crime, is morally repugnant.
A better use of Council’s time and resources would have been a resolution that simply calls out increased forms of hate and expresses support for local Jews and Palestinians, as local elected officials should model exemplary behavior and compassion rather than taking a one-sided stance on an international issue that further alienates a minority group already facing increased hate. Many Toledoans expressed this same sentiment. We presented this idea to Council, but it was unfortunately rejected.
Instead of a ceasefire, we advocate and pray for lasting peace in the region and here in Toledo. Peace in the Middle East is impossible when Hamas, and its Iranian backers, remain a threat to Israel and the region. There can be no peace until the terrorists who committed the October 7 atrocities are brought to justice and the Palestinian people support leaders who want the same.
We thank those members of Council who listened to our concerns and who spoke to us regarding the issues presented by the resolution. We love our city and our region and intend to continue to be a part of this community despite rising hate and efforts to intimidate us.
The full text of the resolution as adopted can be found here.