Sderot Mayor Visits U.K.

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CBNNews.com - Following a four-day visit to the U.K., Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal concluded that Israel needs to beef up its public relations abroad.

Moyal talked with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband Thursday and several other parliamentarians to explain what it's like to live in a city under siege.

The mayor told British media that his greatest fear is the thought of a direct hit on a kindergarten that kills 20 children.

"Between you and me, why are they shooting," he asked reporters. "Please, why are they shooting," the mayor asked again. "We withdrew from the Gaza Strip, there isn't a military base in Sderot. There are no soldiers in Sderot. They are shooting to kill innocent people," he said.

While in London, Moyal joined a demonstration with Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor, Israeli embassy staff and Jewish students in front of the British parliament building. The group passed out red balloons to Brits, explaining that they symbolized the "color red" siren that warns Israelis of incoming rocket attacks.

"Despite the fact that the new ambassador in London is doing excellent PR work since he took the job a few months ago, the PR issue is in need of a lot of improvement," Moyal said. Despite the fact that Israel pulled out of Gaza to make peace, "London still treats us as if we're murdering Palestinians," he said.

Lior Ben-David, spokesperson for Israel's embassy in London, said the staff is trying its best to explain Israel's predicament to the British public.

"The untenable condition that Sderot residents are living through is at the top of the list of priorities at the embassy," she said.

"We're carrying out a PR struggle on all fronts and under difficult circumstances in order to present to the British public the hardships and suffering that town [Sderot] residents are experiencing," Ben-David said.

Source: YNet news service

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