July 17, 2014
A member of a local student group is reacting to the outbreak in violence in Gaza. "Hoos for Israel" is one of the UVa organizations dedicated to a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
UVa student and Vice President of "Hoos for Isreal" Polina Karachunsky says she is hoping for peace in the region and is worried about what this new outbreak of violence means for the future.
"We're just hoping that it ends with no more civilian casualties and that's what the outcome is on both sides."
She's says she's hoping there can be a time when the children of both sides can play together.
"We don't want any more civilian casualties. Of course, we want Israeli and Palestinian children to play side by side together. We don't want any war. Ideally, we would want a solution."
She's also worried about a friend fighting in the conflict.
"I'm concerned about him, his family, all the soldiers back there getting home safely."
She says as the violence has heated up, she believes its more important than ever to have local sources of information for students.
"Keeping that information out there and having a non-biased source given all the information thats been going on the past few days and the past few weeks.
She is holding out hope that there is a future without missile attacks and ground invasions for Israel and Palestine.