Meeting with Israeli Armed Forces and touring the West Bank Ramallah / Jerusalem crossing. PHOTO SUPPLIED BY THOMAS LUKASZUK
Alberta's deputy premier endured a missile attack while touring Israel's West Bank Sunday.
"I am OK," Thomas Lukaszuk wrote in an email to QMI Agency Sunday. "There (were) missiles launched at us from Gaza, but none have landed near. Our bus was pelted with rocks as we were travelling on a highway.
"(It) was disturbing, but not of any concern at this time."
The trip is part of a private tour of Israel and Poland -- not paid for by Alberta's government -- as part of the From Compassion to Action program offered by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies.
Lukaszuk was invited by the centre to take part in the trip.
The program is designed to help Canadian leaders learn more about the history and impacts of racism and anti-Semitism.
There have been dozens of missile attacks on several southern Israeli cities in recent weeks.
Israel killed a Hamas gunman it accused of preparing to fire a rocket from the Gaza Strip on Sunday and a separate Palestinian salvo struck a southern Israeli city, causing no damage.
The incidents followed a three-day lull since an upsurge in violence last week in which Israel killed at least four Gaza militants as dozens of rockets were fired at Israeli towns, damaging some homes and wounding several agricultural workers.
An Israeli air strike before dawn on Sunday struck two gunmen from the Palestinian enclave's governing Hamas movement as they rode a motorcycle near the central town of Khan Younis, local officials said. One man was killed and the other wounded.