7 Cities That Defy Terrorism

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2. Sderot, Israel. Population 24,000.

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Israeli civilians sitting atop a hill in the city of Sderot watch as two Palestinian rockets fly towards southern Israel, before a ceasefire November 21, 2012.

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Sderot is located one kilometer from the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip.

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Over the last ten years Sderot has been a front-line target for Palestinian terrorist factions. Over 4,200 rockets have been launched into the village in that time.

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The rockets are unguided and typically strike domestic, non-military targets.

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Parts of the city has been evacuated multiple times by the Israeli government in times of intense attacks.

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11 citizens of Sderot have perished by these indiscriminate rockets.

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But the people of Sderot remain defiant and have found strong support in the international community.

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The citizens of Sderot remain vibrant and children play amid the solders stationed there.

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And they have even turned their bomb shelters into colorful works of art.

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3. London, England. Population 8.174 million.

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Londoners are no stranger to intimidation and terror.

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London withstood a prolonged assault by the Nazis during the Blitz, with various estimates of the explosives dropped on the city ranging in the tens of thousands.

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Each red dot on this map of downtown London represents a high-explosive bomb dropped between September 7th,1940 and May 21st, 1941.

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Including one dropped right in front of the BuzzFeed London offices!

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But even in the face of immense devastation, the citizens of London kept a “stiff upper lip.”

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Osama bin Laden’s last terror plot was committed in London on the morning of July 7th, 2005.

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52 civilians and four bombers were killed in the attacks, and over 700 more were injured.

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But in spite of being the target of over 100 various terror plots in the last century, London remains a vibrant cultural melting pot.

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4. Mumbai, India. Population 18.41 million.

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Since 1993, Mumbai has been the victim of 9 mass terror bombings.

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The bombings, have been committed by various terror organizations and have claimed the lives of over 500 people.

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A massive, coordinated attack in 2008 conducted by a Pakistan-based militant organisation, killed 164 people and wounded at least 308.

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But the people of Mumbai are vigilant against the terror.

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To the dismay of those terror groups, Mumbai remains one of the fastest growing population and trade markets in the world.

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5. New York City. Population 8.2 million

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Terror attacks have claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 in New York over the last 20 years.

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The city will never forget the losses and remains vigilant against further attacks.

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But that does not stop the New York from building bigger, higher and stronger than ever.

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New York City remains a vibrant, colorful city with a bright economic future.

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“I’m gonna make a brand new start of it, In old New York”

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6. Baghdad, Iraq. Population 7.216 million

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Violence remains an every-day occurrence after 10 years of political upheaval and insurgency in Baghdad.

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The city most recently suffered a deadly attack meant to deter Iraq’s free elections, which took place successfully on the 20th of April.

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A suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside the cafe in the west of the city, killing 27.

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Iraqi women courageously continue to use the rights granted them under the new Constitution.

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Those include equal voting and education opportunities for both women and men in Iraq.

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Along with the freedom to practice ones own religion.

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Christians celebrate Easter Sunday in northern Baghdad.

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And protections for artistic expression and speech.

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Iraqi pride remains high as the city shows signs of steady stabilization.

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7. Belfast, Northern Ireland. Population 281,000.

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Belfast has been at the center of the Irish Independence movement since it’s establishment as the the capitol of Northern Ireland in 1921.

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Between the years of 1969 to 1998, Belfast was the stage for various episodes of sectarian conflict between its Catholic (Republican) and Protestant (Loyalist) populations.

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In this time period nearly 1,500 people died in coordinated terrorist attacks.

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And although small bouts of violence continue, Belfast as a city is currently experiencing a cultural renaissance of non-violence.

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Since the decline in violence, Belfast has come roaring back economically.

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8. Boston, Massachusetts. Population 625,087.

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The deadly bombing of Boston’s beloved marathon led to incredible acts of selfless heroism and a city joining together to find those responsable.

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With both suspects off the street, the city rejoiced with an outpouring of appreciation for law enforcement and generosity toward the victims families.

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“This is our f***ing city and nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.”

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