THE CHILDREN OF SDEROT

BOMB SHELTER ON PLAY GROUND
BOMB SHELTER ON PLAY GROUND
Young boy from Sderot bombing
Young boy from Sderot bombing
Will she get through her school day, or will she be killed on the playground by Hamas?
Will she get through her school day, or will she be killed on the playground by Hamas?
Sderot children have 15 seconds to get inside a bomb shelter.
Sderot children have 15 seconds to get inside a bomb shelter.
HAMAS
HAMAS
HAMAS IN GAZA
HAMAS IN GAZA
Tiny Israel, can you see the white X I put between Egypt and Syria?
Tiny Israel, can you see the white X I put between Egypt and Syria?
Kids are kids regardless of their ethnicity. This is Josh and his dog.
Kids are kids regardless of their ethnicity. This is Josh and his dog.
Little boys on playground
Little boys on playground
A place to run and hide from the bombs.
A place to run and hide from the bombs.

Living with Terror.

To most of us a giant creature with a blue eye on the Sderot playground may look like a fun thing for kids to explore. But no, it is a bomb shelter. The luckier kids will make it into shelter before the explosion. The not so lucky may loose a limb or their lives such as the photo included in this article of a young Sderot boy in a wheel chair.

The children of Sderot live with the whine of incoming mortar attack, which has gone on since 2001. The missiles are called Qassams and originally they were crude with a short range. In 2006 they became more sophisticated with a longer range.

I am not a Jew or a Muslim so I have no dog in this fight. I’ve never had a friend that was Muslim or Jewish. But I do read. I read a lot. I know the difference between Hamas and Israelis psyches. I know Hamas occupies the Gaza strip, which is very close to the town of Sderot. I know that they fire rockets into this little peaceful town on a regular basis. I know they kill innocent little children. And I don’t get it. The people of Sderot have no weapons and are not attacking Hamas.

I have always believed people were just people regardless. They have different beliefs, cultures, aspirations, languages and so forth, but nonetheless we are all people on this earth and I absolutely do not understand why one group considers itself superior and desires to eliminate other groups.

Sderot is in the southern district of Israel, about one mile from Gaza and has been under attack for over a decade. The missiles have killed and maimed Israelis and caused millions of dollars of damage and caused a constant fear and trauma to the inhabitants of the small town.

All the schools are fortified with shelters. One American journalist, Stacy Maltin said the following after visiting Sderot: “Never did I think a place could exist where it was acceptable to have a playground in which every piece of equipment is a brightly painted bomb shelter.”

To protect their traumatized children and give them a safe place to play the town has built an indoor playground in a warehouse equipped with shelters and a broadcast system. The facility will house a climbing wall, video games and mini soccer field.

Tal is one of the children of Sderot shown here in her pink dress as she leaves for school.Although incoming projectiles exploding above her head is normal, she says she is not afraid and looks forward to her school day. As many as 50 rockets may be fired into Israel in a single day. As soon as the "Code Red" siren sounds, Tal has 15 seconds to rush to a secure classroom or concrete shelter.

What does Hamas want from the people of this little town? According to Wikepedia, Hamas published a covenant in l988 which states “there is no solution for the Palestinian question except through jihad.” That means they plan on eliminating the state of Israel and everyone in it. They seem to believe they have that right because they are Muslims.

Wikepedia defines the Hamas attacks as follows: “The attacks, widely condemned for targeting civilians, have been described as terrorism by the United Nations, European Union and Iraeli officials and defined as war crimes.”

So it appears that Hamas just wants to kill everyone in Israel.. . . .because they are not Muslims and because they exist. The Koran calls for the killing of all Jews.

As the Middle East rebels topple their leaders, it opens the doors to the Muslim Brotherhood ( also know as Hamas) to move in and wage their war against the Israeli state and all jews. That is their quest. They are surrounding Israel with governments that practice Sharia law and jihad.

Egypt once acted as a buffer between the radicals and Israel but now that Mubarrak is gone, there is no buffer. Did America think about that before Mubarrak was ousted? What about Libya? Will the fall of Gadaffi make Israel even more vulnerable? Did America think about that before we went charging in with our missiles?

I do not believe Israel will go quietly. Who are their allies? Who will help the tiny state of Israel if they are attacked by the entire Middle East? America used to be a friend to Israel but with this administration it is hard to tell.

Who will help the children of Sderot?

Will Obama give the same speech he gave after we joined the rebels in Libya, the speech in which he said he would not hesitate to protect our allies?

I do not believe that Isael provokes attacks nor do I believe that they would ever instigate an attack on Palestinians other than in self defense of their country. That is just what I believe and like I said, I have no dog in this fight but if I have to choose sides, the choice is pretty darn easy.

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I feel the same way. I am disgusted with the way this administration is treating Israel.They need our loyalty and support and anything short of that is criminal. Up and awesome.


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

I am so concerned about Israel. They have always been such good friends and Obama has disrespected and abondoned them. When I look at this young boy in the wheel chair with his leg gone, I can see my owns sons and I just grieve for those people and the constant horror they live with.


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Tages 5 years ago from Texas

You have to understand the pragmatics of the issue. I witnessed hundreds of evils flow between both groups all of which far outweigh a couple of rockets. Each has valid arguments. It does not matter how friendly an administration is to Israel, the Grim Reaper is a stark reality there and his icy hand is always groping for another victim. You need to understand I hold no love for the Palestinians, they seem to enjoy the deaths of Americans and Israelis, but I fully understand their position. Do not think for a second that Israel is a hapless victim. We forget the image of an entire Israeli tank platoon blowing apart a mosque in 1983 in Lebanon. The Israeli tank commander brazenly told an American Marine lieutenant, on a peacekeeping mission (Who did nothing), that it was all in “good fun.” I also guarantee you that if the Palestinians peacefully protested you would see the absolute horror capable at the hands of Israel’s leadership; we saw it during the Intifada. The Palestinians are just too frustrated to go down that road as they did in the 80s and 90s. We seem to forget the images of them chucking rocks attempting to stop from ending up under the treads of Israeli tanks. Even more people forget what happens in the construction of Israeli settlements. Imagine you are Palestinian sleeping peacefully in bed all of a sudden you have a bulldozer come through your wall at 2:00AM to make room for settlers. That is Eminent Domain Israeli style. We tend to forget a couple of little girls and boys that died that way. Of course though they are evil Palestinians who the Israelis refused to let return to their homes after forceful evictions during 1948 even after ten years of attempted peaceful negotiations. The same evil Palestinians who Israel forced to live in refugee camps for five decades. Now with Israeli “compassion” they get to live in the Gaza strip and West Bank without jobs and without freedom.

Does it excuse indiscriminate rocket fire? Hell no, but I understand. Sorry if this is a heavy-handed response.


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

I appreciate your perspective, but I just don't see the Israelis going around the world killing people en masse because of their religion. I do see this from the Muslims. If a plane blows up, if rockets land in a town, if a mosque blows up, if buildings are exploded, if there is murder & mahem anywhere in the world, you can bet it's Islam. The Isralis can fight and will fight but I don't see them going around the world causing trouble. The Middle East is enormous and offers many options as to places to live for the Muslims. Israel is tiny. Palestinians do not need to occupy the west bank and Gaza and they don't need Israel.


Harvey Stelman 5 years ago

ms, Tags has no idea of what he says. The Fogel family that was killed by Hamas, lived next door to a friend of mine. It could have been her house.

The Arab's speak of history, but it is on Israel's side. The Arab's only controlled Palestine for 23 years in all of time. The Jews have a greater claim.

Rocket's: Why should anyone care, that's how it seems. One dead Muslim, and Israel is the Little Satan!

What have all the Muslim's accomplished, not much.

Here is what Israel has done lately.

Those Darned Israelis Are At It Again

Very enlightening information.

1. Scientists in Israel found that the brackish water, drilled from underground desert aquifers hundreds of feet deep, could be used to raise warm-water fish. The geothermal water, less than one-tenth as saline as sea water, free of pollutants, and a toasty 98 degrees on average, proves an ideal environment..

2. Israeli-developed designer-eyeglasses, promise mobile phone and iPod users, a personalized, high-tech video display. Available to US consumers next year, Lumus-Optical's lightweight and fashionable video eyeglasses, feature a large transparent screen, floating in front of the viewer's face that projects their choice of movie, TV show, or video game.

3. When Stephen Hawkins recently visited Israel , he shared his wisdom with scientists, students, and even the Prime Minister. But the world's most renowned victim of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, also learned something, due to the Israeli Association for ALS' advanced work in both embryonic and adult stem cell research, as well as its proven track record with neurodegenerative diseases. The Israeli research community is well on its way to finding a treatment for this fatal disease, which affects 30,000 Americans.

4. Israeli start -up, Veterix, has developed an innovative new electronic capsule that sits in the stomach of a cow, sheep, or goat, sending out real-time information on the health of the herd, to the farmer via email or cell phone. The e-capsule, which also sends out alerts if animals are distressed, injured, or lost is now being tested on a herd of cows, in the hopes that the device will lead to tastier and healthier meat and milk supplies.

5. The millions of Skype users worldwide will soon have access to the newly developed KishKish lie-detector. This free internet service, based on voice stress analysis (a technique, commonly used in criminal investigations) will be able to measure just how truthful that person on the other end of the line, really is.

6. Beating cardiac tissue has been created in a lab from human embryonic stem cells by researchers at the Rappaport Medical Faculty and the Technion - Israeli institute of Technology 's biomedical Engineering facility. The work of Dr. Shulamit Levenberg and Prof. Lior Gepstein, has also led to the creation of tiny blood vessels within the tissue, making possible its implantation in a human heart.

7. Israel 's Magal Security Systems, is a worldwide leader in computerized security systems, with products used in more than 70 countries around the world, protecting anything from national borders, to nuclear facilities, refineries, and airports. The company's latest Product, DreamBox, a state-of-the-art security system that includes Intelligent video, audio and sensor management, is now being used by a major water authority on the US east coast to safeguard the utility's sites.

8. It is common knowledge that dogs have better night vision than humans and a vastly superior sense of smell and hearing. Israel 's Bio-Sense Technologies recently delved further and electronically analyzed 350 different barks. Finding that dogs of all breeds and sizes, bark the same alarm when they sense a threat, the firm has designed the dog bark-reader, a sensor that can pick up a dog's alarm bark, and alert the human operators. This is just one of a batch of innovative security systems to emerge from Israel which Forbes calls 'the go-to country for anti-terrorism technologies.

9. Israeli company, BioControl Medical, sold its first electrical stimulator to treat urinary incontinence to a US company for $50 Million. Now, it is working on CardioFit, which uses electrical nerve stimulation to treat congestive heart failure. With nearly five million Americans presently affected by heart failure, and more than 400,000 new cases diagnosed yearly, the CardioFit is already generating a great deal of excitement as the first device with the potential to halt this deadly disease.

10. One year after Norway 's Socialist Left Party launched its Boycott Israel campaign, the importing of Israeli goods has increased by 15%, the strongest increase in many years, statistics Norway reports. In contrast to the efforts of tiny Israel to make contributions to the world so as to better mankind, one has to ask what have those who have strived to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth done other than to create hate and bloodshed? H


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Those are impressive achievements. To the best of my knowlege Islam has not contributed much to the world for several hundred years. We must stand for Israel. They are surrounded by enemies.


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ReuVera 5 years ago from USA

Hello, I was absent from HP for some time, so I missed your hub. I lived in Israel for 10 years and recently even my home town Ashdod was reached by kasam rockets. I am going to re-post my comment from another hub. I will just re-post it, because this is the summary of roots of the conflict.

Thanks again for this hub.

To all pathetic hypocrites I can say one thing- There is no moral equivalence between firing rockets at civilians & attempting to destroy those rockets before they're fired, as well as between attacking and defense. This is in the light or recent news from Israel. By the way, it was my home town Ashdod that lays half way between Gaza and Tel-Aviv.

Palestinians demands are so phony and biased, as well as politically twisted. Arabs appeared in that land three thousands years after Jews started living there and there’s lots and lots of historical, cultural and archeological proves to this. There was no Arabs state or nation called Palestine in 1948, or ever. The Ottoman Turks ruled the entire area from 1517 to 1917. During that time there was no nations or independent states within the Empire, just provinces. The locations of the future states of Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and others were created by the European powers at the end of the First World War out of the ruins of the Turkish Empire. A homeland for Israel was one of the first created by the League of Nations. Jews have lived continuously in Palestine for 3,700 years, though they were dispersed throughout the world by being taken into captivity, slavery or just driven away. Since the 19th century the Jews were the majority of population in Jerusalem. At San Remo conference in 1922 the League of Nations gave the Britain the mandate to create a home for the Jews. A substantial portion of the land encompassing modern Jordan and Israel was designated as Palestine Mandate. It was to be a homeland for the Jewish people. But the Arabs benefited most from the Mandate as it turned out. In 1922 as British Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill gave Transjordan to the Hashemites. Jewish leader Chaim Weizmann agreed to give 80% of the Jewish Palestine Mandate land to the Hashemites. This was an exchange where the Jews received a written agreement that Transjordan would be made a home for those displaced Arabs that lived in the Palestine Mandate territory. The agreement was signed my Emir Faisal. In this document Emir promised, that there would be no more demands upon the Jews by the Arabs if they were given this land. Hashemites took over that land and rule it. There was never a national entity of people known as “Palestinians”. In response to continuous Arabs threats and terror in 1947 the United Nations divided the remaining 20% of the original Mandate into to what is called today the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to the Muslims. It allowed the Jews to keep the indefensible sliver of land as their home. It represented only 1/6th of 1% of the Middle East, it seemed unacceptable for the Muslims. On May 15th 1948, days after Israel announced Statehood, five (FIVE!) surrounding Arab nations simultaneously attacked the infant nation. The attacking Arab governments urged the Arabs in the new nation of Israel to flee their homes; they promised to butcher the Jews in a few weeks, then the refugees can return to their homes and claim the booty that was left. But against all odds the Jews held the attackers off. After Israel was proclaims, 850 thousands of Jews were forced to flee Muslim countries; many of the Jews were from the communities that existed for thousands of years, but you never hear about the Jews refugee problem, because the Israelis resettled them in Israel. In contrast, the Muslims put their displaced fellow Arabs into concentration camps and to this day have never accepted them, assimilated them or offered them citizenship. Yet, Israel extended full citizenship to the Arabs who stayed. From 1948 till 1967 Egypt possessed Gaza and Jordan possessed the West Bank. Why they did not offer that land to their fellow Arabs as a state? It’s the same land they now want Israel to give them.

The Middle East crisis is really about the annihilation of Israel and the Jews.

Actually, Israelis gave Gaza and south Lebanon to Arabs by withdrawing their troops from there. But Arabs gave the authority over that lands to terrorist groups of Hamas and Hezbollah. All what they want is just to wipe the Israel off the map and Earth.

And yes, did I tell that Arabs are really free in the only place of their living- Israel? In all other countries they don't have the rights, freedoms and benefits as those Arabs who are Israeli citizens. This is it.


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Thank you for your informative posting.

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