web analytics
August 1, 2015 / 16 Av, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Israelis Living Near Gaza Border Seek Assistance to Move; Will Disengagement Supporters Help?

The death of 4-year old Daniel Tragerman has loosened the flow from a trickle to a flood. Israelis in Gaza border communities want out.
Grandparents of 4 year old Daniel Tragerman mourn during his funeral at the Hevel Shalom Cemetery in Southern Israel. The boy was murdered by Hamas.

Grandparents of 4 year old Daniel Tragerman mourn during his funeral at the Hevel Shalom Cemetery in Southern Israel. The boy was murdered by Hamas.
Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash90

This reporter can recall discussing the upcoming “Disengagement” with the mayors of several border communities such as Netivot and Sdot Negev in the spring of 2005. The Disengagement took place in August of that year.

Perhaps the Israeli politicians were more savvy than they felt they could let on, as I was visiting them under the auspices of an Jewish Federation of North America’s mission, and the Federations whole-heartedly supported the Disengagement.

But I was incredulous that these elected officials could not see what was so plain to me, a North American Jew: their towns were going to become the new sacrificial lambs to the militant Islamists who live just a few miles away, and who were about to have their genocidal tendencies given free rein in a unilateral move by the Israeli government.

And here we are – or, more importantly, there they are – almost exactly nine years later. The nerves of the hard-scrabble, resilient residents of Israel’s southern border communities which have endured so much, so many thousands of rocket attacks, so many beds made wet by traumatized children who are long past the age of bed-wetting, were already beginning to fray. And now, a four year old child is dead and nobody is willing to wait for that to happen again.

The first voices have been raised: they want out.

Since Friday, Aug. 22, approximately 700 Israeli families have asked the government to provide them with assistance to move away from the border with Gaza, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz is reporting. Friday is when four-year old Daniel Tragerman was killed while playing inside his home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

Ninety five rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel on Monday, out of the approximately 125 that were launched towards the Jewish State.

The school year for Israeli children begins next Monday, September 1. Parents and government authorities are still trying to figure out how to accommodate the children’s educational needs wherever it is that the children will be, and for however long they will have to remain out of the line of fire.

A nation cannot continue retracting and long endure. Especially a nation the size of Israel, one whose neighbors’ enmity towards it shows no sign of relenting.

Will all those who encouraged the Disengagement now come forward with financial assistance to help those exposed by that folly? And will the government do what it promised when those thousands of Jews were removed from the Gaza Strip? Will it finally invoke a Zero Tolerance policy?

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

5 Responses to “Israelis Living Near Gaza Border Seek Assistance to Move; Will Disengagement Supporters Help?”

  1. Anna Hogan says:

    I wish I lived there, I would help them!!!

  2. Good question! How about answers? Where are all those who promised a safe, protected life there? Time to step up, do the right thing, even if you are scared. These are people, not statistics! Get them out! Set them free, as they should be, to live, and fight Hamas like everyone else in Israel. God bless all of you!

  3. I am waiting for all the ‘caring’ J streeters to care about them as well.

  4. Zechariah 8:23 WEB “Yahweh of Armies says: “In those days, ten men will take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they will take hold of the skirt of him who is a Jew, saying, ‘We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”

  5. It’s time for the rest of Israel to step up to bat and Help their fellow citizens and Jews ! Mitzvah think about it, but Please don’t wait too long!!!!!.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Matt Lee of the Associated Press at the State Department press briefing.
ObameDeal Exposed: It’s not ‘Secret’ from Congress but not in Writing
Latest Indepth Stories
Silhouette of "hilltop settler."

“Yesha” and Binyamin Regional Council leaders said the attack “is not the path of Jews in Judea and Samaria.”

Schwartz-073115

The occasion? The rarely performed mitzvah of pidyon peter chamor: Redemption of a firstborn donkey.

Rabbi YY Rubinstein

American leftists have a pathological self-inflicted blindness to the dangers of political Islam

Tobin-073115

Hillary should THANK Trump; By dominating the news he’s overshadowed the implosion of her campaign

Hard to remember when Jewish youth were so hostile to their heritage as they are on campuses today.

Names of the enablers of Iran’s Nuclear weapons will be added next to Hitler’s on the list of infamy

By most accounts, the one person with the political muscle to swing enough Democratic votes to override a veto is Sen. Schumer.

The next day, in a speech in New York to the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Kerry substantially upped the ante.

In Israel, the judiciary has established itself as superior to ALL other branches of the government.

The Fifteenth Day of the month of Av became a day of national rejoicing. The moment that had seemed hopeless became the moment of Redemption.

I think the melodies in our religious services have a haunting sound to them that just permeates your guts and gets into your soul. If you have any musical inclination, I think they inspire you to compose.

Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable, but Huckabee’s analogy was very appropriate.

Pollard was a Jewish-head-on-a-pike for all American Jews to see and to learn the explicit lesson.

If the Iran deal passes, Obama’s WH becomes world’s leading financier of terrorism against Americans

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Cong. Juan Vargas (D-CA-51)

California Democratic Congressman will vote against Iran deal because it fails to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold state.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. July 29, 2015.

Kerry justifies keeping Iran deal “side deals” from the American public, while skipping Israel on ME trip.

A poll suggesting American Jews support the Iran deal is flawed, while a new poll reveals the opposite.

Netanyahu called Pollard’s wife over news of his impending release from prison.

12,000 people filled Times Square at the Stop Iran Now rally in NY’s Times Square.

The NYC rally against the Iran deal must show Congress, which must show the world, that Americans don’t support this deal.

Read “Catch the Jew” to learn the truth about Israel, Israelis, Arab Palestinians and the havoc-wreaking NGOs in the region.

Kuwaiti-American 24 year old murdered four US marines in a drive-by shooting on Thursday.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/israelis-living-near-gaza-border-seek-assistance-to-move-will-disengagement-supporters-help/2014/08/26/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: