Photo Credit: Abir Sultan / Flash 90
A kite flies during the annual kite festival held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on August 17, 2010.

When God gives one lemons, the saying goes, it’s best to make a nice cold pitcher of sweet lemonade. Clearly the City of Sderot is taking the lesson to heart. On Monday, the City joins with the 7 Sderot Mall Center in holding a kite-making workshop for the children of their community and surrounds.

The children will also hear interesting stories, legends and facts about the development of the kite.

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Each child will be able to create his or her own kite, and each will bear a personal message. The workshop will culminate with the children flying their kites, replete with positive messages.

It is hoped to be somewhat of a therapeutic activity for the children, some of whom have been badly traumatized by the terror being perpetrated by the incendiary fire kite attacks that have been flown at the region from Gaza by Hamas for the past 10 weeks.

“As opposed to our neighbors from the Gaza Strip who have turned the wonderful hobby of flying kites into an act of terrorism, with terrible damage to agriculture, the children of Sderot and the surrounding communities are returning the kite to its source, from preparation to flying it into the sky and hoping that it will not fall,” Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi said in a statement.

“We are busy with positive things and optimism and the desire that our children always be happy. I also call on the children of Gaza to enjoy playing with kites and not be drawn astray by terrorist elements. Ours are kites of life, not death.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.