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Arad Activates Emergency Host Family Program

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The city of Arad activated its emergency wartime and disaster host family list Wednesday morning.

The program goes into action whenever individuals and families in other parts of the country need respite and a safe place to stay. The last time program coordinators made calls to the list was during Operation Pillar of Defense, when families from communities targeted by rocket fire were welcomed into local homes throughout Arad.

The city is located in the northeastern corner of the Negev, high above the southernmost tip of the Dead Sea. Founded in the 1960s as a development town, Arad is not considered a target for missile-launching terrorists, since the city is very small and its location is remote.

Gatekeeper System’ Available to Open Public Shelters

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Foundation for Homefront Security in Israel is promoting a ‘Gatekeeper Project’ system that will automatically — instantly — open public bomb shelters around the Negev. The system works within four seconds of a signal triggered by the IDF’s radar detection of a rocket launch.

Confirmation that the shelter has been opened is sent by transmission to the local municipal command center, foundation officials said.

The foundation is hoping to install the ‘Gatekeeper Project System’ in every shelter throughout the Negev, where 600,000 residents are at risk from Gaza rocket fire.

CJA, the Jewish Federation of Montreal, has already donated funds for the system to manage several shelters in the ‘capital of the south,’ Be’er Sheva. For every Gatekeeper purchased, the Foundation receives matching funds from the local municipalities. Jewish Federations, Israeli philanthropists and the Homefront Command have partnered with the foundation to help purchase more systems for communities around the Negev, officials said.

In Sderot alone, 60 systems are required to equip public safe spaces throughout the city.

BGU Students to Protest Incitement

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Students at Be’er Sheva’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev are planning to “light a candle to illuminate the darkness” and fight incitement against local Arab students.

In an announcement posted on Facebook, the students cited threatening letters sent to fellow Arab students and graffiti declaring “Death to Arabs” that prompted them to schedule the demonstration of solidarity, set for 9:00 pm at the entrance to the university’s dormitories.

The move comes in the aftermath of the murder of a 16 year old Arab teen last week, and in response to the ongoing Arab violence that is spreading rapidly around the country — and sparking a growing anger by Jewish youth who are rapidly becoming sick of being victimized by Arab terror attacks.

Three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists on June 12 have yet to be caught by Palestinian Authority forces, although the alleged murderers of 16 year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir were taken into custody by Israel within days.

“All are invited, regardless of affiliation,” the announcement said. “Let’s show the public that students at Ben Gurion University have a clear stand against violence and incitement.

“Such actions undermine the most basic foundations of democracy and we must condemn them wherever they occur – especially when they occur at home, under our very noses.”

This is particularly relevant at BGU, inasmuch as the university has been extremely proactive in programs to integrate Bedouin students with Jews and others. BGU has been at the forefront of the educational system to help advance the education of Bedouin children and promote higher education in the Bedouin world. The university has the highest Bedouin-Jewish student ratio in the country.

Moreover, Jewish communities in the Negev – most of which are small are located quite far apart from each other – likewise live with the approximately 250,000 Israeli Bedouin who currently populate the Negev.

Ongoing Sunday Rocket Attack Updates (Latest Update: 10:40 PM)

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

12:38 PM A Gazan rocket hit inside a Kibbutz in the Sha’ar Negev region, just after 12:30 PM.

No injuries or damage are reported.

12:56 PM 5 rockets hit Shaar HaNegev region. No injuries or damage reported.

1:10 PM Alert in Ashkelon

1:15 PM 6 rockets land in Shaar HaNegev open area.

2:00 PM 4 rocket hits Eshkol region. Fire starts.

2:19 PM Rocket hits open area.

3:49 PM Red Alert Shaar HaNegev.

5:36 PM Nir Oz. Two in the ground.

6:56 PM Red Alert Eshkol Region

8:13 PM Eshkol region

9:55 PM Shaar HaNegev. Open area.

10:40 PM Red Alert Ashekelon.

Israel’s ‘Proportionate Response’ Doesn’t Stop Hamas Missile Attacks

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza attacked Israel again Wednesday afternoon and evening with more than half a dozen missiles and mortars, promoting the usual tit-for-tat “proportional response” that is exactly what the terrorists expect.

Rocket attacks have escalated sharply since the kidnappings and murders of three Israeli teenagers, whose bodies were found Monday and who were buried Tuesday, but the drama of the kidnap-murders kept the missile attacks out of the major headlines.

One missile hit a factory in Sderot, but most of the explosions have been in open areas, making the news less important to the “government of Tel Aviv,” which only gets excited about the traumatized lives of Israelis in the south when terrorists “succeed” in killing someone.

Otherwise, it’s business as usual, with the IDF releasing its traditional statement, “We have repeatedly addressed the consequences facing those who seek to endanger the lives of innocent civilians. The Iron dome missile defense system’s success does not change the absurd fact that Israelis have been living under continuous rocket threat for multiple years. We shall persist with our determination to combat terror elements and eliminate the pending threat to Israeli lives.”

That was stated this past Saturday.

Here is another statement: The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the citizens of Israel, and holds Hamas as solely responsible for maintaining peace and quiet in the Gaza Strip.”

That was stated on March 20, 2010, and that is not a typo.

For the past decade, every government of Israel and the IDF have said hundreds of time they hold Hamas responsible for the attacks and will not “tolerate” them.

Strong stuff, something like the United States saying that Israel has the right to defend itself, thank you very much, but must show “restraint.”

For the record, attacks the past two weeks have included more than 30 missiles and mortars as well as bombs planted along the security fence and detonated to blow up IDF vehicles.

The Iron Dome system Wednesday night again intercepted a rocket on its way to hit the southern Ashkelon Coastal area, south of the port city that includes strategic sites that supply oil, gas and electricity to Israel.

Air Force jets struck Wednesday evening, and the IDF confirmed a “direct hit” on a site from where mortars were fired.

The IDF spokesman tweeted, “We will continue to act against #Hamas, its operatives & its infrastructure throughout Judea & Samaria.”

Israel’s “retaliation” routinely consists of striking ”terror sites,” which usually means a tunnel or two of the hundreds of “weapons storage” facilities that the IDF knows exist and apparently wants to leave untouched. Maybe the military is saving them for a rainy day, when missiles rein on Tel Aviv.

As usual, the United Nations and the United States demand a “proportional response,” the meaning of which is not exactly clear but in the end is aimed at keeping Israel at the mercy of terrorists.

Apparently, if missiles from Gaza explode in “open areas,” it is a diplomatic no-no to eliminate the source of the fire, which might come from an empty field but also might come from near a school, hospital or homes that terrorists use as shields.

The term “proportionate response” does not have anything to do with who gets killed. It has to do with where the missiles explode.

A “proportionate response” means hitting the enemy exactly where it expects, eliminating any element of surprise or harm beyond what is anticipated.

The minute that Hamas unleashes medium-range missiles on Tel Aviv., even if they land in the Mediterranean Sea, Hamas will expect what Israel refuses to do protect the lives of those in southern Israel.

8:27 AM – 2 Rockets at Negev – Homes Damaged

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Two Gazan rockets were launched towards the Sadot Hanegev area.

Two people were treated for shock

Two homes were lightly damaged by rocket shrapnel.

Negev Loses Airport Night Trains

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Residents of southern Israel – particularly those living in the periphery communities in the Negev – will no longer have the option of taking the train to and from the airport after 11:00 p.m.

A spokesperson for Israel Railways told The Jewish Press on Thursday morning the service just didn’t pay for itself. “The government and the railway company made the decision together,” said the spokesperson, who added the figures totaled only an average of five or six riders per night on the line. “It wasn’t cost effective.”

Instead, it was decided the Metropoline Bus Service will take over the route, she said. Bus #469 will begin at the Arlozorov station in Tel Aviv and then make a stop at the airport, travel to Kiryat Gat and then go to the central bus station in Be’er Sheva.

That’s a solution for folks who live in the city of Be’er Sheva itself, perhaps – but what about those who live in the small periphery towns where bus service doesn’t exist overnight?

“Tough luck, baby,” said one consumer. “We’re stuck with paying hundreds of shekels for travel after 11 pm, just like we always have – and that after first spending hours traveling to the other cities just to get a little closer. Instead of paying NIS 600 to get home, I end up paying NIS 300 from Be’er Sheva, but spend three more hours after a 12-hour flight and another hour or more in baggage claims. Forget it.”

The Negev region comprises 60 percent of the nation’s land mass – but its travel network has yet to be developed to the point that even half of its communities have any access to railway service at all.

When asked why there is still no railway branch route to Arad, for example — while Dimona, a city of similar size and population, has had one for several years – the spokesperson for Israel Railways could not find a reason. Arad, a ‘clean air’ resort town located about 45 minutes east of Be’er Sheva and 25 minutes west of the Dead Sea, is in the midst of a major development boom due to the expansion of Route 31, which runs between the two points.

The Nevatim air base is located near Route 31 – described in Hebrew media as ‘death road’ due to the high number of motor vehicle fatalities that have occurred along the highway — as is the Nahal army base at Tel Arad.

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