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US Jews Step Up for Israeli Kids

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Jewish communities from around the world have stepped up to support children from southern Israel who have lived their entire lives under the threat of missile attacks from Hamas freedom fighters in Gaza.

(To quote the late comedian George Carlin: If firefighters fight fire, and crime fighters fight crime… what do freedom fighters fight? But I digress).

According to Israel Radio, the Jewish Federations of North America and Keren Hayesod have donated NIS 12 million to fund summer activities in central Israel and in Jerusalem for 50,000 children from the missile-battered south.

Hey You in Washington! This is What Life in Israel is Like.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Even people who are closely following the news about the current conflict in Gaza and Israel tend to focus on the rockets, the bombs and the casualties, but few focus on what it is like to race to a bomb shelter, and fewer still consider what it is like inside those shelters, for the lucky ones we make it to one.

Artists 4 Israel, a collective of creative geniuses who approach issues differently than do you or I, saw that gap and have done something quite inventive to fill it. They built a Bomb Shelter Museum, and then they took it on the road.

For those lucky enough never to hear the “Tzeva Adom” (Code Red) alert and have to race to the nearest shelter, the Bomb Shelter Museum provides the opportunity to approximate that situation.

Craig Dershowitz is one of the founders of Artists 4 Israel. He explained to The Jewish Press that the BSM is a multi-media, fully immersive experience that simulates living through a rocket attack in Sderot or Ashkelon or, sadly, pretty much throughout Israel.

The idea occurred to A4I when they visited Sderot during Operation Cast Lead to paint murals on the bomb shelters there. One of the artists was really shaken by the shelters.

Dershowitz explains: “He had always considered the shelters to be safe havens and, after visiting them, he realize that they were traumatizing and fearful places. He wanted the world to experience it. So Artists 4 Israel joined with an installation artist and a lighting artist.”

The artists collaborated and, through a “mind-blowing artistic process,” the Bomb Shelter Museum was born.

The experience starts with the Tzeva Adom going off. People rush into the BSM. Once inside, they watch videos of rocket attacks and hear the screaming and crying all around them. The Bomb Shelter shakes, and smells fill the space. It is a serious dose of the barebones, stark, painful reality.

Maybe it’s the tight space, maybe it’s the loud sounds, or perhaps the darkness combined with the videos and the engagement of various senses, but the combination creates an experience that profoundly affects nearly everyone who goes through it.

“Most people,” Dershowitz explains, “leave the shelter physically affected – some cry, others are ashen, others are weirdly exhilarated. Not with joy, but because they have had an emotional and visceral connection to a truth they had never before considered.”

Lionel Leventhal is the chairman of the board of Artists 4 Israel. Leventhal said one of the animating principles behind Artists 4 Israel, and in particular behind the Bomb Shelter Museum, is that “children should never be collateral damage of a political disagreement.”

Tomorrow, July 22, the Bomb Shelter Museum is stopping in Washington, D.C.

“The people who make decisions in this country should understand the reality of living through a Hamas rocket attack against Israel,” Dershowitz explains.

The BSM will be at Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Avenue, NW, from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m.

If you think your congressional representatives should get a taste of reality before they pontificate about what Israel needs to do, let them know that the Bomb Shelter Museum is in D.C. You should suggest they visit the BSM, so that they know what reality is like for so many Israelis.

Don’t know who your representatives are? Go to GovTrack.US. Tell them to visit the Bomb Shelter Museum before they presume to cast a vote or make a statement about the Middle East. Or contact your congressional representatives through Twitter, and use #Getintheshelter and @artists4Israel to make sure they are paying attention to this issue.

Qassam Rocket Hits House in Sderot, No Injuries

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A house was hit in Sderot Monday morning in a Qassam rocket barrage by Hamas terrorists. Four Sderot residents were treated for shock and anxiety.

The explosion ignited a fire in the yard of the home, where three girls who were home at the time were hiding in a ‘safe room’ inside the house and remained unharmed as a result. Firefighters raced to the scene to extinguish the blaze, preventing the fire from spreading to other homes.

A heavy rocket barrage was fired at the entire Gaza Belt area, including Sderot and the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district over a two-hour period from 8am to 10am.

The barrage may have been launched to cover two terrorist cells battling IDF soldiers after emerging from two tunnels between kibbutzim located on the Gaza border. All the terrorists were eliminated by the Israeli forces.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told journalists Monday morning that “if necessary, we will call up more reservists to deal with the issue of the tunnels.”

Leftists Visit Sderot to Protest War Against Hamas [video]

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

On Friday, a busload of left-wingers visited the missile-battered town of Sderot to protest against the war to stop Hamas attacks on Israel.

Their bus carried slogans such as “Put violence behind us” and “No more war, no more bloodshed”.

Noticeably angry Sderot residents told them to take their bus to Gaza and protest there.

Needless to say, the leftists did not get off the bus, and did not run an anti-war protest in Sderot.

CNN Reporter Deletes Tweet After Calling Nearby Israelis ‘Scum’

Friday, July 18th, 2014

CNN international correspondent Diana Magnay hurriedly deleted a tweet she sent out referring to Israelis as ‘scum.’ But she did not delete it before 247 others retweeted it, and 49 favorited it. And then the retweets were retweeted, and now it’s all over the globe.

So why did Magnay refer to some Israelis as ‘scum’?

She is covering the Gaza-Israel conflict, and is in Sderot, which is on the border with Gaza. Her tweet explains it all:

CNN's Diana Magnay deleted this tweet after sending it. Too late.

CNN’s Diana Magnay deleted this tweet after sending it. Too late.

A cursory look through Magnay’s twitter feed does not reveal her ever referring to Palestinian Arabs as “scum,” when they hand out candy when Israelis or Americans are killed.  She even covered the trial of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik and, although she didn’t seem to like him much, never referred to him with negative terms.

Magnay has not yet responded to a request for comment.

 

 

PM Netanytahu Tells Us How He Will Defeat Hamas (in 2009) [video]

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

In this 2009 video, Bibi Netanyahu tells us how to defeat Hamas in Gaza.

Bibi knew back then what needed to be done.

So why isn’t PM Netanyahu listening to his younger self?

Maybe someone can send this video his way.

Race to the Bomb Shelter: ‘Children Were Heavier Than I Remember’

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

As Gaza terrorists rev up the missile machine and target cities in central Israel, and Israel ramps up its response in Operation Protective Edge, some residents were forced on Monday to make the run to their bomb shelters for the first time.

In Rehovot, Michal J. had already put their small children to bed and was beginning to wind down when the Color Red incoming rocket alert siren activated at 8:20 p.m.

It’s an incredibly loud sound, a rising wail, and it can be really frightening for someone who has never heard it before.

“Michal quickly rushed all the kids out of bed and down to the shelter, baby Chaya in one arm and Shloime in the other,” her husband Eli said. “They heard some distant thuds and booms and came back upstairs safe and sound,” with the two older children initially excited by the exercise, but 2-year-old Shloime “rather shaken and clingy.”

Eli arrived home from work a few minutes later, and went to relieve a friend’s babysitter who was “ordered home by her mother. What a mess!” he wrote on his Facebook page. He later added that his own older son could not fall asleep following the experience, and both older children came to their parents in the middle of the night, saying they were scared.

“This morning Shloime kept saying, over and over, ‘When we hear the noise, we go to the Miklat (shelter) and then we’re safe,” he added.

“To think that this is our family’s trauma from just one siren, when there are kids in Sderot and the surrounding area that have grown up with this their whole lives… What kind of normal country would allow her citizens to live in such terror without doing anything about it?? Is there any precedent for such a thing in world history?”

Across the country, in a Jerusalem suburb, small children in another family slept through the entire experience, but woke briefly to express annoyance at being moved from their beds. For their parents, however, it wasn’t as simple of course.

“I was out walking with the wife and we luckily stopped to talk with a neighbor a few houses away,” related Steve L. “The siren went off and we ran for our lives. As soon as we reached our house, we grabbed each kid out of various beds – we have four, ranging in age from a year to 9 – and carried them to the bomb shelter in our home.”

Steve said that he realized his children were “heavier than I remember.” As did Eli, he hit the social media when the incident was over to post about his experience.

His children, however, were “annoyed the siren woke them and that we made them switch beds. They went back to sleep.” He added that the bomb shelter “gets very hot when the window and door are closed. I was annoyed that I didn’t grab my computer too. I felt stuck there, that I couldn’t go out. But it’s not our first missile run.”

In the Gaza Belt community of Sderot, sadly, residents have endured so many rocket attacks that a fortified playground was donated to the city, where children can play safely in what is essentially a mammoth bomb shelter.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/race-to-the-bomb-shelter-children-were-heavier-than-i-remember/2014/07/08/

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