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Updated: School Closing Schedules in Southern Israel

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Below are any changes to the starting time of schools in Southern Israel.

9:15 AM All schools around the Gaza border have canceled classes.

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Ashdod schools will be open.

Ashkelon schools will be opening 2 hours late. Residents are advised to stay within 15 seconds of their bomb shelters.

S’dot HaNegev classes delayed until 9:00 canceled.

Michlelet Sapir classes delayed until 10:00 canceled.

Be’er Sheva normal class schedule.

Sdot HaNegev school canceled.

 

 

Rockets on Southern Israel, 3 Foreign Workers Injured, IAF Hits 3 Launchers

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Three foreign workers were badly injured by Hamas and Popular Resistance Committee rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel on Wednesday morning.

The men, two of whom are in critical condition, were hurt when a chicken coop they were working in was attacked by missiles.

Seven houses also suffered direct hits as a result of the missile attack.  Dozens of rockets were fired on the Eshkol, Shaar Hanegev, and Hof Ashkelon regional councils.  In those attacks, one women was lightly injured running for cover and several Israelis were treated for shock.  School has been cancelled in the areas, with citizens urged to remain close to bomb shelters.

Seven rockets were also intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which were aimed at the metropolis of Ashkelon.

Israeli air and ground troops responded to the attacks, with Hamas leaders urging members to evacuate bases for fear of Israeli reprisals.  Fighter planes launched against three targets in northern Gaza, killing three Hamas terrorists – one in Beit Lahia who was preparing to launch another rocket and two more in another area planning to do the same.  IDF tanks also fired against rocket-launching targets.

In an interview with Army Radio on Wednesday morning, IDF Spokesman Yoav Mordechai assured citizens “if things in the south seem dreary, I promise you that it is worse in Gaza”.

Reports indicate that Gaza terrorists now possess launchers which can fire several missiles at once.

Earlier Tuesday, Palestinian terrorists detonated bomb in the Kissufim region on the Israel-Gaza border, seriously injuring an IDF company commander.  The soldier was taken to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba in serious condition.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded to that attack at the beginning of a meeting with visiting Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, saying “Iran supported Hizbullah’s terror attacks in Bulgaria, Iran is supporting terror attacks now against us in Gaza,” and promising “we will fight and we will hit them very, very hard – very hard.”

Southern Israel: Living on Rockets, Miracles, and the Iron Dome

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Days and nights in southern Israel have been punctuated by a growing number of sirens and rocket explosions, with over 60 rockets striking Israeli cities and communities this past week. On Monday morning alone, 55 Qassam and mortar shells were fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah. The rocket strikes damaged buildings, properties and a kibbutz petting zoo that is usually filled with children, but was empty because of the early morning hour.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad both claimed responsibility for the rocket strike, following an Israeli Air Force airstrike on Sunday that targeted global jihad terrorists operating in Gaza.

For residents in Netivot, Sderot and the Gaza-border communities, the rocket routine is not a new one.

On Tuesday night, three rockets were fired, with one towards the city of Netivot and the others landing near Sderot, which has been the target of rocket attacks for nearly 12 years. Speaking with Tazpit News Agency on Wednesday, Netivot resident, Elisheva Ratzon described the panic she experienced the previous night.

“I was on the computer, reading on the news that a rocket had struck Sderot earlier, when all of the sudden, the rocket siren for Netivot went off,” said Ratzon. “It was about 10:30 at night and the rocket struck just as I ran into the shelter in my apartment. There was an extremely loud boom. ”

Sitting at her computer in her office where she works as an accountant, Ratzon explains that she still experiences great panic every time a rocket strikes her city. “It’s a difficult experience, but even more so when my grandchildren come for a visit. Then I get even more nervous. This situation is especially tough for families with young children.”

The desert city of Netivot is home to over 27,000 residents and is located approximately 14 kilometers (9 miles) away from Gaza. Although there were no casualties or damages from Tuesday night’s rocket attack, a Netivot home was severely damaged in a direct Grad rocket attack two weeks earlier on September, which was miraculously empty at the time. Another home was also damaged.

Over 500 rockets have been fired at Israel since the start of 2012.

“Life is not easy here,” says Daniel, Ratzon’s nephew, who is a student at a religious boys’ seminary (yeshiva) in Sderot. “If we didn’t have the Iron Dome in place, to shoot down the Grad rockets targeting larger cities, like Ashkelon, Ashdod and Beer Sheva, the situation would be much, much worse.”

“Right now we are living on prayers, miracles and the Iron Dome,” he said.

Courage Under Fire

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Numerous people sent me a blog post which has been reverberating around the internet — its title translated into English; “One who believes isn’t afraid” The article is about a trip to a wedding last night in Southern Israel, and how the wedding took place, under Gazan rocket fire.

….the scene was just as it would be at any other wedding in Israel.

Except for the part during the chuppah when they had to stop for a few minutes because the Iron Dome was intercepting a rocket, and the huge WHOOOSHH sound made it impossible to hear the ketubah. Except for when, before the toasts, the brother of the Chatan read out a list of “what to do if” scenarios and explained where all the closest shelters were. Except for the part where the Code Red alarm sounded twice during dancing, and half the wedding party vanished.

The author then contemplates the “fear factor” versus the “importance of being at the wedding, and not letting the terrorists win.” I suggest you read her article to get a better understanding of what we’re going through here, and why we continue living here even under seemingly insane conditions. Blog post is here — “They call me Shev

I can easily connect to her post, since on a personal level I made aliya/moved to Israel on the eve of the First Iraq War, when Iraqi scud missiles pummeled the country, and American “Patriot” anti-missile batteries attempted to keep Israel safer.

I moved here fully knowing that Israel was about to be at war, yet couldn’t fathom being anywhere else.

Years later under the current conditions, I still can’t imagine living anywhere else.

My oldest son is currently studying in his pre-IDF yeshiva in Southern Israel, and he has less than 10 seconds to get to bomb shelter from the time a siren goes off. Yet he had absolutely no qualms about going back to his yeshiva this Sunday, knowing full well that Southern Israel was under attack. Eyes wide open, he is fully aware of his surroundings, yet cannot imagine NOT being anywhere else.

Now is not the time to run away, it is the time for the country to stand strong — not simply to send a message to the Palestinian terrorists who want us to run away, but for ourselves and to remind us why we’re here. Standing strong and together reenforces our conviction that this IS our country, our land, our national homeland — where we belong as a nation.

And we’re not leaving.

 

US ‘deeply concerned’ over Violence in Southern Israel

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, “We are deeply concerned by the renewal of violence in southern Israel. We call on both sides to make every effort to restore calm.”

“We condemn in the strongest terms the rocket fire from Gaza by terrorists into southern Israel in recent days, which has dramatically and dangerously escalated in the past day,” Nuland said. We call on those responsible to take immediate action to stop these cowardly acts.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/us-deeply-concerned-over-violence-in-southern-israel/2012/03/10/

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