Train services between Ashkelon and Sderot in southern Israel have been halted due to security reasons.
Constant war and fear has scarred people on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his last column written hours before his death this week, Leonard Fein calls for compassion.
Sitting on a leather sofa in flip-flops and shorts, smoking and eating snacks, a group of middle-aged Israeli men look like they are watching a soccer match on TV, but they are perched atop a hill overlooking the Gaza Strip watching a very different kind of contest.
A few years ago, someone who wanted to move to the Israeli town of Sderot near Gaza for ‘quiet’ would have been dismissed as a lunatic. But now the town is booming.
Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed on Thursday in a southern Israeli border town that U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned in a speech on his arrival in Israel a day earlier.
A heavily fortified school in the Israeli town of Sderot has opened its doors as students return for another year filled with the threat of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. It may very well be the world’s first rocket-proof school building, designed to absorb and deflect rockets launched from the Hamas-ruled coastal territory, located only a few kilometers away. Sha’ar Hanegev High School architect Yuval Geni “The walls are very thick, the windows are very thick too, the glass is 12 millimeters thick, all the doors are protected, the roof is protected also, very, very thick, and as you can see around, we have elements that they are extensive from the facades of the building, their task is to deviate the missiles.” Rocket fire has decreased considerably in the past three years since Israel’s three-week war against Gaza during the winter of 2008-2009, but attacks can still disrupt life for those living in Sderot. Just a day before students returned to school, several rockets hit an industrial zone near the town, damaging two factories. Schooldays in the town are often interrupted by mad dashes to bomb shelters, since residents have only about 15 seconds to run for cover once a rocket is fired. Nearly 500 rockets have been fired into Israel so far this year. For this school’s principal, the challenge of living in such a vulnerable area is to teach students not to give into anger. Aharele Rothstein, Principal of Sha’ar Hanegev High School: “If you ask me really, really what …
A Kassam rocket fired from Gaza struck Sderot as children returned to school after summer break.
“Tank you Mister Obama, about everyting.”
The foreign policy chief of the European Union, Catherine Ashton, is under furious attack for a speech she gave March 19, several hours after the deadly shootings at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, in which she mentioned the Toulouse attack and deaths of Palestinian youths in Gaza in the same sentence.