A glimpse of life near the Gaza border: #IsraelUnderFire

I spent the day participating in a media tour of Sderot and other Israeli towns close to the border with Gaza.  

The day included a security briefing, several Code Red (Tzeva Adom) alerts, an unexpected view of the immediate aftermath of a rocket which landed in Sderot, a play by children at a local kibbutz and an analysis of the military situation with Col. Richard Kemp.

Here a brief account of my day via updates on Twitter and Facebook.



We then went to Sapir College, near Sderot.  All classes were cancelled due to rocket fire.  

We were listening to a presentation by an academic expert on the psychological trauma caused by terrorism when the Code Red alert sounded.


The rocket landed in a neighborhood nearby, so our guides took us to the site of the blast.


Fortunately, there were no injuries.

A boy whose home was right next to where the rocket landed displayed a bit of bravado and claimed a souvenir.


A minute later there was another Code Red and we were able to get to a bomb shelter in a home near where we were standing.

Sderot residents have 15 seconds to get to safety once they hear the alert.

This was a tiny glimpse into the intolerable situation which residents of Israeli towns within close range of Gaza must deal with constantly.  


We then toured Kibbutz Alumim and saw the children perform a play dramatizing how they deal with the constant threat of rocket fire, entitled ‘Code Red’. 

We then listened to a military assessment of Israel’s current operation by Col. Richard Kemp, former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, who explained the extraordinary efforts of the IDF to avoid civilian casualties – resulting in a civilian to combatant ratio in Cast Lead, and Pillar of Defense, far superior to recent NATO operations.

Finally, we took a brief detour to get a glimpse at an Israeli tank stationed near the Gaza border.

More than 1200 rockets have been launched at Israeli towns since November 10, and over 12,800 since 2001.

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    • Hey, philosophaster, Gaza and Adam are just names and they don’t belong to language at all. So, what do you mean??

      • Names that have a referent have reference but not meaning. Suppose you saw the following sentence written in Chinese characters.” Ying Yang Yong is an accomplished Chinese author “. Now you don’t understand it because its written in Mandarin ( or whatever ). You need a translation. However, once you understand that Ying Yang Yong is a name that part of the sentence doesn’t need to be translated. Like I said you had an opportunity to nail me on this but you weren’t sharp enough to spot it. I offered to help you out on it but you declined the offer. The offer is withdrawn.

  1. Glad you got to meet Richard Kemp, who soke at our synagogue to a packed meeting.

    Now there’s one of the really good guys.