Jun. 20, 2018
- Hundreds of Israeli Families Have Moved to the Gaza Border – Judy Maltz
Remnants of flaming kites launched from Gaza, strewn on the ground and hanging from trees at Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, serve as the latest reminder of the risks involved in living this close to a hostile population. Yet seven families will be moving to Kerem Shalom this summer and another seven families will join them later in the year.
Over the past few years, hundreds of new families from around the country have chosen to move to the region. Many of the newcomers say their motivation is idealistic: A desire to help fortify and secure Israel’s most vulnerable border. Others cite the natural beauty of the region and the more relaxed pace of life. For some, it is the strong sense of community and child-friendly atmosphere that beckon.
Over 50 agricultural communities, most of them kibbutzim, dot Israel’s 51-km. (32-mile) border with Gaza. Some of them sit right on the edge, where they have little to no warning of Hamas rocket and mortar fire (at best, 15 seconds). They are also in easy range of the flaming kites. (Ha’aretz)