Kassams, Grad Missiles and More......
Shalom and welcome back!
A loyal reader suggested that I write a blog about living in an area where kassams and grad missiles are landing. Since it has been very noisy for the past couple of days, I decided to write this blog.
My family & I live in Netivot, a city in the
We have grandchildren that live in Ma’agalim and go to school in Kfar Maimon, part of the Sedot Negev communities.
Each of the children's classrooms is a fortified bomb proof room with a security door. Before they moved into these classrooms, they had an unprotected classroom.
The army comes to the school to visit, teach and reassure the children. In the playground there are bomb shelters in case the siren rings during recess. Unfortunately, Kfar Maimon is on the receiving end of many Kassams.
We, in Netivot, have had over the past couple of years several grad missiles fall. Kassams can’t reach us, as they can not be aimed and can only go a few kms. Grads on the other hand are directed and can go 20kms. They usually land in or near the cemetery of the Baba Sali which is on the perimeter of the city.
We have had grads land in the center of town, near a gas station, in the shuk [market] and two have landed not far from our apartment. One was in a farmer’s field. We could see the smoke rising from our balcony. The other was a little to close for comfort. It landed in a construction site in back of our apartment. Fortunately, there were no injuries or damage from these attacks.
Netivot, as with other communities, is hooked up to a warning air raid siren. When the siren rings, you have 40 seconds to go into your safe room or a public bomb shelter.
When the kassam or grad missile lands it makes a very loud boom and the windows and sometimes the floor vibrates. The hole in the ground is deep and black.
Life goes on. We are not afraid to leave our apartment. We take buses, go where we have to go and do whatever we need to get done.
Living in this area, you get used to the different sounds. We sometimes have helicopters hovering and circling over our neighborhood for hours, waiting for orders. You learn the sounds of booming in the distance, which are the terrorists and which is the army responding.
By far, Sderot and the moshavim and kibbutzim close by, have had the most attacks. Sderot can be targeted up to 30 to 40 times a day. It is only 2kms from
But with every tragedy there is sunshine. Mitzvot are happening all the time.Everyone cares.
In Beer Sheva there is a Challah project where you can order your Shabbos challahs from Sderot. This past Pesach, buses filled with women from
The Sderot Online Mall [link on side of blog] is a private initiative of people from the center of the country, trying to give new business opportunities to the citizens of Sderot & all the other moshavim and kibbutzim that are close to and surrounds the
As I sit at my computer typing this blog, I hear a very loud boom in the distance. When will it end.....nobody knows.
May the Hand of Hashem protect us all.
Here is picture of a kassam.
Several months ago I wrote a poem about Sderot.
The siren is blaring
people are shouting
red alert, red alert
kassams are coming!
Mothers and fathers
Hold on to their precious children
run to the shelters
Saying Tehillim, that all will be well.
The children are screaming.
The noise is deafening.
Their parents want to know
When will this all stop.
Suddenly, there is aloud boom!
Residents, still shaking
look for the injured and the damage.
B"H, this time there were no deaths.
Where is the government?
Why aren't they doing anything?
These are the questions on everyone's tongue.
Oh, why has our government abandoned us?
Hashem, Sderot is in Your Hands.
I pray the day will come
when our army
will be sent to do its job.
And Sderot will be once again QUIET!
I hope that you found this blog to be informative. Please feel free to pass it along.
It all started around 8:05 in the morning, the third day of Chanukah, Dec. 24th, when the first siren went off. We went to our safe room, my husband closed the metal window & then boom..... 10 minutes later we were in our safe room again.
This repeated 5 or 6 more times. In between, we could hear the siren from a distance goings off in other yishuvim.
My daughters live in Ma'agalim 5 minutes from me......She also had many trips to the basement of their house. Devorah spoke to the kids and told the 3 golder kids [11,7,6] that when they go downstairs they must bring one of the younger children with them. [2,3,4]
The 3 older kids are used to the siren going off because they go to school in Kfar Maimon, that borders Gaza and have sirens 3 /4 times a day. Even still Adi who is 7 was very upset. Home is supposed to be a safe place.
We are not leaving Netivot. The attacks are annoying, but I will never allow arabs to scare and make me run from our home. That's what they want. To rid Jews from the Negev.
I hope today will be quieter......but if we don't go and clean up Gaza this will be a rewinding story.