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About these kites…

They started out as gifts from Japan to the children of Gaza and were repurposed to carry incendiary devices
A Palestinian man prepares an incendiary device attached to a kite before trying to fly it over the border fence with Israel, on the eastern outskirts of Jabalia in the Gaza Strip, on May 4, 2018. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
A Palestinian man prepares an incendiary device attached to a kite before trying to fly it over the border fence with Israel, on the eastern outskirts of Jabalia in the Gaza Strip, on May 4, 2018. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)

These kites? The ones that have been appearing in our skies, softly floating over from Gaza with a burning tail or molotov cocktail waiting to explode upon impact and cause these horrific fires that are devouring thousands of acres of our unharvested wheat in a flash, polluting our skies, and endangering our firefighters and farmers and our homes? Do you KNOW where they come from? They were sent from JAPAN as a gift to the children of Gaza.

Photo credit: Alon Anker

Yep. You heard me. I thought it was kind of interesting that they all looked pretty much the same size and color and of the same materials… as if they had had some cynical sort of crafts day in Gaza to build all of these kites. But I heard it from Avri Gilad this morning, on Israel Channel 13. (I’m not creative enough to make this stuff up.)

This kite was retrieved in Kibbutz Beeri’s field yesterday. A kite that originated in Japan, as a gift to the children of Gaza, went through Kerem Shalom crossing, no doubt, to get there, and now being “repurposed”. Some carry incendiary devices to destroy our fields and forests. Others, like this, carry messages.

This one says:

“Be’eri we have returned just like we promised we would, and we will reduce you to ashes.”

This is NOT about the American Embassy in Jerusalem.
This is NOT even about the embargo.
This is about a terrorist group that wants to reduce us all to ashes.
“The Great March of Return” – they have been saying it all the time, why isn’t the world listening?

Kibbutz Beeri

Photo credits: Motty Barak, Kibbutz Beeri

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About the Author
Born in the USA, Adele has lived in a Kibbutz on the border with the Gaza Strip since 1975. She is a mother and a grandmother living and raising her family on the usually paradisaical, sometimes hellishly volatile border. She is affiliated with "The Movement for the Future of the Western Negev", for sanity's sake. She also moderates a FB group named "Life on the Border". Adele is a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, as well as a teacher trainer and counselor for the Israeli MoE for EFL and Digital Pedagogy. She blogs here about both Life on the Border, as well as about digital pedagogy, in "Digitally yours, @dele". She has recently become a devoted YouTuber, churning out about a YouTube a week on the topic of digital stuff. (https://goo.gl/iBVMEG) Her personal channel covers other issues close to her heart (medical clowning, Life on the Border, etc.) (https://goo.gl/uLP6D3) In addition, she is a trained medical clown and, as any southern clown would do, clowns as often as she can in the pediatric ward in the hospital in Ashkelon. Adele has 4 children, 6 grandchildren (and counting) and two dogs. She has yet to acquire a partridge in a pear tree.
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