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Bracing for the storm on the border

Southern Israel is battening down the hatches for a storm that is truly preventable
Palestinian protesters fly a kite with a burning rag dangling from its tail to during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian protesters fly a kite with a burning rag dangling from its tail to during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

All day yesterday, I had the association of how in Florida, when they know a hurricane is about to hit, people hammer up their windows with wood to prepare for the storm.

And now, as the new dawn rises, I tally up the information I amassed:

  • 25 fires yesterday, alone…..
  • Israeli Air Force doing training for bombing missions in Gaza…..
  • IAF dropping leaflets over Gaza warning Gazans NOT to go to the fence.
  • Hamas calling upon more Gazans than ever to join violent protests at the fence, on the last Friday of Ramadan……
  • Reports of fence protesters planning to wear concentration camp pajamas…
  • People close to me taking the weekend off to get away…
  • People asking if we’ve closed our saferoom windows….
  • Estimates from the news that Hamas are preparing to launch rockets deep into Israel, in response to casualties incurred by their use of civilians as human shields….

This is no act of God.
This is no hurricane.
This is something that can be prevented.

Everyone says that neither of the sides want a war… so why do I feel as if I am in the eye of a storm that is accelerating towards us?

Where are my leaders and what is my government doing to prevent this man-made storm from hitting before it is too late?

For more impressions of life on the border, joing our Facebook group.

To see what people from our region are trying to do about it, join us in the Movement for the Future of the Western Negev

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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