Adele Raemer
Life on the Border with the Gaza Strip

Helping a Miracle Happen on the Border


Kids who grow up in Israel on the border with the Gaza Strip, learn to live with  different challenges than most. From the time they can walk, they learn  that the words “Code Red” (signaling incoming rockets from Gaza) need to be taken seriously. Hearing loud explosions in the middle of the night. Growing up in fear that terrorists could pop up from a hole in the ground. Periodic evacuations of their homes, for unlimited time, because their front yard has turned into a landing pad for exploding Hamas rockets.

Today, however, I want to tell you about a kid who has had to grow up with all that, and gets to deal with cancer as well. Twice, in fact. And he’s only 13. 

His name is Eitan. He goes to the school I work at. I have met him, but only perfunctorily, as the “son of” a friend who was part of a citizens’ protest group down here in the south. 

His mom’s name is Gefen, and I got to know her at the demos protesting government laxidasiality regarding the conditions in which we live in the Western Negev aka the Gaza Envelope. She would come, with her kids in tow. They even camped out with us in the overnight tent city  in the heart of Tel Aviv. She did it out of caring  about our lives here on the border. Being a citizen activist means making your voice heard while putting aside the usual demands on moms with young kids. At the same time, she was serving as a role model for her children, by bringing them with her, providing a real life, boots-on-the-ground education in being a responsible citizen and patriot. That is the beauty of this country, and especially our region, where life threatening challenges have us all looking after each others’ backs. 

Now, she needs my help. She needs OUR help.

I do not usually ask for help, but this time it’s personal. One of “mine”. One of the magical things that comes out of living here is that we really care for each other. Which is why I have joined the ranks of “Eitan’s Soldiers” to help raise money to send this kid to Houston, Texas to undergo an experimental treatment available nowhere else in the world, and is Eitan’s only chance for survival.

We are out to raise NIS 4 million to enable the family to relocate temporarily to Texas, to give Eitan a fighting chance.

Please go into the fundraising site to read more. And as  you light your Hannuka candles tonight, please think of Eitan, Gefen and their family and open your hearts and your wallets. Any amount, even a small donation, will help us help Eitan and his family on their way to victory. Please help us provide light, hope and a way towards another miracle this Hannuka 2021. 

Thank you. Wishing all my readers a joyous, healthy Holiday of Lights. Chag Urim Sameach. 




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 moderates a FB group named "Life on the Border". Adele recently retired after 38 years as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, as well as a teacher trainer and counselor for the Israeli MoE for EFL and a Tech Integration Coach. She blogs here about both Life on the Border, as well as about digital pedagogy, in "Digitally yours, @dele". She is a YouTuber, mostly on the topic of digital stuff. ( Her personal channel covers other issues close to her heart (medical clowning, Life on the Border, etc.) ( In addition, she is a trained medical clown and, although on COVID hiatus, until allowed back into hospitals, she clowns as often as she can in the pediatric ward in the hospital in Ashkelon. As a result of her activity as an advocate for her region, she was included among the Ha'aretz "Ten Jewish Faces who made Waves in 2018" In November 2018 she was invited to Geneva by an independent investigative committee for the UN to bear witness to the border situation, and in December 2019 addressed the UN Security Council at the request of the US ambassador to the UN.
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