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Adele Raemer
Life on the Border with the Gaza Strip

On Her Journey to Freedom

Selfie by Manar, used with her permission
Yesterday was my birthday, and I indulged myself in looking back to count my blessings, and they are many. I am one of the lucky citizens of this planet who was born into a society which espouses freedom, enables people (including women) to make their own choices. I have always been free to follow my own religious beliefs, to marry whomever I please, to speak my mind- even when my opinions are diametrically opposed to those in political power.
But I have this friend who was not lucky enough to have been born into such circumstances. Although I have never been able to hug her physically, I have walked with her on her journey, in spirit, for a few years. She is young enough to be my daughter. (I would be proud to have had a daughter like her.)
Despite all odds, she is a free soul and a free thinker, and is now scratching and clawing her way to freedom through a tunnel of darkness and danger. This is not a terror tunnel, as I have often written about; it’s her own personal freedom tunnel, and the light on the other end awaits her. This tunnel forges its way not through rock and earth, rather through bureaucracy and existential challenges and threats. She needs to build her tunnel to freedom with connections and money rather than shovels, and when she reaches the other end, when she reaches the light at the end of that tunnel , she will be a light herself, helping her loved ones in the society she left behind.
As a Jew, I have grown up on the stories of our people, in their plight to be treated fairly in society. As the granddaughter of immigrants who struggled to escape an oppressive regime to build a life for their families in a place where they could be free and prosper, I want to support Manar in her journey to freedom. I am one of the lucky ones, whose relatives paid the price to enable me to be born into a society where I want for nothing, and my children want for nothing. So instead of a gift this year it would be a great honor if you could contribute, instead, to help Manar on her journey to freedom. Every penny counts. Every shekel will be appreciated. Please read her story and consider giving and sharing. Thank you.
About the Author
The writer (aka "Zioness on the Border" on social media) is a mother and a grandmother who since 1975 has been living and raising her family on Kibbutz Nirim along the usually paradisiacal, sometimes hellishly volatile border with the Gaza Strip. The writer has lived on a kibbutz on the Gaza border since 1975. She blogs about the dreams and dramas that are part of border kibbutznik life. Until recently, she could often be found photographing her beloved region, which is exactly what she had planned to do for sunrise, October 7th. Fortunately, she did not go out that morning. As a result, she survived the murderous terror infiltrations of that horrible day, hunkering down in her safe room with her 33-year-old son for 11 terrifying hours. So many of her friends and neighbors, though, were not so lucky. Adele recently retired after 38 years as a teacher of English as a foreign language, a teacher-trainer and counselor for the Israeli Ministry of Education for EFL, and as a tech integration coach. She was named by Ha'aretz as one of the "Ten Jewish Faces Who Made Waves in 2018 https://goo.gl/UrjCNB. In November 2018 she was invited to Geneva by an independent investigative committee for of 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. Since October 7, she has given numerous interviews, and has gone on four missions abroad in support of Israel and as an advocate for her people. In addition to fighting the current wave of lies and blood libels about the Jewish state, she is raising money to help members of her kibbutz return to their homes on the border, where they might begin to heal. She founded and moderates a 13K strong FB group named "Life on the Border" Facebook group https://goo.gl/xcwZT1 . If If you want to learn more about how you can help her and her community return home, please feel free to reach out to her.
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