Adele Raemer
Adele Raemer
Life on the Border with the Gaza Strip

Preparing for another fiery Friday

As I have done every evening for the past four months, I am updating the kite and balloon arson fires in the Facebook group I monitor, Life on the Border. It’s Thursday evening. Apparently there were no (official) balloon or kite sparked fires today. But as I have done for the past four months of Thursdays, I go to sleep uncomfortably waiting to see what Friday-after-prayers-in-Gaza holds for our area.

Despite the write-ups about allowing hundreds of trucks into Gaza through the newly-reopened Kerem Shalom border crossing, despite the opening of the seas to Gaza’s fishermen, despite the messages from Israeli politicians about the cease fire that is being woven and the apparent peace-that-is-about-to-break-out-any-minute, the news from the other side sounds different. I am reading that the Fatah will not agree to the conditions, that the Islamic Jihad will not agree, that the agreement is strengthening the Hamas and giving the message that violence pays off, that… that… that…….

Every weekend for the past four months, Fridays have been days when people who live here know that the air could fill with black tire smoke or tear gas floating on a miscalculated wind. We know that casualties from protesters thowing rocks, molotov cocktails, launching balloons or even shooting live ammunition could spark another wave of rockets, potentially propelling us into another escallation of violence that takes us from zero to 100 in a nano-second. Way faster than hearts are capable of absorbing.

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", and "Achdut Im Hadarom" 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 a Tech Integration Coach. 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 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, as any southern clown would do, clowns as often as she can in the pediatric ward in the hospital in Ashkelon. She was recently included among the Haaretz "Ten Jewish Faces who made Waves in 2018" She was invited to Geneva by an independent investigative committee for the UN to bear witness to the border situation in November 2018, and in December 2019 addressed the UN Security Council at the request of the US ambassador to the UN.