Adele Raemer
Life on the Border with the Gaza Strip

Tents on the Gaza border

Our Tent of Light and Love

We had our lovely Seder. There were too many people for the dining room, so we hired a tent. It was full of light and laughter and love of family, community, tradition. And most of the time I felt calm and secure — occupied with dancing, rocking babies, taking pictures, eating.

Most of us felt secure. But not all of us. Some of us plugged bravely through the evening, keeping concerns of worst-case-scenario, a mere whisper: only those closest to her knew she had spent the day thinking up emergency exit routes. Just in case there was rocket fire. Instructions given to her brother: “If there’s a Red Alert, I’ll take the older one, you grab the baby and go under the table. Can’t have the carriage in the aisle — it’ll be too congested to carve a quick path through the chairs.”

While on the other side of the border, less than two kilometers away, there were very different tents, where tragedies were actually happening. People who have been suffering for too long, lacking true leadership to lead them out of THEIR “Egypt,” their “bondage,” were getting killed.

And our children, instead of being at Seder dinners with their families, were on the lines protecting us in our tent, doing their best to prevent my daughter’s worst-case-scenario from materializing.

We are all victims of leaders who have not yet found the courage to solve this: to let all of the cousins in this region sit in their own tents: in peace of mind and body and soul.

Don’t tell me there is no one to talk to. It’s not about that. It’s about the price. It can be solved.

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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