All’s Quiet On The Western Front… NOT!
For many months the terrorist activity from Gaza has been almost nil. With the warmer weather upon us, mature wheat fields ripen and nature reserves feel the heat of summer, as in years past.
Hamas has once again started sending incendiary devices attached to helium filled balloons but this time they have stepped it up a notch.
It is bad enough that the incendiary devices laden balloons set farm land on fire, burn nature reserves and kill the wild life but now they are adding explosive devices to them as well. It is now not uncommon to hear explosions over head as fiery balloons fall to the ground. This new twist to an already horrific crime now puts our fire fighters, first responders, solders and volunteers lives in greater danger, not to mention the public.
Whether the explosive devices are heat sensitive, on some sort of timer and just explode on impact makes little difference; they are designed to kill and maim anyone who is in proximity of them when they land.
Hundreds of Acres Being Burnt Daily
For fire fighters who are many times right there in the middle of the fire as they fight them, the possibility of one of them exploding is now a real vital concern to them.
In recent days, Hamas has demanded 17 million dollars to halt this insanity. It has given Israel two weeks to send it. They have also placed other demands on Israel with the threat of an escalation if Israel does not meet their demands. They have also demanded an additional 13 million dollars from Qatar as part of their demands.
Chag Sachem / Happy Holidays
With the fall feast and holydays just around the corner we have been busy preparing gift bags with some of the necessities to help make the holydays a bit more festive and ease some of the financial burden that comes with them. Even in this heat and with Covid-19, they came to help. We will also will be able to help a few families with money as well this year. All this is possible because of your love and generosity. THANK YOU!
This summer we once again did some major painting for one of our local schools. We used a four color paint scheme and it was well received by the teachers who came back to a new school year with what they said looked like a “new classroom”. We also made some repairs to broken floor tiles, replaced damaged door handles and door stops. This is the fifth time we have done this to a school in Sderot.
We did not get as far as we would have liked. Due to Covid-19 the school was open longer during the summer to try to make up for lost days from mandatory shutdowns. If possible, through the school year, we will take one classroom at a time and repaint it.
Talking about help from our supporters, it is your generosity, your love and prayers that make everything we do possible and without your support, none of this would be possible. One of the organizations that helps us gave us over one hundred bags of diapers in all sizes. From those we help, our staff and me personally… THANK YOU!!!
Once again the school we work at was shut down today 13 Sept 2020 and all of Sderot will be shut down the Friday before Rosh Hoshana for fourteen days due to Covid-19.
It will make it more difficult for families here who will be out of a job to celebrate the fall feasts with “simcha”, (joy in Hebrew). With your help we will do what we can to help as many as possible to have a joyful holiday season. Again Thank you for your love and support.