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      Cheshvan 13, 5773, 10/29/2012

      THEY'RE SHOOTING AT MY KIDS!!!

      by Tamar Yonah

      This is a public letter to the Prime Minister of Israel.  It was written by an Israeli mother in the south of the country who is trying to raise her family without the constant missile and rocket attacks they face, whenever the terrorists in the Gaza strip feel like killing Jews. She wrote this using capital letters, so I am leaving it as is, to show her distraught. 

      THEY'RE SHOOTING AT MY KIDS!!!

      MR. PRIME MINISTER, WHY ARE YOU NOT PROTECTING THEM???

      WHY ARE YOU NOT PUTTING A STOP TO THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON THIS COUNTRY???

      INSTEAD OF ELIMINATING THE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL, YOU TRY TO PACIFY YOUR OWN CITIZENS WITH BAND-AID SOLUTIONS.

      YOU CAME DOWN SOUTH AND MADE YOUR APPEARANCE AND THEN PROMISED SOUTHERN CITIZENS FUNDING TO ADD ON SAFE-ROOMS.  

      BUT THAT WILL NOT STOP THE ATTACKS FROM CONTINUING.

      BAND-AID.

      (Above) A public bomb shelter in the south set up for people caught outside during a missile or rocket attack.  The cement walls are placed in front where it faces the direction of Gaza.  Credit: Avraham Goodman from Ma'agalim, Israel

      ARE THE SOUTHERN BORDERS OF ISRAEL NOT IMPORTANT???

      WHY SHOULD WE CONTINUE TO LIVE UNDER CONSTANT ARAB AGGRESSION? 

      MY KIDS ARE AFRAID TO PLAY IN THE PARK FOR FEAR OF A MISSILE HITTING THEM FROM THE SKY ABOVE.

      WHY DO MY KIDS HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY? WHY MUST THEY LOOSE SCHOOL DAYS???

      IS EDUCATION IN THE SOUTH NOT AS IMPORTANT AS IN TEL AVIV???

      WHY DO MOTHERS HAVE TO PRAY THAT THEIR CHILDREN WILL RETURN HOME SAFE FROM SCHOOL OR OUT PLAYING???

      WHY DO FIELD TRIPS IN SCHOOL GET CANCELLED BECAUSE OF FLYING ROCKETS???

      WHAT PARENT IN TEL AVIV HAS TO CALM DOWN THEIR CHILD AFTER BEING WOKEN FROM SLEEP TO A SIREN AND LOUD VIBRATIONAL BOOMS???

      SHOW ME A SCHOOL YARD OUTSIDE OF THE GAZA BELT THAT CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PLAY IN, FOR FEAR THAT THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO RUN FAST ENOUGH TO SAFETY???

      REGULAR CHILDREN HAVE FIRE DRILLS IN SCHOOL, MINE HAVE ROCKET DRILLS. IS THAT NORMAL???

      CEASE WITH YOUR EMPTY PROMISES!!!

      OUR SCHOOLS DO NOT NEED TO BE FORTIFIED!!!

      OUR CITIES & TOWNS DO NOT NEED MORE BOMB SHELTERS!!!

      WE WANT SECURITY, NOT BAND-AIDS!!!

      WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO HAVE A NORMAL & SAFE CHILDHOOD!!!

      WHERE IS YOUR LEADERSHIP, YOUR STAMINA???

      WHERE IS JUSTICE?

      HOW LONG DO YOU THINK YOU CAN KEEP ADMINISTERING BAND-AIDS?

      SHAME, MR. PRIME MINISTER!!!

      DEVORAH HOREV

      S'DOT NEGEV