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Life-protecting Sewers for Gush Katif Expellees

Posted by emmalazarus on December 31, 2008

By Sara Layah Shomron

Our family lives at the Nitzan caravilla site, halfway between Ashkelon and Ashdod. NO bomb shelters at this Nitzan or any temporary caravilla site. So when the Red Alert siren sounds of incoming rocket(s) – we quickly lay down on the floor and cover our heads as though in an open field (even one of our dogs initially cooperated as he put his paws over his ears) while others squeeze large families under their dining table, or behind a sofa and yet others simply ignore the warning and sit/walk outside.

“Bomb shelters” are being brought in today. One neighborhood already has. It’s comprised of three HUGE sewer pipes about 6ft tall and 12-15 ft long, put together to create one shelter in which one can stand and walk. On each end there’s a cement block covering most of the opening so one is protected from shrapnel. It’s like a hamster’s toy – only BIGGER. Actually my Wisconsin elementary school playground had a couple of these. Kids would squeeze inside during school-time recesses to keep warm from the freezing winter temperatures.
In our cul-de-sac today there was a conversation calmly discussing where to put the concrete sewage pipes in our parking lot. People don’t seem to be panicking (I translate and paraphrase):

Not in front of my house. It will destroy our breeze and view


I have a measuring tape – here- take an end

Put it in front of my house

No put it over there- it’s more in the middle
The government will get us all inside these and seal them closed

We’ve been expelled from our houses, in these caravillas, and now we’re supposed to go into sewers? What’s happening to us?
Does anybody know if these are used?
Have you guys seen the other neighborhood where kids are drawing on them? We should have a contest

You know we’ll have to sleep in street clothes
A neighbor sent their pre-teen daughter to request the sewage pipes be put by her house –they can’t make it in 30 seconds otherwise. And so went the conversation.
Several hours later three HUGE sewer pipes were trucked into our neighborhood. One of the neighbors made it clear to the army officer in charge that they wanted the pipes placed somewhere other than immediately in front of their caravilla. A compromise was reached with the sewage pipes placed a further distance in front of their caravilla. After all, we wouldn’t want the sewage pipes to dislodge, roll, and smash into a caravilla.

 

Postscript: The siren sounded just a short while ago in the late evening hours. My husband, on the computer wearing earphones, hadn’t heard. Suddenly he noticed me and the girls lying on the floor with our hands protecting our heads. “What are you doing? I didn’t hear a siren – outside to the sewers” said he. We had totally forgotten and made haste. Only four other neighborhood families joined us. We were about to return to our caravillas when we felt another BOOM though heard no siren. Methinks from now on we’ll sleep in our street clothes with a warm jacket in easy reach.
“Even miles away you can be a part of us and together we will write a new page in the history of e Jewish people and the Land of Israel,” Katif Fund http://www.katifund.org/

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FRIENDS OF GUSH KATIF,
Friends of Gush Katif (501 (c)(3))
PO Box 1184
Teaneck, NJ 07666

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Gush Katif Committee
Ahuzat Etrog
P.O.B 450
Israel, 79411
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One Response to “Life-protecting Sewers for Gush Katif Expellees”

  1. shirajordan said

    To all the people who sleep safely in their beds at night and have the audacity to criticize the Israeli government, this is for you:
    None of you spoke in the past 8 years when rockets and bombs fell in southern Israeli cities, causing death and destruction without any provocation on our part.
    What you need to understand are two things-
    First of all, there is no functioning government in Gaza. The Hamas took over (in a military coup!) and they are running the show. The Hamas, in case you didn’t know, is a terror organization. Just like Al-kaida and Hezbollah. Israel is dealing with terror organizations all through its borders. Not with governments. And not with civilians. We have nothing against the Palestinians. Only the terrorists.
    The second thing you need to know is that the Hamas is a very cynical organization which uses innocent women and children to fight Israel. They launch their missals from civilian’s houses, not from open fields or military camps, and when the Israeli army wants to destroy those missals launchers- sometimes innocent people die.
    They stash weapons; bombs etc. in hospitals, mosques, civil houses and schools exactly for this reason- they know that the Israeli army will not bomb those places. Over the years, they have dig tunnels between Egypt and Gaza to smuggle everything, including weapons which is being used against us.
    The Israeli army has such advanced technologies they can surgically hit those places. And that is exactly what we are doing. The manipulations in the media, done by the Arabs are ridicules, at best.
    Ask yourself- what would you do if your life was constantly under threat? Look at the map. Maybe that will help you grasp our geographic situation.
    The purpose of the Israeli army is to defend. Not attack.
    So next time you think about how miserable and poor the Palestinians are, and how powerful and evil the Israelis are- think again. And if you support the Palestinians right now in any way- that means you support terrorism.
    (Written by a left-wing Israeli who thinks terror should not win anywhere in the world).

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