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Out of recent ashes, Israel’s border communities persevere

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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 12:34 pm

Nestled in the Western Negev, along the desert’s edge and the border with the Gaza Strip, 32 small agricultural kibbutzim and villages have created an oasis in an otherwise overlooked part of Israel. For many residents of what is often referred to as “The Gaza Envelope,” their lives represent a stark contrast to the bustling metropolis of   Israel’s center, and provide a healthy and peaceful environment focused on family and community. For years, these hearty pioneers have made their mark on Israeli history — literally making the desert bloom. However, their efforts of greening the desert have recently turned to black, as neighboring Gaza has threatened their peaceful way of life.

Since March, more than 450 incendiary kites, balloons and rockets have been launched from Gaza toward the communities of Eshkol and Sha’ar HaNegev, destroying more than 6,500 acres of agricultural land and forests that the people there rely on as their main source of income and economic development. For the region’s children, a familiar and seemingly innocuous object, such as a kite, has now become a symbol of terror and fear.

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