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February 1st, 2009 – good morning qassams

Again the booms.

This morning I was just finishing off my morning exercises and thinking about the next step in my daily routine, when first one Boom and then another. The dog next door, Laila, began to bark which is always an indication that something has landed very close by. (It used to be peacocks shrieking, but now Laila is the best alert I’ve got).

My daughter slept through it. I quickly dressed and called for information. Soon enough I learned that the qassams had landed between two of our Children’s Houses. These buildings are extremely close to my house, which was rather unsettling. Post-Trauma, anyone?

Neither of them exploded, apparently, which is why the booms weren’t deafening. But another one exploded on a neighbouring kibbutz.

The news says this:

Gaza militants fire barrage of rockets, mortar shells at Negev


By Yuval Azoulay, Haaretz Correspondents, Haaretz Service and The Associated Press


Palestinian militants fired at least four Qassam rockets and four mortar shells from the Gaza Strip into the western Negev on Sunday, with one rocket landing in between two kindergartens.
Three rockets struck the Eshkol region, two of them landing in open fields and the third close to the kindergartens. A fourth rocket struck an open field in the Sdot Negev Regional Council area. No casualties or damage were reported in any of the strikes.
Four mortar shells struck the Eshkol region of the western Negev later on Sunday. No injuries or damages were caused.
Later on Sunday morning, Israel Defense Forces soldiers exchanged fire with militants near the Kissufim crossing on the border with the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported in the incident. 


Just when we were getting used to a qassam here, a grad missile there, trying to digest the daily fears of where and when, the close-to-home hit truly hits below the belt. There’s a vast reservoir of anxiety that we’ve all just pretended to leave behind. An incident such as today shows that just below the surface, it’s all there. Nothing’s calm, nothing’s assured.

The Operation Cast Lead era is behind us with its beginning and end, and now we’re back to where we were – the unknowing, the state of being unprotected.

The qassams landed between a kindergarten and a Children’s House. The hour was perfectly attuned to when parents walk their children to their daycare.

I don’t want to continue with this description mostly because I have nothing to add. Miraculously, no one was hurt. There were many who were there at that time.

I turned on the T.V. to see Rafi Reshef’s news programme and saw one of our kibbutz members, Avner Goren, being interviewed. He related how he’d just passed the spot where the qassam landed, he and his daughter were on their way to Kindergarten. He told the reporter how he’d had his doubts whether or not the military operation would have much effect on our daily life, and now those doubts were confirmed. Nothing was new. The kindergarten, though fully reinforced, could hardly provide protection to those enroute.

Quiet pastoral February has opened with nerves and needs for de-stressing.

Fields of Nir-Oz, looking towards Aza

Fields of Nir-Oz, looking towards Aza



5 responses to “February 1st, 2009 – good morning qassams

  1. Keith Alan Hamilton ⋅

    No choice a possible prerequisite for acts of courage.


  2. talkingnow ⋅

    Hi Keith, thanks for thinking of us. Interesting you call this ‘courageous’, when i’m thinking it’s just a matter of no choice.
    best to you,

  3. talkingnow ⋅

    Operation, we’re still calling it. Op or war, here we are. All we can hope is that world attention will start to move things towards peace. (hoping)
    thanks for commenting, Batya.

  4. Oh, my, but we knew the war wouldn’t bring peace.

  5. Keith Alan Hamilton ⋅

    My thoughts are with you and yours my dear friend. :o)

    Thanks for having the courage to keep us informed.

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