Kibbutz Life · Living in Otef Azza · Sha'ar HaNegev

February 6th, 2009

Quiet morning.

The weather has been extraordinarily beautiful. Gardens are blooming. Calaniot (anemone) are cheering up the hearts of Negev dwellers.

"Calaniot" in the Eshkol area, (thnx to ynet)
"Calaniot" in the Eshkol area, (thnx to ynet)


I thought I’d take a photo of Amos’ famous qassam garden since I walk by it everyday. The qassams were brought to the garden, they didn’t happen to land in his garden.

Amos' qassam garden, Nir-Oz
Amos' qassam garden, Nir-Oz


The fields are newly ploughed after the carrot harvest and the crows are looking fat. The kids are alright. Some of us are still displaying some signs of anxiety, especially with a scurry of false alarms this week. It seems that manysettlements had their share of “Red Alerts” for no real reason. On the other hand, at least 30 rockets of various descriptions were aimed at the area this week. (Eshkol, Ashkelon, Sderot). This count was brought to my attention by the Sderot Media Center.  In Sha’ar HaNegev, students were mid-History matriculation exam when they heard the “Red Alert”, evacuated to shelters and then were brought back to finish their exam.

What can I say? Is such an interruption merely part of the life rhythm these days? When kids reminisce to their own children agonizing over their Matriculation exams, will they be able to say:

“Oh, you think you’ve got it bad. Why, when I was your age, I had to dash out to protect myself from incoming missiles while I was being tested. Oh, yes, those were the days….”

And on we go.

Elections this week. 

On Tuesday, the entire nation will be able to take a day off work in order to go to the polls and vote. Which party will win? If you want to know which party has the most similar stand to your own, you can go to the Israel Election Compass (with thanks to Michael Sepal for this)

Have a good weekend. If you’re where it’s freezing, jog in place, dance to Charlie Parker, wear a jacket and warm socks while stationary. If you’re where it’s warm, enjoy!

Flowers on the path, Nir-Oz
Flowers on the path, Nir-Oz
Kibbutz Life · Living in Otef Azza · Sderot

Jan 28, 2009

It’s been a week of noisy nights.

We’ve had a few Tzeva Adom alerts in the area. Just this afternoon, Kibbutz Nir Itzhak had a flashback alert at four p.m. The qassam landed somewhere close by. One day this week, we were surprised by a huge boom just beside us as an old forgotten weapon ‘slick’ was discovered in Kibbutz Nirim and evacuated to open fields for safe detonation.

Yet, today while walking , I had the pleasure of seeing quiet fields and a serene horizon over Aza. Life changes from moment to moment, as we all know.

Benji Davis writes about his experience in Sderot

I read a very good article that appears in Sderot Media Centre. Perhaps, you’d enjoy taking a look.

Here’s an excerpt:

From 90210 to Sderot: Get the Story Right!

By Benji Davis                                                                      Tue Jan 26 2009  06:29:08

I just returned from a two week visit to Israel. I spent my last weekend in Sderot and the Western Negev. One year out from volunteering in Sderot, I have written this piece on the international media’s lack of context in covering the current conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Hundreds of journalists from all over the world just left Sderot and the surrounding areas covering the current conflict between Israel and Hamas. Where were they one year ago? Where were they four years ago, eight years ago? I spent six weeks volunteering in Sderot exactly one year ago, and I can tell you, the journalists were nowhere to be found.

Unfortunately for Israel, it took eight years for the international community to understand that innocent civilians in a western democracy live daily under the current threat of rocket fire. During this time, the range of the threat expanded from a tens of thousands to over one million innocent Jewish and Muslim Israeli citizens.

In these eight years, has the UN Security Council ever condemned nearly a decade of rocket fire on innocent civilians of one of its member states, Hamas’ use of human shields, and its use of schools, hospitals, and mosques to store and launch rockets at Israel?

Read the rest of the article here:

In other news

Calaniot or Anemone are beginning to bloom. This is a shot taken by Dekel, in the beautiful fields near Kibbutz Be’eri. Soon, very soon, there’ll be carpets of red.

First calaniot or anemone, by Dekel
First calaniot or anemone, by Dekel

I’ll be back. Hopefully with more flowers and less news of the other sort.


Jan 28/09