Kibbutz Life · Living in Otef Azza

Fourth Night of Chanukah

A day of Tzeva Adom and of nowhere to go for safety. After the first call, I counted and reached 6 when I heard the boom. Then I kept counting, since the qassams usually come in 3’s. I heard another and then relaxed.

A second alert brought sounds of mortar fire.

The news on the street is that our factory sustained 2 hits with no injuries. Our greenhouses a third hit (the workers were hysterical but physically whole) and another landed in our fields.

Qassams landed in two of the neighbouring kibbutzim.

When we took our daily walk, there were no signs of damage and no further rocketfire from the direction of Aza. Walking outside gives a clear view as to what’s going on. When there is no official Red Alert warning, we know that observers have been able to warn people to get into available shelters.

We were interviewed by a reporter from Reshet Bet who appeared loathe to get too close to our kibbutz. Those who live out of this area imagine the worst and fear approaching Otef Aza. When you live here, you know that life goes on. It must.

Worry does nothing but bring on ulcers and senseless repercussions. The only thing to do is carry on, hoping the gov’t will speed up the provision of shelters for all families in the area.

Happy Chanukah. Fourth Candle.

4th Day Chanukah, chanukiah made by zo
4th Day Chanukah, chanukiah made by zo

dec 24/08

Living in Otef Azza

June 11th News: Further mortar fire on Nirlat factory, Nir-Oz

Mortar shells again target Nirlat Paint Factory on Nir-Oz. The following news article appeared today on

Man lightly injured in mortar attack on Negev kibbutz

Factory in Nir Oz hit for second time in a week by two mortars fired from Gaza; workers evacuated after fire breaks out. ‘Government must put an end to the attacks launched against us,’ kibbutz secretary says

Yonat Atlas


06.11.08, 11:09 / Israel News

A week after the deadly attack on the Nirlat factory in the western Negev kibbutz of Nir Oz, two mortars fired from Gaza landed at the site Wednesday morning, leaving one person lightly wounded from shrapnel.


Factory workers were evacuated from the area after a fire erupted as a result of the mortar landing. Magen David Adom paramedics treated the wounded man at the scene and then evacuated him to Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center.


Kibbutz secretary Haim Peri told Ynet following the attack that “the factory is within the (mortars’) range and there is nothing we can do about it, unless the government decides to act toward putting an end to the attacks launched against us.


“I hope the workers will not be afraid to go back to work. This is the reality that we live in,” he said.



Tal Dagan, who works near the factory, said “I hear two landings, and it is a very frightening feeling. There is no warning (system) and no way to run for cover. We cannot carry on this way.”


Demonstration in Jerusalem


Meanwhile in Jerusalem, a few dozen western Negev residents were holding a rally outside the Prime Minister’s Office, during which they called on the cabinet to decide on its response to the escalation in the south.