Kibbutz Life · Living in Otef Azza · Middle East · Nir-oz

August 8th, 2014 – Out of Context

After a jet-lag day, a bit of wakefulness, a lot of stupor, I can’t seem to rest tonight. The 8 in the morning turn-around seems to be a world away.

I wonder if I could quickly fly back to Canada and pretend I don’t belong here.

teletransportation, please

How would it be to strip soul from self and teletransport away?

The roar of the fan

a place out of context

white noise protection

After 8 a.m.

four a.m was the first sign that rocketfire exists live and well. Kerem Shalom was the target. 

Then along came 8 a.m. when twice Ashkelon was on the receiving end and then we got it down round this area.

My friend Adele curses that she hadn’t vacuumed, showered or planned for this.  We all try sometimes, to retreat into an ostrich head in sand situation. 

We also knew that miracles weren’t scheduled for this morning.

Now I can only think of inventing humor, doing puppet therapy, perhaps delving into the Life of Pi.

Somewhere on my kibbutz is a vegan reserve soldier, a nephew of my friend. I could search for him and offer him cabbage and wish him well.  A mission of sorts looms in my future. Missions are first aid for brains in overwhelm.

applying first-aid for anxious brain

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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