BlueStar Fellows is a program of BlueStar www.bluestar.us.com. In June, 2013 a group of dedicated student Israel advocates from UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State, San Francisco State, Pitzer College and UCSB took a journey to Israel and blogged about their experiences.
As the bus drove further and further away from Tel- Aviv, I
felt this overwhelming feeling of awe. Looking at the countryside of Israel on
one side of the bus and the coast on the other was a familiar route to me. Even
thought I have been to Israel before I have never been to Sderot. I heard
stories and seen the Israeli news stories, but I have never really seen the
Most people when they hear the name Sderot expect a town of
ruin and ruble, but the truth is that it is a beautiful vibrant town. Most people
don’t know that Sderot is located only 840 meters from the Gaza Strip, in the
south of Israel and since Israel pulled out from the Gaza Strip in 2001 there
have been thousands of bombs fired on this civilian town. With over 2,000
people in the town and twice as many bomb shelters, there are only a few signs
that this town is constantly bombarded with bombs.
sirens, the bomb shelters at every turn, and the protected playground that has
bomb shelters throughout the park. The mind set of the town of not wanting to
give up their lives and their routine is so commendable, but it is also very
difficult to handle. Watching films of little kindergartens dealing with the
red alert bomb alarm was really eye opening. When I was 4 or 5 years old I didn’t
have to deal with the constant threat of a bomb dropping on me multiple times a
day. The worst part of the story is that these children will never know a world
without war and bombing, in this world they were born into.
The Blue Star group standing in front of a bomb shelter shaped like a caterpillar at the protected play ground.