On Wednesday, April 9, British politician and Labour Party Member of Parliament for South Thanet, Dr. Stephen Ladyman, toured Sderot with SMC’s director, Noam Bedein. The Labor MP visited the Sderot Qassam gallery at the Sderot Police Station where hundreds of rockets are stored away. Dr. Ladyman also visited a buffered elementary school. The vice-principal showed him the school’s Trauma Room, where students suffering from anxiety and fear during periods of intense rocket fire go to relax. A rocket exploded in the school yard last year and the damage done by the shrapnel to storage facility near the school was also viewed by the MP. MP Ladyman also visited a home that was devastated by a rocket attack back in February and spoke with the victims of the attack.

The next day, Thursday April 10, the former Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee in the British Parliament, the Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, also visited Sderot with SMC. She visited the Sderot Police Station and the rocket gallery, as well as the devastated home of the Zagzag family, an elderly couple in their seventies, who were displaced by rocket attack on their home.

Neville-Jones expressed shock at the sight of the home’s wreckage and asked pointed questions regarding the rocket fire and the manufacturing of Qassams in Gaza.

Neville-Jones, headed the Conservative Party’s National and International Security Policy Group in the House of Lords in 2006 and currently serves as the Security Minister and National Security Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition

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Noam Bedein is a director of the Sderot Media Center. It is a media advocacy center which portrays the human face of Sderot and southern Israel under siege, to the international media and public. Noam, a native of Tzfat, grew up in Efrat, Israel. After finishing the Beit El Yeshiva High School, Noam learned at a pre-Army training program in the Jordan Valley and then served for three years as an IDF sergeant for an artillery scout unit along the Lebanese border. After the army, Noam served as an emissary for The Jewish Agency in Boston, Massachusetts and then traveled for a year in the Far East. Upon his return to Israel, Noam relocated to Sderot and pioneered the “Sderot Media Center for the Western Negev Ltd", which has spawned the Sderot Media Center. In this position, Noam is a photojournalist, lecturer and gives briefings to foreign government officials, embassies, foreign press and student groups from around the world.


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