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Children of Sderot counter kite terror with kite festival

In the midst of a rash of fires in Israeli border communities ignited by incendiary kites from Gaza, kids in Sderot fly handmade ‘kites of life.’


Hundreds of helium balloons and kites bearing flammable materials have been launched from Gaza since March 30, killing wildlife and incinerating thousands of acres of forests and agricultural fields in Israeli border communities.

In a therapeutic response to the kite terrorists operating just 33 kilometers from their city, officials in Sderot invited parents and children to create and launch colorful handmade kites bearing positive messages.

The kite-making workshop hosted by 7 Sderot Mall Center on Monday evening was open to families from the surrounding towns and featured a presentation of stories, legends and facts about the development of the kite.

Each child received materials from the Israeli company Gamigo to make his or her own kite. At the end of the workshop the kids flew their kites in the sky.

“As opposed to our neighbors from the Gaza Strip who have turned the wonderful hobby of flying kites into an act of terrorism, with terrible damage to agriculture, the children of Sderot and the surrounding communities are returning the kite to its source – from preparation to flying it into the sky and hoping that it will not fall,” said Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi.

“We are busy with positive things and optimism and the desire that our children always be happy,” Davidi added. “I also call on the children of Gaza to enjoy playing with kites and not be drawn astray by terrorist elements. Ours are kites of life, not death.”

The weekend preceding the kite festival was marred by 17 kite-ignited fires on Saturday and 11 on Sunday.

In another positive response to the agricultural and environmental impact of the terror fires, Keren Kayemet Le’Israel-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) began distributing thousands of tree seedlings to residents of Gaza border communities last Friday to kick off a week-long planting campaign.
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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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