February 12, 2009

In this issue:

Crossing into Gaza: SMC visits the Erez checkpoint

Ten minutes away from Sderot, sits the Erez Crossing–the only crossing that serves as a pedestrian exit point for Gaza Strip residents entering Israel. The crossing is currently open to Palestinian workers holding permits and families seeking medical treatment in Israel. Large numbers of journalists and international foreign press also cross through the point.
I recently had an opportunity with Sderot Media Center to tour the Erez crossing last Thursday morning, February 4 on a visit coordinated with the Intelligence and Read more

“Qassam Shmasam”???

Statements such as “a rocket landed in an open area” or “no one was wounded and no damage was reported” permeate the news reports from Sderot.
But what happens when these rocket attacks result in death and serious injuries?
The Abekasis Family lost their daughter Ella four years ago. Seventeen-year-old Ella was returning from a “Benei Akiva” youth group meeting on a Saturday night when the “Tseva Adom” siren sounded. She lay on top of her brother when Read more

Theater Meeting – 4.2.09

After having comprehensive phone discussions with the girls, we decided to meet in the regular hour on Wednesday. After speaking with the Ulpanit’s director, Rabbi Ronnie, we decided that both the Ulpana and the Regional High School will have their meetings at the same place – A quiet classroom at the Read more

From SMC Director

“In light of Sderot Media Center’s recent visit to the Erez crossing with the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, the importance of creating a visitor’s media center at the Erez crossing has been officially recognized by crossing officials.

The need to provide hundreds of foreign journalists, diplomats, and government officials, who pass through the crossing into Gaza with a balanced perspective of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict became immediately obvious to us.

These journalists visit Gaza and see only the devastation there. Is there any Israeli representative trying draw this traffic to Sderot and the western Negev region? At this point the impact of Hamas rockets on Sderot and the western Negev remains largely ignored. Read more

Noam Bedein
Sderot Media Center director

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