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March 21, 2013
Sderot

Sderot

This morning, rockets were launched on Sderot, a town in Israel located one mile north of the Gaza Strip. No one was injured, but this was the first time in a few months that citizens woke up to the alarm warning them of rocket fire.

This is not a political blog post; it’s a personal reflection. During my birthright trip, my group visited Sderot. We saw rocket remnants. We saw the Gaza Strip. We saw a mark that a rocket left on a school building a few months prior. We saw a caterpillar-shaped bomb shelter. And we heard a citizen of Sderot express his pride for the town and its people.

When I saw the news this morning that Sderot had been hit with rocket fire, I remembered standing on a hill and overlooking the Gaza Strip. The sun was setting. The landscape was peaceful. It looked like any normal place. The knowledge that this town we drove through and walked around was the same one hit with two rockets this morning is mind-boggling. I was just there a little more than two months ago.

Living in the United States, I find that sometimes it’s hard to fathom the events taking place thousands of miles away on the other side of the world. It’s hard to fathom that there are people who live with the threat of a rocket hitting their home every day. While I’m eating my breakfast in my college dining hall on my beautiful campus, there are people my age in Israel eating their breakfast, people who may have to run for cover at some point during the day, though I learned that these thoughts are not at the forefront of their minds. They have more important things to do: live.

Israelis, and people in Sderot in particular, live with hope. They live each day without fear. They take action and do what they want to do. They defend their land. It took a long time to establish the State of Israel, but now that it’s here, you can bet it’s here to stay. Israelis are tough, strong people. A land like any other with a history that goes back thousands of years surrounded by a conflict that will seemingly never reach an end.

I want to thank the people of Sderot. They opened my eyes to life on the other side of the planet.

Overlooking the Gaza Strip

Overlooking the Gaza Strip

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