Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Israeli Bedouin girls hurt by Gaza rocket (& update)

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The siren sounded for my town yesterday evening and we went to sit out the mandatory ten minutes in my bomb shelter.
A dull boom was heard, not so far away.

It turned out to be sad news.
The rocket exploded in one of the many Bedouin encampments somewhere between Jewish Omer and  Bedouin Lakiya; maybe even the one in my photo.

Two sisters of the al-Atrash tribe were wounded by shrapnel.
Atir Alwaliki, age 13, got it in the knees and is a lot better today.
But Mar'am, 10, was injured in the stomach and is fighting for her life at Soroka Hospital.

The tin-roofed huts (enlarge the picture to see)  are no protection against the rockets fired by Gaza, and Hamas doesn't seem concerned that they injure their fellow Arabs here in the Negev.

Some 80,000 "dispersed Bedouins" have set up camp, sometimes  a separate encampment for each extended family, all over the Negev, refusing to move to the towns that have orderly infrastructure and services which the government built for them.
Officially, these are treated as unrecognized or illegal villages. 

Like so many problems in the Middle East, this is a complicated one that no one knows how to solve.
The "Lands of the Negev" video, although old (2010) and one-sided (made by the Israel Land Administration authority), can give you some background.

Let us hope the missiles stop soon (eight straight days of conflict already).
Let us pray for healing for Maram and Atir.
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UPDATE!  Haaretz has this welcome update today, Wednesday:
10:25 A.M. Education Minister Shai Piron visited Maram Alwakili, 11, the Bedouin girl who was wounded Monday when a rocket hit her home in the area south of Lakiya. He met with her family and offered words of support.
Dr. Tzachi Lazar of the pediatric emergency ward described an improvement in the girl's condition. "She has woken up, and is communicating with her surroundings, and breathing on her own. Keep in mind the severity of her wound, a shard of shrapnel had entered interior abdominal organs."
UPDATE #2
The rockets on Bedouins happened in spite of the Gaza Hamas spokesman's ridiculous promise on this video.
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(A is for Alwaliki sisters for ABC Wednesday.  Linking also to Our World Tuesday.)
Some papers spell the names Atil Alwakili and some write Atir Alwaliki.  ??
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UPDATE #3:
This just published in the Jerusalem Post:

 Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund announced on Sunday that it will provide 160 portable bomb shelters to communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip. The KKLJNF raised $4 million from Diaspora Jews for the project, which will place concrete structures in Ofakim, Bnei Shimon, Gan Yavne, Sderot, Naveh, Bnei Netzarim, Sdot Negev, Eshkol, Hof Ashkelon, Merhavim, Sha’ar Hanegev and Netivot as well as in the Beduin communities of Lakiya, Sha’ar Shalom, Rahat and Hura.

. . . The article continues here.
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22 comments:

Leslie: said...

So sad - I sure hope she makes it. Why can't we just have peace everywhere?

Leslie
abcw team

William Kendall said...

It's a mess. I only hope it ends quickly.

Hels said...

Eight straight days of relentless missiles...it is heartbreaking. Will the Hamas ever stop? Healing for Maram and Atir, for sure, and peace for the girls' parents.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Oh my...It is good to get a first hand account of some of the conflict there...stay safe!

Sara said...

All that is going on is so sad and aggravating at the same time, and looks like it may be getting worse before it gets better. Praying for everyone's safety and watching the news. Be safe, dear friend.

Cloudia said...

Yes. We do pray. Glad you are safe and apparently resilient, Dina




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Petrea Burchard said...

I hope for healing of people, hearts, and untenable situations.

Kay said...

This is so frightening and sad, Dina. Please stay safe.

cieldequimper said...

I can only shake my head in disbelief. Like William said, it is a mess but I've lost hope about it ever ending.

Gattina said...

So sad ! it should have been a peaceful place not a war zone !
Gattina
ABC Wednesday Team

Tina Basu said...

We hope the same - the missiles to stop

Tina from The Sunny Side of Life

Tom said...

Will there ever be an end to this hatred, fear and revenge? This eye for an eye stuff doesn't seem to be working! Let's hope a solution can be found. Peace, Tom The Backroads Traveller

Roger Owen Green said...

This war, like every war, is so sad.

ROG, ABCW

Elizabeth said...

I just feel so sad for the innocents on both/all sides who are pawns in the hands of extremists with weapons.
As a US citizen I feel riddled with guilt that the US exports arms - and profits from them.
Here's hoping things will improve - for all concerned.

VP said...

This demonstrate that they do not care about who get hit. They only want retribution from Israel so they can play victims.

Hildred said...

The situation is so very sad and seemingly unresolvable without a miraculous change in attitude.

José Mendonça said...

As always, the death of innocents is intolerable. I second Ciel regarding the loss of hope about an end. I'm so sorry! Do stay safe, Dina.

Mary Gerdt said...

Praying for you all. The press here does not mention children, shrapnel.Thank you for being a light. Mary

yael said...

Thank you Dina for telling our (ISRAELIES) story to the world.
My english is not so good and i don't know how to link to other blogs , and you do it in such sensitive and clever way.

Jane Hards Photography said...

I see posts on facebook. Tweets on twitter. The news. All opinions, and this is the first I've read from someone actually there, amongst this conflict. Heartbreaking to read. I can only hope you stay safe, and one day there is a peaceful end to this insanity of conflict.

ChrisJ said...

So good to get the info from you. We are praying for your safety and well being. Sad that the Bedoui ns are in the midst of it all too. Take care.

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