Residents of southern Israel block entrance of goods into Gaza – Teens march to Jerusalem
Residents of southern Israel communities near the Gaza border demonstrated at the Kerem Shalom crossing Sunday morning, briefly blocking the entrance of Qatari fuel and goods into Gaza, in protest of the security situation in the region.
Dozens of teenagers from southern Israel are launching a five-day march to Jerusalem in protest against the security situation in the south and to accuse the government of abandoning their safety.
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At least 40 rockets were fired by Muslim terrorists from Gaza towards southern Israel last month. Several residents of Israeli towns near the Gaza border suffered shock and were evacuated to hospital.
Despite the rockets and continued firebomb-balloons and infiltration attempts along the border, Israel has kept the Kerem Shalom crossing to Gaza open, permitting the transfer of supplies to Gaza.
Southern residents have already held protests blocking traffic and shouting slogans condemning government policy. High school students will now be joining them.
“We are launching this protest so that people will see us. We feel as though we’re invisible to Israeli society and we want to raise awareness of the situation for us which hasn’t been calm in years,” said Nevo Dan, 17, of Moshav Yad Natan near Kiryat Gat.
Nevo said the point of their protests is “for people to understand that routine life here isn’t a normative situation. We also want people to understand it’s possible to change things and find a solution.”
Organizers said more than 150 high school pupils from the Ashkelon Coast, Eshkol, Lachish and Sha’ar Hanegev regions are expected to participate. They anticipate that other teens will join their march once it gets on its way.