(BETHLEHEM, West Bank) — Mohammed Nassarla Jabril has so many grandchildren he can’t keep track of them all.
A group of them play on his roof with a small, flimsy rainbow-colored kite, meandering through a maze of plastic and metallic tanks — 35 of them– all containing their water for the next two weeks.
“Empty, empty, empty,” the 75-year-old Palestinian man says while banging on different tanks, some of them already drained, with an improvised cane. He lives with his family in Aida, a refugee camp near Bethlehem created after Palestinians were forced to flee during the creation of Israel in 1948.
(SDEROT, Israel) – Last year, Roni Benami-Tarnovski celebrated her 11th birthday in a bomb shelter.
“In the evening we had to escape to another kibbutz. I was really scared,” she said, retelling the story in the bomb-safe room of a children’s center at the Mefalsim kibbutz, a community a few minutes down the road from her home in Sderot.
(SDEROT, Israel) –– Fifteen seconds is the difference between life and death for residents in a small village 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Jerusalem. In Sderot, an agricultural village just a stone’s throw from the Gaza border, the fear of attack weighs heavy on everyone’s mind.
A giant multicolored slide stands in the middle of a playground at Kibbutz Mefalsim just outside Sderot. The structure is between two white cement blocks painted with brown monkeys and green flowers, and a narrow opening on one side. These cement structures, which blend in so well with their surroundings, are for protection, not play. The blocks are bomb shelters. Continue reading 15 seconds in Sderot→
(Ramot Polin, Jerusalem, Israel) — Four decades after architects designed an avant-garde public housing project for Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox population , residents are calling the design a horrible mistake.