KKL-JNF senior managers have responded to the pleas of mayors and regional council heads in the rocket-stricken south and are taking action to support the local population through these difficult times: 148 lifesaving portable bomb shelters and dozens of respite trips and shelter activities have already been donated. In response to growing demand as the Protective Edge operation continues, the emergency fund-raising campaign will continue in the days to come. 

 
For the past fourteen years, residents of southern Israel and the Gaza periphery have been exposed to rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip. As a result of the attacks over the years, dozens of civilians have been killed and thousands of others have been injured. Residents of southern Israel live in a state of permanent trauma. In the Gaza periphery, where the local people have only fifteen seconds to take cover, children endure constant fear. 
 
KKL-JNF assists residents of Israel's south all year round, but it is especially quick to lend a helping hand in these dark days. About a week ago, KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler and Co-Chairman Eli Aflalo, together with members of the organization’s senior management, paid a solidarity visit to southern Israel as the rockets continued to fall. In the course of the visit, the delegation met with heads of the regional councils in the area, who thanked KKL-JNF for its continuing help and asked for the organization’s assistance in placing mobile shelters in southern communities to provide protection from the heavy rocket fire. 
 
In a special emergency fundraising campaign conducted in conjunction with KKL-JNF offices throughout the world, millions of shekels have already been donated for the purchase of 148 portable lifesaving bomb shelters, carrying out educational and recreational activities for residents confined to the shelters, and for respite activities in the form of day trips or weekend excursions. 
 
                                   For further information, comments or permission please contact
Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department

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