Uneasy opposite Gaza

ByANDREW FRIEDMAN
August 5, 2014 12:59

Border kibbutzim have become virtual ghost communities with only a skeleton crew remaining to hold the fort.




Rocket

A woman surveys the damage after her home in Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, opposite the central Gaza Strip, was hit by a rocket, July 11. (photo credit:FLASH 90)

It is hard to imagine a more peaceful way to spend a summer day than walking around Kibbutz Mefalsim. Located near the southwest corner of Israel, the community of 800 residents is simple and well-kept, marked by neat, grassy areas and simple, functional buildings. In the mid-summer heat, groves of eucalyptus provide refreshing shade around the grounds.

Around the perimeter of the community, kibbutz orchards are in full bloom, giving the air a sweet, pungent taste.

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