Beit Ruth girls 521.
The Welfare and Social Services Ministry maintains a list of 20,000 names –
girls in Israel living in unstable environments, neglected by their families and
on a path towards destructive behavior, either to themselves or to
society.Just over a year ago, on the sixth day of Operation Pillar of
Defense, a crowd gathered in a few newly built houses in Afula. The opening
ceremony for the Beit Ruth educational and therapeutic village for girls opened
its doors, in the shadow of the eight-day operation to stop incessant rocket
fire coming from the Gaza Strip. It demonstrated the type of freedom and
initiative that Israel had been fighting to preserve.