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Today, the sixth day of Operation "Cast Lead", as rockets fired from Gaza are already hitting Beersheva, capital of the Negev, the first group of children from Sderot woke up to a quiet morning at KKL-JNF's Field and Forest Center at Nes Harim in the Judean mountains. The children left Sderot yesterday for a five-day break from the tense situation in the south, with KKL-JNF taking full responsibility for transportation, room and board, and guided tours in the area led by KKL-JNF guides.
The group includes fifty children aged 7-12 from Sderot's Ethiopian community. Their journey from bomb shelters under fire to some peace and quiet in the open air began yesterday with a trip to the lower Judean plain, Masusa Forest, British Park and other sites. After an enjoyable and relaxing day of touring, the children arrived at the Nes Harim Field Center, where they will be staying. In the coming days, they will be visiting Jerusalem and the vicinity, and participate in educational activities with KKL-JNF guides at the Forest Center in American Independence Park.
For the past few years, JNF America has sponsored many short vacations for families and children from Sderot and the villages near the Gaza Strip border, both in times of emergency such as now and also during daily life under the constant bombing for the past eight years.
KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stentzler said that: "KKL-JNF is making every effort to help as many children as possible to get through this difficult period of stress and sleepless nights as a result of the life-threatening rocket barrage. We hope to host many children from the south, even if only for a few days of respite from the terrible tension that is part of their daily lives. KKL-JNF and its friends worldwide have always served the Jewish people faithfully and at this time would like to express their support of the residents, the IDF and KKL-JNF employees in the south. We call on all our friends worldwide to continue their support for the development of Israel on behalf of the people and the state."
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