Southern Israeli Town Responds to Kite Terror with “Colorful Kite Festival”

June 12, 2018

by: Joshua Spurlock

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 | Terrorists in Gaza have launched a new terror campaign against Israel as part of the regular riots near the fence between Gaza and Israel—kites lit on fire flown over the border intended to start wildfires. In response, one of the Israeli towns near Gaza—Sderot—has their own kite plan: a kite-making festival with a message of peace.

The town is hosting on Monday the workshop for children in the area that will allow each kid to make their own kites with a personal message in them. Afterwards, the children “will fly their kites replete with positive messages, in a kind of therapeutic activity,” said a press release from the Sderot municipality spokesperson.

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi said in the press release, “As opposed to our neighbors from the Gaza Strip who have turned the wonderful hobby of flying kites into an act of terrorism, with terrible damage to agriculture, the children of Sderot and the surrounding communities are returning the kite to its source… Ours are kites of life, not death.”

In addition to kite-making, the workshop will also tell the children stories about kites, as well as facts on the development of the kite.

The terror kites have been an extensive threat to Israel, with The Times of Israel reporting on Saturday that authorities said the hundreds of kites and balloons wielding flames have ignited more than 200 fires since March 30.

On Saturday, the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] Spokesperson said on Twitter that the IDF fired warning shots at Palestinians attaching explosive devices to balloons with the intent to “ignite fires and cause extensive damage to Israeli territory.”

“The IDF views the use of incendiary balloons and kites with explosive devices attached to them with great severity and will operate to prevent their use,” tweeted the IDF Spokesperson in a follow-up post.

While the Palestinian terror kites have ignited a new conflict with Israel, the hope in the Jewish state is that the flying of children’s toys will return to its peaceful roots.

“We are busy with positive things and optimism and the desire that our children always be happy,” said Sderot Mayor Davidi. “I also call on the children of Gaza to enjoy playing with kites and not be drawn astray by terrorist elements.”

Editor’s note: The contrast could not be clearer. As the Hamas terrorists in Gaza use the toys meant to bring entertainment, joy and delight to Palestinian children as instruments to seek destruction, Israel’s response is one of redemption, restoration and life. For its part, Bridges for Peace is committed to join the efforts to bring relief and respite to the communities in the south of Israel battling the raging blazes caused by kite terror.

The situation in southern Israel is extremely dire. Kite terrorism has burned up almost 2,500 acres of agricultural lands and has caused Israel tens of millions of shekels in damage. Crops have been lost, irrigation systems have melted, wildlife has been killed, forests and natural reserves charred.

Last week we donated the funds required to purchase two lightweight firefighting trailers to the Eshkol region, which shares the largest strip of border with Gaza and is the hardest hit by this arson terrorism. The security chief of the Eshkol region cried when he heard the news.

While our help is certainly appreciated, the communities’ needs are much greater than our current ability to respond. That is why we appeal to Christians to donate to our Crisis Assistance Fund so that we can help Israel fight the kite terror, quench the blazes and restore what has been destroyed.

Posted on June 12, 2018

Source: (The Mideast Update originally published this article on 10 June 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Twitter/IDF@IDFSpokesperson