Israeli mothers living on the Gaza border are crying out. For over a year, violent riots, sniper fire, explosive devices, arson kites and Hamas rockets have kept Israelis running for the safety of bomb shelters. Maayan Hendler, a mother from Sderot, poured out her heart in a video released by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “It’s unnatural to explain to a child that it’s healthy…and good to be scared. [We are] running into a safe space with sirens blaring, in a…frenzy and then trying to convince your child there’s no need to be scared.” Karen Halperin, another Gaza border mother, added tearfully, “We’re trying to raise a generation that won’t hate. But how can you love someone who is hurting you?”
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