Even before the current war began, terror was a part of daily life for Israelis living on one side of the Gaza Strip. Mortar shells and rockets fired by Palestinian militants often rain down on Sderot, an Israeli city of roughly 20,000 people.
The people of Sderot faced thousands of rocket attacks last year alone, and yet many continue to live there, whether for financial or ideological reasons. For some Israelis, Sderot is a symbol of determination — while for others, the town represents the government’s inability to end what has become an ongoing nightmare.
Worldfocus correspondent Michael Greenspan and producer Yuval Lion capture what life is like in the city of Sderot.
Below, bloggers from Sderot and elsewhere write about their experiences living in fear as the Israeli-Hamas conflict continues.
A blogger of “Life must go on in Gaza and Sderot” writes that since the outbreak of the current violence, many people have left Sderot and streets are empty. He pleas for continued dialogue with people in Gaza.
Blogger “Jerry Waxman,” a resident of Sderot currently in Thailand, writes that even if the war ends, its impact on the people of Sderot — young and old — will be long-lasting.
Blogger “Elad” writes about experiencing a “Code Red” alert while travelling through Sderot, and writes about the determination of Jewish residents to remain.
Blogger “DonutsMom” of Ariel, an Israeli city on the West Bank, writes that many are coming to her hometown from Sderot, and discusses her own nightmares and fears.