Kassam rockets at the Sderot Police Department

Gaza Border - title

Courage and Determination
along Israel's Gaza Border

This website is dedicated to those individuals who live in the Sderot, Israel, area, and are within range of the thousands of rockets fired from Gaza in the past several years.

This website was created in 2008 and taken offline in 2018.
Because of the recent Hamas atrocities I am putting this back online for historical purposes.
Israelis have suffered attacks from Hamas for many years.

Links to articles related to the Sderot area
(I have not checked these in 2023 but some may still be active.)
(All links open in a separate browser window)

My thanks to David at Kibbutz Mefalsim, Israel, for the original title of this website.
History, conflict, demographics, links, and more from Wikipedia.
Operation "Days of Penitence" - describes 2004 operation in Gaza Strip by Israeli Defense Forces
Operation "Autumn Clouds" - describes 2006 operation in Gaza Strip by Israeli Defense Forces
"The Qassam's speed in the air is 200 meters per second. The distance from the edge of Beit Hanun to the outskirts of Sderot is 1,800 meters. Therefore, a rocket launched from Beit Hanun takes about nine seconds to hit Sderot." Haaretz article.

From United Jewish Communities,
a collection of articles from residents, visitors, and a listing of other resources.

Yeshiva head Rabbi Dovid Fendel is resolved to stay put.
"The Palestinians are determined to turn Sderot into a ghost town, while we are making it a place of Torah and Zionist ideals. They are trying to destroy, while we are building more everyday...." Jerusalem Post article.

Operation Lifeshield is an emergency campaign to deliver badly-needed air raid shelters to Israeli civilian communities that live under the constant threat of missile attack.

Yeshivat Hesder of Sderot
Based in Sderot, current news and background articles.
Voices from Sderot - Multiple articles from the Jewish Federation of Omaha, which is actively involved in the area.

Shabbat in Sderot beneath a canopy of Qassams - An article from the Jewish Agency for Israel.

From IsraelBehindTheNews.com - the human side of towns under fire.
From the Jerusalem Post: Touring the land despite the qassams.
From Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago: a talk by Marcell Bar-On from Kibbutz Nir-Am.

Gaza conflict map
Map showing proximity of Sderot to Gaza:
also link to Wikipedia article on Sderot

youtube.com video - "Children of Sderot just want a little peace."
Wikipedia list of kassam rocket attacks.
From Jewish World Review: How kassam rockets work.
Graphic illustration of kassam rocket attacks from Wikipedia.
New York Times article on conditions in Sderot.
A blog by two friends, one in Gaza's Sajaia refugee camp, the other in Sderot in Israel.

English language resources for current news from Israel