Kassam rockets at the Sderot Police Department

Gaza Border

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.

People of Sderot and the Gaza Border area
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Larry at Nahal Oz

Larry is the Chief Executive Officer of Kibbutz Nahal-Oz, located only 700 yards from the Gaza border. "We get the smaller rockets, with no warning," he says. "They are smaller than the kassams, and we don't hear them until they explode." Nahal-Oz was the first kibbutz to have a secure school built for its children. I asked Larry if there was enough fear on his kibbutz to cause people to move away. "No," he answered, smiling. "It is our life."

Grounds of Kibbutz Nahal-Oz


Amit is head of a children's house on Kibbutz Nir-Am, and is soon to be married. A rocket fell next to her house a few weeks before this photo was taken. Amit is developing new programs for her children, including a garden project (right).



Ilan ran out to stop me from walking toward the Gaza border when I was on a hike near Sderot. "It is dangerous there," he said. "You're really taking a chance."

"But look where you're working," I said. Ilan stopped and looked around and laughed. "Yes," he said. "I work at a gasoline station and rockets are shot at me every day. Go enjoy your hike, but fall down if you hear a kassam coming at you."

Ronit and Oren
Oren and Ronit spend a relaxing afternoon at Kibbutz Nir-Am enjoying the March sunshine.
Missiles have fallen close to their house and exploded. They do not plan to move.