Former Mayor of Sderot, David Bouskila, the harsh reality of life with Gazan rockets and terror at all times
The shul hall was filled with near to 150 of our members. All of us were waiting to hear first-hand from the former Mayor of Sderot, David Bouskila, the harsh reality of life with Gazan rockets and terror at all times of the day and night.
David Bouskila was Mayor of Sderot for10 years and in that time witnessed that a small town in the Negev that no one had heard of before, become headlines because of the constant rocket attacks from Gaza. At present the population is around 25000 but over the years since the rockets became a regular occurrence, numbers significantly reduced as families left for a safer place for their children to grow up.
Due to the hard work of the mayor, Sderot has more public and home bomb shelters than most places in Israel including schools and playgrounds and is unfortunately known as the ‘Bomb Shelter Capital of the world’.
You can see a video of his talk (and the subsequent Q & A) here. The quality is not great – sorry.
Ella Rose, who is the President of the Union of Jewish Students, then spoke to us about her recent trip to Israel with a team from UJS. They visited the family of Mohammed Khadeir and the family of Gilad Shaar; two Israeli and Palestinian teenagers who were recently murdered in acts of terrorism. She then spoke about the trauma she and her friends went through on hearing the siren warnings and their experience of going into bomb shelters.