For the New York Times "Anxiety on the Gaza/Israel border".
Updated: Sep 4, 2021
The conflicts in the middle east are constantly broadcasted, but what is it like to actually live by the border of Israel and Gaza. This New York times story dives into what it is like to be a child, a mother, a grandmother or a worker living on the border.
Missiles, Mortars and Iron dome degree have become a normal site for those who live in these border communities. Each subject shares their personal experience living in a war zone.
Netiv HaAsara (Hebrew: נְתִיב הָעֲשָׂרָה, lit. Path of the Ten) is a moshav in southern Israel. Located in the north-west Negev, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. In 2019 it had a population of 891
The moshav was founded in 1982 by 70 families who were residents of the former Israeli settlement of Netiv HaAsara in the Sinai Peninsula, which was evacuated as a result of the Camp David Accords The original moshav had been named for ten soldiers that were killed in a helicopter accident south of Rafah in 1971, and was originally named "Minyan"
After the Israeli disengagement from Gaza in 2005, Netiv HaAsara became the closest community in Israel to the Gaza Strip, located 400 meters away from the edge of the Palestinian town of Beit Lahiya. At the southern edge of the village, a car park was converted into an Israel Defense Forces base and tanks were deployed. An electric fence was erected to stop infiltration attempts from Gaza, and three concrete walls were built against potential Palestinian snipers.
The moshav was a target of Qassam rockets, Katyusha rockets, and mortar bombings In 2007, the Popular Resistance Committees sent two guerrillas to infiltrate the moshav, but they were killed by the IDF.
Dana Galkowicz, a 22-year-old Israeli-Brazilian woman, was killed on 14 July 2005 at Netiv HaAsara by a Qassam rocket. On 10 March 2010, a Thai worker was killed.