A memorable weekend

SARAH WAS a member, and then a madricha (counsellor), in the French Jewish Scouts for ten years before making aliyah in 2011.

Today she teaches high school English in Netivot, a Negev town so close to the Gaza Strip border that residents have barely 15 seconds to reach shelter before a rocket can evade the Iron Dome anti-missile system and explode in their midst.

Sarah has had to handle situations where pupils in her classes suffered anxiety attacks when wailing sirens warned of incoming rockets.

On May 4 and 5, I got a close look at what her life (and that of nearly a million people in southern Israel) was like, when Islamic militants fired nearly 700 rockets throughout the border area, killing four people and wounding more than 100.

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