Love thy enemy: Israelis launch aid drive for Gazans

Monday, January 19, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

The residents of southern Israel have suffered thousands of rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza over the past five years, but that doesn't mean they wish any ill will toward their counterparts in the Hamas-ruled territory.

In fact, as Israel's offensive against the Gaza terrorist infrastructure draws to a close, The Jerusalem Post reports that hundreds of residents of southern Israel are starting an aid drive for Gazans.

One of the two activists who started the drive said, "There is no connection to politics... we just see an immediate need for blankets for people who have nothing to cover them at night and milk for infants who have nothing to eat."

She noted that even residents of southern Israel whose homes have sustained direct hits by Gaza rockets are taking part in the effort.

The group has set up collection points in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem and the small town of Kfar Aza near the Gaza border.

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