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Jerusalem - 6,000 High School Students And Supporters Arrive In Jerusalem After March From Gaza Border

Published on: November 8, 2018 08:30 PM
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Israeli youth hold signs as they protest in front of the knesset demanding a solution for the ongoing acts of kite fires and rockets fired from the Gaza Strip to the enveloping Israeli towns and cities, after marching from the south to Jerusalem, on November 8, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Israeli youth hold signs as they protest in front of the knesset demanding a solution for the ongoing acts of kite fires and rockets fired from the Gaza Strip to the enveloping Israeli towns and cities, after marching from the south to Jerusalem, on November 8, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Jerusalem - Some 6,000 high school students from Gaza border towns and their supporters reached Jerusalem on Thursday following a 100-mile march in what the teens said was an “apolitical” effort to effect change.

About 100 students began the march from Sderot, a southern Israeli town often targeted by Palestinian bombs, on Sunday, picking up supporters along the route. They wore T-shirts reading “Let us grow up in peace” and ended their march at the Knesset.

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“Our message is that we want change. Enough of the current security situation,” Roei Rahaf of Kibbutz Mefalsim, a senior at the Shaar Hanegev regional high school, told Ynet at the start of the march. “Since we were born, we’ve been living from one war to the next. We want to grow up on the Gaza border in peace.

“The change is in the hands of the leadership in Israel, and that is why we are marching to the Knesset. This is a journey to raise awareness of what’s going on here, on the Gaza border; to tell our story, of the teenagers who deal with the difficult security situation.”

Israeli youth hold signs as they protest in front of the knesset demanding a solution for the ongoing acts of kite fires and rockets fired from the Gaza Strip to the enveloping Israeli towns and cities, after marching from the south to Jerusalem, on November 8, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Israeli youth hold signs as they protest in front of the knesset demanding a solution for the ongoing acts of kite fires and rockets fired from the Gaza Strip to the enveloping Israeli towns and cities, after marching from the south to Jerusalem, on November 8, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

President Reuven Rivlin met the marchers when they entered Jerusalem.

“I came to march with you on behalf of every citizen of Israel who is following you and is marching with you in spirit,” he said.

“Happy is the people whose young people march at its head, and happy are the parents who raised their children with such a feeling of national pride, of love of the country, of such a meaningful connection to our wonderful country.”

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Teens from Gaza border communities meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem at the end of their 100-mile walk from Sderot in southern Israel. (Haim Zach/GPO)Teens from Gaza border communities meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem at the end of their 100-mile walk from Sderot in southern Israel. (Haim Zach/GPO)


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 Nov 08, 2018 at 09:13 PM savtat Says:

Shalom al Yisrael.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 09:16 PM Educated Archy Says:

What do these kids want exactly ? What's their plan ?

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 Nov 09, 2018 at 01:39 AM yamsar Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

What do these kids want exactly ? What's their plan ?

Hmmmm... I guess the people living close up seem to think differently than you do, despite being exposed to the danger on a daily basis. They seem to think there is a possibility for peace. “Shut your mouth”

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 Nov 09, 2018 at 08:43 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Educated Archy Says:

What do these kids want exactly ? What's their plan ?

that's my question, too !!!

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 Nov 10, 2018 at 07:50 PM Anonymous Says:

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yamsar Says:

Hmmmm... I guess the people living close up seem to think differently than you do, despite being exposed to the danger on a daily basis. They seem to think there is a possibility for peace. “Shut your mouth”

Read the signs they are carrying.
They don't want "peace", they want quiet, and they expect the military to do what it takes to get that quiet.
Hence the references to the balloons, which the military could stop by shooting those launching them, but refuse to.

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