חבילות שי מהגבעה לזכר החטופים לחיילי הדרום
לאחר התברברות קצרה בשטח הגיעו פעילי 'נשים בירוק' לחיילי צה"ל ועימם חבילות שי שנתרמו בגבעה שהוקמה לזכר גיל-עד נפתלי ואייל הי"ד.
translation of Arutz 7 Hebrew article
Members of Women in Green departed Wednesday night from Giv'at Oz and Ga'on, which was established in memory of the three youths who were abducted and murdered, and went to the places where IDF soldiers are gathered in the South, bringing gift packages loaded with goodies.
In these gift packages, which were donated by members of the movement and volunteers from Hapina hakhama in Gush Etzion Junction, the soldiers found coffee-making kits, socks, underpants, water, home-made cookies, sweets and more.
"We tried to get as close as possible to the front, where the soldiers were gathered", say the heads of Women in Green, Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, and note that "the soldiers' gathering places are makeshift areas, on the sand, where the sun beats down during the day and penetrates the shade that is stretched over the soldiers' heads to protect them from the sun. There is no escape from the sun…".
Nevertheless, they tell of the inspiring and uplifting dialogues they had with the soldiers. "After a few moments of disorientation we arrived at the area close to midnight. We found the soldiers to be totally alert despite the hour and in very good spirits. We saw how motivated they are, and how aware of the importance of their operational mission; they understand that the security of the People of Israel rests on their shoulders and are prepared to do the work joyfully".
The two women go on to recommend that the Israeli political leadership come to meet the fighters and officers in the field and be uplifted by their spirit. "We very much recommend for the ministers and the members of Knesset to drop in, not for the soldiers, but for themselves, to feel the heartbeat of the People, to see our army, composed from the entire People of Israel, from Yitzhar to Eilat, from Ramat Gan to Beit-El. We are so fortunate that this wonderful generation is developing and coming to maturity in Israel".
Besides the visit in the South and strengthening the Jewish presence in Giv'at Oz and Ga'on, Katsover and Matar also speak of Shdema Camp, in East Gush Etzion. If it were not for their intensive activities, Shdema might have fallen into the hands of the Palestinian Authority. Instead, it has become a significant staging area for IDF soldiers. "Thank G-d, many reserve soldiers inhabit the camp, as it was in the past and as it should be. The buildings that have been renovated by Women in Green and especially the synagogue that we established at the site are now a warm and comfortable home for the IDF soldiers".
Katsover and Matar tell of the continuing donations from the women of the communities of Gush Etzion and the surrounding area to the soldiers in Shdema and other points in the area. "They come from Jerusalem and the communities of Gush Etzion, bringing the soldiers gifts of sweets, light clothing, deodorants and more. We again thank all of those who participated in the struggle to keep Shdema in Israel's hands. It seems that now, the IDF also thanks you, sincerely, even if silently.
The two women also say that they intend to continue to visit the IDF soldiers in the South; therefore they continue to gather donations of all kinds. "In our name and in the name of the soldiers and officers, we thank you for any help that will enable us to continue to contribute and be part of the effort".
Yehudit Katsover 0507161818 Nadia Matar 0505500834
The Movement for Israel's Tomorrow
Women in Green
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