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Summer Vacation In Israel

News from Israel has been dominated first by the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, apparently by terrorists affiliated with Hamas, next by the murder of a Palestinian teenager by persons yet unknown, although several alleged Jewish extremists are being questioned in connection with the crime. Generally lost in the shuffle is the background against which these events take place: Hamas’s ongoing campaign of terror against Israel, which involves, among other things, the firing of thousands of rockets from Hamas’s stronghold in Gaza.

This cell phone video shows a moment in the life of Israelis who live within rocket range of Gaza. (Hamas recently announced that all Israeli cities are now within range of its rockets.) Israeli children and teenagers were enjoying an afternoon poolside when the air raid sirens started to blare. It’s not a day in the life, just a few seconds in the life, but it conveys a sense of what it is like to live under constant threat of terrorist attack:

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