Children Letters

The following are letters sent in from children of Ashekelon, during the Gaza war, operation ''Cast Lead'' during 2008-2009. The Ashkelon Foundation placed emphasis in fundraising donations for children without computers to assist with the ''Learn from Home'' project run by the local schools, furthermore the Foundation implemented a number of ''fun'' days for children to give them fresh air and a smile!

Esther Bitaulin

Hovevey Zion 5/6

Ashkelon

ISRAEL

4/12/08

Amnesty International

Dear Ms. Khan!

My name is Esther, I am 17 years old. I live in Israel, in Ashkelon City, which is located 10 km from the Gaza Strip. I am a victim of a consistent rocket attacks that are meant to kill innocent citizens of Ashkelon. 2 weeks ago on a Friday morning when I was at school, I was having Mathematics class, suddenly a sirene went off. We all ran to the corridor in a great panic. Some pupils were crying. I was extremely afraid and was shaking. The rockets exploded very close to my school. The windows shook and the sound of the explosion was terrible. I tried to phone my mom, but the line was dead. I was extremely anxious to know what happened to my family. I expect Amnesty International, as an organization that fights for all human rights, regardless of race, color or religion, to express its strong disapproval of these attacks, that deprive us our basic rights of life.

Sincerely yours,

Esther Bitaulin

Amnesty International

Dear Ms. Khan!

My name is Ofir.

I am 13 years old.

I live in Israel, in Ashkelon.

I am a victim of a consistent rocket attacks that are meant to kill innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago on a Friday morning, when I was at school, I was having Sport class, suddenly, during lesson sirene went off. We all ran to the safe place in a great panic.

I was afraid and was shaking. The lockers exploded very close to me.

I tried to phone my mom, but the line was dead.

I was extremely anxious was happened to my family.

I expect Amnesty International as an organization that fights for all human rights,

to express it.

Sincerely yours,

Ofir

Tami Adiashvili

Beitar 3/18

Ashkelon

ISRAEL

4/12/08

Amnesty International

Dear Ms. Khan!

My name is Tami. I am 16 years old.

I in Israel, in Ashkelon City, which is located 10 km from the Gaza Strip.

I am a victim of a consistent rocket attacks that are meant to kill innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago on a Friday morning when I was at school, I was having Mathematics class, suddenly a sirens went off. We all ran to the corridor in a great panic. Some pupils were crying. I was extremely afraid and was shaking. The rockets exploded very close to my school. The windows shook and the sound of the explosion was terrible. I tried to phone my mom, but the line was dead. I was extremely anxious to know what happened to my family. I expect Amnesty International, as an organization that fights for all human rights, regardless of race, color or religion, to express its strong disapproval of these attacks, that deprive us our basic rights of life.

Sincerely yours,

Tami

Mazal Mula

David Raziel 9/4 Ashkelon

ISRAEL

4/12/08

Amnesty International

Dear Mr. Khan!

My name is Mazal. I am 16 years old.

I live in Israel, in Ashkelon City, which is located 10 km from the Gaza Strip.

I am a victim of a consistent rocket attacks that are meant to kill innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago on a Friday morning when I was at school, I was having Mathematics class, suddenly a sirene went off. We all ran to the corridor in a great panic. Some pupils were crying. I was extremely afraid and was shaking. The rockets exploded very close to my school. The windows shook and the sound of the explosion was terrible. I tried to phone my mom, but the line was dead. I was extremely anxious to know what happened to my family. I expect Amnesty International, as an organization that fights for all human rights, regardless of race, color or religion, to express its strong disapproval of these attacks, that deprive us our basic rights of life.

Sincerely yours,

Mazal

Amnesty International

Dear Mr. Khan!

My name is Bar Ohana. I am 16 1/2 years old.

I live in Israel, in Ashkelon City, which is located 10 km from the Gaza Strip.

I am a victim of a consistent rocket attacks that are meant to kill innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago on a Friday morning when I was at school, I was having Mathematics class, suddenly a sirene went off. We all ran to the corridor in a great panic. Some pupils were crying. I was extremely afraid and was shaking. The rockets exploded very close to my school. The windows shook and the sound of the explosion was terrible. I tried to phone my mom, but the line was dead. I was extremely anxious to know what happened to my family. I expect Amnesty International, as an organization that fights for all human rights, regardless of race, color or religion, to express its strong disapproval of these attacks, that deprive us our basic rights of life.

Sincerely yours,

Bar

Bar Ohana

Givat hapraHim

Daliot 2

Ashkelon

Israel

4/12/08

Rinat Trabelsi

Menachem Begin

Ashkelon

ISRAEL

Amnesty International

Dear Ms. Khan!

My name is Rinat Rrabelsi. I live in Israel, in Ashkelon City, which is located 10 km from the Gasa Strip. I am a victim of rocket attacks that are meant to kill innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

3 weeks ago on a Friday morning when I was at school in Literature class.

Suddenly, during the lesson, sirene went off. We all ran to the corridor in a great panic. Some pupils were crying, yelling.

I was afraid and was shaking. The rockets exploded very close to my school. The windows shook and the sound was terrible!!!

I tried to phone my mother, but the line was dead. I didn’t know what to think I expect Amnesty International, as an organization that fights for all human rights, to express its strong disapproval of these attacks.

Sincerely your,

Rinat Trabelsi

December 8th, 2008

Hakikayon St,.

Ashkelon

Dear Ms. Khan.

My name is Li-Hai Levi and I’m 14 years old. I live in Ashkelon in Israel.

I am writing to tell you that I’m a victim of a consistent rocket attacks aimed to kill citizens.

3 weeks ago, in the morning, I was studying in school with my class. Out of the blue, the “red color” siren was sounded. Of course everyone started to run to a safe place. It’s not easy to run with other 2 classes to a safe place within seconds. Some of us cried, while others were in great panic. I can’t explain how helpless I felt, because there was nothing I could or can do to stop the insanity. The worst part is, that it’s not the first time. Ashkelon is under rocket bombardment for months, while Sederot is for EIGHT YEARS, not less. Can anyone explain to me how can a kid have a normal childhood if that’s the situation? Well, he can’t. And I’m not talking only about kids – no one can live like that. expect Amnesty to help us to have our human rights to live normal life being protected.

Sincerely,

Li-Hai

December 5th, 2008

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Aviv I’m 13 years old and I live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school, Makif Irony Aleph, I was in a lesson with my class and suddenly we heard boooom!!!

The ground shaked and I was extremely scared. We ran first and all the tables and the chairs fell. Most pupils cried and we heared shouts and it was very noisy. We went into the shelter and it was safe. After 10 miuniets, we came back to the class and after 15 miuniets there was a second scary alarm. We were in panic we ran and ran into the shelter again and didn’t want go outside. We were very very afraied, the teachers tried to calm us doon but thy couldn’t. I hope it won’t happen again, because we want peace not war.

Thank you for listening to my problems.

Aviv Benishty

December 5th, 2008

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Sahar I’m 13 years old and I live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school, Makif Ironi Aleph. These rockets were intentionally aimed at killing innocent civilians, like myself. I was extremely, traumatized and I lost my ability to go on with my daily life.

I expect Amnesty International, as the worldwide guardian of international human rights, to oppose this violation of national law and our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours,

Sahar Rahum

December 5th, 2008

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Mor I’m 14 years old and I live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school. Makif Ironi Aleph. These rockets were intentionally aimed at killing innocent civiliand, like myself. I felt fear, bad. I was extremely traumatized and I lost my ability to go on with my daily life.

I expect Amnesty International, as the worldwide guardian of international human rights, to oppose this violation of national law and our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours,

Mor Guete

December 5th, 2008

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Lior I’m 13 years old and I live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school. Makif Ironi Aleph.

These rockets were intentionally aimed at killing innocent civilians, like myself.

I felt scared and I was very anxions. I was extremely, traumatized and I lost my ability to go on with my daily life.

I expect Amnesty International, as the worldwide guardian of international human rights, to oppose this violation of national law and our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours,

Lior

December 5th, 2008

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name isYael.

I’m 13 years old and I live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school. Makif Ironi Aleph. These rockets are intentionally amimed at killing innocent civilians, like myself. I felt frightened.

I was extremely traumatized and I lost my ability to go on with my daily life.

I expect Amnesty International, as the worldwide guardian of international human rights, to oppose this violation of national law and our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours,

Yael Tzabar

December 5th, 2008

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Mor I’m 14 years old and a live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school, Makif Ironi Aleph. These rockets were intentionally aimed at killing innocent civilians, like myself.

I was extremely, traumatized and I lost my ability to go on with my daily life.

I expect Amnesty International, as the worldwide guardian of international human rights, to oppose this violation of national law and our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours,

Yossi

December 5th, 2008

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Shai I’m 13 years old and I live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school Makif Ironi Aleph. These rockets were intentionally aimed at killing innocent civilians, like myself. I felt fear and worry because my mom just got out from work bake home, and I didn’t know if she is o.k.

I was extremely, traumatized and I lost my ability to go on with my daily life. I expect Amnesty International, as the worldwide guardian of international human rights, to oppose this violation of national law and our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours,

Shai

December 5th, 2008

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Michal Yonasi I’m 14 years old and I live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school, Makif Ironi Aleph. These rockets were intentionally aimed at killing innocent civilians, like myself. I felt fear, worry and I cried.

I want to have revenge by Arabics.

I was extremely, traumatized and I lost my ability to go on with my daily life.

I expect Amnesty International, as the worldwide guardian of international human rights, to oppose this violation of national law and our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours,

Michal

December 7th, 2008

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Noa.

I’m 13 years old and I live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school, Makif Ironi Aleph. These rockets were intentionally aimed at killing innocent civilians, like myself. I felt very scared and start to cry. I was worry to my family.

I has a little sister who’s alsofelt very scare and she wes a panic. During the days after I felt sadness and stress.

I was extremely, traumatized and I lost my ability to go on with my daily life.

I expect Amnesty International, as the worldwide guardian of international human rights, to oppose this violation of national law and our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours,

Noa

Friday December 5th, 2008

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Hodaya Avitan I’m 13 years old and I live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school, Makif Ironi Aleph.

These rockets were intentionally aimed at killing innocent civilians, like myself.

I felt sad, fear, scared and panic.

I was extremely, traumatized and I lost my ability to go on with my daily life.

I expect Amnesty International, as the worldwide guardian of international human rights, to oppose this violation of national law and our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours,

Hodaya Avitan

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Shani I’m 14 years old and I live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school. Makif Ironi Aleph. These rockets were intentionally aimed at killing innocent civilians, like myself. I felt frightened.

I was extremely traumatized and I lost my ability to go on with my daily life.

I expect Amnesty International, as the worldwide guardian of international human rights, to oppose this violation of national law and our basic right to life.

Shany

Zahan

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Shir I’m 13 years old and I live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school, Makif Ironi Aleph. These rockets are intentionally aimed at killing innocent civilians, like my self. I felt scared and I was anxions.

I was extremely traumely and I lost my ability to go on with my daily life.

I expect Amnesty International, as the worldwide guardian of international human rights, to oppose this violation of national law and our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours

Shir

December 5th, 2008

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Rivka I’m 14 years old and I live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school. Makif Ironi Aleph. These rockets were intentionally aimed at killing innocent civilians, like myself. I felt very bad. I heared the rockets and it felt like they felt at my school. I was scared and I was worried for my family.

I was in panic, and I cried! They don’t know how I feel, I still feel the fear.

I expect Amnesty International, as the worldwide guardian of international human rights, to oppose this violation of national law and our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours,

Siyum Rivka.

December 5th, 2008

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Yael.

I’m 14 years old and I live in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school. Makif Ironi Aleph. These rockets were intentionally aimed at killing innocent civilians, like myself. I was scared for my self and my family. I was really angry and at that moment I wanted tehm the terrorists to feel like I feel.

I was extremely traumatized and I lost my ability to go on with my daily life.

I expect Amnesty International, as the worldwide guardian of international human rights, to oppose this violation of national law and our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours

Yael.

December 5th, 2008

Dear Ms Khan

My name is Maria

I’m 13 ½ years old and I live

in Ashkelon.

About two weeks ago rockets fell near my school, Makif Ironi Aleph. There rockwts were intentionally amid at killing innocent civilians.

I felt I going to killd, oll my frinds cray and be worry I think that the rockets take my life from me and I don’t see my perents anymore. After this day my life are changes. I afread go to school, I call to my parants every hour, and I don’t go home white my selft. Plese read and think about my filings

Sincerely yours

Maria

2 Ilan Street, Ashkelon, Israel

Dear Ms. Khan

My name is sapir, I’m 17 years old.

I live in Ashkelon the city who located 10 km from the Gaza Strip.

I’m writing the letter to let you know about the situation.

My city is a victim of terrorism that destroys the life of innocent people.

2 weeks ago I was in my school,

I was in my classroom when the siren was saunded, I ran to a safe place and it was Shocking.

I was in panic, I was trembling and I couldn’t move,

I thought about my family, I tried to make contact with them but no one answered.

The rockets exploded very close to my school, the sound of it was enormouse.

I expect Amnesty to express its strong disaprovel as these acts violate our basic human right prevent us from living normal life.

Thank you,

Sapir.

Dear Ms. Khan

My name is Elite.

I am 17 years old.

I live in Ashkelon, located 10 km from the Gaza Strip.

I’m writing you a letter to let you know, im a victim of terrorism.

Weeks ago on a friday morning I was at school, I was having a civic lesson

suddenly a sirene went off.

we all ran to a safe place in a great panic.

It was horrible.

I was shaking

The rockets exploded, very close to my school.

There was a great noise.

I expect Amnesty

International to express its strong disapproval of all violent acts that deprive us our basic right and prevent us from living life of normaly.

Yours

Elite

Dear Ms. Khan

My name is Artiom Leontiv, I am 17 years old.

I live in Ashkelon, located 10 km from the Gaza Strip.

I am writing the later to let you know about our situation. We are victims of terrorism and rocket attack.

I not are ment to kill, hurt, destroy the life of innocent people.

Two weeks ago, I was at school when the alarm was dounded. I ran to a safe place, it was scared.

I hope you understand my situation.

Your Trully Artiom Leontiv.

Azirot Street,

Ashkelon

Dear Ms. Khan

My name is Miri Stoliar, I am 17 years old.

I live in Ashkelon I’m writing the letter to let

you know Our problems.

My city is a victim or terrorism and rocket attacks, that are meant to destroy the life of innocent people.

Last Saturday I was at home, I was sleeping when the alarm went off, we ran to a safe place, it was sceray. We shouted.

I couldn’t relax, I just thought about my family and best friends. I tried to call to my best friend (I was with my family) but I couldn’t.

The rockets exploded, very close to my house. The sound if it was terrible!!!

Our basic human right prevent us from living normal life!

I hope that I could explaint what hapning and how we are living here.

Thank you,

Miri Stoliar

Dear Ms. Khan,

My name is Zipi Raz, I am 18 years old.

I live in Ashkelon, located 10 km from the Gaza strip.

I’m writing you a letter to let you know how I feel.

My city is a victim of terrorism that is meant to hurt of innocent people.

2 weeks ago I was at school; I was studying when the alarm was sounded.

All the pupils ran to a safe place. It was scary.

I was in panic and I couldn’t move. I tried to relax but it was hard.

The rocket exploded very close to my school, the sound of it was enormous.

I expect amnesty to express its strong disapproval.

As these acts violate our basic human right prevent us from living normal life.

Dear Ms. Khan

My name is Yulia Amigud, I’m 18 years old. I live in Ashkelon, located 10 km from the Gaza strip.

I’m writing you a letter to let you know. I am a victim of constant rocket attacts, that made to kill innocent people.

2 weeks ago I was at my school studing, when the alarm was sounded.

All the students ran to a safe place. It was scary and I was in panic. when the rockets exploded they make grat noise. Our rocket exploded 200 meters from my school.

I’m scerd that the next time the rocket will fole at my school.

I expect Amnesty to express strong disapproval these atacts l, as an organization that fights for all human rights, regardless of race, color or religion, to express its strong disapproval of these atacts violate our basic human right and prevent us from living normal life.

Israel

Ashkelon

Shpera 70

Dear Ms. Khan

My name is Sizey Olga I’m 15 years old. I live in Israel in Ashkelon, you can find the city 10 km next to gaza strip.

I’m writing to let you know and understand how I feel.

I am a victim of terrorism (rokets attachs) that don’t let all the people living in Ashkelon including myself to live a queit and normal life.

2 weeks ago I was at my school, my class and I heard the “red alarm” we ran to a safe place great panicand even some teachers were in panic too.

I was really scared not for me, for my brother and my perants that were in ashkelon too. I couldn’t call them because the lines were busy.

The rockets exploded 100 meters away from school.

Everybody could cleary hear the explosion.

I expect Amnesty to express disapproval an to condemn all acts of violence. My human right to live normal life are violatool.

Yours sincerely Olga

83 Zvi Segal road,

Barnea,

Ashkelon,

Israel

December 9,2008

To whom it may concern,

My name is Natalie and I am 15 years old.

I live in Ashkelon and the recent situation here is not good because of the rockets from Gaza.

Every time a rocket falls our hearts stop beating and it is very frightening. I do not want to constantly live in a war situation and we would like to live peacefully without having to worry if any of our loved ones will be hurt.

Kind regards,

Natalie Ronen

8/12/2008

To whom it may concern,

My name is Karin Afota, I study in grade ten and I learn at Henry Ronson high school in Ashkelon.

I’m writing to share with you the situation in Ashkelon. In the past, Ashkelon was a wonderful city. There were a lot of tourists, businessmen and people who preferred to live in Ashkelon and decided to buy houses here. This city has malls, shops, pools markets, people smile.

But, one day all the people in this city heard a big explosion and then we understood that the face of this city was changed for good. The T.V. said that the missile landed in Ashkelon. This is very scary to live thus city. The situation isn’t changing. Every time we hear an alarm that rises and falls. People become stressed, afraid and fearful. Everybody hides until we hear an explosion and then we “relax”.

The life in this city isn’t fun. I’m afraid to live here. The country needs to help us and to stop this state. I told my parents that I don’t want to live in this city. I don’t want to live here. Small children and babies cry every time that a missile falls in Ashkelon. For adult people, this is despicable. Everybody is frightened. This isn’t the city it was before.

Scary. Really scary!

Sincerely – Karin Afota.

To the spokesperson for the Municipality of Ashkelon,

Hello my name is Roy Czerwonagora, I am a freshman in Ort Ronson High School.

I am writing to share with you my feelings and concerns about the current security situation of missile attacks.

I feel very frustrated and helpless. I think that we are just waiting for the next hit.

Every time that the alarm goes off I am surprised. It takes me a couple seconds to understand what I have to do. I don’t know what er are waiting for.

Please help us to find a solution!

Sincerely:

Roy Czerwonagora

10-12-08

My name is Shirley Teri and I am from tenth grade in the school “Ort Henri Ronson”. I want to tell you about my life in Ashkelon under the fall of missiles.

One day, I saw strange, big and scary birds. They have ugly wings and when they land they make a strong noise, cause destruction and commotion.

That day change our lives…

Is this a life? I don’t think so.

Life needs to be quiet and safe. I feel like ti si hell. Every moment that passed safely I pray and thank G-d it is. Impossible to live like that!

When I hear some alarm, noise of plane or something else, I jump and scared and think about the missiles.

At nights, it is hard for me to fall a sleep. I remember when there was peace and everyone was happy. But the cruelty is fate. A month ago the cease - fire stopped. It was a beautiful day. Suddenly, I heard that noise that I didn’t want to hear again. I didn’t know what to do. I cried. I cried because I want to live a normal life like everybody. I cried because I thought about all my friends and my family that were beside me at that moment.

I hope that some day, I will open the window and see the birds like I did before.

From,

Shirley Teri

23 Menahem Begin Street

Israel, Ashqelon

December 4, 2008

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan,

My name is Sivan Pertzovski and I am 15 years old. I am in 10th grade and I study in Mekif Alef School. I live in Ashqelon and my town is only 10 km from the Gaza Strip.

I am a victim of consistent rocket attacks that are falling none stop on my city and their propose is to kill innocent citizens as me and my family.

Two weeks ago during our fourth lesson a rocket exploted very close to our school and we heared the alarm. Everyone was scared and we immediately went to the corridor. I was terrified by the sound of the explosion and by the sound of crying students. But Although everyone thought it ended I know that the rocket attacks will never end.

I expect Amnesty International as an organization that will protect and fight for our right of life regardless of race, color and religion to express strong disapproval of these attacks that deprive us of our basic right to live.

Truly yours.

Sivan Pertzaski

Menachem Begin 24/13

Ashkelon, Israel

December 4, 2008

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan

My name is Diana Litvinov and I am 16 years old. I study at Mekif Alef school in the 10th grate. I live in Ashkelon whose only 10 km from the Gaza Strip.

I am a victim of consistent rocket attacts that are intentionally aimed at killing innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago when I was at school, suddenly I and my all class heared the sirene. We ran outside from the class. My all friends were in a panic and my best friend cried. After 5 minets the rockets exploded and we all were terrified. We tried to call to our perents but the lines was dead.

I and the other pupils in my class were in a lesson with my classroom teacher and suddenly we heard the sirene and everybody was in a panic and scared.

I expect Amnesty International as an organization that fights for human rights regardless of race, color and religion to express strong disapproval of these attacks that deprive us of our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours

Diana

Ashkelon, Isreal December 4, 2008

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Mr Khan,

Last year we had the first bomb droped in our city with is not stoped over since. Our city is just 10 km from the Gaza Strip. We are on innocent citizens living in a bombed zone. No that the bombs destroying my house directly but the non stoping noice (on some days and nights) of exploding rockets and the alarms can be realy annoing.

Two weeks ago when I was at school, a rocket fell near the school, there was a huge panic and lots of students were crying and realy wandering “why cant I contenct my mom?” ‘Supraisely” that was because all the lines were died, when it was told that no one got killed. I become abnoxous because the feeling of “300 students, in a small place, pushing everyone to everywhere” I hate places with a lot of people.

I think the government should do something about it. And the reasone I’m writing this letter obviously because the governments limits and their absssion to money and reputation.

I looking toward your help.

Ella Bouva

12/2 Desract

Ashqelon, Israel

December 4, 2008

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan

My name is Bar and I am 16 years old. I live in Asqelon and I study at Mekif Ironi Alef School in 10 grade.

My town is only 10 km from the Gaza Strip.

My family and I are a victim of consistent rocket that are intentionally aimed at killing innocent citizens of Askelon.

3 weeks ago I was at school when the terrorists had attedkt Asqelon. Suddenly, one rocket fell next to my school. In this time, everybody was in a panic and some people cryed. I worried to my friend and my family.

I expect Amnesty International as an organization that fight for human rights regardless of race, color and religion to express strong disapproval of these attacks that deprive us of our basic right to life.

Sincerely yours,

Bar Cheprac

Keysarya 7 Street

Neot Ashkelon

Ashkelon 78713

December 4, 2008

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW UK

Dear Ms Khan,

I am Eden Tzoref. I live in Ashkelon and I 16 years old. I study in Makif Ironi Aleph.

My town is only 10 km from the Gaza Strip. My family and I are victim of consistent rocket attacks that are intentionally aimed at killing innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago I and the other pupils in my class were in a lesson with my classroom teacher and suddenly we heard the sirene and everybody was in a panic and scared.

After some seconds we heard more 2 sirene went off and then we understood that we attac in rain of rockets. I worry to my family and my friends so much.

I expect Amnesty International as an organization that fights for human rights regardless of race, color and religion to express strong disapproval of these attacks.

I hope that my request will change your opinion and your acts about our situation.

Thank you for your listening.

Sincerely yours

Eden Tzoref.

eden

3 Gava Street

Ashkelon, Israel

4 December, 2008

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan

Hi! My name is Bar Reznick I 16 years old and I live is Ashkelon in Israel.

I study at “Makif Ironi Alef” school in 10th grade. My town is only 10 km from the Gaza strip.

I am a victim of consistent rocket attacks that are intentionally aimed at killing innocent citizens of Ashkelon and to damage at our town.

2 weeks agoit was the last attack on our town. On Friday I went to school. In the second lesson we heard the alarm of the rocket. All the student and I of course was really afraid and some of the people even cry. It was shok for all of us!

I expect Amnesty International as an organization that fights for human rights regardless of race, color and religion to express strong disapproval of these attacks that deprive us of our basic rights to life. I will be gratefull if the organization receive my requests that our town Irod on quiet!

Yours Truely,

Bar

22 Yehuidut Street

Israel, Ashkelon

December 4, 2008

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan

My town recently started being bombed and it got even worsen since the alarms started working. My ears are now pretty sensitive to loud voices and even voices. Appaerantly I live only 10K from the Gaza place where the Arabs ones live. So far nobody died. I guess we do have some luck but at some point you start to murder why are you still alive?

A pretty lame start to a latter right? In my opinion the ones involved should settle things by themselves and not go asking for help or shortcuts but for some reason the terrorists are the only ones taking some kind of action and the only thing that the rest of the world does is xritesizing. Whats wrong you ask? EVERYTHNG go start with Africa.

Yours Truly (definitely truly)

(help from outsiders, shortcuts – the terrorism)

4 Eli Cohen Street

Ashkelon

Israel

04/12/08

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan,

I am Ben Ayash. I am fifthteen years old. I study in high school called Makif Alef. I live in Ashkelon witch is only 10 km from the Gaza strip.

We the citizens of Ashkelon are victims of consistent rocket attacks from Gaza, these attacks are intentionally aimed at our city the main target of these attacks are the lifes of me, my family, friends, and the rest of Ashkelon’s population.

A couple of weeks ago in Friday morning in the middle of my third class the incoming rocket alarm went of. We ran to the corridor in panic, I was trying to act cool but inside I was afraid too, after a few minutes we started to walk back to the class, the second we stepped in the class the alarm went off again, then a “boom” noise shook the ground and the windows, that brock the ice, the girls started to cry, students made the celolar signal to fall down, there was fear and panic in people’s eyes, that scane reminded me the rocket that fell two buildings from my house the entire building was full of holes. after the alarm.

94 Tzvi Segal Street

Ashkelon, Israel

December 4 , 2008

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan,

My name is Tzlil, and I’m a student in “Makif Ironi A” school.

I’m in the 10th grade. My town is only 10 km from the Gaza strip. I love to live in Ashkelon but it’s hard.

Unfortunately, because I live in Ashkelon I am a victim of consistent rocket attacks that are intentionally aimed at killing innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago in a middle of class, suddenly we all hear a sirene that was very scary and all the children run to the shelter in panic.

Some of them start to cry and others try to call they family’s but didn’t get them because the lines was died. It’s was the scariest day of my life.

I expect Amnesty International as an organization that fights for human rights regardless of race, color and religion to express strong disapproval of these attacks, that deprive us of our basic rights to life.

Truely yours,

Tzlil Hershko

24 Neve Shalom

Ashkelon,

December 4th , 2008

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan,

Hello my name is Gil Moscovich. I am 16 years old. I study at Makif Ironi A school. In the 10th Grade. I live in Ashkelon and my town is only 10 km from the Gaza strip.

I am a victim of consistent rocket attacks that are intentionally aimed at killing innocent citizens of citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago, when I was in school, suddenly a sirene went off and everybody started to be in panic, they ran fast to a safe place. One rocket exploded very close to our school, and we heard the explosion sound very close. After this nobody could go on study, and everybody went home fast.

I expect Amnesty International as an organization that fights for human rights regardless of race, color and religion to express strong disapproval of these attacks, that deprive us of our basic rights to life and I expect from you that you will write something about the Hamas attack in your site.

I hope that you will do something about this and find a solution.

Yours truly,

Gil Moscovich

Afridar

Ashkelon, Israel

4 December

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan

I am David Anaki, I live in Ashkelon, I am 16 years old, I am study in Makif A school, and my town is very very close to Gaza Strip.

I am a victim of consistent rocket attacks that are intentionally aimed at killing innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago, while I was learning in the class, on the 5 hour I heared a Sirene went off. All the pupils get in a panic.

I was so confused and nervues since it’s my first time to hear the “Booms” of the rockets so close.

I expect Amnesty International as an organization. that fights for human rights regardless of race color and religion to express strong disapproval of these attacks, that deprive us of our basic rights to life.

David Anaki

6th Shivat Zion St.

Ashkelon, Israel

December 4th , 2008

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan,

My name is Ori. I am a 10th grade student and I am 15 years old. I live in Ashqelon, which is a city in Israel. My city is geographicly very close to the Gaza Strip, an area belongs to the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinans are bombing our area with “Qassams” and “Grads” rockets.

The rockets hurt us physicly and emotionally and we live in a very hard reality. People are scared and terrified every day and there’s a constant danger.

I am a victim of consistent rocket attacks that are intentionally aimed at killing innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

I hope you can help us in this situation.

Sincerely Yours,

Ori Ashad.

Hasne 4/28 Street

Ashkelon, Israel

4 .12.08

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan,

I’m Shahar Gueta 15 years old girl, in the 10 grade, and I’m study at Makif Alef School.

I live in Ashkelon. My town is only 10 km from the Gaza strip.

As all of Ashkelon citizen, I am a victim of consistent rocket attacks that are intentionally aimed at hurting and killing innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago on Friday morning, while I was at school 3 rockets fell right next to my school, two of them in the neighbourhood behind my school, and the other one at the from the other one at the front of my school.

It was shocking. Lots of my friends were crying. I was tring to help, but none of them listened.

I tried to call my parents but all the lines were dead. It was the scariest thing in my life. All of this time I was praying that my family is fine. Lucely, they were at the safety room and they were fine.

I expact your company Amnesty International, as a company that cares about the human rights regardless of race, color and religion, to take care of this kind of problem, that deprives us of our basic rights to life.

Sincerely yours,

Shahar Gueta

Kislev 17/2 Street

Ashkelon, Israel

4 December , 2008

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan,

My name is Meran. I am 16 years old. I study at “Makif Ironi Alef” Ashkelon, Israel. My town is only 10 km from the Gaza strip.

I am a victim of consistent rocket attacks that are intentionally aimed at killing innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago the Hamas sent 5 rockets to our sity. It was Friday morning as we heard the alarm of the rockets, we was in the midel of biologic lesson, all the students ran in panic to a safety place everybody was shaking and some girls even cry Unfortunatly the rockets fell very close to my school. In the school day I was in panic and I even couldn’t sleep.

I hope that your organization that is supposed to protect human rights regardless of race or religion to express strong disapproval of these attacks, that deprive us of our basic rights to life.

Yours truly,

Meran

Hashekma 3

4/12/08

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan,

My name is Or i am 16 years old and learn in Makif ironi alef High school I have a girlfriend that her name is Or to I like to play basketball and I live in Ashkelon and my town is only 10 km from the Gaza strip.

Unfortonatly I am a victim of consistent rocket attacks that are intentionally aimed killing innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago I was in the class learn litretrur and suprisenly the alarm start and all the kids run and shoot and after some seconds was big expolten it was very scary all the girls crying and after some menets two more foling and it was very scary.

I expect Amnesty International as an organization that fights for human rights regardless of race, color and religion to express strong disapproval of these attacks, that deprive us of our basic rights to life.

Yours

Truly,

Or Heine

Mimon 16

Ashkelon

Isreal

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan

My name is Dennis Gershoviah. I’m 15 I live in Ashkelon. I study at Makif Ironi Aleph. My town is only 10 km from the Gaza Strip.

I am a victim of consistent rocket attacks that are intentionally aimed at killing innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago when I was at school in my class the last lesson began and after several minutes the first siren began and after 1 – 2 minutes, the second sirene began and the third sirene began. 5 rockets till one of the rockets fell near my school the boom was huge everybody was in panic some girls startedto cry. We went to the sefe place and then everything was okay and we went to home and no one get hurt.

Truly yours

Dennis Gershoviah!

Ha’efeni 9/6

Ashkelon, Israel78704

December 4, 2008

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan,

I am Gal Cohen, a sixteen years old. I learn in the 10th grade in Mekif Ironi Aleph. I live in Ashkelon and my town is only 10 km from the Gaza strip.

I am a victim of consistent rocket attacks that are intentionally aimed at killing innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

People that are not from Ashkelon or Sderot can’t understand the fear of the rockets that can hit your home, school or anywhere.

For example, 2 weeks ago in Friday, I was in school and suddenly a sirene went of. Everybody was in a panic. I heard 3 huge booms that shocked the schools walls.

This things happened too much for the people of Ashkelon, it’s need to be stop!

Thank you for your help. I look forward to your action.

Yours truly,

Gal Cohen

37 Eli Cohen Street

Ashkelon, Israel

December 4, 2008

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan

My name is Anna Tepper and I am 16 years old. I learn in the 10th grade and the most important I live in Ashkelon and unfortunately it’s only 10 km from the Gaza strip.

Like the other citizens of my city I’m a victim of the rocket attacks. The porpus of the attackes is to kill us, Ashkelon citizens, my friends, me and my family.

Two weeks ago, In Friday when I was at school suddenly we all heard the alarm, we all got out and all of my friends were togathar in the safty place. I tryied to call my perents but the lines were dead I was nervius the rokets fell next to my school and all the windows were shaking. I’m glad that no one hurts.

I believe that youre organization will do the right thing and recive our reqest to help us with this terror I hope to get a positive answer.

Sincerely yours,

Anna

Yotveta 6/10

Ashkelon, Israel

11/12/08

Ms. Irene Khan

Secretary General

Amnesty International

1 Euston Street

London WC1X 0DW

UK

Dear Ms Khan

My name is Shirel Sigron and I am 15 years old girl that live in Ashkelon. I learn in Makif ironi! My town is only 10 km from the Gaza strip.

I am a victim of consistent rocket attacks that are intentionally aimd killing innocent citizens of Ashkelon.

2 weeks ago on Friday when I was in school and learned. I heard the

Siren went of. It was sceary after a few minets we came back to our class when saerly we hear the sirene again and we ran to the safe place and some children started to cry because they couldent call their friends and befor we came back to our class it was sirene again and then we heard a big explosion and it was very sceary.

I expect Amnesty International as an organization to fight for the Israel people and show our side not just the arabes side because we also suffer from terrorism..

Your truly

Shirel

Sigron

Prime Minister

An Open Letter to the Jewish Communities of the World

Dear Friends,

At this writing, the soldiers of the IDF – the finest sons and daughters of the State of Israel – are engaged in a grueling campaign to restore calm to the south of our country and to banish the threat from our borders.

It is never by choice that we send our children to fight on the battlefield. This conflict was thrust upon us. For the last eight years, hundreds of thousands of Israelis

have lived under the daily specter of incessant and indiscriminate missile attacks from the Gaza Strip. The residents of Sderot and other neighboring towns deserve to live the same normal existence which we all take for granted.

Had it been possible to achieve this objective by any other means, we would have welcomed the opportunity. No sovereign nation can acquiesce with the daily targeting of its citizens and yet the State of Israel has exercised maximum restraint and worked relentlessly to try and achieve a peaceful solution with the Palestinians. But when

Hamas - a terrorist organization allied with Iran and Hizbullah – seized control of the Gaza Strip, redoubling its efforts to endanger our people, it quickly became clear that peace was not on their agenda.

In this difficult time, I want to express heartfelt thanks for your love, pravers and unwavering support. It is a source of profound strength for the citizens of Israel to know othat our Jewish family around the world continues to stand alongside us in our quest to bring peace and security to our homeland. As always, your ardent encouragement helps us to persevere in the face of adversity.

The State of Israel will remain steadfast in meeting the challenges ahead. Together, we will transform our collective dream of building a secure

Jewish state – one that enjoys peace and all its benefits – into reality.

Sincerely, Ehud Olmert

Ehud Olmert

Jerusalem, Israel

December, 2008

To The Municipality of Ashkelon,

The topic of discussion: The security situation

I am writing to solve with you the problem with the security situation in Ashkelon.

I was in school many times when the alarm went off and myself and all the pupils got stressed very much.

At the time that the missiles fall we can’t use our cellophanes because the lines fall. This situation makes pupils worried because they can’t communicate with their families.

A missile fell in our school “Ort Henry Ronson” next to the cafeteria two years ago. Fortunately this happened during the summer vacation and didn’t cause damage.

I hope that this situation will stop and we will be able to return to our normal lives.

Tank you,

Nofar Haimi