Residents of the Gaza border communities will hold a large demonstration in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square at 7:30pm Thursday, calling for the end of rocket fire from the Strip.
"I pray every day for quiet and I want the entire state of Israel to come demonstrate with me this evening," 10-year-old Yasmin Lavton from kibbutz Or HaNer said on Thursday morning.
Yasmin Lavton, 10 (Photo: George Ginsburg)
Thousands of Gaza border residents were expected to attend the rally, bused to Tel Aviv in transport organized by their regional council heads.
The kibbutz children were busy Thursday morning working on the protest signs they will wave tonight at the square. These children returned to the kibbutz several days ago, after leaving it at the beginning of Operation Protective Edge.
Now, the children are trying to return to their daily routine, but they're still afraid of the Code Red siren.
"I wish I'd never hear Code Red sirens again," Yasmin said. "I want it to stop so we could live here in the kibbutz in peace."
"We've prepared signs and colored them and we came up with the sentences ourselves and today we'll all go to the protest and wave the signs," she added.
The children prepare signs for the protest (Photo: George Ginsburg)
Maya Sivan Barlinov, the children's teacher, told them of the day ahead: "Today we're going to demonstrate, so all of the people of Israel know what we're going through here in the Gaza border communities and mostly for them to know what you, the children, are going through when there are sirens. You did a good job and you wrote sentences from the heart, and that's the most important thing. You've moved us all."
The band Teapacks will perform at the demonstration, along with other singers, and the heads of the regional councils on the Gaza border will speak. Another speaker is Tom Katz, a teenager girl from Nahal Oz.