The emergency campaign of "Operation LifeShield," was launched by Israeli-Americans Shep Alster and Josh Adler, who during the Second Lebanon War and the continuous rocket attacks in Sderot and other towns surrounding the Gaza Strip, recognized the urgent need to provide residents of these communities with protection.
The 42-tonne, rocket-proof shelters, called “LifeShields”, can be placed in public spaces to offer civilians safety from missile attacks.
“Operation LifeShield’s goal is first and foremost to help save lives”, said co-founder Josh Adler. “Each shelter has the power of shielding many civilians in communities without sufficient means of protection, while also allowing these suffering people to go out, study, play and lead a normal life - knowing refuge is at hand whenever the air raid sirens sound.”
So far, four transportable shelters have been donated to different locations including
the “Kalanit” kindergarten in Sderot, Ziv Medical Center in Safed, and the Western Galilee Environmental Center in Karmiel, which serves as the damage control center in case of a missile attack on a chemical plant in the region.
“We eagerly welcome the initiative, as a viable solution that has come at such a critical time for Sderot”, said Sderot's Mayor, Eli Moyal. “Just days ago, a Katyusha rocket struck next to a nursery school, where children play every day with no shelters nearby. Seven people in Sderot – including three children – have already been killed as a result of missile attacks, and we fear for the lives of many more due to the lack of shelters. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of the generous people who have contributed to this imperative, long-awaited cause.”
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