Students of IDC Hertzelia for the residents of the western Negev
Noam Bedein - CEO
Itzik Yarkoni - Marketing Director
Sderot Media Center
I wish to thank you and the SMC staff for opening our eyes to the inconceivable reality of the western Negev and Sderot in particular. Since the first guided tour that you gave us on the 28th of December 2007, the sights we saw and the experiences we went through have affected us and our perception of the daily life routine in the south-western region of Israel.
Since that first tour, you have helped us to increase the awareness to your area’s situation among the student community of the Interdisciplinary Center Hertzelia (IDC). During the 3 ‘Awareness Days’ which we organized on April 2008 at our campus, your work has contributed greatly to us, and our collaboration has brought us to believe that small deeds of many citizens can achieve great results on enormous audiences. Thanks to your work and your contribution to the Sderot’s spokespersons panel which took place in the 10th of April 2008, we managed to organize another tour in Sderot and its area for the students of IDC Herzelia, and to experience your reality for ourselves, when a mortar shell exploded not far from us.
I wish to thank you for your contribution to the legal activity of Law students Ms. Miriam Zemelman, Mr. Nir Brazilay, Mr. Elad Pilpel and Mr. Omer Shaked, who were led by Mr. Yonatan Braverman and examined the rights for compensation claims of people whose homes were damaged by Kasssam missiles. After collecting the information, Mr. Braverman prepared an easily readable Rights Pamphlet, which informs the residents about their rights, in case their homes suffer damages from the missile attacks. These students have used the gathered materials and wrote a proposition for correcting a legislation regarding Property Tax compensation, and you delivered it to MK Marina Solodkin during a
Knesset discussion which you and Mr. Braverman attended, and to MK Gideon Sa’ar as well.
Thanks to your work and your support, we have managed to motivate and encourage more IDC Hertzelia students to contribute to the identification with the western Negev residents, and to establish beautiful projects that had an influence on the population: The students of the New Psychology School had established a “Green Color” summer camp for a hundred 6th grade pupils from Sderot, between the 24th and the 27th of August 2008. In another project for Sderot high school students, a student of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications helped to produce the graduation ceremony of “Amit” high school’s class of 2008.
We hope that our productive collaboration will continue this year, as well, and look forward to endless times of peace and serenity.
Founder of “Exiting the Bubble”