In Israel, depending on where and when your home was built there may be some sort of shelter. Our Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem apartment had been built pre-1967 Six Days War, when all of Jerusalem was dangerous border area, so the building had a public shelter. Periodically, even in the 1970's, inspectors would come and fine all of the residents if we didn't keep it clean, empty and usable. We huddled there Yom Kippur, 1973, when the sirens blasted heralding the official beginning of the Yom Kippur War, after our forces had been surprised attacted in the Golan and Sinai.
Today all homes built or expanded, needing building permits, in Samaria, and most probably Judea and the rest of the country, must include a security room. But thirty years ago when we began planning our Shiloh home, this wasn't required, so we don't have one. There are a number of "public shelters" throughout the neighborhood, but all have been appropriated for "community purposes, " such as synagogues and study halls.
No doubt, most Israeli communities, like Shiloh, are organizing to assist families in need. I'm going to list a number of posts from other blogs that will give you a better idea of how this war, Operation Pillar of Defense, is really affecting Israelis.
- What's on the mind of Paula, A Soldier's Mother
- Rickismom wonders if it's a male/female thing
- Miriam is a soldier's grandmother
- West Bank Mama looks for safety
- Sharon cheers on our soldiers, "Go boys, go!"
- Elder of Ziyon posts the truth behind one of the Arab lies
- More truth from This Ongoing War
- live blogging on Mukata
- Esser Agaroth reports on the siren in Jerusalem
- Siren in Shiloh