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Dear friends of the "Sea Days"

Fun Days on the Beach for Palestinian Children – Summer 2018

This year we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, but as the writer David Grossman says: "We are not yet at home… not until the Palestinians have their own home". We, the women of the sea, are also 70 years old, already grandmothers, and we continue to hope for a place which Israelis and Palestinians will be able to call home and where they will live in mutual respect and in a warm neighborly relationship.

Palestinian children live only a few miles away from the beautiful coasts of The Mediterranean and yet cannot enjoy its wonders due to the restrictions imposed by the Israeli authorities.

 We are a group of Israeli women volunteers, all of us members of MachsomWatch, who have learned over the years, only too well, of the many hardships imposed by the ongoing occupation. Therefore, we started this project to enable Palestinian children enjoy nature's gifts and open the sea to everyone.

Over the past 11 summers, we have organized “Fun Days” on the beach and brought children from their villages in the West Bank, across the checkpoints to the beach. This project had not been possible without the committed participation of many volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Last year, we managed to bring 1400 children and their mothers for a one-day summer camp on the beach. We hope to be able to keep this project going and hopefully expand. It has gained wide recognition amongst Palestinians, and many children, who have never been to the sea before, are already looking forward with excitement to participate in this year's activity. We hope that we can fulfill their hopes. In order to do so, we would like to ask for your support.

 A cost per day for one child is 50$, which includes  bus transportation from the different villages to Tel Aviv and back, swimming and beach activities, meals, as well as social and artistic activities in the afternoon, at a Community Center in Jaffa. As the entire operation is made possible by contributions, we depend on your generosity which will determine the number of children who will be able to enjoy the sea this season.

This year's season will be in July-August due to Ramadan which takes place in June.

We hope that the children's t happiness will be as great a source of fulfillment for you as it is for us.

Sincerely,

Tzvia Shapira
Rachel Afek
Amira Ityel
Riki Shaked-Trainin

For donation: please click below the 'Donate'
or make a bank transfer as follow:
Bank Name: Bank Leumi
Bank Local Code: 10949
Account Name: Rachel Afek, Tzvia Shapira, Kaytana,
Account Number: 18584146
Swift Code: LUMIILITXXX
IBAN: IL170109490000018584146

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