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Kites For Hope

Tags: Inspiration and Hope, Israel Under Fire, Living Beyond Terror, Art Activities, Ondria Rees

By Ondria Camile Rees

Many around the world remain unaware of the ongoing terror inflicted against Israel and her citizens. Knowing the facts is crucial: Incited by Hamas to serve as human shields while trying to infiltrate Israel’s borders, Gazans have been violently protesting and even terrorizing Jewish communities in southern Israel with tire burning, missile launching, and burning tens of thousands of acres using “Molotov” explosive kites and balloons flown into Israeli land.

Two Gazan men launching terror kite, May 2018

The Israeli communities near the border with Gaza are rural farmlands and rely on their surroundings to make a living from agriculture and tourism. Whole nature reserves have been destroyed,animals too small or too slow to escape the flames have been burned alive while animals that could escape have no place to return to. Experts say that the destruction to the ecosystem will take at least a decade to heal. Unfortunately, arson terror is not new in Israel as a tactic of terror, and we can only hope that there will be an end in the future.

It would be easy for Israelis experiencing this to become hateful and angry. Instead something extraordinary is happening - In the very communities where they are under the missile range or surrounded by fields on fire, families and friends have been gathering together to fly kites of blue and white - their message of hope and peace in the face of the kites of hate against Israel and our Jewish rights.

Similar demonstrations have been coordinated in some places around the world, trying to spread awareness of current issues with Gaza to those with little to no knowledge of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Dozens of participants took part in ‘Kites for Peace’ event Los Angeles’ Balboa Park. The event, which the organizers hope will be repeated around the world, was held to raise awareness of the latest wave of kite terrorism, affecting Israel’s southern border communities with Gaza.”

We at Israel Forever want to encourage supporters of Israel all over the world to join in this unique effort to counter Gaza’s kite burning by organizing peaceful demonstrations with “kites for hope”.

Whether fire kites are flying or missiles are falling on our brethren on the border, the acts of solidarity by Jews around the world can make a huge impact. They demonstrate our continued hope for peace, and our unwillingness to bend under the outside pressures we may even feel from those around us with regard to our support for Israel.

Every kite flown has its own message, and every person flying a kite has the potential to feel they are making an impact by swaying public opinion to recognize the suffering the ongoing terror of Hamas and the Palestinian propagandists are causing to hundreds of thousands of innocent Jews, Christians, Muslims, Arabs, Druze and Bedouin who are traumatized by the endless attacks.

A great activity for parents and kids, campers and counselors, ANYONE who wants to raise their kites high in the sky for Israel, for justice, for freedom.

Israeli boy with peace kite

Who is this for?
This can be an excellent community activity where you can demonstrate your solidarity with the children of Israel and the children of Gaza who both deserve to be raised in peace, free from the terror of Hamas.

It can also be a simple activity you do with your own children to have a carefree experience while at the same time expressing your solidarity with Israel.


INSTRUCTIONS: HOW TO BUILD YOUR KITE FOR HOPE

MATERIALS:

  • A large plastic bag or large paper - you can use the Israel Forever designs offered here or make your own!
  • ¼ inch wooden dowels (2)
  • Small hacksaw
  • Gluestick
  • Tape
  • A lot of kite string
  • Scissors
  • Pieces of cloth or bows for the kite tail
  • Sewing needle

STEPS:

1) Take your dowels and cut one 32 inches long and the other one 24 inches long

2) Make notches on all four ends of the dowels

3) Take kite string and place both dowels together to make the shape of a lower-case “t”. The shorter dowel will be 10 inches down the longer one and tie a huge knot where they cross

4) Run kite string from one notch of a piece of dowel to another notch, to another notch, to another notch, until the string makes a diamond shape around the dowels; reinforce with tape

5) Take your paper or plastic bag material and trim about an inch around all sides of the kite body to make a paper or plastic diamond

6) Fold over the excess paper or plastic onto the kite string and glue it down

7) Make your own design on the kite

8) Put some clear tape on top of the design just above where the two dowels meet

9) Use a needle to punch through the tape

10) Take kite string and wrap around the dowel, insert it through the needle-made hole, and have the string go all the way down to become the tail of the kite

11) For the parts of string on top of the paper, tape it down and the rest will be the kite tail

12) Attach pieces of cloth or bows at the end of kite

Here is the kite template:

Check out another Kite Making Template


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About the Author

Ondria Camile Rees
Ondria Camile Rees is 20 years old. She is a proud Jew by Choice, having converted in 2013. On Birthright Israel in June of 2016 she fell in love with the country and hopes to make aliyah in 2020. She is currently attending Cal Poly Pomona majoring in graphic design and minoring in art history. Over the summer of 2018 she interned for the Israel Forever Foundation.

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