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I live with my wife and children in the Southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva. Recently the city has received rocket fire from Hamas terrorists living in Gaza. The intention of this instructable is not to be political but to offer a "How to Survive Guide" in the event you might be under rocket fire.

This video was posted by university student Morag Agmon.  The rocket landed in an area between the student dorms and pubs.

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Step 1: Determine your City's proximity

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Understanding where your city is located is important to your survival. This will determine the type of rocket and its range. A siren or "Color Red Warning" will alert you to an incoming rocket. Beer Sheva for instance is 24 miles (40km) from the Gaza Strip. From the time the siren is sounded, Beer Sheva residents have 1 minute to find shelter. On the other hand, the city of Sderot, 1.2 miles (2 km) away from the Gaza boarder, has 15 seconds.

Step 2: Find Shelter

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In the event the siren is heard, find shelter fast. In the case for our family, our 1.5 year old's room doubles as a security room. Its like a bomb shelter with extra thick walls, a large steel plate covering the window, special ventilation, and a steel door. We moved our bed into the shelter last week in case we didn't wake up in the middle of the night from the siren.

For more information, visit the IDF home front instructional video.
How to behave in a Qassam Rocket or Mortar Attack

Step 3: Supplies

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Its important to pray for the best but prepare for the worst. We keep water and food handy. Israel also distributes gas masks to its citizens in the event of a chemical or biological attack.

Step 4: Pray this will be over soon

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I disagree. The Romans did not make the most powerful nation on the entire earth by making nice nice with everyone. They did it by conquering their foes. Same with Alexander the Great, Charlemange, Ghengis Khan, and many others throughout history. Comply or be exterminated. Once an enemy is defeated in combat, THEN talk about diplomacy. As for who wins between Isreal and Palestine, I couldn't give a damn less. But seriously 4,000+ years of war over some sand is an f-ing waste. Somebody has to win so get it over with.

Actually I can site several sources that 9/11 was aided by our own government, including an investigation by a US Governor that found evidence of thermite around the site. But I am just an ignorant american completely under control of the american propaganda machine and completely unable to see what is going on around me.

I called you a child because you keep making assumptions about me, and all other Americans. You believe we are all fools, all Americans are religious zealots, and that we simply lack the ability to see think, or act. You must be a child to have your head still buried so far in stereotypes, and to believe that they are real! MOST Americans are moderates, or liberals.

The religious wrong controlled this country for 8 years because the rest of us were too stupid to have a single good candidate on our side. (It is a 2 party system, so we only end up with 2 candidates).

As for not doing anything if I were near you, it is simply a reference to how calling names from across the internet is more than a bit pointless, and not an actual reference to beating you up. I thought that was clear? In any event, I am 5'10" 200lbs (48ish kg) and have been practicing martial art for more than 15 years. I have no objection to a fight, but I do not like pointless banter.

So come back, give your arguments, and stop running away! You are tarnishing the reputation of all Irish!
xarlock667 Fujo4 years ago
I thought the Irish loved a good argument? Guess I was wrong.
Probably they do. Draw you own conclusions about the quality of your argument.
I think you should keep in mind- American people are not the same as the american government. You cant blame us citizens for something our government does without our knowledge. Each citizen has their own beliefs, but I can say for sure that most do not support a war purely for the sake of oil. We have a government that all too often does things we dont appreciate. So stop and think a minute before you say things like "Your war machine" and "Your country" and "Hate Americans" to an American. I was born in America, but that doesn't make it MY country. I can move to another country if I want, and I am not responsible for the US government's actions. I dont feel shame. I refuse to be ashamed for the actions of someone else. I will only be ashamed of my own. Theres a lot of problems in the world, but hating someone just because of the country they were born in will not solve any of them.
Fujo xarlock6674 years ago
"Or perhaps simply wipe out the Palestinians?" What a narrow-minded, ignorant, racist thing to say. You obviously have little knowledge on the subject. It is attitudes like yours that cause these kind of problems!
SirAmazing4 years ago
nice to read your comment Israel99 :)
Wow. I thought this was a joke to. Here in America, you worry when the price of gas goes up 5 cents in a day. Its pretty surreal to come to the realization that, in some other parts of the world, people just like us regularly worry about terrorist's frag rockets raining down from the skies. Its also reminds me how great Instructables, and the internet as a whole is, that people in such different countries who worry about such different things come together with the common interest of sharing knowledge. Best of luck to you, whoever and wherever you are!
israel996 years ago
I'm an Israeli lving in the states. I'd like to say that I'm ashamed of what my country is doing. I hate saying it, but we lose the sympathy of the world when we kill women and children like terrorists do. At least they're fighting to get their land back. What's our excuse.? Instead of complaining about rockets.. lets call off the F16, give them their land back, and live in peace.
Anykey israel994 years ago
thank for your words of peace my jewish brother :)

I want to ask the author a how to survive under the Israeli raid , it would be more useful than this because way more innocent palestinians have died under israelis' bombs than israelis under palestinian's rockets ...
haclil israel994 years ago
Hi israel99,

Please don't build your self-estimation on what others think about your home country, even if they seem to represent a prevailing view.

Israel has already--and sadly--lost the world's sympathy due to massive campaigns of disinformation and "big lies". To wit, the Palestinians never had a king, a government or self-rule, never-ever! They lost their first chance in 1949 when offered an Arab state by the UN. No Arab or Arab entity ever accepted that state.

To be really fair, call the land that Israel and "the territories" sit on "disputed land". It's far too simplistic to say that Israel "stole" the Palestinian's land.

Lastly, terrorists kill women and children indiscriminately. Innocents are *the* target for terrorists, while for the Israeli army they are very regrettable collateral damage. This is a simple legal distinction similar to the question of intent used to distinguish murder from manslaughter.
ezock israel994 years ago
Pretty easy to say when you are on someone else's land yourself.
you are obviously not living on the same planet as the rest of us or else you are dreaming and talking in your sleep,
idiotic_7.06 years ago
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Hamas are despicable terrorists. They attack Israeli civilians, celebrate, and then hide behind civilians in Palestine. Israel is doing the right thing, terrorism is unacceptable. Israelis don't celebrate civilian casualties, they try to avoid them There is a difference between intentionally killing civilians, and trying to destroy attackers who hide behind civilians. This is one thing that many people fail to understand. If the United States were suddenly bombarded by rockets from a group of Mexican terrorists, they would not hesitate to strike back. Israel has been hit with as many rockets as London was during WWII. The enemies are similar. Nazis considered themselves to be supreme, and committed great war crimes. Middle Eastern terrorists like Hamas are claiming that the Holocaust never happened, and committing similar war crimes. They are doing this all over a small strip, of land that was traditionally, throughout history, land that belonged to the Jews. This is a great act of selfishness, and they do it at a terrible cost. It is the fault of Hamas, and not of Israel. I've also noticed how subjectively biased your pictures were. The picture of the Israeli is after the incident occurred, and you don't seem to understand that not all rocket attacks are that small. Many of them kill dozens of civilians in ways as horrific as in the third picture, and many do as much damage as is shown in the second picture. Although I agree that this isn't such a great instructable, and that it may be offensive, that does not mean that Israelis are wrong. Hamas is wrong, and civilians in Israel and Palestine are paying for it.
Exactly, Hamas are terrorists, because as today they have killed some 3 Israeli citizens, since they restarted their rocket bombardments end of December 2008. Also some 14 Israeli soldiers were killed since Israel invaded the Gaza strip. (3 of them by 'friendly fire'). No I fully support Israel and their killing of some 770 Palestinians since the cease-fire ended, because this was only self-defence. Anyone knows that UN schools only serve to hide terrorists, even if they are just a few months of age. Yes I am fully aware that Israel only tries to kill Hamas supporters, but if a few dozen civilians get in the way and they get killed by accident, that's just bad luck.
What would the US do if San Diego were to be attacked by rockets from Mexico? I understand the difference in casualties, but why do the Palestinian people still support Hamas? It is Hamas and their cowardly actions that has resulted in many civilian deaths on both sides. If anything, there should be a day of rage against Hamas, and not Israel. If Palestinians and Israelis continue to kill each other, then it won't end until Israel pulls its nukes out, followed closely by Iran and Pakistan. If Palestinians were to abandon their support for Hamas, and turn on them, then this conflict could be resolved much quicker. There is no way to destroy all of the terrorists quickly, but only a strong willed, determined effort will do that. And in any case, the Palestinian people are hopelessly militarily inferior to the Israelis, by continuing to provoke them, they are only condemning more people on both side to death. Another problem is that Israel's military bases are located away from the centers of cities, the operating points of Hamas are located in schools and around densely populated areas. If a foreign military wanted to destroy Israel's military bases, it could do so without inflicting too much collateral damage. The same does not hold true for Hamas' military bases. Being located within cities and civilian buildings, they cannot be targeted without inflicting civilian casualties, and Hamas knows this. Here is a very wise article written my a Harvard professor a few years back: "Arithmetic of Pain By ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ July 19, 2006; There is no democracy in the world that should tolerate missiles being fired at its cities without taking every reasonable step to stop the attacks. The big question raised by Israel's military actions in Lebanon was what is "reasonable." The answer, according to the laws of war, is that it is reasonable to attack military targets, so long as every effort is made to reduce civilian casualties. If the objectives cannot be achieved without some civilian casualties, these must be "proportional" to the civilian casualties that would be prevented by the military action. This is all well and good for democratic nations that deliberately locate their military bases away from civilian population centers. Israel has its air force, nuclear facilities and large army bases in locations as remote as anything can be in that country. It is possible for an enemy to attack Israeli military targets without inflicting "collateral damage" on its civilian population. Hezbollah and Hamas, by contrast, deliberately operate military wings out of densely populated areas. They launch antipersonnel missiles with ball-bearing shrapnel, designed by Syria and Iran to maximize civilian casualties, and then hide from retaliation by living among civilians. If Israel decides not to go after them for fear of harming civilians, the terrorists win by continuing to have free rein in attacking civilians with rockets. If Israel does attack, and causes civilian casualties, the terrorists win a propaganda victory: The international community pounces on Israel for its "disproportionate" response. This chorus of condemnation actually encourages the terrorists to operate from civilian areas. While Israel does everything reasonable to minimize civilian casualties -- not always with success -- Hezbollah and Hamas want to maximize civilian casualties on both sides. Islamic terrorists, a diplomat commented years ago, "have mastered the harsh arithmetic of pain. . . . Palestinian casualties play in their favor and Israeli casualties play in their favor." These are groups that send children to die as suicide bombers, sometimes without the child knowing that he is being sacrificed. Two years ago, an 11-year-old was paid to take a parcel through Israeli security. Unbeknownst to him, it contained a bomb that was to be detonated remotely. (Fortunately the plot was foiled.) This misuse of civilians as shields and swords requires a reassessment of the laws of war. The distinction between combatants and civilians -- easy when combatants were uniformed members of armies that fought on battlefields distant from civilian centers -- is more difficult in the present context. Now, there is a continuum of "civilianality": Near the most civilian end of this continuum are the pure innocents -- babies, hostages and others completely uninvolved; at the more combatant end are civilians who willingly harbor terrorists, provide material resources and serve as human shields; in the middle are those who support the terrorists politically, or spiritually. The laws of war and the rules of morality must adapt to these realities. An analogy to domestic criminal law is instructive: A bank robber who takes a teller hostage and fires at police from behind his human shield is guilty of murder if they, in an effort to stop the robber from shooting, accidentally kill the hostage. The same should be true of terrorists who use civilians as shields from behind whom they fire their rockets. The terrorists must be held legally and morally responsible for the deaths of the civilians, even if the direct physical cause was an Israeli rocket aimed at those targeting Israeli citizens. Israel must be allowed to finish the fight that Hamas and Hezbollah started, even if that means civilian casualties in Gaza and Lebanon. A democracy is entitled to prefer the lives of its own innocents over the lives of the civilians of an aggressor, especially if the latter group contains many who are complicit in terrorism. Israel will -- and should -- take every precaution to minimize civilian casualties on the other side. On July 16, Hasan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, announced there will be new "surprises," and the Aska Martyrs Brigade said that it had developed chemical and biological weapons that could be added to its rockets. Should Israel not be allowed to pre-empt their use? Israel left Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005. These are not "occupied" territories. Yet they serve as launching pads for attacks on Israeli civilians. Occupation does not cause terrorism, then, but terrorism seems to cause occupation. If Israel is not to reoccupy to prevent terrorism, the Lebanese government and the Palestinian Authority must ensure that these regions cease to be terrorist safe havens. Mr. Dershowitz is a professor of law at Harvard."
and how do i know this? because i grew up in south africa and by the age of nineteen i new more about terrorism ,revolution, properganda, armed conflict ,anti insurgency,death,bloodshed,oppression,lies,manipulation,international politics and destruction than could possibly be good for such a young mans mental wellbieng.
the palestinian people support hamas because they themselves are terrified, bullied, tortured and murdered by the very same hamas if they do not.
i am of british decent and live in south africa and im sure youve all heard of the boer war and the consentration camps ,british murder of women children etc ,well if you choose to fight a geurilla type war expect civilians to be killed cos you cannot be a farmer (boer) one day and a soldier (ununiformed) the next and shoot a british uniformed soldier.tell me are you a soldier or a civilian?when your wife is busy baking bread in your farm house and casting musket balls for you to shoot soldiers with is she a farmers wife or a soldier?
same applies to your kids,what else do you expect isrealis, british,american and whoever else to do?lie down an let you kill them?
You should look at Israel's acts and not at their words, just as you have to look to Hamas' acts and not their words. Anyone should be judged on the same criteria. Israel tries to eradicate Hamas and any person who gets in the way has just bad luck. 'collateral damage' as they call it. In order to destroy the tunnels by which Hamas transports their weapons they destroy any building above it regardless to whom it belongs. Also in the past Israel has shot several Hamas leaders with attacks from helicopters, and people standing around have never stopped an Israeli attack. They still went on, even several people standing by got killed. Let me put one thing straight. I do not support Hamas nor any other extremist group, but they are the exponent of the feelings of the Palestinian people towards their powerlessness. They have been oppressed time and again since 1947, so now it is only logical that anyone who promises to get the oppressor out has credibility with them. What is even worse that by Israel's struggle to eradicate Hamas they get only more supporters. In fact Israel is Hamas' best ally. Look at what Israel did for years with PLO. By strangling them they created a new enemy, one with less reason and more extremism. Palestinian people support Hamas and the radicals because they have lost nearly any other option. Also you have some wrong assumptions of who is right and who is wrong. I quote : 'What would the US do if San Diego were to be attacked by rockets from Mexico?' If any country that was attacked or invaded by the US would have done the same in retaliation, the US would have been a destroyed country. Just ask the people of Grenada, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Cuba, Spain, The Phillipines, Vietnam, Cambodja, Mexico, Russia, Serbia, and I'm sure I've forgotten some ' Israel left Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005. These are not "occupied" territories. ' but they were oocupied territories. Both regions were invaded by Israel, 'Yet they serve as launching pads for attacks on Israeli civilians.' Just as Israel serves as a military base from which their helicopters and tanks have attacked and invaded the surrounding countries many times before. 'Occupation does not cause terrorism, then, but terrorism seems to cause occupation.' This is an argument that was used before in WWII, by the Nazis to condemn partisans and the resistance. 'If Israel is not to reoccupy to prevent terrorism, the Lebanese government and the Palestinian Authority must ensure that these regions cease to be terrorist safe havens.' Then Israel must allow the Lebanese government and the Palestinian Authority to become viable institutions, more specifically to give the right to Palestinian people to govern themselves, and not to lock them away in ever smaller portions of land, much resembling the jewish gettoes during WWII. Then again I am not against the people of Israel nor against the Jews as a whole. In fact they deserve a country to live in, with good neighbours to live with, but this sould also apply to the Palestinians. they should not be treated as second or third class people.
AriedeB4 years ago
Holy C**** i thought this was a joke when i first saw this cross my screen!
The cold and harsh reality is that even stuff like this is needed in some country's.
So, mabye sad, but still a great instructable, hope you wont need it any day soon!
wow, rockets being fired at you... i hope one never hits you...
you should change your name cos being an anarchist you should be relishing rockets and bombs flying around all over the place, the more the merrier clearly you are not
Capt. Fat6 years ago
Hope you survive the attacks man. nice guide too. I live no where close to where you are but know you must be going through alot. Good Luck.
and please dont tell me im responsible for what transpires.
i just cant help myself........wearing uniforms,waving flags,chanting slogans and swearing at each other and name calling is optional but will add realism.
tercero6 years ago
Good luck strambeer. I hope your family and you make it out ok.
sorry everyone but im really bored and ive really enjoyed this discussion but ive got an idea for an instructable (game) and all of you feel free to try it......give each other your addresses and get in your car with your family and a paintball gun and drive to each others homes and bombard the house full of paint and when the owner comes out bombard them too (pepper balls will be effective for this stage ) and lets see how this all plays out and how everybody resolves this .
A life remains a life wether you're from israel, plestine or outer space. All people are worth the same value. You could reformat your instructable to be less a propaganda similar, less racist commentable. Starting by annonimity, no need to mention your background, no need to include an identifiable person's photo (hammas soldiers). Checking your vocabulary, what's the definition of a terrorist? You say Hammas are terrorists, while they say you are. Both of you are humans, citizens of your own lands and both having the right to live. If we want to judge whomever, you're in a bad situation in regards to the number of victims and damage in both sides. A foreigner would say you're the agressor by such an analisys. Briefly, just re-edit your article ;-) Tschuss
and could you quantify that value? is a human life worth more than a snails life or a trees life?if so please explain why.
Good 'ible, it's hard for me to keep the "politics" out of my comment, though I'll try as hard I can. I didn't grew up in a room / bombshelter hybrid, nor did I ever been attacked, by any country. It's a touchy subject and I think your Instructable is very well written, it does great at avoiding the more sensible part, though I think you should've taken an even more neutral approach, "terrorist" carries a strong negative connotation and is a very wide term just remember that "anybody terrorist's is someone else's freedom fighter". I would also have kept the religion out of it, but that's personal. Do all the recent houses in beer shiva are made with a built in shleter ? Very good 'ible 5/5!
Hamas as a political organization (the elected leaders of the Palestinians) is one thing (despite the U.S. State Department). They do engage in normal and reasonable political activities -- supporting schools, hospitals, and the social welfare of the Palestinian people. At the same time... Individuals or groups who fire deadly weapons at civilians are, by definition, "terrorists." Their aim (no pun intended) is to induce terror in the civilian population as a means of achieving a political end. The label Strambeer has applied to the individuals in his photograph is accurate.
Terrorists who fire rockets at schools, women and children are by definition cowards. Being PC about the word terrorist having a strong negative connotation is really quite silly. Perhaps we should ask ourselves a question - which specific group of cowards on planet earth would fire rockets at nursery schools or booby trap a UN school to further their political aims.
not really...its the only way they can fight the war cos lets face it if they stood in a long line with red coats on the war would be over in 10 min. Im not on any side but the word guerilla (even though i dont know how to spell it) is a better word than terrorist.And its just a fact that guerilla warfare tactics depend to a large degree on using the weapon of terrorism.
It's funny how Israel commits equal and often far greater acts of violence against Palestinian civilians and it is okay because it's been sanctioned by the United States.
It's funny how blind ideologues just parrot their favorite catchphrase, regardless of the context or appropriateness of the comment to the preceding discussion.
strambeer (author)  lordofthedonuts6 years ago
Thanks for your post. First, the U.S. Department of State lists Hamas as a Terrorist organization.

Second, they do not deny targeting schools, day cares and hospitals with the intent to cause mass civilian casualties. In my dictionary, that is a terrorist.

I don't remember the exact date but I think sometime in the early 90's, after Saddam Hussein fired scud missles in to Israel, a law was created requiring all new homes and apartments to be built with attached "safe rooms". People who live in buildings built before that use communal bomb shelters underground in different neighborhoods or the basement of your apartment building. My family is quite lucky that we have an attached shelter. Many people have to run out of their homes to an underground shelter shared with others in their community.

As for religion in my post: During the time the siren is heard and we are waiting for the BOOM, its natural instinct to pray. You pray the rocket lands in an open area and no one is hurt. You pray this will all be over soon.

I do not want to apologize the Hamas for anything they did, it's criminal horrific and unjustified, but you know like me that they don't have any guiding system, they cannot choose what they will or will not hit. But yes, their objective is to make the more civilian casualties... I totally understand what you mean about the religion now. I still need to study about Israel's and Palestine's history to fully understand the conflict. Good luck, I hope this war ends soon. There was to many innocents killed in this war on both camp...
Rockets are ballistic. They follow trajectories which can be computed fairly accurately, and the people who are doing the launching (or their supervisors) are perfecly capable of doing those computations.

The point at which an unguided ballistic rocket lands can be determined to within a few hundred meters -- roughly one city block. That is more than accurate enough to know whether you're targeting the suburban homeowners, or the military base on the edge of town.

The members of Hamas who are targeting Israeli civilians are terrorists. The organisation's leadership may or may not be (that's a political question that I don't want to address here).
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