Dozens of ISEF scholars were called up to reserve duty last month, and served bravely in Operation Protective Edge. Hundreds more were directly affected by the constant barrage of rockets and air raid sirens, running back and forth to shelters.
Many of our scholars jumped into action to support the residents of Israel’s south and our brave soldiers, volunteering in bomb shelters, collecting food and toiletries, and visiting injured soldiers at hospitals throughout the country. Click here for some of our scholars’ inspiring stories.
We are so proud of all our student soldiers and volunteers, for their commitment to the safety of Israel’s citizens and for inspiring us with their goodwill. Our reservists are now safely back in their homes and we received this touching letter from one brave soldier:
I am just back from the Gaza border, and wanted to send you this quick note. I was in the first round of call-ups for reserve duty, so I closed my books and put on my uniform.
While I was stationed near at the border at my IDF post, people brought us hot meals and offered to do our laundry. In this crisis, it has been encouraging to see how we have all pulled together to reach our common goal. There are no people like our Jewish people!
These have been hard weeks: words cannot describe the missiles shrieking overhead, and what our eyes have seen.
I hope everyone at ISEF is well. Please think of us and our fellow ISEF students still at the front, and support us however you can. We really will appreciate ISEF’s help as time goes forward so we can finish our degrees on time and do positive things for Israel — in peace even more than in war.
Kobi R. is an ISEF scholar at Haifa University, and served as a combat soldier in Gaza last month.