September 27th, 2006
To: Miri Eisin, Press Liason, Prime Minister of Israel From: David Bedein, Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News Agency
This letter is being written after visiting our new bureau in Sderot.
Since Israel can expect an escalation of attacks in the south over the next few months, please note the following four queries which have been generated from our office in Sderot:
1. While there are 17 social work professionals in Sderot, the city needs a center for coordination of emergency social services and it needs a trauma center. Will the government allocate funds for this purpose?
2. The 80 shelters in Sderot are locked and not yet ready, and at least 10 of the shelters are without water and electricity. Will the government immediately prepare these shelters, to be ready to cope with a Lebanon-type situation of constant fire?
3. Al least 800 homes in Sderot have no safe rooms in case of attack. Will the government allocate resources to build safe rooms contiguous to these homes?
4. Since Sderot is being fired at from the haven of the UNRWA camp in Jabalya. will the government make a formal demand to UNRWA and to the nations which fund UNRWA (USA- 31%, for example) to stop harboring terrorists in UNRWA facilities?