Israelis Host 48 Gaza Orphans

Ad Feedback - HAIFA, Israel - Organizers of an initiative to host 48 Palestinian orphans, whose parents were inadvertently killed in Operation Cast Lead, hope that Wednesday's border closure won't prevent the children from entering Israel.

The Kibbutz Movement, in tandem with the Haifa municipality, Kibbutz Sasa and the Candle for Peace and Solidarity organization in Kfar Qassem, planned a two-week program for the children, who are due to arrive today.

The program includes visits to the Museum of Science and the zoo, a boat ride on Haifa bay, children's theater, films and excursions around Haifa.

The Palestinian children will also meet with Israeli kids from Haifa-area schools.

Yoel Marshak, head of the Kibbutz Movement's special assignment division, said the program is meant to extend a hand of friendship that he hopes will ease the children's suffering.

"The children who have received love from us will remember this experience for many years and when they grow up will reach out for peace," Marshak said.

Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav said the municipality welcomed the opportunity to host the kids.

"The children are the hope for the future," the mayor said.

By bringing the children from Gaza here, we want "to show the world that things can be different," he said.

Source: YNet news

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