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Kassam Rockets Again March 23, 2010

On Tuesday night in Ashkelon a Kassam rocket fell in Hof Ashkelon. No one was injured, thank goodness. Nevertheless, who wants to hear that sound and have to be thankful that it didn't fall on their house. It must be a very scary sound.

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on March 23, 2010 at 3:50pm — No Comments

January 2010 Ashkelon Under Attack Again

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Ashkelon Under Attack Again

Thursday evening in Israel the Gazan terrorists were at it again. They fired a rocket towards Ashkelon, Portland, Oregon's sister city. It exploded in some farming fields south of the city. The community was warned by a warning siren that went off. I wonder what had been planted there; onions? potatoes?

Earlier they had fired an anti-tank missile at an IDF force near the security barrier. IDF returned fire,… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on January 7, 2010 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Biased Reporting Against Israel from BBC and Others

Honest Reporting pointed out today that some 12,000 rockets and mortars were fired from the Gaza Strip since 2001 into Southern Israel, hitting mostly Sderot and sometimes Ashkelon. That's eight years of shelling that Israelis endured.

That's an average of 1,500 rockets falling in each year, or 125 each month for eight years. That's an average of 4 bombings each day for eight years! I would be out of my mind! Yet the citizens of Ashkelon and Sderot are trying their utmost to continue on… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on October 29, 2009 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

Ashkelon Under Fire in January 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Update: Portland-Ashkelon Sister City Ass. from Tamar

Subject: Ashkelon under fire. Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2009 23:08:01 +0000 from Tamar Boussi in Israel


Ashkelon under fireBy Marty Davis January 07, 2009

As the sirens go off and we wait in our shelter to hear the boom of the missiles, we wonder when this will end. For the past eight years there has been constant bombardment of Sderot and the surrounding settlements. This is… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on January 18, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Raining Missiles, Rockets, Mortars, Grads in Ashkelon Area by January 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


90 rockets and mortars, the 122 millimeter grads, have landed in Ashkelon since the start of Operation Lead. 6 had hit Ashkelon just before the start. by Wednesday evening, 4 had hit Ashkelon. One of them had hit a three story building causing a lady to have an asthma attack and be taken to Barzelai Hospital. A soldier in one of the hospital beds said he had been hit by sniper fire, and his hand was bandaged. We haven't heard about that… Continue

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Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon Underground-Casualties

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Casualties in Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon

Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon Underground

Lea Malul at Barzilai on Sunday, December 28th reported to Tamar Boussi, president of Portland Ashkelon Sister City Association, and she explained their situation--they have had around 10-12 casualities nearly everyday and are swamped. The article below explains some of their preparation.

Fear of Rockets Sends Israeli Hospital Underground by Aron… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on December 30, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Missiles and Mortars Reach Ashkelon Area

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Missiles and Mortars Reach Ashkelon Area

Ashkelon, Portland's Sister City Today

Ashkelon, Portland, Oregon's sister city, home to 120,000 Israelis, has also been hit with missiles and mortars from the Gazan terrorists during the past six months of "cease-fire" that never really ceased.

The IDF told the citizens there to stay out of the open as the terrorists are continuing their barrage on Israel. Rockets continued to land near Ashkelon… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on December 28, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ashkelon's Desalination Plant

One of Portland's sister cities is Ashkelon, Israel. It happens to be the home of the world's largest desalination plant. In March of 2006 it was voted "Desalination Plant of the Year" in the Global Water Awards.

In October of 2006, which was a little more than a year after it started its first productions, it delivered its first 100 million m3 of water. It produces arund 13% of Israel's domestic consumer demand. It does this at a very low price for desalinated water.

Most… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on September 14, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Grad Rockets Hit Ashkelon Before Planned Lull

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


With a lull in the shooting planned for Thursday, June 19th, the Hamas terrorists are shooting grad rockets into Ashkelon, Portland's sister city. One person was wounded. Later more were fired, hitting outside of Sderot and near Kfar Aza. Evidently they plan on continued shooting till the 6 am stopping time, if they will adhere to their own agreement.

Mayor Roni Mahatzri said that rockets keep on… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on June 17, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Ashkelon Devastation From Rocket Attacks

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ashkelon Devastation From Rocket Attacks

On May 10th, Jimmy Kedoshim, 48, was killed in Kfar Aza when a mortar landed in his front lawn when he was gardening.

Then on May 12th a 70 year old woman was killed by a Qassam rocket by Hamas. It hit the house of a family member at Moshav Yesha, 9.3 miles east of Gaza. It was the 2nd civilian death by rockets since Saturday, May 10th.

The attack was from Hamas and their affiliated Palestinian… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on May 15, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Ashkelon Attacked by Rockets: Mall Hit

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Ashkelon, Our Sister City, Hit by Rockets, MALL HIT

Ashkelon's mall was just hit with 14-15 injured who were taken to Barzelai Hospital. This happened while Bush is in Israel for its 60th birthday. Both Bush and Condoleeza Rice were having meetings in Jerusalem when it happened. Rice was invited to Ashkelon to see the damage, but I don't think she'll take the offer. There had been so many false alarms of incoming rockets that the city of… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on May 14, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Conference Call to Baltimore About Ashkelon

Thursday, May 8, 2008
Portland-Ashkelon Sister City Association Meeting

City Hall was the meeting place for our association meeting yesterday. We had a conference call with the Baltimore MD sister city to Ashkelon. Here Tamar Boussi, President, is going to make the call. Then she and Diane Blitzer, secretary, are taking notes from the call.
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PASCA Celebrates Israel's Birthday in Bazaar

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Portland-Ashkelon Sister City Association Event for Israel's Birthday

Today we celebrated Israel's birthday, Yom Hatzmaut, by having a table at Neveh Shalom in the Bazaar when Sunday School was over. Diane, an architect, created a huppa that was behind us with represented waves of the sea at Ashkelon hanging from above. We were visited by a young man who had been an IDF soldier and had lived in Ashkelon. His son was born there. They had a birthing problem,… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on May 4, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

PASA's Three Events in One Day

On April 2, 2008, the Portland-Ashkelon Sister City Association held three events. Lea Malul, Public Affairs Director for the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, Israel spoke at all three events. At a breakfast meeting held at Temple Beth Israel at 8:30am, Lea told her audience that the hospital takes care of all the people from Ashkelon to Sderot and the surrounding areas besides Gaza residents. They are only 7 1/2 miles from the Gaza border. In the hospital, politics are left out. Barzilai… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on April 3, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Hitting Ashkelon: Peace Process Continues Says Abbas

Monday, March 3, 2008

Hitting Ashkelon Has No Bad Effect on Peace Process, Says Abbas

Wednesday's violence started when Israel finally had an airstrike in Southern Gaza after being bombarded by rockets into Sderot and now hitting Ashkelon. They killed 5 of the Qassam Brigade terrorists. The terrorists were seen carrying out a special operation against Israel. Militants responded by "firing barrages of rockets at Sderot" and killed an Israeli civilian. By Thursday… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on March 3, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

March 2008 Missile Attacks on Ashkelon

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Portland's Sister City Ashkelon Hit For Third Time Overnight

Ashkelon and Sderot were hit with 21 missiles overnight. The rockets came in two waves for the third day in a row. five people were injured when two crashed into a house. Dozens of shock victims were treated. Eleven Qassam missiles exploded at Sderot early Saturday.

Ashdod, 27 km from Gaza and north of Ashkelon, is preparing its defenses now. They have 12 alert systems… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on March 1, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

February 2008 Rocket Attacks on Ashkelon

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ashkelon, Our Sister City, Hit by Rockets

Today Ashkelon, our sister city in Israel, was hit by long range Iranian -made Grad rockets from Gaza terrorists that they smuggled in through Egypt.

Ashkelon is only 11 miles north of Gaza. One of several hit an apartment building and one landed near a school and injured a 17-year-old girl.

I lived in Ontario, Oregon for at least 12 years. I know that it was only 12 miles to Vale,… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on February 28, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

January 2008 Rocket Attack on Ashkelon

Friday, January 11, 2008

Portland's Sister City Ashkelon hit by Rocket

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, believed to be a Soviet-stype "Grad", landed near a hotel on the beach of Ashkelon, our sister city on Thursday morning. Claiming responsibility first was the Popular Front, then the Jihad's al-Quds Brigades and Salah a-Din Brigades, two other Islamic terrorist groups.

This is the third time that Ashkelon has been hit by a rocket from Gaza. Two other rockets landed in… Continue

Added by Nadene Fern Goldfoot on January 11, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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