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After Gaza Rockets, Over 40% of Israelis Say They Won’t Send Kids to Unfortified Schools

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Israeli children sheltering from a rocket attack. Photo: IDF.

After a month of intermittent rocket fire from Gaza on Israel’s densely-populated Gush Dan region, 43 percent of parents now fear sending their kids off to kindergartens and schools not fortified against future strikes, a new survey said.

TRI pollsters said that only about one-fifth (20.4%) said they would send their children to unprotected educational institutions at the start of the school year, in two weeks, according to Israel’s NRG News.

Of a sample of 501 respondents in the wake of the month-long Operation Protective Edge, meant to thwart rocket fire and terror tunnels out of Gaza, about 30% said they would send their children with “mild trepidation,” about 20% said they would send their children to school early in the year but with “grave concern,” and 23% said they would not allow their children to go to educational institutions that were unfortified.

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Half of all southern region residents (55%) responded that they are afraid to send their children to unprotected educational institutions.

North of Gush Dan, less than half (47.6%) of all parents in the Sharon region and 40% of parents in Haifa showed a similar concern. Jerusalem parents demonstrated the lowest security concerns: while only 4% of them stated that they are afraid to send their children to school or kindergarten with no protection, more than 83% of them responded that they were not afraid.

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