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Meeting Israelis students en route from the Gaza border to Jerusalem’s Knesset, President Reuven Rivlin vowed to the protesters that the government would support communities that have suffered under Hamas rocket attacks.
“I promise you: We will not, must not, let the red alert air raid sirens become a routine,” Rivlin said to the students Thursday. “Red will stay the color of the wildflowers.”
The students, part of the “Black South” campaign, began their five-day march on Tuesday to protest against six months of incendiary balloon terror.
As he walked with students, Rivlin said, “I came to march with you on behalf of every citizen of Israel who is following you and is marching with you in spirit.”
“Eighty-one towns in the Gaza border communities no longer look the same,” the “Black South” students said in a video released before the protest began. “32,000 dunams were scorched because of incendiary kites terror.”
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Rivlin offered encouragement to the students and promised to heed their call.
“Happy is the people whose young people march at its head, and happy are the parents who raised their children with such a feeling of national pride, of love of the country, of such a meaningful connection to our wonderful country,” Rivlin said. “You are not the young people of the area around Gaza, you are the young people that embraces the whole country. We hear your call and it breaks our hearts.”
Hagay Hcohen and Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this article.
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