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>> The residents of this Israeli farming community don't need to turn on the news to see Palestinian protests at the Gaza border. They've been happening just a few hundred meters away. Reporting from the Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz, Reuters' Dan Williams.>> The proximity here is clear, the buildings over there are the eastern districts of Gaza City, and further off there we see the Minaret.
This is one of the open areas where Palestinians are mobilized. We're talking about families, children, many young people mobilized last Friday and the Friday before to press a number of demands.
eir main demand is to leave the overcrowded and poverty stricken Gaza strip and return to their ancestral homes, now in Israel.
Most of the protesters are descendants of refugees from the 1948 war in which Israel was created. On the other side, where the cracks of gunfire from Israeli sharpshooters have echoed across the wheat fields, there's a mixture of compassion and frustration.>>
> I don't feel any empathy towards them. I would be happy if we could live in peace. They don't want to sit and talk to us.>> It's worth remembering that, on the Israeli front line, residents have borne for years the brunt of rocket attacks.
I know the situation there is very, very difficult.>>
And the threat of armed infiltration by Palestinians who might use cross border tunnels.>> 29 Palestinians have been killed since protests began at the end of March. Israel has drawn international condemnation for shooting at demonstrators, but says it's doing what is necessary to secure the border. Hamas, the group that controls Gaza, says the protests will continue.
The burning tires and protest camps are set to remain part of the view from this front line town.