Israel's open border policy with south Lebanon is just over a year old and for some time now the predominantly Christian Lebanese have been enjoying cross-border links which have provided them with jobs in Israel, markets for agricultural goods and free medical treatment.
SV Schoolchildren go through gate and walk up to door of school carrying bags of clothing (2 shots)
SV Schoolchildren carrying bags of clothing into school (5 shots)
SV School name on board
SV INT Young people sort clothing into bags (3 shots)
SV Bags being piled up (2 shots)
GV Israeli trucks carrying food, clothing and cement at border with Lebanon (2 shots)
SVs Lebanese soldiers and youths shift goodsonto Lebanese vehicles (5 shots)
GV PAN Israeli vehicle TO Lebanese vehicle
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Background: Israel's open border policy with south Lebanon is just over a year old and for some time now the predominantly Christian Lebanese have been enjoying cross-border links which have provided them with jobs in Israel, markets for agricultural goods and free medical treatment.
SYNOPSIS: And recently they have been on the receiving end of another burst of Israeli generosity. An appeal was launched asking Israeli schoolchildren to donate their cast-off and unwanted clothing. The response was over-whelming. For the past two weeks kids in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and other major centres of population have been collecting furiously -- so much so that they have now been asked to stop the campaign altogether.
The next stage of the operation was to sort all the clothes that had been donated and then pack them into nylon bags ready for transportation to the north. Young people attached to the Youth to Youth Movement, under the auspices of the Jerusalem municipality, undertook this task -- reducing the mountain of garments to neatly packed and bagged bundles ready for distribution to the needy in Lebanon.
Transport to the "Good Fence" border with Lebanon was provided by a fleet of Israeli lorries specially commandeered for the task.
At the "Good Fence" Lebanese soldiers and civilians were waiting to unload the lorries.
The shipment from Israel also included cement, a cheque and foodstuffs. Some Israeli schoolchildren came along for the ride -- and took the opportunity to make contact with Lebanese kids of the same age. But while the lorries were being unloaded politics did creep into the act -- one Lebanese soldier launched himself into a tirade of accusations against the Palestinians.