No doubt, you have heard the news reports that Palestinian terrorists in
are once again firing short and long range missiles into Israeli cities. Totally
unprovoked. Yesterday, I happened to be visiting friends in the southern city
of Gaza and
we were enjoying a quiet afternoon meal in their home when the air raid sirens
began their ominous shrill. Immediately, twelve of us huddled into their bomb
shelter that doubles as a walk-in cabinet and we waited in absolute silence (as
Israelis do) to hear “the boom”. Hear it we did as a long-range grad missile
landed not terribly far away. It was time to head back home to the north. During
that drive, we listened intently to the news while additional barrages of grads
were launched against Israeli civilian population centers. Ashdod
Today in Emek, I was leading a group of visitors from
on a tour of our School for Hospitalized Children. I introduced the group to
Arrif and his fifteen year old son, Mohammed. They come from England . They have been ‘living’ in Emek for ten
months as young Mohammed is being treated for severe facial cancer. Arrif
speaks fluent Hebrew and I conducted a simultaneously translated Q&A
session between him and the British visitors … Gaza
Q. How do you feel here, among the Jews of Israel?
A. Perfectly normal and at ease. Grateful – so very grateful.
Q. What does your family back in
say about Mohammed’s treatment here? Gaza
A. They are amazed and they send their sincere gratitude. They cannot believe what has and is being done for Mohammed and me.
Q. Do you know that missiles are again being fired from
into Israeli cities? Gaza
A. Yes. I am ashamed. The politicians and extremists are not “the people”. We only want to live a normal life alongside you.
Many ask, considering the asymmetrical vortex we are caught in … why do you help ‘them’? The answer is simple – because that is who we are.
It’s chemo vs grads. You decide what and who is the problem.
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