Zelda Harris
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Can we see the light at the end of the tunnel?

Israel has the highest rate of poverty in the Western world.

Is there anyone who watched the news on Channel One tonight who doesn’t feel sick to their stomach.?

The whole government should resign, everyone is culpable.

We all know which parties have sucked the kitty dry…..why is there so much poverty within their community?. Where is the ethic by which “Jews look after their own’? Are these kids whose mothers are going out begging not entitled to better?

The government in any case, as far as food provision is concerned has abbregated responsibility for years. Leaving it to organisations like “Leket” and “table to table” to provide for the hungry,instead of making an effort to alleviate such dire poverty.

Also the high cost of food compared to European countries must be a component . Every time I return from abroad I cannot stop talking about how cheap the products in the supermarkets are. They are half as much or  even a third of what we pay. Also at the end of every day and certainly every week the supermarkets reduce most basic foods to half price. This practice would also  help alleviate the problem of  many hungry souls.

We worry about what is happening to our neighbours but perhaps we should all take a step back and acknowledge that in our own land the lack of nutritional security will destroy the potential of thousands of our kids, to develop as they should.

What is more important than the future generation?

I lived through TSENA and Mitun we did not have much to eat but there was enough, someone worried about that. We didn’t have anyone to supply food except for the workers “soup kitchens” we helped each other. I had to go out to work in the 60’s but my kids came home to a healthy stew with the minimum of meat or chicken and the maximum of vegetables, beans or rice and a salad, prepared by my by Yemenite helper. She lived  at the time in a prefab two roomed house with 5 kids and they ate the same food as mine did. They all grew up with good teeth and healthy bodies and minds, otherwise we Israelis would not have achieved what we did.

Only a government can accept responsibility for this gigantic failure!

Two days ago we proudly showed the world how many advanced fighter planes we have purchased.

People wake up!

Poverty is not the only problem that will affect the very foundation of our society if attention is not paid to the plethora of issues which are being neglected everyday.

Those in  Amona who made a conscious decision to settle on someone else’s land are in an unenviable position today.

Pictures from there are distressing because behind the decision of most of those interviewed that there will be no violence there’s questionable doubt.. People have arrived from outside and may have other ideas. However paradoxically from scenes on televisions showing us inside their homes it seems that they have plenty of food.

So who are these hungry mortals and what can we, who’s heads are either in the clouds, viewing television screens or on our smartphones do, about the others?

This is our land we dare not be inured to the pain around us.

How can we enjoy our beautiful festival of lights Hanuka, when so much around is disturbing and many will not enjoy this Hag at all?

Speak out if you have the answers and SCREAM OUT if you have the solutions….there are plenty of people  who will follow….Are we waiting for the Messiah to come?

Hag Orot Sameach !

About the Author
Zelda Harris first came to Israel 1949, aged 18. After living through the hardships of the nascent state, she returned to England in 1966. She was a founding member of the Women's Campaign for Soviet Jewry. In 1978, she returned with her family to Israel and has been active in various spheres of Israeli Society since. Together with the late Chaim Herzog, she founded CCC for Electoral Reform, was the Director of BIPAC in Israel, and a co-founder of Metuna, the Organisation for Road Safety, which received the Speaker of Knesset Quality of Life Award for saving lives on the roads and prevention of serious injury. She is now a peace activist, blogger for Times of Israel and is writing her life story.