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Zelda Harris
Five on the 100 aliyah from UK list!

I look out of my window

As Shakespeare would say “Alls’ right in the world.”

I wish.

Last night there was a deadly terrorist  attack in Hadera.

I went to Hadera when I first came to Israel. My husband to be Leon z”l went ahead of me. The Ram family in Hadera who lived at number one Hagiborim St, were the first family in Israel to welcome my dear Leon who came here, as a volunteer through MACHAL. Their son Nachman was studying law in London and at the same time recruiting for ETZEL. Leon had to collect some money. In return his mother had given money to Nachman. At that time one could only take 35 pounds sterling out of the country.

So the terror attack last night in Natanya like everything that makes the news in Israel is an attack on us all. No one is safe from terrorists who have no value for life. One could say, even their own?

So now, are we once again to eye suspiciously every Arab Israeli who gets on our bus or works in the neighborhood, often building the house that we will be living in?

Not easy to be an Israeli Jew or Israeli Moslem, any citizen who just wants to live a productive and creative life surrounded by family and friends. Surrounded by colleagues at University, in the hospitals, in fact everywhere.

I do not think that in other countries the situation can be the same as here. With the current influx of refugees from the Ukraine (from where my family originated) there will again be problems of absorption of bruised and damaged men, women and children, traumatized and often orphaned too.

Ok we are used to that, remember the Ethiopians who arrived not knowing the obvious to us, like water from taps in a bath or stairs in houses? Food that was strange and a language or several languages, which were very difficult to comprehend?

Immigrants from the former USSR have made an amazing contribution to our society. To be a Jew is actually to be universal. Israel is not only the heart of the Jewish people it is also as the English saying “If push comes to shove” the only true home. “Bring me your tired and ailing, wounded and homeless and orphaned” I think that this or something similar is written on the walls in Washington too?

God Bless our country and all who want or need to live here. We are indeed blessed. We will always identify with others in need. WE will not be judgemental. We cannot look the other way!

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.
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