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Adele Raemer
Life on the Border with the Gaza Strip
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#IAmOtniel

A left-winger and a human being who is mourning today -- she'll go back to opposing the government tomorrow

Two weeks ago, I was #TelAviv.

Yes. I am politically center-left. I oppose the occupation. I believe that it is disastrous for my people to occupy others, and for others to be occupied. I refuse to work, or perform, on the other side of the Green Line.

But today #IAmOtniel.

I believe we can — and MUST — learn to trust each other enough to find the solution to this blood-thirsty conflict that goes on and on and knows no limits nor boundaries.

So if Dafna Meir, a young mother of six can be murdered in her home in front of her children, a nurse who helped so many, regardless of their culture or religion (and now so many more will be poorer for her loss), a wife and community member who no doubt was dearly cherished, and loved (and being buried in the cold ground even as I type), then I do not care where she lived. I stand up and identify with ALL the places in this brutalized land where people suffer from terror attacks. Be it #TelAviv, or #GushEtzion or #Duma or the #WesternNegev.

Tomorrow, I will go back to politics and working to try to convince the government to change things. And FYI: This does not make me any less of a patriotic Israeli. Or a Zionist. It just keeps me human.

So today, #IAmOtniel.

Oy! And now #IAmTekoa!

About the Author
Born in the USA, Adele has lived in a Kibbutz on the border with the Gaza Strip since 1975. She is a mother and a grandmother living and raising her family on the usually paradisaical, sometimes hellishly volatile border. She moderates a FB group named "Life on the Border". https://goo.gl/xcwZT1 Adele recently retired after 38 years as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, as well as a teacher trainer and counselor for the Israeli MoE for EFL and a Tech Integration Coach. She blogs here about both Life on the Border, as well as about digital pedagogy, in "Digitally yours, @dele". She is a YouTuber, mostly on the topic of digital stuff. (https://goo.gl/iBVMEG) Her personal channel covers other issues close to her heart (medical clowning, Life on the Border, etc.) (https://goo.gl/uLP6D3) In addition, she is a trained medical clown and, although on COVID hiatus, until allowed back into hospitals, she clowns as often as she can in the pediatric ward in the hospital in Ashkelon. As a result of her activity as an advocate for her region, she was included among the Ha'aretz "Ten Jewish Faces who made Waves in 2018" https://goo.gl/UrjCNB. In November 2018 she was invited to Geneva by an independent investigative committee for the UN to bear witness to the border situation, and in December 2019 addressed the UN Security Council at the request of the US ambassador to the UN.
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