I am the couple holding hands at the table next to you.
I am the man with the gold chains drinking a Goldstar and smoking his third cigarette.
I am the woman with the headscarf and the prayer beads.
I am the man with the broken heart, and I am the other man who broke it.
I am the woman who sells flowers.
I am the brothers who nearly come to blows over soccer teams.
I am the three kids who skipped school for an hour to sit by the sea because the day is nice.
I am the priest, and I am the rabbi, and I am the imam and this isn’t the beginning of a joke.
I am the 22 year old who just sold his startup.
I am the old woman with a number tattooed on her arm who drinks whiskey with her friends every Thursday on Shenken.
I am those two women kissing in the middle of the rainbow crosswalk.
I am the guy who squeezes the best pomegranate juice in Florentine.
I am the bus driver with the natty grey beard and black yarmulke who sings along with Taylor Swift. #HatersGonnaHate
I am the woman who draws on walls.
I am the barista with the dirty laugh.
I am the barman with the nose ring.
I am the old men who do tai chi in the park.
I am the fisherman in Jaffa, and I am his son who throws the fish back into the sea when he thinks his father isn’t looking.
I am the fashionista with red lipstick who rides a matching bike.
I am the old man who sells sunflower seeds.
I am the violinist at the Central Bus Station with the long red hair.
I am the crackhead who carries his book of poems, and I am the doctor who will take care of him without charging.
I am the pink-cheeked woman who gives out Shabbat candles.
I am the soldier home for the weekend who just wants to get laid.
I am the junkie whore who works every day, I am the tsaddik who pays for her hour just to hear her stories about her broken skin and broken heart.
I am the mother and her children who sit by the sea.
And right now, I am vulnerable… And right now I am scared. And right now I am hurt. And I am reeling.
But I am thriving and I am defiant, and I am one beautiful, loving accepting and warm f&ck you to terror.