Measures of Death

While millions mourned David Bowie’s death, and hundreds mourned Steven Levine’s death, in Israel, a mother of six, a nurse who cared for Jews and Arabs alike, was knifed to death at the door of her home, while her children were inside. The next day, a pregnant woman, daughter-in-law of one of Israel’s great peacemakers, was knifed in her chest by a fifteen-year-old Palestinian. Her condition is stable, thank God, but her life will never be the same.

I am writing this primarily for my friends overseas. You probably don’t know about these attacks because it probably doesn’t appear in your media. But you need to know. These events also directly impact the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of people, and by extension millions, our whole country, our whole world. We cannot allow ourselves not to feel this. We cannot allow this to become our status quo. Raise your voices loud people, everywhere, against terrorism, be it in Israel, Africa, Syria or Europe. Scream out against these atrocities. With every murder, an entire world dies. And something in the soul of our big world dies too.

About the Author
Ruthi Soudack, originally from Vancouver, arrived in Jerusalem for a short visit three days after the beginning of the first intifada, and has been here ever since. She is a traveller, yoga teacher, writer, translator, editor, storyteller, musician, and occasionally, a stand-up comic. (Profile picture by Shira Aboulafia)