Sarah Tuttle-Singer
Sarah Tuttle-Singer

Would it make you feel better if we got hit with a rocket?

“Oh, boo hoo, you had to run to a bomb shelter,” someone wrote to me. “Your card game got interrupted, and your ice cream melted.”

Let me tell you something, and let me be very clear about it: I hate that the innocent civilians of Gaza are suffering and dying because of a war Hamas started. When families are wiped out, I feel my stomach twist. When I saw the video footage of the mother and father in blood curdling anguish at the loss of their young son, a keening wail rose through me…. But tell me this: Why do my children and I need to somehow make that better by getting seriously hurt? Or seriously dead?

Would that make people happy? Do we need to line up somewhere and let Hamas have a free shot at us for you to understand that we are dealing with a terrorist organization hell-bent on destroying us even at the expense of their people?

How many of us have to die for people to understand the extent of Hamas’s evil? Will six million do it for you?
So yes, our bodies are intact because our country builds bomb shelters.

Yes, our homes still stand because our country builds a missile defense system.

And HELL NO I will not apologize for that.

But I will tell you this: My kids and I have all woken up in the middle of the night with screams in our throat, while rockets chase us in our sleep.

And we can still smell the smoke from where that rocket landed even though it has long since faded into the sky.

About the Author
Sarah Tuttle-Singer, author of Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered and the New Media Editor at Times of Israel, She was raised in Venice Beach, California on Yiddish lullabies and Civil Rights anthems. She now lives in Israel with her two kids where she climbs roofs, explores cisterns, opens secret doors and talks to strangers, and writes stories about people. Sarah also speaks before audiences left, right, and center through the Jewish Speakers Bureau, asking them to wrestle with important questions while celebrating their willingness to do so. She also loves whisky and tacos and chocolate chip cookies and old maps and foreign coins and discovering new ideas from different perspectives. Sarah is a work in progress.