Safe-Room Selfies

Or, What to do when rockets are fired on your home

President Obama on the White House lawn. Mexico border. Cavaliers and King James. Germany v. Argentina. Missiles from Gaza to Israel.

What do these have in common? You got it – the hottest trend: Great opportunities for selfies. Yes, whether you’re a world leader or a sports fan, you’re probably going to snap a photo of yourself and share it with the world, to commemorate the auspicious occasion.

The latest in self expression is safe-room selfies. Almost 2 million Israelis have been taking cover from incoming terrorist missiles from Gaza, aimed at our homes and children, and what do we do? Post selfies on the web. Even smiling ones.

monalisaselfieWhen you have 15 seconds to take cover, and spend ten minutes waiting for the all-clear sign, there’s not much to do but worry. So why not keep things light? It’s better for the kids, for morale in general, and a good way to pass the time.

When all is said and done, Israel is in a defensive war on most borders, constantly. Our military budget is huge and our readiness level is constant. While the world makes us out to be Goliath, the true Davidic nature of our people shines through. We are just, we are moral. We destroy terrorist bases only after warning the people around them; we have blown up two mosques that served as weapons centers.

Will the world focus on the real human rights stories of our times, crying out against using Arab residents as live cover and encouraging children to blow themselves up? Will the international community reward mothers who teach their children to love, or those who celebrate their sons as ‘good’ terrorists?

celebrate terrorism

So who’s Goliath in all this? Gaza relies on the Israeli Ashkelon power plant for over 80% of its electricity. And then they fire missiles at Ashkelon and Israel pays millions to build protective cover for that very same plant. We have no examples in history of a country under fire, that continues to provide the basics to the source of that attack.

Another creative response to the ongoing terror attacks: As Israel continues to transfer goods into Gaza, often endangering Jewish lives, nearby Israeli resident Daniel Matari found an interesting way to make his point. “They are trying to kill us and we – a merciful nation – supply them with goods and fuel so they can continue,” he said. “Enough with the restraint.”

He blocked the crossing with his truck for three hours!

truck blocks gaza

Something is upside down and it is our job first to defend ourselves, and then to try and set things straight. We do have alot of friends, strong in conviction and ready to work for Israel’s benefit. Together we might just overcome – hopefully letting our children out of the safe-rooms sooner rather than later.

Looking forward to a real summer!


About the Author
Ruth Lieberman is an Israeli-based political consultant and licensed tour guide, combining her love of Israel with political acumen to better Israel's standing both at home and in the eyes of the world. She has consulted for political leaders in Jerusalem and in Washington, from work on election campaigns to public advocacy and events. Her tours in Israel connect Biblical history to modern realities, to highlight Israel's achievements and promote its policies.