Yuval David
Filmmaker, Director, Actor, Host, Activist and Advocate

Terror attack in Tel Aviv – A night out with friends terrorized

Terror attack in Tel Aviv – This is Israel

BREAKING NEWS — Deadly Terrorist Attack in central Tel Aviv, Israel, at least 2 murdered, and at least 14 severely wounded. 

I am writing this while sheltering in place in Tel Aviv, Israel.  The sounds of sirens and helicopters fills the air. Other than that, the city is oddly quiet.

A terrorist opened fire, killing at least two people and severely wounded at least eight people in the Dizengoff area of Tel Aviv.

This happened a block away from me.  

I was out with a couple friends for a fabulous culinary meal at one of Tel Aviv’s great restaurants. 

The scene at the restaurant began as the buzzing nightlife one would expect for a Thursday night in Tel Aviv.  The beats of the music in unison with the laughter and loud conversations of people eating, drinking, and chatting with their families and friends, the ding of silverware on plates, chairs being moved, the attentive servers, and visits from the chef and managers at the table.

The sommelier smiled through her dark curly locks of hair, rejoicing in our orders and geeking out about our mutual tastes in wine and spirits.  The chef, dressed in his finest kitchen attire beamed and smirked about his culinary creations as we delightfully discussed his refined flavors and presentation.

Next to us were full tables, families with their kids, people on dates, friends together.

And, as my friends and I were talking about the food and drinks with the chef and sommelier, something suddenly changed.  Everyone noticed and reacted similarly.

The cacophony of delight was muffled.  The sounds outside the restaurant obscured the vibrant life inside.  As realization set in, my ears seemed tuned to something else.

The sound of gunfire, screams of people running, then an eerie and empty silence.

This quickly was followed by more people screaming outside…that is when phones began to buzz and ding.  The restaurant stirred, people gasped, and immediately started sharing news reports. 

My mother called.  She always seems to get the news first.

Outside, the blaring sound of sirens wailing, ambulances and military vehicles zooming down the road, and helicopters overhead. Emergency lights reflected throughout the streets and into the restaurant.

Police and military forces seemed to appear everywhere on the streets, and most in a ready-to-fire position.

Inside, people darted from their tables and hid in the back of the restaurant, in the bathrooms, and even in the kitchen.

The news was clear.  A terrorist attack happened a block away from us.  At least two people were murdered and at least 14 people were wounded.

The terrorist fled and a manhunt currently remains underway.

I paid the bill at the restaurant, took a big gulp of the Cabernet in my glass, quickly exited the restaurant looking in each direction, and  hopped on the back of one of my friends’ motorcycles, and we all darted to safety.  Motorcycles remain the best way to travel in Tel Aviv. 

What do you do in a situation like this?  What is life like after this?  What do you do in these moments?  “You just do.”  That is an Israeli expression. 

This is life in Israel. Maybe this is why Israelis are known for their joie de vivre, especially in their nightlife.  The narrative of our people is one of suffering victimization, marginalization, and persecution.  That is why we make the most of life whenever we can.  Life is all too precious and too short, especially when Islamist terrorists specifically aim to murder, kill, horrify, and oppress civilians.

Israel is the only democratic nation in the region.  And, in its extremely small size, it also is the only Jewish nation on the planet, existing in the ancestral homeland where Jews have existed for thousands of years.  Its political parliament and society have a place for all faiths, and democratically focuses on human rights and political representation.

Yet, there are enemies, who in the name of Islam, firmly desire to slaughter and kill anyone who does not agree with them, or even who merely is not like them.  This is antisemitism.  This is the hatred of Jews.  This is the hatred of all Jews are and have, including the State of Israel.

This is life in Tel Aviv, and life in Israel.

I join the nation in mourning the deaths of innocent victims and wish for a speedy and full recovery for those injured.  I join all those who fight for democracy and people’s rights, and who fight against terrorists. 

And, disgustingly, as we mourn, celebrations in Palestinian territories include handing out candies and sweets, laughing and cheering, firing guns in the air, because innocent Israeli civilians were killed.  Terror was achieved.

But, we must and will continue the fight against hatred and terror. 

Am Israel Chai.

Some of the videos filmed during the night:

About the Author
Yuval David – Biography Actor, Host, Filmmaker, Advocate and Activist Yuval David is a celebrated and award-winning actor, host, director, and filmmaker. His creative mantra "to entertain, uplift and inspire" shapes his approach to “storytelling with boldness, vulnerability, and authenticity in representing characters and narratives.” As a filmmaker, Yuval directs, writes, and produces feature length and short films, documentaries, web-series as well as digital and episodic TV content. He currently is directing a feature length documentary that already has been getting industry and media buzz, even before it is released. Yuval’s series, “One Actor Short” have become an award winner and festival favorite, earning more than 75 awards from national and international festivals, including American Picture, Atlanta Film Festival, The Big Apple Film Festival, Global Webisode Festival, NYC Independent Film Festival, New Filmmakers Film Festival, Hollywood Just4Shorts Film Competition, IndieFest, Prague International Film Festival, Top Shorts Film Festival, and Vegas CineFest International Film Festival. Yuval’s other narrative and documentary films and episodic series, including web-series, have also been awarded numerous awards, including Best Film, Best Short, Best Series, and for Yuval specifically as Best Director, Best Actor, Best Producer, and Best Writer in national and international film festivals. As an actor, Yuval plays leading roles in film, television, theatre, web and digital media, as well as voice overs. His acting roles include leading and guest star roles on NBC, ABC, CBS, Showtime, Disney, DreamWorks, Comedy Central, countless independent films, Broadway, Off-Broadway, theatres across the US and abroad, including film festivals and theatre festivals. Yuval has dazzled audiences with his roles on hit television shows, including “Madam Secretary” (CBS), “The Michael J. Fox Show” (NBC), “Days of Our Lives” (NBC), and “What Would You Do?” (ABC), “Unforgettable” (CBS), and “The Plot Against America” (HBO). Yuval’s leading and supporting roles in films include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Nephilim,” “Incipient,” “Awakening of Spring,” “You,” and “The Fifth Estate.” His acting roles in theatre range from contemporary to classic theatrical works, including: Broadway in “The Game;” Off-Broadway in “Romeo and Juliet,” “Leaving an Impression,” “Daddy Issues,” “Bunburry,” and “In The Swing.” As much as possible, Yuval enjoys performing in regional theatres across the United States and abroad, in addition to international theatre festivals. Yuval regularly does voice overs for animation, commercials, narration, documentaries, and industrials. As a TV host and presenter, Yuval focuses on societal, humanitarian, food, travel, cultural and entertainment programming. His work is seen on network television, documentary films, web series, and regularly at live events. He also regularly is a host and MC for special events, galas, and advocacy events for social and political initiatives, institutions, and organizations, especially those focusing on US, Israel, LGBTQ, Arts, Humanitarian, and Cultural causes. In addition to his work in entertainment and media, Yuval is a passionate advocate and activist. Advocacy for the marginalized and under-represented is a driving force, along with his focus on Jewish, LGBTQ, humanitarian, arts and creative initiatives. He uses his creative work as a vehicle for the greater good on behalf of highly respected American, Israeli, and international organizations. Throughout Yuval’s advocacy work with organizations, he is brought in as a keynote speaker, workshop leader, and panelist for discussions regarding: -Art for Social Change -Creative Advocacy -Identity Politics -Marginalized identities and self-empowerment -Jewish Identity -Zionism & Israel -Jewish representation in Entertainment and Media -Jewish, Zionist, and Israeli advocacy within Progressive movements -LGBTQ Identity and Representation -Content Creation -Self-Expression and Self-Empowerment -Storytelling within Entertainment and Media Yuval advocates for all marginalized communities through his creative work and social action, supporting the organizations below. - Embassy of Israel to the United States: Keynote Speaker. - Consulate General of Israel in New York: Speaker, Panelist, and MC for events and initiatives. - Shoah Foundation: Speaker and panelist for events and initiatives. Member of the Creative Council, expanding the reach through new content creation incorporating testimonies filmed by The Shoah Foundation. - Jewish National Fund: Host & Director of Documentary Content, Speaker and MC - Jewish Council for Public Affairs: Speaker and Event MC. Host of video content. - Keren Kayemet: Speaker and panelist. - Stand With Us: Narrator and Host of documentary videos and social media content. Speaker and Panelist. - American Israel Cultural Foundation: Member, Performing Artist, and Speaker - Chabad: Speaker and Panelist. - The Jewish Learning Institute: Speaker and Panelist. - End Jew Hatred: Keynote Speaker, Workshop Leader. - Zikaron BaSalon: Keynote speaker, Advocacy Partner. - JewBelong: Speaker. Member of Board of Directors. - The Aguda, the Israeli LGBTQ rights organization: speaker, panelist, and host of events, including advocating on joint initiatives. - A Wider Bridge: Speaker, MC, and advocate for the organization, connecting Israeli and American LGBTQ communities. Member of the Leadership Council. - National LGBTQ Task Force: Speaker and Workshop Leader at annual Creating Change Conference; Advocate and Speaker at numerous events, including advocating to elected officials about LGBTQ initiatives; National Leadership Council; Host and Director of Documentary Video Content. - GLAAD: Partner for advocacy initiatives in press/media. - Lambda Legal: Speaker and host - Covenant House NY: Speaker at events for homeless youth. - Rainbow Railroad: Organizational Ambassador, advocating on behalf of LGBTQ people in need of rescue. - Freedom House: Advocate and actively aiding in helping LGBTQ people and other marginalized people escape persecution and human rights atrocities. - The Giving Group Community: Founding Member. Philanthropy connected to Israel. - Guest speaker, panelist, and workshop leader for Jewish organizations. Please find samples of his advocacy work and speaking engagements below: Advocacy. Speaking clips. Jewish and Israeli Causes. 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