11 days of war and internal violence previously unseen, has probably shaken many of us. These are the voices of some Israelis. Be they Jews, Muslims or Christians.
“I haven’t slept since they called in the reserves. You know my son X, right? Do you remember him? You used to play in Tiberias on the beach. We took a boat-ride across. Those were the 90’s. G-d the 90’s were good times…”.
“The palestinians calls us Zionist helpers, the jews calls us terrorists. I was born in Israel. I will die in Israel. Why can’t I be accepted? I don’t want any of this violence or racism. The only way is that we also do army service, go to the same schools and end the segregation. I’m afraid.”.
“I was just outside Be’er Sheva, at that petrol station trying to fit my spare tyre on my Hyundai. Yes it’s the same one, it still does 3000 km/h lightspeed and the A/C is still broken. The rocket alarm aired loud and clear. I panicked, where do I hide if a rocket hits this petrol station? I laid down and just briefly looked up and saw the Iron Dome intercepting the missiles, one after one. I was so scared.”.
“They locked me into a corner and screamed ‘ARAB? ARAB! Then they knocked me to the ground and started kicking me while I was laying down. Trying to protect myself. I’m just a girl, I’m small. They were a whole gang who took turns beating me. I think they were Lehava, yeah they were. But what frightened me most was that I was beaten right out of nowhere.”.
“OK we know Gaza is Gaza and the West Bank is the West Bank. There will always be war with Gaza. There will always be an occupation. But we can’t have a civil war with civilians clashing inside Israel. Never ever again. It’s a catastrophe far worse for us than just bombing Hamas from time to time.”.
“I like Yair Lapid. Bibi needs Hamas and Hamas needs Bibi. Benny Gantz can’t handle this. Bibi keeps winning, and he lets Hamas win political gains from palestinians. Because Bibi doesn’t want to negotiate. His only interest is to stay alive. He’s addicted to it. It doesn’t matter what I vote for any longer. Bibi’s legacy will carry on forever.”.
“The Arabs hates us. They complain that they don’t get police stations, but when we build one they burn it down. They burn synagogues. They are animals. I don’t care, the Arabs has to choose now – support Israel or support Hamas. F****** sneaky people.”.
“The jews see us as cheap labour. Like cattle. We are used as political bargain chips. We are not allowed to construct new housing, we are always suspects of something. Like in Lod and Bat Yam. When we the arabs shoots at each other, no one cares. But when we start shooting at jews all hell breaks loose.”.
“When I see the arabs rioting, it fills me with hate. But when I see fellow jews doing the same thing, my brain collides. Because they call themselves ‘righteous jews’. I think they should read the Torah a few times over and then think about it.”.
“It’s pizdetz everything. First corona, no work. Now this, no work. The GETT app should just force us to sit in the same car. So we actually get to know each other.”.
“The stories told by my grandmother from Minsk. About the pogroms. About the nazis. I’m re-living the horrors now, in our own Eretz Yisrael. I don’t know where to run any longer. I have to stay here. I’m just so tired.”.
“I want to sing you a song, are you ready? Do you hear me? OK; I see trees so green, red roses too, I see them bloom, for me and you, and I think to myself… what a wonderful world…”.
These are collected fragments from the most beautiful people in the most beautiful country in the world, which just needs some small stitching to heal again.
I really want something good to come out of this.