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The Holocaust Survivor that Helped me Feel Brave

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It’s been little over a year since operation “Guardian of the Walls”, where terror group Hamas and the Palestinian Islamc Jihad (PIJ) fired thousands of rockets at Israel in the course of 12 days. For the first time in years, rockets reached the city were I lived, Herzliya, just north of Tel Aviv. As a new immigrant, that operation marked my first time hearing a siren, sitting in a shelter, crying and praying that the Iron Dome would do its work. I spent twelve days in anguish, knowing how lucky I was that it was only my first time experiencing anything like this, when the reality is completely different for Israeli citizens in the South living near the Gaza strip. Throughout the year, the sound of an ambulance or police car would still make my heart beat faster, and any news of unrest in Gaza sent my mind on a spiral of bad thoughts and worst case scenarios.

This is why I wasn’t thrilled when, standing outside of Yael’s building last Friday, I saw a Facebook post of a woman in Tel Aviv warning others about possible sirens that night. I quickly started browsing through the news and quickly learned that the IDF had launched operation “Breaking Dawn” against the PIJ. “Not again” was my first thought. Not the sirens, not the shelters, not the sleepless nights of being too scared to close my eyes and miss the red alert, not the fear, not the army massively calling reservists including many of my friends and loved ones, not the senseless loss of life, not the misleading news in........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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