Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WHY it is dangerous for Israeli citizens to enter an Arab village?

A few days ago, I noticed a sign just to the right as I pass the checkpoint. There is a turn off there - that bypasses the checkpoint into Jerusalem. It warns people, "This road leads to Palestinian village. The entrance for Israeli citizens is dangerous."

Paula R. Stern..
A Soldier's Mother..
20 February '13..

Do you live in a dangerous place?

I don't. I honestly don't. People think I do and sometimes warn me to be careful, but it's really silly. If they only knew...

Years ago, while traveling from a client's office in Netanya back home to Maale Adumim, a colleague wished me a safe trip and warned, "be careful driving home."

I looked at him and remembered that he lived in Tel Aviv and worked there in Netanya. This was back in 2001 - 2002 when things were exploding regularly in Israel, especially in those two cities. I was astounded that he thought to warn me when I felt, if anything, I should be warning him. With a smile, I answered, "I'll be fine as soon as I get out of Netanya."

The next week, a bomb exploded in Netanya and I wasn't smiling anymore as I called to make sure all my friends were safe. But the memory remains - even 10 years later.

A few days ago, I noticed a sign just to the right as I pass the checkpoint. There is a turn off there - that bypasses the checkpoint into Jerusalem.

It warns people, "This road leads to Palestinian village. The entrance for Israeli citizens is dangerous."

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