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Eva's Personal Story From Jerusalem

Eva Geller, a Fellowship staff member in Jerusalem, experiences the terror in Israel personally. In the following story, she gives us a better idea of what it means to be living in Israel right now during this stressful and fearful time.I was driving by the Sakharov Gardens, which is the main entry point into Jerusalem from the west, and there was a Border Guard vehicle to my left. I laughed to myself while thinking, I have my own personal guard.Just before the entrance of the city, next to the Central Bus Station, a Jewish woman was waving her hands and screaming. Then, very quickly, a border policeman rolled out of a moving car, and traffic came to a halt. I was sure it was a stabbing attack and looked around to see what was happening.Within seconds dozens of policemen, soldiers, and medical personnel arrived on the scene. The curiosity I felt quickly turned into panic as I saw many weapons being drawn right in front of my windshield. Long moments of anxiety passed, and all the while many policemen asked me how I was and showed concern for my rising panic. Finally, one wonderful soldier, who stayed cool, generous, and concerned, was able to forcefully move my car away from all the police cars and ambulances. Then, today a stabbing attack took place a minute's run from my house. In this incident, a friend from work happened to be there and helped save the boy who was stabbed. She behaved with bravery and courage using all her inner strength.No one is safe. The train station at Givat Hatachmoshet is a station where hundreds of people pass by every day – people who are now in danger. Jerusalem is home to the residents of the Jewish quarter, one of the four traditional quarters of the Old City. Despite all the security personnel, this is not a way to live.Please, let it stop. We deserve to sleep in quiet, drive calmly, and walk quietly in the street. We deserve it. Not only because we are the Jewish people, but also because we are taxpayers, people who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and people who are working to develop the State of Israel, each one of us in our own field.  And all the soldiers and policemen deserve to be able to carry out their devoted work without becoming targets. Enough of talking about the tolerance and strength of the public; enough of complimenting soldiers and policemen. Enough. Enough talking. The time has come to do something for the security of the residents.


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