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I have deliberated extensively on how best to convey my thoughts and feelings regarding the ongoing events in Israel. It is my sincere hope that this message resonates not only within the Jewish and Israeli communities but also with a broader audience that cares deeply about the world we all live in.
The current situation in Israel is profoundly terrifying and entirely unacceptable. In 2023, it is unfathomable that innocent individuals, especially babies/children, should be subjected to the turmoil and suffering that they are experiencing. As a mother, I can only begin to grasp the paralyzing fear that must grip the hearts of parents in such dire circumstances.
Let us remember that behind the headlines and statistics are real people—families, loved ones, and individuals with dreams and aspirations. I had the privilege of meeting Shira, Israeli-born, along with her remarkable mom, brother, and her future sister-in-law. Their recent visit to Chicago, a long-awaited respite from the challenges posed by the pandemic, has now been overshadowed by current events. Mattan, her brother, was drafted into the IDF reserves, disrupting plans for his impending wedding this very month.
I beg you to understand that none of this is acceptable or justifiable. I have family and friends in Israel myself. Keep your thoughts and prayers with and for Israel, the Jewish community, and humanity. Let us stand together in solidarity and empathy, transcending boundaries and affiliations to advocate for a world where such suffering and uncertainty are no longer tolerated.