Not something to skip over...
Today, a few boys and a teacher supervisor in Israel were traveling from their seminary yeshiva, Ashreinu, to Tel Aviv to deliver food to soldiers. On the way there, a Palestinian drove his car head on into their van and proceeded to shoot at them.
Ezra Schwartz, an 18 year old American from Massachusetts taking a gap year in Israel, was killed along with a 51 year old Israeli man and, accidentally, a 40 year old Palestinian man.
In the van with Ezra was an 18 year old boy also on a gap year named Jojo Harari. I know Jojo. He went to my school. He’s only a year older than me and everyone knows everyone in my school. Thank god, he wasn’t hurt. But he witnessed this attack on his friend. I spoke to him after it happened, and I asked if he was okay. He told me, “physically, yeah, but mentally, I feel like I’m going to puke.” He said that he saw he terrorists face just seconds before the car was struck.
Attacks like these on Israelis, on Jews, are a daily occurrence. Things like this happen all the time in Israel, yet people still advocate for the Palestinians to get what they want. They still advocate for a one state solution where Palestine is the only victor. They still demonized and deny Israel’s right to exist. They still hold Israel to a double standard against all other nations.
This has to stop.
We need to stand up and we need to end the terror and oppression against Israeli citizens.
My father was born is Israel. I LOVE Israel. I am proud to be a Jew and I will never hesitate to say that. I will wear my title with pride and I will continue to stand up for what I believe in. And I will continue to stand up against brutality and abuse. And I will continue to stand up for justice.
And I will always stand up for the truth.