This has been a trying time in Israel and Palestine. Our world is violent, scary, tense and unpredictable. Whether busy cities or country towns, no one is excluded in this wave of violence and terror.
Everyone is asking, "How can we stop the terror and killing?" John Kerry and Ban Ki-moon are all on their way and invested in the situation.
It's not the violence that I'm so concerned about, though. It's the silence.
It's the silence for the last 10 years, since the 2nd intifada. It's the silence when members of our parliament go on the Temple Mount, and no one questions it. It's the silence when we call, over and over, for signatures, protests and support for a peace process that has withered and dried up. It's the silence and turning of heads when we invite people out of their communities to engage with "the other".
The violence, of course, is sad. People lose their homes, their family members, their dignity, their minds! But it's the silence that bothers me more.
Will we go back to the STATUS QUO? Will we end this wave of violence and go back to working 9-5 at our jobs, without thinking of anyone else's trials or tribulations? Will we remember this day, next week or next month, and allow it to move us forward to make peace?
Apparently, the old stereotypes don't work. Orthodox Jewish Rabbis are part of peace movements, but are also calling for killing Messianic Jews. Yemenite Jews (from Yemen) are scared of being mistaken for an Arab. Palestinians both save Jewish lives and take them, depending upon the person. This is the first good piece of news to come from this tragic opera we're all engaged in. Because, now I can't choose my friends based upon the clothes they wear or the neighborhood they live in. NOW, we've seen some true colors.
NOW, we can get to work!