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Beyond Choosing Sides
Paula Goldman, Director of Imagining Ourselves
United StatesGALLERYCONVERSATION
“The next time you hear about rockets being fired from Lebanon into Northern Israel, think of them, write to them.”
“Do we wish to spend the rest of our lives tortured by mourning and anger, or do we wish to figure out how to live together and try to get on with our lives as best we can?”
When we left the town, our tour guide Pini sat us down for a debrief. “Remember these students,” he told us. “The next time you hear about rockets being fired from Lebanon into Northern Israel, think of them, write to them. Ask them how they are doing. Tell them they’re not alone.
Ten years later, Kiryat Shmona was one of many towns in Northern Israel that suffered severe damage from katushya rockets fired by Hizbullah from across the Lebanese border this summer. And ten years later, I am indeed thinking of those students I met. I’m thinking of the girl with curly hair– I can’t even remember her name—who wore a lot of makeup and had a beautiful sleek black dress on. I wanted to look like her.
But she and her friends are not the only ones I’m thinking of. Because ten years after that trip to Israel—this past June, about two weeks before the war between Israel and Hizbullah broke out-- I also found myself on a trip to Lebanon.
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