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Humanity In A Time Of War

Dear Friend,

Admittedly I haven’t written in a few days because I have had absolutely no idea what to write about. How many times can I say that we are under constant threat of rocket attacks (we have had 3 today alone in Tel Aviv)? How many times can I argue, and try to counter the horrific bias in the media? How many times can I try to justify the defense of a country and her people when all the world sees is Palestinian propaganda and pictures of dead civilians? It’s a numbing experience living in a war zone where your life is threatened every day, hearing thousands of opinions spewed from every which direction from people who have never stepped foot in this region or country. It is so easy to have an opinion being so far removed, but no one, save those who live here or have been here during a war, actually know what is truly going on.

Hamas rocket exploding over Israel

Hamas rocket exploding over Israel

We are losing the PR war, and we will always lose the PR war, but with each tunnel discovery, with each rocket that is stopped by Iron Dome, with each death or injury of an Israeli soldier or civilian, the opinions of the outside world become less and less significant, and we understand that we are doing what we need to survive. God doesn’t have a computer. He doesn’t have a Facebook or a twitter, he doesn’t watch CNN or Al Jazeera, he doesn’t read AOL, the Huffington Post, or the New York Times, and while the Palestinians are using these tools to win the hearts and minds of people in the west, we are winning a war for our survival.

So, instead of writing about the atrocities we are facing every day, and the atrocities we have faced every day for over two weeks, I want to spend this time showing the world the true colors of the people so many claim to be genocidal, apartheid murderers.

The sanctity of life:

One of the most profound and defining differences between us and our enemies is the fact that while they glorify death, we glorify life…All life. We treat our animals better than they treat their children, and I swell with pride when I see pictures like this

Our Heros!

Our Heros!

Or this, showing the care and compassion we have for all of our soldiers on the front line. Especially those who smell out the tunnels and the bombs hidden within them, and so much more. While Gazans strap bombs to their animals, we treat our fallen 4 legged companions as heroes, and rescue them as we would any other soldier in battle. These dogs are saving our lives every day, and we honor them passionately with this knowledge.

This sweet baby was rescued from Gaza

This sweet baby was rescued from Gaza

There is so much anger and hate here, and it is hard to move past it, but we know what is on the line, and we know how important it is for us to unify and fight (both physically and emotionally) against the threat of terrorism, extinction, and extermination. Pictured below are the parents of Gil-Ad, one of the three boys who was kidnapped and killed, standing where their son was taken from them by Hamas terrorists, and handing out Israeli flags to passersby, further reaffirming that, in the face of so much evil and hate, we have to be united more than ever before. Their son’s death was an unimaginable tragedy, but from this tragedy thousands more will be saved from Hamas’s repugnant terrorism in the future.

Parents of murdered teen Gil-Ad handing out flags

Parents of murdered teen Gil-Ad handing out flags

I sometimes ask myself why more people aren’t getting it. Why more people don’t understand that the ONLY reason we aren’t dying is because we are being so passionately protected. And then I think maybe people want us to die before they will open their eyes to see the kind of evil we are fighting. I have acquaintances, people I know, who are actively rooting for people trying to kill me every day. But I don’t apologize for living and surviving in a country that puts the life of its citizens above everything else.

 

A country unified

For the last 20 days Israel has seen a surge in unification that I can only equate to the surge in patriotism I witnessed after Islamic terrorism struck the United States of America on September 11, 2001. The one difference, however, is that our love for our country never goes away, but only intensifies. Flags are always displayed proudly in houses, stores,  schools, etc, we just see more of it now now, and I find myself shamefully feeling that so many Americans must have forgotten 9/11. They must have forgotten the evil that killed thousands of innocent Americans, because if they remembered, they would know we are fighting that same enemy now. There is no difference between Al-Qaeda and Hamas, and if we lose, America won’t be far behind. 

But we have support. Israeli supermodel and actress Gal Gadot (America’s new Superwoman and star of the Fast and Furious series), took to her social media to show the world that she stands with Israel and her people against Hamas. Despite the many comments attacking her for her patriotism she knows what it means to be an Israeli, and to love a country like you love your family. 

Gal Gadot stands with her country and her people

Gal Gadot stands with her country and her people

Huge names in the Israeli music scene, including Moshe Peretz and Sholomo Artzi, support the soldiers by providing them with necessities that they are greatly lacking in the field, and visiting the injured at hospitals all over Israel.

Shlomo Artzi visits wounded soldiers and poses with the hospital staff!

Shlomo Artzi visits wounded soldiers and poses with the hospital staff!

Moshe Peretz brings truck loads of supplies to our soldiers!

Moshe Peretz brings truck loads of supplies to our soldiers!

The rest of us are doing what we can as well! Letters by the truckload from school children all over the country decorate the tanks that are protecting us from terror infiltration. You can see the love everyone has for this country even in the battlefield.

Our soldiers take our love to the battlefield where they so valiantly protect us

Our soldiers take our love to the battlefield where they so valiantly protect us

Every apartment building, work place, school, and store has boxes where items can be donated for the soldiers. People have been driving truckloads of supplies down south for our men and women on the front, and when store bought items just don’t cut it, we have people spending hours and hours cooking food so that our soldiers can have some home made meals! 

Citizens bring pizza for the troops!

Citizens bring pizza for the troops!

Home made food for the soldiers

Home made food for the soldiers

A group of Olim made home made food for the soldiers

A group of Olim made home made food for the soldiers

Food for the soldiers

Food for the soldiers

We're Jewish, we can't let our boys go hungry

We’re Jewish, we can’t let our boys go hungry

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Preparing food for our soldiers

Preparing food for our soldiers

I can’t express with words how special this country is, and it is this fact alone that will drive everyone to do anything needed to ensure that this country continues to survive and thrive. For an extra boost of pride you won’t want to miss this video below (and bring some tissues). 

This is Israel, and this is what it means to be an Israeli. An unwavering love and desire to protect the only country the Jewish people have in the whole world. Someone told me the other day that we should stop causing problems and just give Israel back to the Arabs. I then asked him “ok, then where will we go when we leave our land?” He said we are all more than welcome in America, and I responded with a big “thank you but we aren’t going ANYWHERE…Ever”.
 
I love you and miss you friend, and I know you are watching over me and everyone here. We are fighting the good fight, and we won’t stop until we’ve achieved peace and safety for our people. 
 
Until we meet again <3,
Jordana Simone 
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