Globe and Mail, Oct. 12, 2023
“I’m trying to think of another time when innocent civilians were slaughtered, murdered in the most barbaric of ways, hunted house to house – little kids, elderly women, babies – and the so-called progressives of the world (of which I consider myself one) have fallen over themselves to blame the victims.”
“Someone’s taking photos of your house,” a friend called out to me upstairs, from my living room. No big deal, right? Although this week, it was. Why was a stranger taking pictures of the place where I live? I was immediately anxious. Paranoia? The result of sleep deprivation caused by very terrible world events? Or justified?
In addition to the not-sleeping, the endless doom-scrolling and the almost physical pain of reading about what has been done and is being done to innocent civilians in Israel and Gaza, it has been a terrible time for Canadian Jews. I know – we are free, fed and sheltered. We are safe. But we are heartbroken.
And there have been moments this week when some of us haven’t felt so safe. Some of the response to the murders of innocent civilians in Israel has only intensified the insecurity. And the heartbreak.
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