I’m a potential martyr, too

Jerusalem Post, January 6, 2016

My first thought when I heard about the shooting at the Simta pub on Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street that killed two was not: Do I know anyone hurt? It was not: Will this change my going- out habits in Tel Aviv? It was not: What can I do to stop this? It was not: I feel so bad for the victims.

It was this admittedly insensitive thought: Do I really have to post something about it on Facebook now? For the past few months, since the outbreak of violence, I’ve just wanted to blank out on these “random” car-rammings and stabbings in Jerusalem (and Gush Etzion, and Ra’anana, and Kiryat Gat, etc.). I’ve not wanted to interrupt my Facebook feed with status updates of death. I’ve been longing for my newsfeed to be filled with life.

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