I’m sitting next to a terrorist

A few days ago, a Palestinian terrorist boarded a bus in Jerusalem and set off a bomb. This man was trying to kill innocent people on their way to work, home, or the store. By the grace of g-d, no one was killed, but 21 people were injured in the attack.

So why am I blogging about this attack?

Jerusalem Bus Bombing

Firefighters look on as two buses burn in Jerusalem. Police launched an investigation into the incident, April 18, 2016. (Israel Police)

Well, I’m currently in a hospital ICU with one of my group participants. Two rooms down from his, is the terrorist the bombed the bus on Monday and two more rooms away is another terrorist. The second guy is the one that stabbed an off duty soldier in Rami Levi grocery store about a month ago. I have a strange feeling inside that I can’t exactly explain…I’ve seen their faces, I’m just feet away from two very dangerous terrorists that tried to kill innocent Israelis. There are soldiers, border patrol, and cops around so I feel safe, but I still have a very strange feeling.

I do know what I think about the whole situation though. What I see is amazing and probably very surprising for most people. There are Jewish Israeli doctors and nurses treating them both, the same doctors and nurses treating my participant. One of them almost died this morning, the staff rushed in and revived him. Yes, they treated him like any other patient. This is the most upclose proof that I live and belong to one of the most moral countries in the world. What is happening in this hospital happens all the time. Why? Because at the end of the day, we are all the same, human beings. Yes, I hope that these terrorists never see the light of day and that they are fully punished for what they have done. And I know that will happen, because I life in a democracy.

Israel is the Jewish State, but it is also a democracy. We have separation of powers, rights for all, and a just legal system. If these terrorists live, then they will have their day in court. To all the people that believe that Israel is an apartheid state or something other than a democracy, I say come to an Israeli Hospital. Jews, Christians, Muslims, Israelis, Palestinians, Tourists, and Terrorists are being treated. The doctors are  Jewish and Arab, all working together to save lives. How beautiful? How crazy?

I don’t know how I feel, but I do know how I think. I know that we as Jews and Israelis, care about life.

Am Yisroel Chai! Love live the Jewish State and People!

7:00pm Update: The terrorist has died. 

As soon as he died and was taken out. The room felt as something dark and heavy left. No words… Sad that this guy was only 19 years old, the same as my participant in the next room over. Not sad that he died, but that he has been manipulated to hate. Read More… The world needs to stand up against Hamas.

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Winter Semester: My final research projects

My first semester of Grad School is coming to an end… 2.5 weeks to go! This means buckling down and writing my final research papers for the semester. I am currently taking four courses all of which end with a research paper that accounts for more than half my grade. Crazy, right? Good thing about this program though is I got to choose each topic for my courses. Overall in the program, I will have to write six referat (short,10-15 pages) papers and three seminar papers (25-30 pages). These all are full research papers consisting of primary and secondary sources. Therefore this semester I choose to write three referat papers and one seminar paper. Best and worse part, deadline are not always deadlines… We are supposed to write these papers in our month long break of February.

Below you will see a very short intro to my papers. All of which are very exciting endeavors for me and I’m learning so so so much by doing this research. Its a bit overwhelming, but I’m sure they will turn out great. I hope that some might even be publishable. 🙂 P.S. I would love your feedback, if you want to contribute.

Research Papers:

Course: 1948 War – Field Course
Topic: Defining Israel’s Borders
Question: TBD
*This course just started and will consist of three full days in the field. I’ll have lots of picture for you all!

Course: The Holocaust and the Israeli Society
Topic: Motivation, Patriotism, and Morality in the Israeli Defense Force
Question: How does the IDF Education Corps use the Holocaust as a tool to promote motivation, patriotism, and morality in it’s soldiers?

Course: Zionism, Ideology, and Gender
Topic: Chabad Ideology and Zionism
Question: Can the Hadisdic Jewish Movement, Chabad, be considered Zionist even though the movement did not support Zionism (Political and Religious) before the creation of the modern State of Israel?
– I will show how Chabad over time has come to accept and embrace Israel today and in today’s terms can be considered Zionist.

Course: The Social History of the Palestinians, 1900-1948
Topic: A comparison of the formation of a “New Palestinian Women” and a “New Hebrew Women”
Questions: How was a “New Palestinian Women” and a “New Hebrew Women” formed during the first half of the 20th Century in Eretz Yisrael/Palestine? What are the similarities and differences between the two?
-I will be analysing these formations in the context of Motherhood, Rights/Suffrage, and representation in Public sphere.

Side Note: I’m now doing some freelance work on the Israel Studies Website. I will be improving and updating it in the coming weeks, so check it out.