"I Didn’t Come Back to Jerusalem To Be in a War"
One good lesson I am learning this week is to shut up and listen. Because the only way to cut through the mutual agony here is to find people who have solutions and to hear what they have to say. Bombing the other side into oblivion is no more a solution than counting your dead children in public. The best thing about shutting up and listening? You eventually lose the impulse to speak.
Please don’t judge. Work toward solutions. Because everyone on every side of this is desperate. This isn’t a way to live and we all know it. Last night I was at a study session with a group of women in Jerusalem. A teenage girl was crying and I assumed it was over a guy. It’s always a guy. But it wasn’t. She was headed to the army today. . . .
I heard on NPR this morning--sort of mentioned in passing--that the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) call and text people in Gaza before bombing. I frankly found that hard to believe, but it appears to be the case (also reported in the New York Times and other sources, in case it seems like I'm being naive). I . . . I don't even know what to do with knowing that. It somehow puts me in the mind of this conversation Vonnegut recounts having with movie producer Harrison Starr.