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jon burg

Being in Israel during the last intefada this was a common question. Perhaps more remarkably, many of my American peers did not join me for the "customary" post high school year or two in Israel because their parents didn't believe it was safe.

A month into my first year in Israel 9-11 occurred. This isn't to say that being at a bus bombing in kikar davidka or kikar tsion in Jerusalem weren't terrifying events, but it brought a lesson home.

Terrorism is terrorism. The difference between American and Israeli reactions however, are stark. After a pi'guah (attack) in Israel, people run to the scene to help, then once the professionals are there (which is remarkably fast, unfortunately due to lots of practice) bystanders hug, cry and pray. Post 9-11 America was shocked into delusion. Post pi'guah Israeli's mourn together, but they continue to live their lives. I once hitched back from Jerusalem to Mevaseret (a suburb of Jerusalem) following an attack. Israeli's know how to LIVE life, even with tragedy all around them.

It's a truly beautiful society, and one I'm hoping to join in the near future. On that note, if anyone out there wants to network, please reach out!

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