What has the emotional impact been?
I don’t even know where to begin. At Max Steinberg’s Israel’s ‘lone’ soldier’s’ funeral, together with 30,000 other complete strangers?
The first funeral I’ve ever been to where I hadn’t even met the victim personally?
The three subsequent ones of kids I did know?
The countless days packaging food and driving it down south to bases for soldiers?
The nameless soldiers I had staying week after week because they simply couldn’t get home to their families?
An entire country coming together in the only way that really counts for the first time since I made Aliyah 25 years ago?
Whole afternoons at the Jewish market collecting merchandise… vendors who when they discovered what I was doing, put my money back in my pocket and simply piled the food into my basket.
Friendships made with total strangers who shared nothing in common except for their concern for each other… friendships damaged because we are Jews and they are Arabs and there is no neutral in a time of war.
It’s certainly been a roller-coaster for the whole country and at the time of writing this, it’s just started all over again.
Supporting BlueWhite means supporting Israel – Jews, Arabs, Druze, Christians, Armenians – we are all religions and all Israeli… and we will always have the desire to live together in peace.
Shalom from Jerusalem,
Mel Brickman, BlueWhite’s Israeli Director.