Family in Haifa

07.18.06

My friend Iris was interviewed by the Gazette for a piece on what it’s like to be here in Montreal and be worrying about family in Haifa:

“They’re okay, a little frightened but okay,” Meshoulam said yesterday.

“Part of me would like my mom to come back to Canada, but she and my stepfather feel they should stay to support Israel.

“On the other hand, I feel guilty being here in Montreal while they are going through all of that over there,” she said.

It’s more than that, of course. This is the first time she has had to watch a war or conflict involving Israel from the “outside” in over a decade. All the things we take for granted – the biased media coverage, the sensationalist headlines, the twisting around of the facts – are, well, I can’t say they’re new to her, because she’s not that naive, but they are things that she hasn’t had to experience directly until now. We’ve been trying to keep her sane by not allowing her to sit and scream angrily at CNN on TV for more than a few hours a day.

The Gazette also interviewed the mother of one of her best friends, who also lives in Haifa:

“People say to me, why do you let your daughter stay in Israel? Bring her home! I tell them, ‘She is home.’ I have no sense she should come back to Montreal.

“It is easy for people here to talk, but Israel on a daily basis is a good place. People here don’t get that. You don’t just get up and run away.”

For the moment, the article doesn’t require subscription to read, so read the whole thing.

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