Three people, interviewed
Rocket trails in the sky across town
When Saddam Hossain was asked about hitting Arabs after he threatened Haifa his reply was: "I'm not counting beans". Rockets don't discriminate. Being an Arab in Israel must be a strange feeling right now. The picture you are seeing above is of the trails rockets leave, this was taken across town by Ronza, an Israeli-Arab girl my age.
"This war is difficult for me as an Arabic girl who live in Israel , I'm stuck between the two sides. I know that Israel is against Hezbollah and not the Lebanese people, but the people that are injured by the rockets are the Lebanese people, I don't want anyone to injured, not Arabs and not Israelis.
I know that Hezbollah started it first, she is mixing people innocent into the war, and she should stop it and let the inhabitants do what they want to do because the Hezbollah endanger their life!! I have a Lebanese friend from the internet, we talk everyday, He says "Don't be afraid" and "stay safe" and we should keep our friendship and not to have the war brake it. And I also have a lot of Jewish friends too, they don't like this situation either, both in Israel and Lebanon."
Good to know you're not against us, despite your roots. What you are by birth shouldn't dictate your opinions or moral compass. Nonetheless, I'm sure it's not easy having such a personality clash within you. I can only hope most Israeli-Arabs are like you. Thanks for the interview, and stay safe.
Next up is Elad, also our age, also in the area but so far relatively out of harms way.
Q: "So what do you think about it all?"
A: 'Nobody likes wars."
Q: "The war hasn't affected you directly, right?"
A: "Personally? No. But most of my friends left to the center of the country with their families. I'm staying here, you don't really have the option of going out or seeing friends who didn't leave because everything is closed. And there are sirens every once in a while anyway. It's my last summer vacation, I'd much rather meet friends then stay indoors all the time."
Q: "The sirens don't bother you?"
A: "Of course they bother me. I don't like dropping everything and going downstairs, it happens often. I don't go into a shelter however, since it's been out of use for a long time and is filled with junk. We just go downstairs when the alarm starts, it might be a bit rash since the rockets don't reach us, a lot of them hit Haifa." [Ed note: He's in the area, but not in the path of the rockets. One rocket did hit today 10 minutes walking time from him]
Q: "Do you think this will continue for much longer? What will end it in your opinion?"
A: "I certainly hope that it won't… again, it's not a situation anybody likes being in, nobody gains from it. As to what might end it, I really don't know. If Syria gets involved it will be a while longer."
Q: "What about the Lebanese, who seem to be stuck in the middle of this?"
A: "The civilians who were killed? They are no better or worse off then we are. Lebanese civilians are killed from IDF operations just like Israeli civilians are killed from rockets. Some people think that Israel is too harsh in its retaliation, I don't really agree with that – no matter how I dislike this war, as long as our kidnapped soldiers are not returned it shouldn't end."
And there you have it. The title says three, the third one is with a Lebanese citizen in Beirut who Ronza is in contact with. He says he's safe, unfortunately his interview wasn't ready in time. I'll post what he has to say soon.
More updates soon.