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Miryam Rosenzweig on trauma of civilians in the midst of war

Milwaukee Jewish Federation President Miryam Rosenzweig, who has family in Israel, shares thoughts on the fears for those who live in a war zone and growing levels of antisemitism around the world.

By Aditi Debnath | Here & Now

November 15, 2023

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Miryam Rosenzweig:
I have two sisters in Israel. They don't live in the south. They live in the center closer to Tel Aviv and my sister has a two-year-old and she's expecting her second. And I asked her, "How's the two-year-old doing?" 'Cause every day they're running into the bomb shelter. And she said, "Well, she sees that as a part of life. She hears the siren and she turns and she looks, and she knows that we're going into the bomb shelter. And she knows that there's gonna be loud noises, but that she's gonna get to play on the iPad. And it's become so normal for her that when she hears it, she just knows what she has to do. But she can't go to school right now because her kindergarten doesn't have a bomb shelter attached to it, and you can't have that so she's currently at home." And I asked my sister, "Come here, stay with me." And she said, "No, my place is here right now. This is my contribution, staying." But I know that not only the families of the hostages, the families of the murdered, the families of those who were in the south and watched this terror happened, will be affected. I think the whole country of Israel is traumatized. I think the Jewish people right now, in general, feel vulnerable. The hate that has been spewed in the last two weeks towards Jewish community, both as a community, individuals, in our schools, on our campuses, has been horrific to watch. And the silence of the condemnation of it is deafening.

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