Only 15 Seconds to Find Shelter

Only 15 Seconds to Find Shelter
David A. Harris
Executive Director, American Jewish Committee
Week of April 1, 2008

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Fifteen seconds.

Imagine you had fifteen seconds to find shelter from an incoming missile.

Fifteen seconds to locate your children, help an elderly relative, assist a disabled person to find shelter.

That’s all the residents of Sderot and neighboring Israeli towns have.

Day or night, the sirens go off. Fifteen seconds later, the missiles, fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza, hit.

They could hit a home, a school, a hospital.

Their aim is to kill and wound and demoralize.

Imagine yourself in that situation.

The sirens blast.

15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The time to seek shelter has ended. The missiles hit.

This is what those Israelis experience daily. But, amazingly, they refuse to be cowed.

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This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

Date: 4/1/2008
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