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Terror Alert Issued in Jerusalem

Tablet’s resident Israeli: Eh, happens all the time

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The hypochondriac in me sees Terror Alert in Jerusalem and immediately feels the need to post. My Israeli counterpart Liel Leibovitz says the terror alert is not such an infrequent thing. Nevertheless…Jerusalem is on a heightened state of readiness, so this is your chance to call and hector your Jerusalem-based mishpocha and ask them to be careful.

Israeli officials have warned of an upsurge in attacks on Israelis from the West Bank of late. An annual survey released late last month said there had been an increase in the number of terror attacks carried out against Israelis in 2012 compared to 2011, but it was accompanied by a decrease in the number of fatalities.

If they pooh-pooh you, tell them it’s my fault.

Terror alert declared in Jerusalem

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Arnold Roth says:

Tell Liel his memory is playing tricks with him. And by the way, the fact that the authorities tell the public that there is an alert is not to be taken for granted. On August 9, 2001, there was an alert but the authorities, directed by the minister for internal security at the time, decided that to announce it would spook the locals and maybe the tourists so they said nothing. As a result, my daughter, fifteen years old and willing to do what her parents told her to do if they had told her if they had known, went into the center of Jerusalem at exactly the wrong time and was standing at the counter of Sbarro Jerusalem when the man with the guitar case and with enough luck to have evaded the police walked in and exploded.

It’s likely that not every Jerusalemite sees these alerts quite the way my wife and I do (along with the many hundreds of other Jerusalem families who have mourned the deaths of children, siblings and parents these last ten years) but (a) we’re glad to know there is an alert – and it’s quite real and concrete in case you’re wondering; and (b) they don’t happen so often as to turn our less-worried neighbours entirely blase. In fact JTA is saying it’s been more than a year since the last such alert.


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Terror Alert Issued in Jerusalem

Tablet’s resident Israeli: Eh, happens all the time

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