They Attacked My Son's School!

Paula R. Stern,

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Paula R. Stern
Paula R. Stern is CEO and founder of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company offering documentation services and training seminars. She made aliyah in 1993 when her oldest son was 6 years old. In March 2007, Elie entered the Artillery Division of the Israeli army and Paula began writing about her experiences as A Soldier"s Mother. The blog continues as Elie moved on to Reserve Duty, her second son, Shmuel served in Kfir and continues as her youngest son David now serves in Givati. She recently opened a publishing house, helping other authors fulfill their dream to publish. Links to the Author's blogs: * A Soldier"s MotherPaulaSays Israel Blogger...

What would you do if you were working on your computer, checking news and Facebook when you got bored...and all of a sudden, you got an update that showed a video of an attack against a school...and as your indignation rose, you looked again at the name of the school, only to find it was the one where your son was at that moment? I can tell you that anger flees quickly, as panic sets in. Your hand begins to shake as you reach for the phone; your brain jumps in front of your heart to begin praying...please, God...oh God...let him...let them be safe...let him answer the phone...oh God. The panic is there until he answers. It is seconds, but it feels like ages.


Davidi is fine...

I'll start with that, and I'll end with that. I'll stop and I'll settle and I'll push the tears and the burning anger away. Davidi is fine...they are all fine.

Arabs climbed on to the fence that surrounds their yeshiva...and...God...and they shot firecrackers into the yard.

"Everyone's okay?" I asked in as calm a voice as I could manage.

"Yes," he answered, "everyone's fine." That's when I started to cry on the phone and worst of all, he knew it. "Ima, we're fine."

"There was a fire," I said stupidly. "Did you call the police?"

"Yes," he said, "and the fire went out quickly."

There was some more conversation and somehow mixed in, he said something like,"we were expecting it."

Rule number one - never ask a question you aren't prepared to hear the answer to..."why were you expecting it?" I asked even more stupidly.

"Because it happened last night."

"Oh, God," I think I moaned...

"Ima, we're fine. Don't worry."

Yeah, well, that's fine. Now that you said so...why should I worry? I can't think straight right now. I can't express my anger and worst of all, I don't know to whom to address it. The government and security forces and police for not being there? They can't be everywhere! Ramla mayor for deciding the best way to "reclaim" the city was by putting a yeshiva full of pre-army teenage boys right there on the edge? Well, yeah, there's one target.

The boys? No, not them...they handled it right. They documented it but didn't get too close? Well, sorry, guys - you were outside, that's already too close for me...but you did good. You did right. Let the world know.

This was a school! Unlike in Gaza, there are no weapons stored there. This is not the first time they have attacked the school...and no, I don't expect world condemnation...after all, with the greatest of gratitude to God, there was no blood and so there will be no great cry of outrage...except from a few mothers, who saw a video and cried as they spoke to their sons...begging to hear...

Davidi is okay...they are all okay...Please God, watch over my baby...he's so tall, so beautiful...please, guard him tonight and every night and every day and every minute. David is fine...

To see a video taken by one of the boy's, click here.



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