With so many people around the world demonizing the Jewish state, life here goes on. The following account by L, a good friend of mine, sums up what those of us here experience while the armchair experts overseas do their thing.
As I’m checking out at the grocery store this morning, a woman walks in with her receipt and goes up to my cashier, a religious Arab woman, and lets her know that she’s been double charged for her chicken wings.
My cashier turns to the cashier behind her, a religious Jewish man, and says in a joking tone “Hey, how did you miss this? I mean, I’m fasting (it’s Ramadan) so I know how I’d make this mistake. But you? You’re not fasting. What happened?” He laughs, the woman refunds the money to the customer. I wish my cashier a great day and an easy fast. She wishes me a Happy Holiday and we all go on with our day.
On days that I’m buying alcohol, this cashier kindly asks me if I can scan the bottles for her, so that she as a religious Arab, doesn’t have to touch something that is Haram. I happily oblige.
These are the normal every day interactions we have. This is how we’re really living here. #ThisismyIsrael
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