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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Waiting Outside A Jewish School in London Felt Dangerous in the Mid-1970's

This week's vicious, violent fatal terror attack outside the Jewish school in Toulouse, France, brought back unpleasant memories. 

In the mid-1970's we were on shlichut, doing Jewish youth work in London, and our older daughters attended a Jewish school on a main street in NW London.  There were many other children of Israelis studying in that school.  There were Israeli security guards stationed in the school. 

We, the parents, had to wait for our children outside, not near the main entrance.  The school property was walled in by a thin wall about six feet, less than two meters high.  We waited by a door in that security wall.  Sometimes there were quite a lot of parents.  I came with the younger children who weren't in school. 

At least once, some car slowed down near us and shouted unpleasantly.  We were lucky. That's as far as it went.  But it was pretty dangerous to make us wait outside like that, like sitting ducks.

Jews are in danger all over.  I'm not saying that there aren't any dangers here in Israel, but if you're staying away from Israel because you think you're being "safe" and "smart," you're wrong.


Anonymous said...

I wonder if its the same school I attended.... in the mid 70s..... I remember the Chief Rabbi's daughter arriving in a limousine, and several Jewish boys getting knifed by members of a nearby public school.

Batya said...

a, there weren't many religiouis kids in the school, so I doubt it was the same.

Anonymous said...

1. How many Jews have been murdered in the past dozen years in England or France?

2. How many have been murdered in the past dozen yrs in Israel?