In tandem with the events in the south, Jerusalem too was on the alert today in the wake of warnings about a planned terrorist attempt in the Capital. The police was on maximum alert – not that I noticed anything until I finished work in the late afternoon, because I had been in court all day, as the duty prosecutor, running from courtroom to courtroom, trying to find the remand judges. Since summer recess is the preferred time for carrying out renovations in the courthouse, many judges had been temporarily evicted from their chambers and courtrooms and even the secretariat and the court security officers weren’t sure where to find all of them! Anyway, just as I was leaving, I heard one of the court stenographers saying to her friend that “they’ve caught him.” Further enquiry elicited the fact that a wannabe terrorist had been caught, fortunately, before he had a chance to act. Of course – there’s no telling if he’s the only one.
On a lighter note – well, a Blue Note actually 😉 – this evening, the 25th International Jazz on the Red Sea Festival opened in Eilat. Kudos to the organizers for going ahead with the festival, despite the situation in the south and despite the resulting cancellations by some of the performers. Kudos also to those who, in spite of the security situation, made their way to Eilat and performed for its citizens and for the thousands of others for whom the annual “pilgrimage” to Israel’s Gateway to the Red Sea is a symbol of all that is joyous about life. Residents of Eilat and the other towns of the south who have suffered most from the terrorist activiites of the Palestinians over the past few days, have been offered subsidised tickets to the major concerts.
As for me – I’m listening to the opening concert while I write, as it is broadcast live on Israel Radio’s Kol Hamusika (Voice of Music) channel.
And to anyone who may say: “How can you just carry on, as if nothing has happened, when full-scale war may break out at any moment?”, I say: “We will not let them make us put our lives on hold. We will not scurry about in fear. We will not live in bunkers. To do so would be to let our enemies win.”